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Materials Handling News

High demand for industrial stepladders

     26th October 2012 Mobile elevator work platform rental company Goscor Access Rental (GAR), part of industrial services provider and retail group Imperial’s Goscor business division, reports that demand for its US-manufactured Hy-Brid HB-830 scissor lift is beyond expectation. 

Provider introduces new protection solutions range

By: Gia Costella     26th October 2012 Storage solutions provider APC Storage Solutions South Africa (SA) believes the South African warehousing industry is not adequately protecting its racking, shelving, forklifts and drivers from collisions, which could result in eventual racking system collapse, costly repairs and serious injury.... 

DSI, Videx fined in mining roof bolts cartel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2012 The Competition Tribunal has found that Dywidag Systems International (DSI) and Videx Wire Products contraven ed the Competition Act by rigging a tender by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in 2004 and 2005. DSI was fined R1.84-million and Videx R4.76-million, the tribunal said on... 

Equipment engineered to increase productivity

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Off-road equipment company Philippi-Hagenbuch’s (PHIL’s) line of rear-eject bodies offers a solution for challenging hauling applications from general construction, road construction and sand and gravel to mine reclamation and underground hauling situations, where overhead barriers inhibit... 

Equipment handling company dispenses bulk by weight

     17th August 2012 Bulk handling equipment company Flexicon’s new multipurpose filler dispenses bulk solid materials into boxes, drums and bulk bags by weight. The unit features a fill head that has a dust-tight seal, which protects against the inlet spout of bulk bags and connects to transition adapters that seal... 

Equipment manufacturer introduces new mixer

     17th August 2012 Mixer equipment manufacturing company Eirich has developed and tested its new R28 intensive mixer to capacities of 5 500 l, creating a versatile, large-scale mixing solution that is particularly suited to ore pelletisation and preparation. The R28 intensive mixer, which is supplied and supported... 

Gas manufacturing, supply company prioritises logistics

     17th August 2012 Rising costs, in particular electricity and transport costs, are exerting pressure on the gas industry, forcing companies to rethink their supply chain strategies, says industrial and speciality gas manufacturing and supply company Air Products South Africa supply chain GM Seelan Gounden.... 

Hoisting equipment company makes inroads in Russia

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Hoisting equipment company Condra secured a R13-million contract at the beginning of this year to deliver one of the biggest cranes ordered from the South Africa-based crane group to date. The maintenance crane will be installed at a power generation plant in Russia’s Ural Mountains. The cabin... 

Learnership programme helps boost supply chain management profession

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 The first formal supply chain management (SCM) learnerships were registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training last month. Developed in a partnership between the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF), CIPS Africa and the Transport Education & Training Authority... 

Lifting equipment company secures major contracts

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 International lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has been contracted by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to install three rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes at its inland terminal, City Deep, in Johannesburg. “This is one of the largest cranes projects of this nature to be... 

Logistics company incorporates IT in business

     17th August 2012 Supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers’ technology division has, in partnership with telecommunications provider MTN and multichannel automotive remarketing company eFleet, introduced an integrated handheld electronic service, the ePod, into the market. The ePod service is a... 

Logistics company secures multimillion-rand contract

     17th August 2012 To boost the growth of JSE-listed logistics company Cargo Carriers’ mining business and to diversify its earnings throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the company has acquired a 55% stake in Zambia-based logistics company Buks Haulage Limited (BHL) for R18-million. Cargo Carriers’ safety, health,... 

Logistics conference discusses oil and gas upstream supply chain

     17th August 2012 The costs and challenges of planning and operating logistics for both the on-and offshore oil and gas upstream sectors in sub-Saharan Africa will be discussed at the Oil & Gas Africa Upstream Logistics and Supply Chain Conference, in Johannesburg, on October 23 and 24. “Upstream oil and gas... 

Manual dump system features compactor, conveyor

     17th August 2012 A new manual dump system from bulk handling equipment supplier Flexicon collects dust generated during manual tipping, compacts empty bags and conveys bulk materials downstream. The dust-free system comprises a receiving hopper, a dust collector, a bag compactor and a flexible screw conveyor. 

New forklift is environment friendly

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Criterion Equipment has extended its range of TCM forklift trucks to include the new FB-VIII electric counterbalanced series, which has advanced design features over the previous FB-VII forklifts. The new FB-VIII series is available in five units, each with a 500 mm load centre. The smallest unit... 

New logging truck fleet boosts profitability

     17th August 2012 Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi Forests and its contracted timber hauling firm Timber Logistics Services (TLS) have invested in a new 15-truck fleet of specialised, abnormal load logging MAN Truck & Bus Smart Trucks to replace its existing fleet. 

New weighing unit introduced

     17th August 2012 Process control and instrumentation equipment distributor Instrotech’s 6004MF Version II multifunction weighing transmitter, is a powerful, compact, field-mounted unit that can be selected for a variety of weighing functions. Specifically designed for servicing organisations, weighing equipment... 

Pallet moles improve efficiency

     17th August 2012 Storage solutions provider APC Storage Solutions South Africa (SA) has introduced in-rack pallet moles, manufactured by European automation firm Mecalux, to the South African market to reduce forklift travel times and improve storage densities. “The pallet mole, or satellite mole racking, offers... 

Shipyard expanding business internationally

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Shipyard and services provider to the international oil and gas industry DCD MARINE is actively considering opportunities through which it can expand its business in Brazil and East Africa. The company is already active in these areas and considers them as prospects for future demand. DCD MARINE... 

Transport company extends its presence in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 International logistics and transport company TNT South Africa has implemented its Southern Africa Road Network (ZARN) integrated road transportation system to improve efficiency in the freight industry. Until recently, organisations operating in Africa were restricted to using consolidated air... 

Bell half-year profits climb, confident of future

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2012 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment recorded improved profitability in the six months to June, as a 35% increase in sales pushed the company’s earnings to R151-million, up from R115-million in the first half of 2011. Chairperson Michael Mun-Gavin said that Bell’s basic earnings... 

Online chemical protection clothing and hazards database

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2012 Chemicals-industry personnel, emergency response and hazardous-waste workers, as well as the general industry can use chemicals giant DuPont’s online tool to determine what type of protective clothing and gear to use for different chemical hazards, says DuPont Protection Technologies business... 

Bell continues to increase headline earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2012 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment on Tuesday reported an expected increase in earnings for the six months ended June, after reporting a significant turnaround in the corresponding period the year before. JSE-listed Bell said in a trading statement that it expected earnings and... 

Variable reach truck for electric cable handling

     13th July 2012 Durban-based materials handling equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) South Africa offers a range of MecLift variable reach trucks, designed for diverse materials handling applications, including the efficient handling of electrical cabling, says BLT South Africa products manager Clinton van... 

Skilled youth key to future of manufacturing in SA

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th June 2012 The manufacturing sector’s ability to attract young, skilled people would be a determining factor in its success going forward, business software provider Isah International director Peter van Harten said on Friday. He added that despite its current ailing state, the local manufacturing sector... 

Physical simulation of manufacturing processes at UCT

     1st June 2012 A thermal-mechanical test system, the Gleeble 3800, has been installed in the Centre for Materials Engineering at the University of Cape Town owing to a National Research Foundation special equipment award. The Gleeble 3800, worth $1.05-million, is a fully-integrated, digital closed-loop control... 

Storage, retrieval solution benefits pharmacies

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2012 Unit materials handling specialist Storsure has added two more independent pharmacies to its list of customers using German-manufactured Apostore automated dispensing machines, says Storsure director John Meiring.  

SA logistics performance improving, World Bank survey shows 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th May 2012 South Africa has performed better than its Brics counterparts in the latest World Bank logistics survey, which examines global trade logistics performance in 155 countries. In its ‘Connecting to Compete 2012: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy’ report, the World Bank said that South Africa’s... 

Barloworld sells US materials handling unit for $60m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2012 JSE-listed Barloworld said on Monday that it had sold its US-based materials handling unit to Briggs Equipment and LiftOne, which would each acquire a portion of the assets. The group would use the $60-million proceeds from the sale of Barloworld Handling to partially finance organic and... 

Myths, trends and realities of supply chain management

By: Dimakatso Motau     27th April 2012 Supply chain management plays a significant role in the business fraternity and, to ensure that it positively affects business operations, the correct distribution model needs to be in place, states logistics consultancy LGA Fortna. 

Building owners recognise effect of flooring on overall profitability

By: Leandi Kolver     13th April 2012 Professional logistics consultants, building owners and operators are starting to pay more attention to the effect that flooring can have on overall profitability, says industrial flooring company Twintec South Africa projects director Martin Kerrigan.  

South Africa needs to relieve supply-chain constraints   

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2012 Research undertaken by logistics group Barloworld Logistics on Friday revealed the possibility that South Africa may soon lose its role as the world’s ‘gateway to Africa’ if it does not respond to rising competition from other African countries. In its ninth publication of ‘supplychainforesight’... 

Simulation software eliminates faults at design phase of electrical equipment 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2012 The new high-technology Technology Centre of electrical equipment manufacturer Powertech Transformers hosts transformer engineers responsible for research, development and advanced technical support of its three plants, says Powertech Transformers CEO Leon Viljoen. 

German company introduces coal grinding solution onto African market

     24th February 2012 Roller grinding mill technology specialist Loesche has introduced a new solution to the African market, one that reduces operating costs by substituting oil or gas for coal in various thermal applications.  

Mpact earnings to increase significantly

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2012 JSE-listed packaging firm Mpact on Wednesday said it expected its headline earnings for the financial year ended December 31, to increase to between 52c and 56c a share, compared with 2010 earnings of 23.1c a share. Mpact listed as a public company on the main board of the JSE on July 11,... 

Company reports increased interest in its equipment

     3rd February 2012 Amid continuing tightening of health, safety and environmental legislation in South Africa, chute supplier Weba Chute Systems reports increased interest in its bulk materials and handling equipment, which it says reduces noise and dust pollution. 

Concept forklift wins award 

     3rd February 2012 US forklift manufacturer, Doosan has won the European Design institution, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen’s Red Dot Design Award for its intelligent Concept Forklift (CFL) which offers efficiency and a high level of safety. 

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