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Materials Handling News

OneLogix increases H1 revenue to R703m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2015 Despite having faced numerous challenges during the six months to November 30, JSE-listed logistics group OneLogix grew its revenue by 9% to R703-million. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earnings per share (EPS) rose 14% from 17.6c to 20c, owing to fewer shares being in issue during the... 

OneLogix acquires logistics companies in R110m deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2015 JSE-listed logistics group OneLogix has signed a R110-million deal to acquire four specialised logistics companies, known as Jackson and Buffelshoek, from Jackson Group and shareholder Jacques du Randt.  Jackson and Buffelshoek operate in the refrigerated fresh produce, industrial food and... 

OneLogix acquires logistics companies in R110m deal

Honeycomb paperboard offers new lightweight packaging alternative

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 Since July last year, honeycomb paperboard and corrugated pallet manufacturer Kimmo has been supplying KimmoBin honeycomb paperboard crates, each month, to the South African branch of global materials handling equipment manufacturing and distribution company Bell Equipment for the safe packaging... 

Honeycomb paperboard offers new lightweight packaging alternative
PAPER WEIGHT Honeycomb paperboard has significant compression strength and a 30-mm-thick honeycomb board can withstand a load of more than 8 t

New chain hoist launched in SA

30th January 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has launched the latest enhancement to its industrial cranes portfolio in South Africa – the CLX chain hoist. Available in safe working loads, the CLX chain hoist, which was introduced into the market in November, is suitable for several different... 

Logistics and transportation company upgrades Jhb facility

30th January 2015 Logistics and transportation company DHL Express has upgraded its Johannesburg Gateway facility – a fixed base for shipment handling – based at OR Tambo International Airport, after outgrowing its capacity as a result of rapid volume growth, the company announced in November. The Johannesburg... 

New wear solutions for materials handling sector

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 Wear solutions provider Multotec Wear Linings launched its latest wear solution offering to the materials handling sector, comprising the MultoCano transfer chute and the Quick Fit Panel, incorporating the Green Dot ceramic tile, at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place at the... 

New wear solutions for materials handling sector
MULTOCANO Multotec’s MultoCano system can be erected at the point of use without disrupting other operations within a plant

Hydraulic gantry designed for improved safety

30th January 2015 Abnormal load, machine moving, rigging and warehousing solutions provider Lovemore Bros has invested in a new 350-t-capacity hydraulic gantry, which features an innovative lifting safety system. Designed with safety and versatility in mind, the hydraulic gantry, which the company bought in... 

Forklift dealer receives second Dealership of the Year award

30th January 2015 Johannesburg-based forklift sales and rental company Action Equipment Company (AEC) won its second generator and forklift supplier Kipor Dealership of the Year award in a row, in November last year, following sales of over 50 Kipor forklifts in 2014. Kipor South Africa GM Tom Bloom notes that it... 

Telematics service provider exhibits latest innovations at German vehicle show

30th January 2015 Global fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics launched and demonstrated its latest telematics innovations at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which took place in Hannover, Germany, from September 25 to October 2. “Telematics and connectivity were key focus areas at... 

Company secures refurbishment contract

By: Leandi Kolver     30th January 2015 Total technology solutions provider Tenova Mining & Minerals’ client support services division secured the supply and installation contract in November last year for the refurbishment of a  Redler chain elevator for a brewery in Johannesburg. The contract was awarded to the company on the back of... 

Working with suppliers important to meet industry challenges

30th January 2015 The ability to quickly react to industry and business changes is fast becoming one of the key differentiators between technology suppliers in the supply chain and logistics industries, scenario planning authority Clem Sunter said at a VSc Solutions conference, held in Sandton, in October last... 

Bell Equipment to restructure, improve efficiency

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2014 The share price of JSE-listed Bell Equipment fell by 5.65% on Wednesday morning after the heavy equipment manufacturer announced that it was planning to restructure the business to improve operating efficiencies and ensure the group’s long-term competitiveness and sustainability. In a statement... 

Bell Equipment to restructure, improve efficiency

Lamberti expects challenging trading conditions to linger

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2014 The Imperial Group expects earnings in the 2015 financial year to mirror that of the 2014 financial year. CEO Mark Lamberti says Imperial anticipates earnings in the current six months to decline on the prior year, as the impact of the weak rand on the vehicle import, distribution and dealership... 

Crane rail fastening system reduces wear and tear

21st November 2014 Automated warehouses, steel mills, power stations, airports, wastewater treatment works, harbours and container handling depots can cut production time losses, when cranes fail, as engineering company Horne Group is now distributing a crane rail fastening system that extends the life of crane... 

Crane rail fastening system reduces wear and tear
FASTENING SYSTEM Gantrail MK7 has been designed specifically for crane rail fastening applications in facilities that use cranes for their operations

South Africa begins waking up to the economic potential of waste recycling

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2014 South Africa lost an estimated R17-billion worth of resources through disposal of waste to landfill in 2012, while the effects of resource scarcity and resource constraints are increasing globally. However, the value to the economy of additional recycling or recovery – including the avoided... 

South Africa begins waking up to the economic potential of waste recycling

Scanner for university a first in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 Electronics industry equipment, software and technical support supplier Zetech last month supplied the first nano-computerised tomography X-ray scanner in Africa to Stellenbosch University, in the Western Cape, to assist the university in scanning objects during lab analyses for disciplines such... 

Scanner for university a first in Africa
SENSING AND INSPECTING The Nanotom S is the inspection solution for a wide range of computerised tomography applications

Stainless steel marker introduced

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra Mining Africa Expo last month.... 

Stainless steel marker introduced
EASY PRINTING The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox expects to complete four projects with a collective value of about R50-million for the mining, water treatment, laboratory, and the food and beverage industry within the next six months, Fabrinox MD André Visser tells Engineering News. “These projects... 

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets
NEW COMMISSION The ACF Cornerformer Multiflex machine can be used for the corner forming mild steel of up to 4 mm and stainless steel of up to 3 mm

Eqstra weighing options for underperforming contract mining unit

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2014 Eqstra’s Contract Mining and Plant Rental division served as a heavy drag on the company’s results for the year ended June 30. Group revenue increased by 9.8%, to R10-billion, compared with the previous financial year, while operating profit dropped by 9.6%, to R938-million. 

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

By: Natalie Greve     22nd September 2014 Materials handling group ELB has attributed its solid full-year showing to its diversification across several industries and numerous commodities, which has resulted in the spread of risk rather than a reliance on the health of a single market. “If you specialise in [materials handling] for one... 

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

Weaker rand affects performance of Imperial’s vehicles unit

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2014 The JSE-listed Imperial group breached the R100-billion revenue mark for the first time in the past financial year, ended June 30. Revenue was up 12% on the previous financial year, to R103.6-billion, with operating profit up 2%, to R6.2-billion. 


5th September 2014 Established in 2014 through the merger of South Africa’s two leading industrial packing solution entities, PackSolve is the largest diversified industrial packaging group in the Southern African Development Community. The company, which has an order book of R200-million, offers clients a full... 


Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2014 Eqstra’s Contract Mining and Plant Rental division served as a heavy drag on the company’s results for the year ended June 30, released on Tuesday. Group revenue increased by 9.8%, to R10-billion, compared with the previous financial year, while operating profit dropped by 9.6%, to R938-million. 

Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit
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Mindset change in logistics industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 Projects in many industries are becoming more challenging because of the remote, undeveloped areas in which new resources are being discovered and, subsequently, the global projects market is beginning to follow a more innovative approach towards logistics, giving it a higher priority, says... 

Commercial dealership set to expand

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 Peugeot Isando, a division of the Kempston Motor Group, started the expansion of its top performing dealership in June, with the launch taking place at the dealership in September. The expansion comprises an amalgamation with Peugeot East Rand at bigger premises, in Isando. The specialised... 

Rapidly changing trends altering logistics landscape

15th August 2014 An increasing number of manufacturers and other suppliers are shipping consolidated container loads of products from point of origin to South Africa. Using a local logistics company, the shipment is then broken down into individual orders and delivered directly to customers, says distribution... 

Segmented supply chains represent new paradigm

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 The international logistics industry is on the cusp of a paradigm shift with regard to the way in which organisations manufacture and ultimately transport goods from one location to another, says logistics company DHL Supply Chain strategy director Warren Brusse. Historical attitudes toward... 

Innovative solutions for forklift trucks

15th August 2014 Platform trucks and tractors supplier Still Germany aims to launch many new products and innovative ideas including semi- and fully-automated solutions for forklift trucks, this year, as well as introduce  lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to power forklifts, says logistics company Value Materials... 

Growth lies in burgeoning African mining sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 Johannesburg-based DCD Rolling Stock, a division of international manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group, has received supply orders for its 24 t and 35 t diesel hydrokinetic (DHK) Funkey shunting locomotives from clients operating in the mining and industrial processing sectors over the... 

Advanced gantry launched onto local market

15th August 2014 Crane company Konecranes launched the Boxhunter container gantry in May to the local market, which is built around the operator’s graphical user interface (GUI), says Konecranes service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. He explains that the crane operator is now at ground level, as... 


15th August 2014 Brelko Conveyor Products is a local manufacturer of belt cleaning equipment, with a global reach through branches, distributors and agents in more than 40 countries. Established in 1987, Brelko supplies and advises the bulk materials handling industry on spillage control. The company also offers... 


Lift Truck’s star continues to shine

15th August 2014 The current brightest star in the Goscor Group is Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC). Distributors of Crown, Doosan, Bendi and Hubtex equipment, GLTC are one of the fastest-growing warehouse materials handling companies in Southern Africa. GLTC MD Darryl Shafto says that the most important factor... 

Lift Truck’s star continues to shine

The total cleaning solution

15th August 2014 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) provides quality industrial cleaning equipment and solutions to suit a wide range of customers across a multitude of applications and boasts the leading brands in the industry including Tennant, Elgin, Ghibli, Guzzler, Vactor, Green Machines, Maer, and Delfin.... 

The total cleaning solution

Hi-Reach on a high

15th August 2014 When it comes to Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) there is little doubt about the professionalism and expertise of Goscor Hi-Reach MD George Landsberg and his team. “Since inception, our goal has been to be the preferred supplier of MEWPs in Southern Africa and we have come a long way in... 

Hi-Reach on a high

Goscor Power Products powering on

15th August 2014 Goscor Power Products (GPP) has built an enviable reputation across a wide range of sectors, including construction, agriculture, mining and general industry where it distributes world-class products including pumps, generators, welders, firefighters, engines, rammers, rollers and compactors from... 

Goscor Power Products powering on

Perfecting the rental business

15th August 2014 The rental business – particularly in the capital equipment market – is not an easy one. Yet, this is an area where the Goscor group has excelled. Both subsidiaries and specialist rental companies, Goscor Rental (GR), which focuses on warehouse materials handling equipment, and Goscor Access... 

Perfecting the rental business

Company replaces forklift fleet

15th August 2014 Warehouse materials handling equipment and solutions supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) concluded a deal with supply chain management company Imperial Cargo Solutions (ICS) - which manages the primary logistics operations for tobacco company British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) -... 

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