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Materials Handling News

Equipment manufacturer delivers cranes to Brazil

     3rd February 2012 Equipment manufacturer Terex Cranes has delivered two of its TFC 46MS HC reach stackers to Brazilian port handling operators MultiRio Operaçoes Portuarias. 

Forklift distributor stocks new range

     3rd February 2012 South African distributor of TCM forklifts Criterion Equipment now stocks new ranges of forklift trucks designed to handle food and beverage loads during production and in warehousing and transport operations. 

Heavy lift specialist completes project despite challenges

     3rd February 2012 Although faced with on-site challenges, heavy lift and relocation specialist Vanguard has completed the installation of a semiautogenous grinding (SAG) and ball mill for a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Manufacturer to improve service through wider distribution

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd February 2012 Screen media manufacturer Ludowici Meshcape plans to improve its service in Africa by increasing the distribution of its vibrating equipment and reports it has, in the past four months, tendered for in excess of R1-billion of work. 

Service provider scoops Supplier of the Year award

     3rd February 2012 Specialised transportation, supply chain and logistics service provider, Cargo Carriers has become the first freight company ever to win cement producer Lafarge’s Supplier of the Year award. 

Storage solutions provider unveils new articulated forklift 

     3rd February 2012 Warehouse solutions provider Africa Projects Consulting (APC) Storage Solutions South Africa has introduced the new APC Artix articulated forklift to the market. 

Turbo coupling suitable for harsh belt conveying applications

     3rd February 2012 Supplier of fluid couplings Voith Turbo says its TPKL fill-controlled turbo coupling range is designed specifically for smooth operation in harsh belt conveying applications that require powerful drive systems to move large masses. 

US manufacturer unveils new equipment

     3rd February 2012 US bulk-handling equipment manufacturer Flexicon offers the market a new dual bag filling system with a pallet dispenser to assist with the safe, high capacity filling of bulk bags of various sizes. 

Dubai’s Aramex buys Berco Express

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     12th December 2011 Dubai-based logistics group Aramex has strengthened its footprint into Africa through the acquisition of South African logistics group Berco Express. Aramex views South Africa as a “highly attractive market” with a business-friendly environment and significant growth prospects, said Aramex... 

Division reaps benefits after implementing steadfast business approach in recession

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 The pursuit of new opportunities during the 2008/9 recession, paired with constant product offering expansions, sophisticated distribution agreements and a business approach focused on employee development and involvement, have ensured that Eqstra’s Elandsfontein-based Industrial Equipment... 

Barloworld’s earnings to rise sharply on strong mining sales

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2011 Industrial brand manager Barloworld reported on Friday that its earnings for the year to September 30, 2011, would be substantially higher, owing to a better-than-expected second half and strong mining equipment sales in Southern Africa and Russia. The JSE-listed company told shareholder that... 

Automatic guided carts offer a smart solution for warehousing

     21st October 2011 Engineering solutions company Bearing Man Group (BMG) has extended its range of Webb conveyor systems to include automatic guided carts, which are suitable for moving products on an assembly line and for transporting goods around a plant, distribution centre or warehouse. 

Cushion-tyre industrial trucks suitable for warehousing

     21st October 2011 Durban-based materials handling equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has added cushion-tyre industrial trucks, which have a tight turning radius, suitable for use in warehousing, to its range of Taylor industrial forklift trucks.  

Materials handling equipment fleet selected for distribution centre

     21st October 2011 Supermarket group Cambridge Food, part of the Masscash division of Massmart, has taken delivery of 24 Hyster machines from materials handling equipment specialist Barloworld Handling, for its new distribution centre, in Denver, Johannesburg. 

New forklift range helps to increase storage capacity

     21st October 2011 Materials handling specialist Barloworld Handling has been appointed Southern African dealer for Aisle-Master very narrow aisle (VNA) articulated forklifts, which are manufactured by Ireland-based handling solutions provider Combilift. 

Technology increases storage space

By: Celest Smith     21st October 2011 Warehousing and storage specialist African Projects Consulting (APC) Storage Solutions has relaunched its Mecalux range of moveable racking units, which now offers integration of stacker crane technology into its all-purpose Movirack solution. 

Imperial buys German logistics group for €270m

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th September 2011 In line with its growth and diversification strategy for its international logistics business, JSE-listed Imperial Holdings on Friday announced the acquisition of German logistics firm Lehnkering for €270-million. The purchase equity value is €173-million and Imperial would assume the net debt... 

New straddle carriers to improve Durban container efficiencies

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     29th September 2011 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) officially commissioned four of its straddle carriers at the Durban container terminal (DCT) on Thursday, as part of a R205-million capital expenditure (capex) programme to significantly improve productivity over the next year. The R205-million capex represents the... 

Grindrod sells R2bn stake to Remgro to help fund expansion

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th September 2011 JSE-listed Grindrod plans to sell a 22% stake to investment holding firm Remgro for R2-billion to help fund its Southern Africa expansion plan, the shipping and freight services group announced on Tuesday. CEO Alan Olivier said the transaction enabled Grindrod to have the necessary capacity to... 

Super Group results ‘satisfactory’ in difficult trading environment

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     17th August 2011 JSE-listed Super Group described its financial year results as “satisfactory” in light of a continuing difficult economic and trading environment, with headline earnings from continuing operations doubling to R339.3-million. The group’s revenue increased by 12% to R7.8-billion in the year ended... 

Automatic bulk bag filling, pallet dispenser introduced to market

     12th August 2011 A new bulk bag filling line from US-based bulk-handling equipment manufacturer Flexicon automatically dispenses pallets, fills bulk bags and accumulates filled bags for removal by forklift, reports local distributor Flexicon Africa, which is based in Port Elizabeth. 

Company invests in local manufacture of wedge wire screens

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2011 High-strength, fine aperture screens, made using wedge-profile mesh screens, are now manufactured locally and are increasingly being used in the petrochemicals, coal, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries in South Africa to separate materials, says screening company Meshcape Industries MD David... 

Group opens logistics operation in South Sudan

     12th August 2011 Logistics group DHL opened an operation in Africa’s newest republic, South Sudan, in July, and is providing express delivery and freight services in the country. 

Industry seeks longer maintenance-free periods

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2011 There is a general trend in industry towards the lengthening of maintenance-free periods for materials-handling systems and towards mechanising these systems, specifically in the grain and agricultural industries, as well as mining, says wear-resistance company Rio-Carb director Martin Maine. 

Mobile container handler delivered to Beira port

     12th August 2011 Materials-handling equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has delivered the second Mobicon mobile container handler to logistics company UTI in Beira, in Mozambique. 

Software improves bottling line efficiency

     12th August 2011 Liqueur bottling company Baileys Global Supply, part of the global Diageo Group drinks company, has improved the efficiency of its bottling line from 53% to 69% using German materials-handling equipment manufacturer Krones’ manufacturing execution system (MES) software, Krones reports. 

Specialised lift trucks used at new FMCG factory

     12th August 2011 Very narrow aisle lift trucks, that can lift goods up to 12 m, and flameproof pallet lift trucks are being used in a new factory of cleaning products giant Unilever South Africa. 

Use of wider cranes in extended warehouses questioned

     12th August 2011 Crane spans continue to increase in line with the steadily growing width of factories and warehouses, says crane and materials handling equipment manufacturer Condra Cranes & Hoists. 

Walmart effect to help improve South African supply chains and prices

     12th August 2011 Global retailer Walmart’s acquisition of supermarket chain Massmart, and its new business model, will reduce supply chain costs in South Africa, the latest ‘Supplychainforesight’ research report, which is sponsored by Barloworld Logistics, suggests. 

Logistics key to unlocking big intraregional trade potential 

By: Dennis Ndaba     22nd July 2011 The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) says there is big potential in intra-African trade, as the continent depends on trade for economic development, regional or intraregional trade. 

New institute aims to train 500 artisans a year

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th July 2011 A new engineering artisan training facility, which aims to deliver 500 artisans into the South African economy every year, has been launched by private higher education institution Production Management Institute (PMI), in Johannesburg.  

Franklin Electric unveils high-efficiency end-suction pumps

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     24th June 2011 Pumping systems and solutions supplier Franklin Electric South Africa (FESA) has launched its new range of high-efficiency end-suction pumps for the agriculture and industrial markets. 

New publication outlines ‘sustainable concrete’ protocols

     24th June 2011 The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) has produced the first in a series of new, free publications on the sustainability of concrete. 

Moving freight to rail could offset higher costs due to carbon taxing  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     3rd June 2011 The proposed carbon tax would have a significant impact on South Africa’s transport industry and could potentially lead to a “rail renaissance”, said University of Stellenbosch researcher Peter Fourie, who proposed an intermodal solution for transporting freight. Switching “suitable” freight on... 

New rock, concrete breaking solution eliminates noise, gases, flying rock and vibration shockwaves 

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd June 2011 Nondetonating technology developer Green Break Technology’s (GBT’s) patented nondetonating safety power cartridge is set to make a significant impact in the explosives and mechanical breaker markets and presents a shift in mining economically. 

Barloworld says recovery accelerating, warns on mining product lead times

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2011 Industrial brand manager Barloworld expects the recovery in orders, sales and profitability recorded during the six months to December 31, 2010, to accelerate further in the second half, with order books continuing to increase across most of its businesses. The JSE-listed group, which is best... 

System to improve efficiencies at Matla power station

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2011 Materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) is in contracted to State-owned power utility Eskom to improve efficiencies and reduce operating costs at its Matla coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga. By replacing CBZ’s ash pump technology with its MD pump system (a dense-phase... 

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