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Materials Handling News

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... 

Product receives positive feedback from SA market

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2011 Automation company Festo has yet to officially launch its new FinGripper technology, which can be used for various handling applications, however the South African food and beverage and automotive industries have already shown an interest in acquiring this product. The company has made the... 

South Africa’s largest laser-cutting system successfully installed

     22nd April 2011 Leading distributors of international capital equipment First Cut has completed the successful installation of a new Maximo – the largest laser-cutting system of its kind in the country. 

Gauteng Tooling Initiative forges alliances in bid to stimulate artisan training 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 The Gauteng Tooling Initiative (GTI) is partnering with a number of institutions and organisations, in a bid to stimulate toolmaking artisan training in the province and support the toolmaking industry in general. 

New galvanising facility incorporates environmental enhancements

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 Galvaglow, a newly launched hot dip galvanising facility, claims to embrace energy and environmental efficiency enhancements. The Krugersdorp plant includes a full wet scrubber system, which extracts harmful gasses, neutralising them rather than releasing them directly into the atmosphere, says... 

Steelmaking giant takes delivery of 12 articulated dump trucks

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th March 2011 Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has acquired a fleet of 12 articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from local heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment. 

Astrapak expanding its flexibles division

By: Petronel Smit     12th January 2011 Local plastic packaging company Astrapak on Wednesday confirmed the shipment of the first multilayer cast extruder from Italy to its Tristar Plastics operation in Johannesburg, as part of a R100-million investment in its flexibles operations during 2011. CEO Marco Baglione said that investment... 

Logistics group adds to small-parcel offering

By: Petronel Smit     26th November 2010 Global logistics and supply chain company Imperial Logistics has obtained a majority shareholding in break-bulk consolidation expert and small parcel express courier EWC Express, during November, strengthening the group’s small parcel, high-speed delivery retail offering.  

Barloworld bets on growing Russian market, sees order book mending on mining demand

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2010 JSE-listed multinational corporation Barloworld on Wednesday said that it would acquire the remaining 50% shareholding in its Russian Caterpillar equipment joint venture (Vostochnaya Technica) for about R365-million, subject to regulatory and other approvals. Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson said... 

Express freight remains strong growth point

By: Jessica Hannah     12th November 2010 Representative association for express freight and the courier industry, the South African Express Parcel Association (Saepa) executive director Garry Marshall believes that, across the different segments of transportation, express freight remains the strongest growth point for the industry. 

Pilot Crushtec offers a peek into 
South Africa’s manufacturing challenge

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2010 Mobile and semimobile crushing plant supplier Pilot Crushtec, which turned 20 earlier this year, arguably offers a micro-level view of what is taking place at the macro level in South Africa’s troubled manufacturing environment.

Despite policy that seeks to expand the country’s industrial base,... 

R1,5m for brewery’s logistics improvements 

By: Tracy Hancock     12th November 2010 Brewer SABMiller’s Alrode brewery, in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, is spending about R1,5-million to improve its logistics, by constructing an additional bay, moving administrative functions from its main gate into the warehouse and installing a bay occupation system, which monitors throughput... 

Biometrics revolutionises order process control

By: Henry Lazenby     29th October 2010 Access control is fast developing into a source of intelligence for employers, thanks to the biometric analysis of fingerprints, technology and services company Ideco Biometric Security Solutions COO Marius Coetzee reports.

Increased demand for outsourced warehousing solutions

By: Henry Lazenby     29th October 2010 Supply chain specialist UTi reports that many companies have emerged from the recession in a much leaner state, often necessitating them to make use of an outsourced warehousing and logistics services provider. 

Modified forklift opens up warehousing to disabled persons 

By: Henry Lazenby     29th October 2010 Independent black economically empowered Manitou machine dealer, Dezzo Equipment, reports that it has converted a Manitou CD25P forklift for use by disabled drivers. The conventional controls of the forklift, such as the pedals and other hand-operated equipment, have been replaced by a single... 

New stainless steel bag dump system

     22nd October 2010 A new bag dump system from engineering and manufacturing company Flexicon collects dust generated during manual dumping and compaction of bags, conveys bulk material downstream and is constructed of stainless steel, finished to food, dairy, pharmaceutical or industrial standards.  

Three new robotic welding processes unveiled at mining show

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th October 2010 Power and automation solutions company ABB and its partner welding consumables manufacturer Fronius have exhibited three new welding applications and robots at the 2010 Electra Mining expo. 

Excellence in fast-moving consumer goods logistics recognised

     8th October 2010 Supply chain management company The Cold Chain and ambient warehousing company TFD Network Africa, have been recognised by Professional Management Review (PMR) as leaders in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. 

Automated system to improve material and data flow

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 German specialist manufacturer of machines for steel fabrication and steel service centres Kaltenbach group’s logistic, process and control (LPC) system can increase production capacity by 30%, reports Kaltenbach group president Valentin Kaltenbach. 

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