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SA French

SA French is the leading distributor of tower cranes and lifting solutions in sub-equatorial Africa. Founded in 1982 with the exclusive local distributorship for Potain tower cranes, the company is now part of Torre Industries.

The company is known for its customer and quality centric approach, which is underpinned by its solid base of applications knowledge and experience in providing safe reliable lifting solutions across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.

Its range of lifting and materials handling equipment is available for outright purchase or rental, and in either option is backed by the highest levels of support including ready access to skilled technicians and an in-house engineering capability. The company also maintains a comprehensive parts inventory facilitating high parts availability.

SA French is a registered Lifting Machinery Entity, registered with the Department of Labour, and with its team of registered Lifting Machinery Inspectors and candidate Lifting Machinery Inspectors, is considered the most technically competent tower crane company in the region.

Potain has been a market leader in the global tower crane industry for more than 40 years and has supplied over 120 000 cranes worldwide. This trusted brand is part of New York listed Manitowoc Crane Group, which is considered the world’s largest crane manufacturer.

The Potain range includes hydraulic self-erecting units, topless cranes, luffing jib and conventional saddle jib tower cranes.

SA French is also the official distributor of Orbit Hoists. Produced by GJJ Jing Long Eng Machinery, the largest construction hoist manufacturer in the world, all products carry full CE certification and are used to carry personnel and material to facilitate above ground construction work.


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By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Following the successful introduction of its locally manufactured zirconia-enhanced alumina ceramic products for wear protection applications in South Africa, industrial lining and materials handling solutions provider Groupline Projects is exploring options to expand the availability of the... 

Attention to detail crucial for conveyor belts

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Stringent adherence to safety protocols and a fit-for-purpose design are important factors governing the successful use of conveyor belts to increase production rates in mining, say industrial rubber products manufacturer Dunlop Industrial Products product managers Paul Nel and Dave Pitcher.  

Comprehensive service support adds value to forklifts

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Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Increased automation in the South African manufacturing sector could aggravate the country’s unemployment rate if supply chain management education and skills training initiatives are not prioritised, says supply chain and logistics consultancy Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS) chairperson Martin... 

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By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 With the Internet of Things driving large-scale automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, drive engineering company SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager Norman Maleka believes that materials handling systems will become increasingly integral for improving... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

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Kusile power plant project, South Africa

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Medupi power station project, South Africa

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Computational fluid dynamic simulation in steam and power generation plants

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Australian products showcased at event

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Medupi power station project, South Africa

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FEED lowers Salamanca uranium mine’s upfront costs

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Busiest project bidding period ever – ELB 

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Medupi power station project, South Africa

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