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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.


Majuba coal Silo 20 rebuild project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project was completed this month. 

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times and the group’s prospects 

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld announced the appointment of new CEO Dominic Sewela, who replaced the outgoing Clive Thomson last month. Thomson was appointed in December 2006 and managed the South African industrial giant during some of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. 

Vital Engineering’s ‘powerful’ project wins in many sectors

     9th March 2017 According to a well-known adage: ’Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.’ This very much applies to Vital Engineering, which has gone more than the extra mile to successfully complete the 2 largest gratings, handrail and stair tread supply contracts so far in Africa. The contracts in question... 

Eskom names Majuba power station interim coal feeder solution Project of the Year

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 With the collapse of Silo 20 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Majuba power station in November 2014, an interim solution to directly feed coal into the power station was implemented, and has been awarded Best Project of the Year by Eskom, during its yearly awards ceremony.  

Moving materials with a sustainable focus

     2nd March 2017 Products like low-friction bearings can extend the life of conveyors and lifts and help to boost sustainability in the material handling sector, says Jerome Pommereul, Global Business Engineer at SKF. The climate meeting in Paris in 2016 (COP21) proved that politicians are capable of coming to... 

Goscor Lift Truck Company appoints Mauritius, Botswana dealers

     28th February 2017 In line with its aggressive expansion programme in the Southern African and Indian Ocean Islands region, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has appointed dealers in Mauritius and Botswana. Spearheaded by its activities in Mauritius over the past 100 years, the family-owned Taylor Smith Group,... 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

More Focus Needed On Optimising Transfer Points

     9th February 2017 The continued lack of focus on optimising transfer points is costing process plants money. It is a known fact that transfer points can contribute to some of the highest maintenance costs on a mine, yet many engineers often do not view transfer systems as a critical element of the minerals... 

Group of companies receives recognised certification

     3rd February 2017 Equipment group of companies Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has been accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the 9001:2008 certificate demonstrating the company’s high levels of service, efficiency and product quality, says GLTC MD Darryl Shafto. 

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 To remain competitive this year, companies in the materials handling and logistics industry will be forced to act to optimise efficiency, improve business processes and advance the customer experience, says technology solutions provider Jasco Enterprise service portfolio manager Ian Summerfield. 

JV to be completed by end of Q1 2017

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 The transaction regarding the joint venture (JV) between Barloworld Handling South Africa’s local materials handling and agriculture business, and German agricultural trading, building materials and energy specialists BayWa AG (BayWa) is set for completion by the end of the first quarter this year. 

New crane tailored for smaller companies

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Crane manufacturer Konecranes launched a new CXT UNO overhead crane in January for small and medium-sized construction, materials handling and logistics companies in Southern Africa. 

New equipment available from local supplier exclusively

     3rd February 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift variable reach trucks, which are designed to swiftly, efficiently and safely handle heavy loads of materials such as steel and aluminium, are now available in South Africa exclusively from materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA). 

Organisations need to have zero tolerance approach to alcohol abuse

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 There is a need for high-risk industries, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to have proper policies in place regarding alcohol consumption, as this would likely decrease the company’s fatality rate, says alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. 

Flsmidth Leverages Software For Smart Control

     26th January 2017 Conveyors are the arteries of any bulk materials handling system. Irrespective of whether undertaking new conveyor construction or an upgrade, it is not only necessary to have access to in-depth engineering and design knowledge, it is critical to be able to execute a project no matter how remote... 

Former Alderon chief executive rejoins board

By: Henry Lazenby     25th January 2017 The former president and CEO of Canadian project developer Alderon Iron Ore, Tayfun Eldem, has rejoined the company’s board with immediate effect, replacing John Baker, who had been with Alderon since 2010. The TSX-listed company stated on Tuesday that Eldem was Alderon's president and CEO until... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 A a significant milestone has been celebrated at the Port of Durban, with the Maydon Wharf precinct having serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Eskom connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station at the end of December 2016. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The second unit of Eskom's Medupi coal-fired power station was loaded to full capacity in December 2016. 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

Rio-Carb celebrates 35 years of innovation and service excellence

     23rd November 2016 Rio-Carb, a leading manufacturer of R-C700 Chromium Carbide (CrC) clad liner plates for the materials-handling industry, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Founder and CEO Martin Maine has extensive experience in physical metallurgy, and has participated in several international... 

Barloworld, BayWa extend collaboration in Southern Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th November 2016 JSE-listed Barloworld and German company BayWa have entered into a joint venture (JV) to further expand their agriculture and materials handling operations in Southern Africa. Subject to approval by competition authorities, the parties will establish a 50:50 JV company, BHBW Holdings, which will... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th November 2016 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded the inspections work of Unit 6 at the Medupi power station. 

Reducing Maintenance On Chute Systems Is Simple

     15th November 2016 Transfer points don’t need to be high maintenance areas on a mine anymore. This good news is from Mark Baller, managing director of Weba Chute Systems, who says the solution to reducing maintenance costs on transfer points is simple. “More often than not this issue is addressed by looking at new... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 Eskom has reported that work is progressing well at the project. 

Raubex achieves H1 earnings growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2016 Raubex Group on Monday posted a 22.9% and 22.1% increase in earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) respectively for the six months to August 31. Interim EPS increased to 132.7c, from the 108c a share recorded in the comparative six months the year before. 

Wind energy investments increase future renewable energy plans

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Although the Department of Energy (DoE) has initiated the highly successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in South Africa, which has led to the rapid expansion of renewable energy, both wind and solar, integrated professional and technical services... 

Goldplat sees positive production and financial quarter, projects progressing

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2016 Africa-focused gold producer Goldplat produced a total of 9 129 oz of gold and gold equivalents from all its operations during the three months to September 30, with improvements in operating profitability at its recovery operations. Goldplat CEO Gerard Kisbey-Green said on Thursday that good... 

Hatch rises to challenge of Silo 20 Reinstatement Project at Majuba

     26th October 2016 The collapse of the upper section of Silo 20 at Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga, following a catastrophic wall fracture in November 2014, posed a significant design and engineering challenge for consultant Hatch. Eskom’s second-largest power station, Majuba has an installed capacity of 4 110... 

Manitowoc Launches Pioneering Potain Hup 40-30 Self-Erecting Crane

     26th October 2016 SA French, the southern African Potain tower crane distributor, reports that Manitowoc has officially launched the Hup 40-30, the second model from the new Potain Hup range. The pioneering self-erecting tower crane, which was first shown as a prototype at bauma 2016, boasts a range of innovative... 

Wide range offering increases client satisfaction

     21st October 2016 Industry-leading rigging capabilities combined with a full range of services from storage to a bond facility and custom-made crating, can ensure client satisfaction, says machine movers and rigging company Lovemore Bros. Lovemore Bros warehouse manager Willy Chetty  emphasises that offering a... 

Proudly 100% South African owned manufacturer - World Power Products

     19th October 2016 World Power Products continues its proud 53 year heritage as a 100% South African owned manufacturer of industry leading high-precision, custom-designed sheet metal products as well as a wide range of in-house designed, standard off-the-shelf products manufactured locally to world-class quality.... 

Vacuum ejector modifications improve effectiveness

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th October 2016 Pneumatics products provider SMC Pneumatics has modified its ZH body ported type vacuum ejector so that it is more compact, lightweight and easy to mount. It also has an improved maximum suction flow rate, improving its overall effectiveness and functionality.  The ejector is more compact in... 

Goscor makes leading dairy’s day

     11th October 2016 Goscor makes leading dairy’s day You may say that Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), through its high quality product and service has made Dairy Day’s day! “We think very carefully about every capital investment,” says Dairy Day Warehousing General Manager, Stuart Dickson, “and after looking at a... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th September 2016 The second 800 MW unit – Unit 5 – at the project has been synchronised to the grid. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The second 800 MW unit – Unit 5 – has been synchronised to the grid. 

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