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Diesel switch sends rocketing rhodium market to new heights

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Rhodium and ruthenium are having a banner week. Rhodium, mainly used in autocatalysts to curb harmful emissions, is benefiting as more European consumers choose gasoline-powered cars and trucks over diesel, said Jonathan Butler, a precious metals strategist at Mitsubishi Corp. in London. Drivers... 

Local gas company trials diesel dual-fuel kits on long-haul trucks

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 As fleet operators increasingly aim to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce costs, natural gas company Tetra4, a subsidiary of JSE-listed energy company Renergen, has started trialling diesel dual-fuel (DDF) kits on two European brands of trucks to establish the advantages of natural gas as a fuel... 

Tata Motors South Africa targets double-digit market share

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Tata Motors South Africa (SA) must grow its position in the South African truck market from the current number eight to number three, says Tata International distribution vertical executive director and head Len Brand. “We must be bigger. We need double digit market share and we want this in the... 

Daimler invest in solution to make EV charging as fast as filling a petrol tank

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 The trucks division of German mobility group Daimler has invested in Israeli firm StoreDot, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of FlashBattery technology in the electric vehicle (EV) market. StoreDot, a Tel Aviv-based company founded in 2012, is a nanotechnology materials firm focused on the... 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park 

     19th October 2017 A closed steel complex in Mpumalanga is finding new vigour as an industrial park, by focusing on providing key facilities for specialist services companies. 

‘Mine-blowing’ automated door solutions from Maxiflex

     18th October 2017 A range of superior quality, rugged automated door solutions, engineered to meet increased safety, efficiency and productivity on mines, are available from South Africa’s leading door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex. The local mining industry is facing significant challenges which are... 

Van market retreats as economy takes toll on small businesses, households

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2017 The total South African new van market currently ranges between 19 000 and 20 000 units a year, estimates Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa VP Nadia Trimmel. “Historically, the market used to be between 22 000 and 23 000 units, but this year we do not expect it to break 20 000. The general... 

Avesoro expands New Liberty mining equipment fleet

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 TSX-and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources’ wholly owned subsidiary Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC) has entered into equipment finance facility agreements with Mapa Insaat ve Ticaret, a related party of the company, to facilitate the purchase of heavy mining equipment for $6.1-million. The... 

Imperial Logistics team investigated 86 truck hijackings in 2016 financial year

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2017 During the 2016 financial year, Imperial Logistics investigated 86 cases of truck hijackings with a value of more than R134-million. A dedicated Imperial Logistics investigation team successfully recovered more than 90% worth of trucks, trailers and vehicles, says Imperial Logistics chief... 

US demands regional steel, aluminum in Nafta auto rules

By: Reuters     16th October 2017 The Trump administration is demanding the use of North American-made steel, aluminum, copper and plastic resins in cars and trucks sold under North American Free Trade Agreement rules, as it seeks to give US industry a boost. People briefed on the matter said US negotiators issued the proposal,... 

Well-maintained equipment ensures market competitiveness

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Ensuring that income-generation capacity is not reduced in any way by ill-maintained equipment is an important way of staying competitive in the market, states Cape Town-based specialised equipment hire company Burma Plant Hire Group (BPH) MD Theuns Burger. 

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2017 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the world’s first all-electric truck in series production, the Fuso eCanter, in the US. MFTBC is a member of the Daimler group. 

Partnership creates complete truck stop service concept

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 A partnership between local truck and trailer service Laser Fast, oil and gas multinational ExxonMobil, its local distributor CentLube and tyre multinational Michelin Tyre Company has resulted in the creation of a complete heavy-duty vehicle service and fuel and driver rest stop in Meyerton,... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng 

     12th October 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg last month. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

KZN local cane farmers rally together to survive

By: African News Agency      12th October 2017 South African sugar cane growers in Amatikulu, northern KwaZulu-Natal, have rallied together to raise enough capital to buy Unitrans’ assets in the two operational areas. Longstanding haulier Unitrans’ ceased cane haulage operations in their area, impacting the income of 50 commercial growers and... 

Atalaya fine tunes copper guidance on record Q3 output

By: Mariaan Webb     12th October 2017 Record third-quarter production from the Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Andalucía, Spain, has prompted Atalaya Mining to fine tune its copper production guidance for 2017. The mine boosted its September-quarter production by 18% to a record 10 679 t of copper in concentrate, as copper head grade and... 

Wolseley residents complain of no refuse collection for 5 years

By: News24Wire      10th October 2017 Residents who moved to Zakhele in Wolseley five years ago, say the municipality hasn't provided any basic services despite them paying for it. After GroundUp sent questions to Witzenberg Municipality about the absence of refuse removal for all these years, the municipality sent out a small truck... 

Eicher trucks to be assembled in SA in 2018

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2017 Eicher trucks will be assembled in South Africa in less than 12 months, says VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa (VECV SA) country head Surender Singh. “The project has a one-year lead time. We are currently in discussions to make it happen.” 

Eqstra unveils cold trailer powered by truck engine

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2017 Eqstra Flexi Fleet, a division of Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, has partnered with New Way, Ice Cold Bodies, and Javgro Transport Refrigeration Solutions to design a cold trailer that will run “80% to 90% of the time” using power from the truck engine, says Javgro MD Kenan Gröss. In... 

Congo halts Sicomines' copper exports, orders local refining

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo ordered Sinohydro Corp. and China Railway Construction Corp.’s local mining venture to stop exporting unprocessed copper and cobalt and refine all its metals within the country. Sicomines must ship “only high-value products” as the government looks to “ensure the... 

DA aims to ban unrecyclable plastic shopping bags in Western Cape

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 The DA-led Western Cape government has been mandated to pass legislation to prohibit the sale and distribution of plastic shopping bags that aren’t 100% recyclable. This after a motion to this effect was passed at the DA’s Western Cape Congress on Saturday. 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Trials on Kenya’s new standard-gauge railway network to start this month

By: John Muchira     6th October 2017 Kenya is gearing up to start transporting cargo on the country's new standard-gauge railway (SGR) network, signalling the beginning of a new era for East Africa’s freight logistics sector, which has been dominated by road hauliers. Cargo transport trial runs on the SGR network start at the end of... 

Tornio Manga liquefied natural gas terminal, Finland

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 Manga LNG is building reception, unloading and bunkering facilities, a vapourising facility, as well as storage facilities at the Tornio terminal. 

Efficient drilling with Atlas Copco’s high-pressure diesel compressors

     4th October 2017 The new Atlas Copco XRH 1100 and XRV 1200 high-pressure portable diesel compressors are designed and engineered to reliably deliver quality air for a range of drilling applications including deep hole, water well and reverse circulation (RC) drilling. During the development of this... 

Powerstar to expand into smaller trucks through Foton partnership

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2017 Powerstar sold around 420 trucks in South Africa last year, with the Chinese brand aiming for 500 units this year, says Everstar Industries CEO Bob Wang. The growth will come from the brand expanding its product portfolio from the extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicle (EHCV, HCV) segments to... 

Robots under Swedish forest breathe life into ancient mines

By: Reuters     4th October 2017 Hundreds of metres below the lush forests of rural Sweden, one of the world’s most ancient mines has been transformed into one of the most modern. Sensors linked to robotic equipment in Boliden’s Garpenberg zinc mine – which has been in operation since the 13th century – feed data to operators... 

Tata trucks ‘must be bigger’ in South Africa, says Brand

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2017 Tata Motors South Africa (SA) must grow its position in the South African truck market from the current number eight to number three, says Tata International distribution vertical executive director and head Len Brand. “We must be bigger. We need double digit market share and we want this in the... 

Concor Gives Port Alfred To Fish River Road Vital Upgrade

     2nd October 2017 Extensive realignment and rebuilding of the R72 route from Port Alfred to the Fish River by Concor Infrastructure will make this busy route safer and more suited to heavier traffic. Concor Infrastructure, previously known as Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, is part of Concor Construction which... 

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

Miner Golden Arrow looks toward fourth discovery as revenue rolls in

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2017 “Finally, we’re in production.” Those were the jubilant words of Golden Arrow Resources president and CEO Joseph Grosso to shareholders on Wednesday, during the company’s annual general meeting – the first face-to-face meeting since the company catapulted from explorer, to precious metals... 

OneLogix keeps on trucking with DAF Trucks

     28th September 2017 Forging strong, service-based relationships with customers is a top priority for Babcock and one of the driving reasons behind logistics provider OneLogix’s decision to purchase a further 12 DAF Trucks from Babcock, bringing their DAF Trucks fleet for group company OneLogix Projex up to 80.... 

Palladium eclipses beaten-down platinum as drivers shun diesel

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2017 Palladium prices topped platinum for the first time since 2001, underscoring the diverging outlooks for the metals. Supplies are expected to tighten in palladium, used mostly in pollution-control devices for gasoline-powered cars and trucks, while demand has slipped for platinum, which helps... 

DCT adopts multipronged approach to alleviate congestion

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has adopted a multipronged approach to alleviate congestion issues at the terminal. The Transnet Port Terminal [TPT] leadership team, under the guidance of CEO Nozipho Sithole, is working closely with operations with the view to finding sustainable solutions to... 

Bell brings KAMAZ Trucks into Southern Africa

     26th September 2017 Southern Africa's largest homegrown material handling equipment supplier, Bell Equipment, has announced it is entering the Southern African tipper truck market through a partnership with KAMAZ, a Russian-based industry leader in this market segment globally. Although new to the region, KAMAZ is... 

Workplace Demarcation Made Easier With Apex Strip Curtains

     22nd September 2017 Workplace demarcation in manufacturing facilities has become more important as companies streamline processes and implement best practice policies. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, says the company has seen a marked increase in the use of specialised PVC strip... 

Goscor Access Rental appoints new KZN Branch Manager

     22nd September 2017 Goscor Access Rental (GAR) has appointed industry stalwart Alan Will as Kwazulu-Natal Branch Manager, based in Westmead, to oversee expansion in one of the company’s highest-growth areas in South Africa at present. Alan brings 28 years’ experience to bear on his high-profile new role, of which 22... 

Giant miner vies with Google, GE, for hires amid automation push

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2017 Rio Tinto, the world’s second-largest mining company, is focused as much on driver-less trucks and automated drills as conventional shovels and loaders these days. That means it needs a whole lot more high-tech workers. The London-based company is stepping up efforts to lure engineers and... 

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