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Materials Handling News

Company produces over 1Mt of corrosion resistant steel

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, says that it has produced more than one-million tons of its 3CR12 chromium-containing corrosion-resistant stainless steel for a variety of applications for local and international clients. 3CR12 is a locally... 

Drilling of Northam’s Zondereinde No 3 shaft completed 

18th May 2022 Platinum group metals miner Northam last month completed the drilling and reaming of the first shaft of its Number 3 Shaft expansion project. The new shaft, at 1 380 metres deep and 4.8 metres wide, is designed to handle personnel and materials, while two additional shafts will handle... 

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Drilling of Northam’s Zondereinde No 3 shaft completed

Pick n Pay, Takealot partner to sell groceries, liquor on Mr D app

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Retail chain Pick n Pay and online store Takealot have signed a commercial services agreement which will enable customers across South Africa to buy Pick n Pay food, groceries and liquor on a new platform on the food delivery services application (app) Mr D.   In a statement issued on May 17, the... 

Pick n Pay delivery bikes parked in front of a store

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

Manufacturer expands product portfolio

6th May 2022 Industrial engineered products and components manufacturer BMG’s range of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment has expanded its product portfolio to comprise a new portable self-locking cube jack system, that ensures safe and efficient lifting and lowering of heavy loads in many applications,... 

ENERPAC SCJ-50 CUBE JACK The compact incremental lifting and lowering system has an automated mechanical locking facility for higher efficiency, faster operation and greater safety than conventional climbing jacks with wooden cribbing
ENERPAC SCJ-50 CUBE JACK The compact incremental lifting and lowering system has an automated mechanical locking facility for higher efficiency, faster operation and greater safety than conventional climbing jacks with wooden cribbing

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

A side view of a yellow Criterion TCM forklift which is used to lift heavy loads
KEEP LOADING LOADING LOADING The TCM range of forklifts are prime for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications

Lifting project comes to a close

By: Halima Frost     29th April 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros has successfully concluded a longstanding contract with a global pulp and paper company based in South Africa. The contract, initially signed in February 2019, commenced in May 2019 and concluded in February 2022. 

A night time photo of a large truck mounter crawler crane, lifting boiler plant elements for the refurbishment of a boiler plant at a paper mill in  South Africa
HOT N HEAVY The heavier elements of the boiler refurbishment were undertaken by Lovemore Bros

Expansion considered at Maputo Port

1st April 2022 The global coal demand, which peaked in mid-2021, is still reaching price record highs due to the major surge in coal prices worldwide. In response to the increasing demand for export capacity, the Maputo and Matola Drybulk Terminals (GML and TCM), the sub-concessions of the Maputo Port... 

Image of the Port of Maputo
MAPUTO PORT An amount of $128.7-million has been invested to date in the Maputo and Matola Drybulk Terminals

Pumps supplier offers solution to municipal woes

25th March 2022 Local pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps is poised to assist with service delivery solutions for wastewater and sewerage system maintenance and repairs, says Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. He attributes this “call to action” to an increased focus on service delivery which has been brought to the... 

Municipality workers using a high pressure pumping unit to clean out sewers and drains to maintain municipal infrastructure
DOWN THE DRAIN The need to maintain or improve on service delivery can be met with Werner Pups offerings

Vietnam river plastic pollution tackled head-on

4th March 2022 Environmental organisation The Ocean Cleanup recently launched its Interceptor Original trash collection system for testing in the Can Tho river in Vietnam. This is one of 15 major rivers where the solar-powered solution will be deployed as part of a global partnership with beverage multinational... 

The Ocean Cleanup project team
KEEP IT COOL This river cleanup project will make an important contribution to help the city improve the capacity and efficiency in waste collection, segregation and treatment

Industrial supplier focuses on growth in port city

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th February 2022 Despite the challenging business landscape, industrial and construction equipment supplier Shumani Industrial Equipment regards Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal,  as a city with opportunities for businesses to grow. The Johannesburg-based company has enjoyed a growing market, which is expected to... 

An image of Shumani MD Victor Nemukula
VICTOR NEMUKULA Durban's abundance of human capital and big industrial equipment users makes it an ideal place to operate in

Exhibition provides exposure opportunity for company

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th February 2022 German materials handling equipment manufacturer Jungheinrich aims to use the KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Tech Expo (KITE) to break into the local market, increase its exposure in the region and build brand awareness. Durban has a price-sensitive market, and Jungheinrich is still busy establishing... 

An image of Jungheinrich's material handling equipment range
EXHIBITING EFFICIENCY Jungheinrich intends to market its wide range of material handling equipment at KITE

Condra to supply six cranes to local mine

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes will supply six cranes, a portal and five double-girder overhead cranes, to a local mine. Four of these cranes are identical 10 t overhead machines with spans of 6.5 m, with two already delivered. 


The 10 t double-girder overhead portal crane with a span of 6.5 m
10 T OVERHEAD CRANE The 10 t double-girder overhead portal crane with a span of 6.5 m

Rail operator eyes South African, African leasing expansion with renewed locomotive fleet

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2021 Freight logistics company Grindrod, through its 43% shareholding in Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa, is looking to expand its locomotives leasing and rail operations business in South Africa and the rest of Africa. This comes after it achieved success in Sierra Leone, having brought... 

An image of a newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa

New heavy-duty excavator launched in SA 

17th November 2021 CASE Construction Equipment, a CNH Industrial brand, launched its CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator in South Africa last month. This is the latest in the company’s range of excavators with the latest addition geared towards harsh working conditions while prioritising comfort and efficiency. Nadine... 

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New heavy-duty excavator launched in SA

Grindrod Intermodal and Ocean Africa Container Lines to merge with Maersk

By: Donna Slater     15th November 2021 JSE-listed freight logistics group Grindrod has agreed to merge the South African container logistics businesses of Grindrod Intermodal (GIM) and Ocean Africa Container Lines (OACL) with AP Moller Maersk’s (Maersk) inland container terminals. Grindrod’s intermodal facilities are located... 

Forklifts delivered to liquor logistics company

By: Darren Parker     12th November 2021 Industrial equipment distributor Shumani Industrial Equipment has completed the delivery of 54 forklifts to logistics service provider Liquor Runners for use at a major beer producer in South Africa. This large-scale contract serves to consolidate the company’s position as an equipment supplier... 

A photo of several Doosan B35 X-7 forklift units
DESTINED FOR BREWERIES Adopting an electric forklift fleet significantly reduces harmful fume emissions, improving the air quality and creating a clean workplace

Intelligent data crucial for distributors

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 It is essential for distributors and retailers that track deliveries to have visibility on stock moving from the warehouse to the retailer, states software provider Cognizance MD Andrew Dawson. “Stock is the lifeblood of any distributions company, as most distributors will distribute stock on... 

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ANDREW DAWSON Covid-19 has accelerated the technology drive. Distribution companies have found mechanisms to drive more profitable, healthier and more efficiently run operations and businesses

Suppliers vital to supply chain

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 The current shortages of raw materials, which are required for stainless steel fabrication, have highlighted how stainless steel raw material suppliers are vital for the company’s supply chain and economical efficiencies, says water-jet cutting service provider MAXJET director Preeshan Naidoo.... 

Image of Shanghai financial centre, Physical Vapor Deposition stainless steel in rose gold
ALLEVIATING CONSTRAINTS Naidoo argues that during these challenging times, companies particularly in stainless steel need to better analyse markets, trends and deliverables

Company highlights advantages of aluminium for industry

By: Anna Moross     24th September 2021 Water-jet cutting company MAXJET GLOBAL highlights why aluminium is becoming one of the main materials used in the aerospace, automotive and signage industry and the steps taken to process aluminium through water-jet cutting.  

An image of the water-jet cutting machinery
WATER-JET CUTTING When using precision water-jet cutting and profiling with aluminium, there are different steps in the process of implementation for different projects

Rubble recycling not seen as economically viable

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The recycling of construction and demolition materials in South Africa is behind the global curve, partly because it is generally not viewed as economically viable by the vast majority of local companies operating in the sector, claims crushing and screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec... 

A photo of Pilot Crushtec Africa sales manager Fernando Abelho
FERNANDO ABELHO A lack of enforcement means much construction and demolition waste is not suitable for recycling into general aggregate

Northam’s Booysendal complex progresses with expansion plans 

22nd September 2021 Platinum group metals miner Northam is expanding its ore handling systems to cater for increased volumes coming from its north, central and currently-under-construction south mines, at its Booysendal complex. 

Image of Northam’s Booysendal complex progresses with expansion plans
Northam’s Booysendal complex progresses with expansion plans

Freight, logistics integration key to successful intracontinental trade

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th September 2021 Although the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement aims to achieve an economically integrated continent, with successful trading among African countries, the Trade Research Advisory tells Engineering News that this will prove challenging in the short to medium term. “Government... 

Blue truck driving on an open road.
EASY TRADE Africa does not have the required and efficient physical infrastructure to move goods cost-effective and efficiently

Safety checks key to fork lift operations

10th September 2021 Forklift distributor Criterion Equipment considers the safe operation of forklift trucks one of the most critical aspects in materials handling in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centres, construction sites and transport facilities. According to specialists, it is a requirement of the... 

a man inspecting a forklift
A CLOSE EYE The consequences of failing to carry out regular load testing and safety checks are dire for company owners

Steel handling made easier

10th September 2021 Mobicon container handlers have been used in the global steel industry for over 15 years, to enhance the efficiency and safety of handling components like steel reinforced bars. These versatile machines are used efficiently in many industries, including transport and logistics, food and beverage... 

Mobicon straddle carrier standing in a warehouse lot
CARRY THE LOAD Mobicon straddle carriers provide a safe, convenient and cost-efficient solution to alleviate the problems of handling reinforced steel

Aid supplied for food shortage

20th August 2021 After the recent devastation in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, engineering solutions provider BMG’s agricultural specialists are working even more closely with the agricultural community to help curtail the shortage of fresh produce in South Africa. “BMG’s agricultural team is well positioned to help... 

BMG drives for solar pumps on a farm
FULLY FUNCTIONAL BMG’s agricultural specialists are working even more closely with the agricultural community to help curtail the shortage of fresh produce in South Africa

Compartment system ensures pork safety from ‘farm to fork’

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     20th August 2021 Taking a more holistic approach to pork farming, meat producer and wholesaler Lynca Meats adheres and complies to the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation’s Pork360 Quality and Traceability system through the compartment system within the pig farming industry. The compartment system,... 

a man slicing pork meat
FARM TO FORK Lynca Meats quality assures its pork through strict adherence to the regulations of compartmentalised systems

Online course gains momentum

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 The success of the South African Light Steel Frame Association’s (Sasfa’s)  online training course for light steel frame building (LSFB) contactors, presented in March, has resulted in the course being scheduled again for next month, says Sasfa MD John Barnard. The course comprises eight sessions... 

Development of student accomodation by Sage Properties
STUDENT ACCOMODATION STAG PROPERTIES Sasfa reaches out to existing members to consider accepting students of its courses as interns on current building projects

Association eyes expansion

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Despite being faced with many challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, nonprofit trade association the Steel, Tube and Pipe Association of South Africa (Steasa), through its partnership with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), aims to reenergise and expand through the Master... 

An image of Keitumetse Moumakoe the CEO of the Steel, Tube and Pipe Association of South Africa
KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE Steasa encourages more companies to come into the fold to build cooperation in the industry to ensure that all company interests are met through a well-coordinated and supportive industry

Institute key in developing steel industry

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Associations, such as the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), allow for the further development of companies and the industry, as like-minded people are encouraged to share ideas, which, in turn, creates a better environment and prospects for the industry,” says software... 

An image of Doug Hunter, manager of customer and ecosystem enablement at Syspro.
DOUG HUNTER Ultimately, members of SAISC are better-suited customers for us and derive optimal value out of the software

Resilience ensures positive outlook for logistics company

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 If there are no further major disruptions to the materials handling and logistics industry and to the economic situation in South Africa, supply chain solutions company Unitrans remains positive that it will be able to reach its targets and continue to add value to its clients. “Through all the... 

A photo of a Unitrans warehouse
WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS Unitrans is focusing on new business growth opportunities through continuous delivery of world-class, innovative, cost-effective solutions

Unique thermowell design on offer

6th August 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments offers its ScrutonWell as an alternative to a standard thermowell. The ScrutonWell, manufactured by Wika, is typically used in applications commonly found in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, where high flow velocity and aggressive process... 

A large silver screw like instrument used in a thermowell application
WELL WELL WELL The ScrutonWell offered by Wika can handle high flow velocity and aggressive process media

Control tower effectively monitors transport of chemicals

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 Specialist transport company Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions has noted a 42% improvement in driver awareness, while distracted driving incidents have decreased by 45%, since the launch of its centralised control tower in January 2017. The control tower manages Unitrans’ chemical, petrochemical,... 

An image of a large Unitrans truck bearing an abnormal loads sign
VANTAGE POINT Unitrans' new control tower uses new tech, trained staff and an aerial view of its yard to successfully dispatch its trucks throughout S. Africa

Rand Refinery looks back, and forward, as it marks 100 years of operations

By: Cameron Mackay     6th August 2021 Since it began operating in 1921, gold refiner Rand Refinery’s technological pioneering spirit has enabled it to transform into a “global powerhouse with a unique portfolio of products and services”, as it has continuously expanded its product portfolio and technical knowledge. Celebrating its... 

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New agriculture machinery on offer from OEM

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 Agriculture machinery manufacturer AGCO Corporation has introduced a number of high technology products into the market with its German-engineered Fendt brand. “With a demand for high technology solutions and confidence in the coming season, farmers are already showing interest in our Fendt... 

A photo of AGCO Africa sales head Felix Seitz
FELIX SEITZ Planning and supply lines give AGCO a competitive advantage in the market

Specialty containers create easy access

30th July 2021 Niche market container product supplier Specialised Container Agencies (SCA) has developed SCA Intermodal Side Tipper Bins that ensure quick, safe and cost-efficient bulk handling in rail and road applications. “Robust Intermodal Side Tipper Bins have been designed for rapid and efficient... 

Railroad tipper bin standing upright
TIP IT OVER SCA’s Intermodal Side Tipper Bins increase payload on rail wagons from 54 t to 60 t

Gearboxes ensure increased safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG supplies the local railway sector with custom-designed planetary gearboxes for use in railway maintenance programmes. Design customisations are adjusted according to the demand and physical requirements of the application. 

BMG’s Dinamic Oil gearbox in a warehouse
CARRYING THE WORLD BMG supplies the local railways sector with custom-designed planetary gearboxes for use in railway maintenance programmes
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