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Materials Handling News

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... 

DSI’s Maserumule reiterates South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2022 South Africa is looking to build out funding opportunities and partnerships with international donors and countries that are aiming to decarbonise their own economies through the use of green hydrogen, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) hydrogen and energy chief director Rebecca... 

South Africa urged to improve its ability to receive ultralarge container vessels

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2022 A new generation of ultralarge container vessels has been sailing the oceans in recent years. Container ships such as the Madrid Maersk, COSCO Shipping Universe, OOCL Hong Kong and Ever Golden can carry more than 20 000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). These vessels measure about 400 m in... 

The Brickworks to offer large-stand industrial park springboard in Durban

By: Donna Slater     15th February 2022 Property developer Investec Property, a subsidiary of Investec Bank, is redeveloping an old brick manufacturing site – the disused 157 ha Corobrik site in Durban’s northern motorway corridor – into an industrial park called The Brickworks. Primarily targeted towards logistics and distribution... 

An image of The Brickworks industrial park
The Brickworks industrial park is located between Riverhorse Valley and Umhlanga

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

Barloworld reports solid performance in first-quarter trading update

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2022 Diversified industrial multinational Barloworld says it continued to deliver a solid performance in the first quarter of the current financial year, bolstered by favourable results in December, particularly in the Equipment Southern Africa and the Car Rental and Leasing businesses. The results... 

New multipurpose forklift prioritises multipurpose handling

4th February 2022 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT WORLD’s latest addition to its Meclift variable reach trucks range, the Meclift ML1812R multipurpose forklift truck, has been designed to move safely and swiftly in confined spaces in the shipping sector, including warehouses and cargo vessels. The... 

An image of the Meclift ML1812R
SAFE AND SWIFT The Meclift ML1812R multipurpose forklift truck, with a lift height of 6 m and a lifting capacity range of 18 t, can be operated inside containers, for easy loading and unloading of goods

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

Busa asks Mbalula to review regulations preventing road transport of high-cube containers

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2022 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is requesting Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to urgently review applicable regulations that make it illegal to transport high-cube shipping containers on South African roads. High-cube containers are the same length (12.19 m) and width (2.44 m) as a standard... 

Transnet highlights turnaround at Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 The loading rate of vessel MV Braverus at 1 205 t/h for a total of 167 341 t of magnetite, which was completed on January 14, is an early indicator of recovery at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) highlights in a statement. It notes that this performance comes just a... 

An image showing the MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

Global air cargo demand up 3.7%, capacity down 7.6% for Nov

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2022 The latest global air cargo market data released by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) shows slow growth in November, as supply chain disruptions and capacity constraints impacted on demand, despite economic conditions remaining favourable for the sector. The baseline comparison... 

Grindrod reports solid progress in executing various strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th December 2021 JSE-listed Grindrod continues to focus its efforts on executing the Port and Terminals, Logistics and Bank strategies and disposal of noncore businesses, it notes in a pre-close business update. Its Port and Terminals segment has reported healthy volume growth with record performances in the... 

Minerals Council, SAAFF outline requirements to get Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border congestion resolved

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 With delays at the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post on the Maputo corridor between South Africa and Mozambique having cost trucking companies R1.3-billion in lost revenue this year, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and the Minerals Council South Africa have requested... 

An image of freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards Komatipoort in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post in South Africa

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

Condra making overhead crane for Angolan customer

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes is manufacturing a 10 t, wide-span overhead crane – for ship chandling company Dolphin Offshore Chandling’s new maintenance workshop at the Port of Luanda, in Angola – in close cooperation with structural steel company Vlottenburg Engineering. Condra’s... 

Three cranes being made in Condra's Johannesburg factory
CRANES IN JOHANNESBURG FACTORY Three cranes being made in Condra's Johannesburg factory

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

Association supports resilient industry through master plan

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a weak economy, the local stainless steel sector has shown its resilience, as the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continues to support industry through initiatives such as the Steel Master Plan. “When the Steel Master Plan was... 

Image of a stainless steel production process
LOCALISATION FOCUS Cocal companies have had challenges sourcing products from abroad, emphasising the need for localising the manufacturing of stainless steel products

Bidding process initiated for Ngqura manganese export terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for service providers able to offer a technical solution for a proposed greenfields manganese export terminal at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The CDC has been appointed as the implementing agent... 

Transnet building at Port of Ngqura
Transnet building at Port of Ngqura

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

Supply chain solutions provider fills industry gaps

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th September 2021 The current challenge facing the freight, logistics and warehousing industry is that companies do not provide a full service offering and offer only one service, such as transport, in the supply chain, says supply chain solutions provider Unitrans. “By identifying this challenge in the industry,... 

a large truck standing idle
FULL PACKAGE Unitrans has successfully positioned itself and structured its business to offer a full service offering

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

Constant improvement leads to new forklift range

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Moffett’s NX range of forklift trucks – available in Southern Africa exclusively from distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts – has been constantly undergoing improvements since their original introduction in 2017. The latest from this forklift range is the new... 

A photo of a Moffett M4 NX truck-mounted forklift
RAISING THE BAR The Moffett M4 NX truck-mounted forklifts feature greater performance, enhanced styling, improved safety and comfort, as well as easier maintenance
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