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Materials Handling News

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

CSIR setting up a reference smart factory to stimulate local manufacturing

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is going to set up a National Reference Smart Factory on its main campus in Pretoria/Tshwane. This will play a key part in achieving a major CSIR objective – the revitalisation and modernisation of the South African manufacturing industry.... 

Freight challenges create import-export difficulties

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     13th September 2019 South Africa is facing many challenges, but those in freight logistics are among the most serious, says industry association South African Association of Freight Forwarders national maritime consultant Dave Watts. 

S African logistics company wins international award

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th September 2019 Cape Town-based integrated point-of-sale (POS) logistics solutions provider Butlers POS+ Logic received global recognition for being the most innovative warehousing and logistics solutions brand at the seventh yearly Global Brands Magazine Awards held at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg, last... 

JOHAN SLABBERT Achieving brand excellence is quite a major accomplishment and Butlers POS+ Logic is honoured to receive this award
JOHAN SLABBERT Achieving brand excellence is quite a major accomplishment and Butlers POS+ Logic is honoured to receive this award

Bell to launch South African-made small truck in Las Vegas in 2020 

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2019 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment (Bell) will in March launch a new addition to its product portfolio in Las Vegas, in the US. Bell CEO Leon Goosen said on Monday that the “small truck of less than 30 t gross vehicle mass" would be manufactured at Bell’s Richards Bay plant, in... 

Leon Goosen
Leon Goosen

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Alternative fuels investment firm Renergen’s Tetra4 Virginia natural gas project, in the Free State, will produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2021, with a Phase 2 expansion being planned. Tetra4 is a natural gas and helium company, which Renergen acquired 90% of in December 2015. 

DOMINO EFFECT

Once the plant is built and producing commercially, it will inspire confidence for other project developers to bring similar projects on line
DOMINO EFFECT Once the plant is built and producing commercially, it will inspire confidence for other project developers to bring similar projects on line

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum 

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has joined forces with economists.co.za to create the Ctrack Logistics Barometer. The Ctrack Logistics Barometer aims to be an accurate co-incident indicator of the state of the South African economy, particularly in terms of the goods economy,... 

Mike Schüssler
Mike Schüssler

Local company acquires chemical tanker vessel

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Black-owned Mnambithi Group, through its Nduna Maritime subsidiary, has acquired a South African-registered chemical tanker vessel, named Bow Cecil. The maritime vessel will soon be flagged locally, Mnambithi said in a statement on Thursday. 

The Bow Cecil
The Bow Cecil

OneLogix’s full-year headline earnings grow, despite tough environment

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Niche logistics provider OneLogix on Thursday announced that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) and diluted HEPS  for the financial year ended May 31, had increased by 11% year-on-year to 37.3c, on the back of a slightly decreased trading result, reduced net financing costs and slightly... 

Imperial Logistics to align European business with African ambitions 

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2019 Imperial Logistics will, in future, look at how better to align its European business with its African business, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “Africa will be a strong focus for Imperial going forward. We want to leverage our competitive advantages through growing and expanding in Africa.” 

Mohammed Akoojee
Mohammed Akoojee

Vibrating-equipment supplier cites stable demand from food sector

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 The food industry’s demand for the equipment and services of vibration equipment manufacturer Vipro Vibrating Products is stable, with the industry focused on maintaining its existing equipment to achieve the longest possible operating life. “Demand is neither at an all-time high, as we are not... 

GOOD VIBRATIONS Vipro is continuously supplying clients in the food industry with electromagnetic drives, electromechanical drives and vibrating equipment
GOOD VIBRATIONS Vipro is continuously supplying clients in the food industry with electromagnetic drives, electromechanical drives and vibrating equipment

Benefits of quality-specified concrete being recognised

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Years of effort by the South African Readymix Association (Sarma) to spread awareness about the importance of quality-specified concrete are finally bearing fruit, as it is starting to reach local-government level, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. Collaborating with parastatals, such as... 

QUALITY CONCRETE DEMANDS

State companies and parastatals have started to specify quality concrete, subsequently creating opportunities for readymix companies to become involved in infrastructure projects
QUALITY CONCRETE DEMANDS State companies and parastatals have started to specify quality concrete, subsequently creating opportunities for readymix companies to become involved in infrastructure projects

Sarma accreditation mitigates lack of concrete laws

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Accreditation as a South African Readymix Association (Sarma) member can mitigate many of the challenges associated with the lack of laws and specification governing the production of quality concrete, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. “It’s significant to get accreditation because there is no... 

FULLY COMPLIANT 

Sarma members are supported through technical advice, partnerships with institutions and member companies, lower premiums on insurance policies and accreditation
FULLY COMPLIANT Sarma members are supported through technical advice, partnerships with institutions and member companies, lower premiums on insurance policies and accreditation

Distributor extends food handling belting range

16th August 2019 New to engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of belting certified for safe food handling, is the KleenEdge non-fray series. It is developed by conveyer belt solutions provider Ammeraal Beltech to “minimise the problems of belt-edge fray and associated contamination... 

Distributor sets new lift truck warranty standards

16th August 2019 In a ground-breaking development, materials handling supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has rolled out an industry first, standard five-year warranty on its construction equipment supplier Doosan 7 Series range of lift trucks. The new offering is the longest ever warranty to be offered in... 

Drive company supplies inverters for warehouse expansion project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th August 2019 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive has supplied 98 MOVITRAC LTP-B inverters for conveyor belts installed for a local e-commerce warehouse, in Johannesburg. SEW-Eurodrive was contracted by materials handling specialist Neptek to supply the inverters for the conveyors that have been installed... 

Forklift equipment supplier invests R45m in STR fleet

16th August 2019 Forklift equipment supplier Criterion Equipment has embarked on a short-term rental (STR) fleet renewal programme for materials handling equipment manufacturer TCM – encompassing a R45-million investment in new forklifts. Criterion Equipment is the exclusive distributor of TCM forklift trucks in... 

S African materials handling industry yet to embrace automation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th August 2019 Automation is still a relatively new concept for South Africa and has not been fully adopted by industries, especially the materials handling industry, says industrial equipment distributor Shumani Industrial Equipment director Victor Nemukula. “South Africa imports a lot of materials handling... 

Specialist moves to diversify into agriculture, food & bev

By: Nadine James     16th August 2019 Gauteng-based material transfer specialist Weba Chute Systems is diversifying its client base, officially venturing into the agricultural, food and beverage and paper and pulp industries, says Weba MD Mark Baller. He explains that while Weba had often received and acted on inquiries from... 

SMOOTH TRANSITION 
Weba Chute Systems is officially diversifying its client base, having infrequently participated in non-mining projects over the years
SMOOTH TRANSITION Weba Chute Systems is officially diversifying its client base, having infrequently participated in non-mining projects over the years

Agriculture sector driven to spend more upfront on innovation 

By: Darren Parker     9th August 2019 Amid current economic pressure, high energy costs and power grid uncertainty, the agriculture sector in South Africa is starting to favour higher capital expenditure on advanced technology because of the resulting long-term reductions in operating costs, says drive engineering company... 

WILLEM STRYDOM
SEW-Eurodrive helps clients understand where they can save on energy efficiency
SEW-Eurodrive sales manager Willem Strydom discusses the motors supplied to the 100 t/h Free State feed mill.

Freight utility breaks record, tests 375-wagon manganese train

2nd August 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet recently broke its own record by testing a 375-wagon manganese train representing the production train with the highest number of wagons globally. Transnet operates more than 30 000 km of rail network across the country and as reported last month holds the... 

STEAMING AHEAD
Transnet is steaming ahead with its vision of being one of the top five railway companies in the world
Photo by Creamer media
STEAMING AHEAD Transnet is steaming ahead with its vision of being one of the top five railway companies in the world

Operator provides rail haulage services for project

2nd August 2019 Australian strategic metals company TNG has entered into a binding heads of agreement (HoA) with railroad owner and operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA), for the provision of rail haulage services for its flagship 100%-owned Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, located 235 km north of... 

Harbours increase efficiency with handling equipment

2nd August 2019 Investment in the latest dry-bulk cargo and container handling equipment significantly improves efficiencies at ports and terminals and minimises the environmental impact of handling operations, says Durban harbour-based material handling specialists BLTWORLD. 

SHIPLOADING
A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations
SHIPLOADING A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations

Concrete enhancement in harbour infrastructure

2nd August 2019 Geosynthetics solutions company Fibertex encompasses controlled permeability formwork (CPF) liners – Formtex CPF liners – designed for concrete surface enhancement in harbour infrastructure projects. 

BUILD A BRIDGE 
The Formtex CPF liners reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces
BUILD A BRIDGE The Formtex CPF liners reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Mining, industrial and processing solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies is the exclusive supplier of laser-based online gas analysers and monitoring recording equipment, from Norwegian company NEO Monitors; as well as, more recently, a range of both multiple channel and portable instruments,... 

IAN FRASER
South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly
IAN FRASER South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

Company develops new concrete curing blanket

7th June 2019 Geosynthic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa has developed a new curing blanket, designed to optimise the curing of concrete and protect the new structure. The Fibertex curing blanket is used to cover concrete surfaces when the material has set and has been designed to... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

VITAL PRECEDENCE

Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

BRYAN PERRIE 

South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

Solutions provider releases new admixture for variable aggregates

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction chemicals and solutions provider Mapei South Africa released the new Dynamon MS 100 acrylic-based admixture product earlier this year for use in concrete where there are variable-quality aggregates. The admixture prevents variations in the quality of aggregates, particularly in... 

AGGREGATE MITIGATION
The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates
AGGREGATE MITIGATION The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates

CEO looks back on Thyssenkrupp’s 60 years of success in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2019 Engineering and steel production company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa this year celebrates 60 successful years of engineering excellence in Africa. The company on Monday said this milestone was testament to the diversified industrial group’s enduring commitment to delivering... 

Habasit presents range of timing belts for drive technology

24th May 2019 Last month, conveyor and processing belts manufacturer Habasit presented its complete timing belt portfolio at leading trade fair for integrated automation, motion and drives Hannover Messe Fair. The range of applications for timing belts in drive technology and intralogistics is significant. The... 

HIGH-PERFORMANCE BELTS
These Flex belts are ideal for transporting heavy loads and are therefore suitable for use in high-performance conveyor systems
HIGH-PERFORMANCE BELTS These Flex belts are ideal for transporting heavy loads and are therefore suitable for use in high-performance conveyor systems

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2019 Barloworld’s results on Monday reflected some of the biggest trends in the South African economy, with the company reporting a sharp drop in equipment sales to the troubled construction industry, as well as a decline in new-vehicle sales and car rental days, but with the mining industry seemingly... 

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth

New products launched at Nampo Harvest Day

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) will launch its Agri HUB bearings and the blue and white Agri Grease sachets at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day that will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. The Agri HUB bearings have been designed... 

NUTS TO MISS IT
Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

Takealot launches nationwide Pickup Points, flagship Midrand facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd May 2019 South African online retailer takealot.com has launched more than 25 Takealot Pickup Point collection facilities across the country, with the flagship facility at the New Road offramp, in Midrand, officially unveiled on Friday. The facilities are used for the pickup of both Takealot and... 

Inside the Takealot Pickup Point at the New Road off-ramp in Midrand
Inside the Takealot Pickup Point at the New Road off-ramp in Midrand

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Mining and cement equipment multinational FLSmidth is producing equipment for mines and processing plants globally at the newly upgraded Delmas Supercenter, including large vibrating screens and flotation components, as well as repairing and upgrading customer equipment. The upgrade improves... 

DELMAS SUPERCENTRE
Department of Mineral Resources deputy minister Godfrey Oliphant and Ambassador of Denmark to South Africa Tobias Elling Rehfield were given a tour of the upgraded facility
DELMAS SUPERCENTRE Department of Mineral Resources deputy minister Godfrey Oliphant and Ambassador of Denmark to South Africa Tobias Elling Rehfield were given a tour of the upgraded facility

Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data monitoring, says heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard lead sales and project manager Dale Huddy.... 

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