Aug 03, 2012
New company to empower womenBack
Harbour|B&W Mechanical Handling Equipment|BLT SA|Capacity|Conveyors|Industrial|Materials Handling|Mobicon|Rental|Rental Equipment|Systems|Training|Durban Harbour|Equipment|Equipment Manufacturer|Harbour Equipment|Industrial Technology|Maintenance|Materials Handling|Products|Rental Equipment|Rental-Equipment|Service|Services|Systems|Tainer Handling Systems|Truck Manufacturer|Gumede|California
© Reuse this
The predominantly women-owned company, based at the Durban harbour, is focused on servicing the South African shipping sector.
The company offers a range of container handling equipment, including the supply of new and refurbished variable-reach trucks, mobile container handlers and terminal tractors.
The company is a distributor for equipment manufacturer B&W Mechanical Handling Equipment, which supplies a range of harbour equipment, including link conveyors, grab hoppers, surface feeders, radial boom stackers and mobile ship loaders.
The company’s range also includes international equipment manufacturer Taylor’s container handlers, which efficiently handle empty and loaded containers, as well as Australian equipment manufacturer Mobicon’s con- tainer handling systems, which lift heavy loads on and off trucks, and carry containers around sites and into warehouses.
Also included in the company’s range are California-based truck manufacturer Capacity’s terminal tractors, which handle diverse tasks in container terminals and distribution centres.
BLT SA is also the sole South African distributor for Meclift variable-reach trucks, which are designed for fast, efficient and safe container handling.
Marketing director Charity Gumede says the company has been well received by the local industry so far, although competition in the market has been tough.
“We are working in a very demanding industry, but we are holding our heads high. We ensure that we provide the best service possible and keep up to date with the latest industrial technology. We are also committed to providing productive and dependable equipment for our customers.
“It is important to build good business relationships in this highly competitive sector and we have managed to secure supply, service and distribution agreements with some of the world’s most respected materials handling equipment manufacturers. This enables us to offer the local market the latest international products,” she says.
The company supports its range of materials handling equipment through a technical advisory, spare parts and support service.
“We have a technical manager, a workshop manager and an oper- ations manager, who collectively have 82 years of experience in the earthmoving and mate- rials handling sectors. We offer experienced technical advice.
“We have a variety of spares for all the machines we supply and a fleet of rental equipment. We strive to offer a professional and personal service in the country,” says Gumede.
She adds that BLT SA also implements ongoing in-house staff and management training programmes to ensure staff are informed about the latest technical knowledge for equipment selection, application and repair.
Going forward, the company plans to establish a training centre for women, which will teach them how to operate BLT SA’s equipment effectively.
“This will enable us to provide a full package for our customers, comprising a machine and a driver, as well as maintenance, support and spare-parts services,” says Gumede.
BLT SA is a Level 3 broad-based black economic-empowerment contributor, which focuses on empowering women in a predominantly male-driven industry.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Tanks and Containers News
Fluid-handling design and supply company Mechinox South Africa (SA) has recorded a downturn in the demand for custom-built shell and tube heat exchangers, while more energy efficient shell and plate, as well as modified- plate and modified-frame plate heat exchangers...
Heat generation company Steam Generation Africa will soon be delivering two containerised mobile steam plants to mining projects in North and Central Africa, respectively. “There is an increasing demand for saving space and ensuring the mobility of boilers units in...
The local pressure vessel industry has been under significant strain for the past several years and there are no signs of improvement, at least not for the remainder of this year, industry body the Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (Pema) executive...
Updated 7 hours ago State-owned freight transport group Transnet has announced that Richard Vallihu has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) from April 1, following the retirement of Tau Morwe. Vallihu, who has hitherto headed Transnet Engineering (TE), would...
Updated 7 hours ago The chairperson of South African power firm Eskom said he faced a vote of confidence by the utility's board late on Monday, after being accused of acting improperly by suspending the chief executive. State-owned Eskom has implemented regular power cuts this year to...
Recent Research Reports
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
This Week's Magazine
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments. In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...