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Materials Handling News

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Becsa to acquire IP-rich Matriarch Equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 JSE-listed heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Company South Africa (Becsa), a subsidiary of Bell Equipment, will acquire Matriarch Equipment for an initial consideration of R3.8-million. The consideration will also include a further consideration of up to R15-million based on the... 

Education at forefront for materials handling institute 

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     14th December 2018 The committee of the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) aims to reverse the trend of constantly declining institute membership by actively running training workshops and lectures to educate members and people that are new to the industry about the industry. According to SAIMH... 

Education at forefront for  materials handling institute
Materials handling organisation, South African Institute of Materials Handling chairperson Adi Frittella and treasurer and tutor Bruce Watts discuss the organisation and its role in the materials handling industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Commission gives Polanofield go-ahead to acquire Dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 The Competition Commission has approved Polanofield’s proposed acquisition of JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) at R0.01 apiece. Polanofield – a shelf company that was recently bought by its controllers specifically for the purposes of the proposed transaction – plans to... 

Dawn expects interim headline loss a share to widen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) on Friday advised its shareholders that it expects its headline loss per share (HLPS) for the six months ended September 30, to deteriorate by between 174% and 188%. It expects to report a HLPS of between 37.6c and 39.5c, compared with the... 

Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities 

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2018 Imperial Logistics aims to earn close to 80% of its revenue from outside South Africa, compared with the current 68%, says CEO designate Mohammed Akoojee. Akoojee will officially take over from current CEO Marius Swanepoel in the first half of 2019. 

 Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities
Mohammed Akoojee

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd December 2018 Environmental trade show Pollutec concluded a successful fortieth anniversary, in Lyon, France, last week. This year’s event saw an increase in the number of international exhibitors and also hosted three new pavilions – Korea, Hungary and Italy. 

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry
Photo by Tasneem Bulbulia
Display depicting ocean pollution

Transnet to modify operating model, corporate structure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 State-owned Transnet last week held a board strategy workshop to review the group’s deteriorating financial and operational performance. The first resolution to come out of the workshop was on the principles for the corporate design of a new operating model that is underpinned by financial... 

Transnet to modify operating model, corporate structure
Photo by Creamer Media
Transnet acting group CE Tau Morwe

Flooring project under way in Midrand

By: Thabi Madiba     30th November 2018 Flooring contractor and installation company Combined Flooring is working on a refurbishment project at automaker BMW South Africa’s head office in Midrand, Gauteng, which the company plans to complete before the end of the year. The project started this month and entails the installation of 2... 

Flooring project under way  in Midrand
WORK IN PROGRESS An installer prepares a floor to install floor covering

Company unlocks trade corridors through vessels business

30th November 2018 JSE listed-Grindrod and its partners continue to build on its core freight management competence in improving and unlocking trade corridors. 

Forklift facilitates enhanced warehousing processes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd November 2018 Forklift dealer Shamrock Handling Concepts in South Africa is offering Combilift Combi C-range multi-directional forklifts on an exclusive basis, with these machines designed to improve workflow efficiencies, enhance safety and maximise storage space in warehousing facilities. The Combi C-range,... 

Forklift facilitates enhanced warehousing processes
HEAVY LIFTER The Combi C-range of forklifts, with capacities between 2 500 kg and 25 000 kg, encompasses multi-directional forklift trucks

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue
Shongweni landfill, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Transnet tests world’s longest manganese production train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully run a 375-wagon manganese train over a distance of 861 km from Sishen to Saldanha Bay. This formed part of the testing of the 4-km-long train, which will, once in operation, be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world, and the... 

Grindex pumps’ warranty extended by 12 months

5th October 2018 In an unprecedented move in the local pump industry, pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology (IPT) announced the extension of the warranty on Grindex submersible pumps from 18 months to 30 months at Electra Mining Africa 2018. IPR MD Colin Adams says as the official sub-Saharan distributor of... 

Grindex pumps’ warranty extended by 12 months
OPERATIVE Grindex Bravo pump at a platinum mine plant in Rustenburg

ELB, Elwatini partner to provide rail solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services and Elwatini Rail Consultants have formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV), ELB-Elwatini Rail Solutions, to provide services in rail feasibility studies, railway planning, railway engineering design, construction supervision and management, civil design, traction power and... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     5th September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

OneLogix continues upward growth trajectory in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2018 Despite the tough economic environment, JSE-listed OneLogix achieved an 82% year-on-year increase in earnings per share (EPS) to 52.7c for the financial year ended May 31. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) and diluted HEPS both increased by 14% to 33.7c. 

DTI commits to increasing export council funding

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has committed to increasing funding to the export councils to drive the transformation agenda in different sectors. The commitment emanated from the export councils meeting that was hosted by DTI director-general Lionel October, in Pretoria.  

Grindrod appoints Andrew Waller as CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 Following the unbundling of its shipping business into a separate entity, Grindrod has appointed Grindrod Freight Services CEO Andrew Waller as group CEO. Grindrod Shipping listed in the industrial-transportation services sector of the JSE on June 19 and on the Nasdaq on June 18, while Grindrod... 

Bidvest expects to report up to 22% lower EPS for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest expects its earnings per share (EPS) for the year ended June 30 to be between 19% and 22% lower at between R1.11 and R1.15 apiece, compared with R1.43 apiece in the prior year. The lower EPS can be attributed to a contraction in the... 

Local company to introduce new plastic pallets

By: Melissa Zisengwe     17th August 2018 Plastic pallets distributer, Premier Pallets will introduce new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pallets to the market next month. Premier Pallets owner Tilania du Preez says the pallets were manufactured in South Africa from PET plastic bottles such as Coke bottles. 

Local company  to introduce new  plastic pallets
NEW PRODUCT The plastic pallets were manufactured in South Africa SOURCE

Dachser South Africa driving excellence in road freight services

17th August 2018 According to logistics company Dachser South Africa road freight in Africa can be a challenging undertaking. Therefore, transporting goods and services throughout the continent requires a network of support partners, a team that has up-to-date information on multi-country customs and border... 

Dachser South Africa driving excellence in  road freight services
STRATEGIC GOAL Dachser South Africa’s aim is to ensure that logistics is tailored to meet clients’ specific requirements

GLTC offers fleet management system to protect bottom line

17th August 2018 Managing a forklift fleet is a huge challenge, to say the least, but the incorporation of an effective fleet management system can make the entire process very simple and efficient. Therefore industrial equipment group Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) offers its Goscor Fleet Management System to... 

GLTC offers fleet  management system to protect bottom line
ECONOMIC CHALLENGE Current tough operating and economic conditions are putting a strain on already constrained bottom lines

Company offers paper alternative to wooden and plastic pallets

17th August 2018 Transport packaging company Kimmo is driving the industry to switch to paper pallets as alternatives to the usual wooden and plastic pallets.  The company manufactures paper pallets using honeycomb fibreboard in South Africa. According to the founder of Kimmo Jan Vreken, he discovered honeycomb... 

Company offers paper alternative to wooden and plastic pallets
VISUAL RESEMBLANCE Honeycomb fibreboard technology takes its name from the visual resemblance to a bee’s honeycomb

Maintaining Ngqura now easier and more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s newest deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura, has received its first piece of maintenance equipment since becoming operational in 2009. The vehicle, a crane truck – estimated to be valued at R1.8-million – was specifically modified to meet the ports requirements, and will be used... 

Maintaining Ngqura  now easier and more  cost effective
GONE FISHING The specially modified truck can be used to fish tyres out of the water

R400m boost for small-scale fishing industry and tourism in W Cape

3rd August 2018 The national Department of Public Works (DPW) has teamed up with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on the roll-out of the first phase of the upgrade of 13 Western Cape harbours worth R400-million. The project – known as the Small Harbours Programme – spearheaded by the DPW and implemented... 

R400m boost for small-scale fishing  industry and tourism in W Cape
BEFORE THE PORT Coega port shows what the projects could look like

Full management solution for on-board maintenance launched

3rd August 2018 Marine coatings supplier Jotun launched an innovative solution that brings simplicity, predictability and optimal quality to the process of marine on-board maintenance. Launched in June, the SeaStock Management Solution will see Jotun assuming full management of its customers’ on-board... 

Full management solution for on-board maintenance launched
ACROSS THE BOARD Seastock System covers all on-board maintenance systems for a client

New appointments to help ship repair focus

3rd August 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced its new appointments and rotational changes to current harbour masters, all effective July 1, 2018.   

New appointments to  help ship repair focus
PRESTON KHOMO The strategic development of ship repair infrastructure is being brought to the fore

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed

Imperial CEO takes extended medical leave until Jan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings CEO Osman Arbee has been placed on medical leave until January 2019, after he underwent surgery in June that subsequently led to a minor stroke. Once Arbee has recovered, he will continue his role as Motus CEO.  

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Rotational and low pressure injection moulding specialists Kaymac Structural Foam (KSF) completed a contract with a leading German automobile manufacturer last month, where it supplied reusable collapsible bins for components of a new vehicle model being manufactured in South Africa for world... 

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model
HOLDING IT TOGETHER Collapsible bins were produced to hold automotive parts

Technology, costs, society affecting fleet companies

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Fleet and fuel management company Globaltrack has identified through research that technology, costs and society are the economic forces that have a direct impact on the survival of transport companies. The most prominent of these forces is technology, with the automation of in-house processes,... 

Technology, costs, society  affecting fleet companies
SUN SETTING ON HIGH FUEL COSTS Fuel Management System reduces fuel costs for the trucking and logistics industry

Cleaner, safer fuel on display at expo

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Natural gas supplier CNG Holdings hopes to educate the private sector and original-equipment manufacturers about the benefits of alternative fuels during the TruckX Expo, to be held at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre on July 11 and 12. “Compressed natural gas... 

Cleaner, safer fuel  on display at expo
POWERED BY NATURAL GAS Natural gas fueling stations are the way of the future

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 First-time exhibitor workshop and fitment centre supplier Integrated Marketing will showcase a range of its products to the truck and fleet management industries at this year’s TruckX expo at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre, in Gauteng, on July 11 and 12. “The... 

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market
BALANCING ACT The mobile XTB1200 truck wheel balancer allows for on site balancing

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

Chevron South Africa empowers logistics company to use drones, expand fleet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Black-owned petroleum logistics company Crusade Logistics is being aided by some of the newest technology available in logistics, as it goes toe to toe with bigger fuel hauling companies.  

Chevron South Africa empowers logistics company to use drones, expand fleet
Crusade Logistics using drone technology
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