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German forklift manufacturer establishes local presence

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2016 Focused on being a direct service supplier to local customers, German forklift manufacturer Jungheinrich has officially re-launched its South African offices, based in Edenvale, Gauteng. Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Jungheinrich board member Dr Lars Brzoska said that the company was... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German carmaker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First of... 

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo

     6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier MultiOne SA is looking to impress agriculture stakeholders by showcasing and demonstrating its top of the line range of agricultural loaders and its agricultural specific attachments at Nampo Harvest Day 2016. The company notes that Nampo – one of the largest... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all of the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German car maker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First... 

Low-Profile Bulk Bag Discharger Fits Existing Layouts

     11th April 2016 A new Series of BULK-OUT™ Half-Frame Bulk Bag Dischargers features low-cost frames of variable heights and offsets to fit restricted areas previously utilised for dumping of smaller containers such as sacks, pails, drums, boxes and bins. The low profile dischargers are engineered to straddle... 

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2016 This week: Diamond market back in sync in 18 to 24 months Implats boosts fuel cell outlook at impressive launch And, Master Drilling maintains eye on growth as strategy gains traction  

Govt intent on creating incentives for mines to benefit from platinum fuel-cell investment

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2016 The South African government is intent on creating incentives for mines to derive greater benefit from investing in platinum fuel-cell technology. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who spoke at the launch by Impala Platinum (Implats) of a fuel cell forklift and hydrogen refuelling... 

Implats boosts fuel cell outlook at impressive launch

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2016 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) on Thursday unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell forklift and hydrogen refuelling station in the presence of Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and Gauteng Premier David Makhura at the Impala Refineries in Springs. The R12-million initiative,... 

Wacker Neuson Group expands its Executive Board

     22nd March 2016 As of April 1, 2016, Jan Willem Jongert (51) will join the Executive Board of Wacker Neuson SE. In his new role as Chief Sales Officer, Mr. Jongert will be responsible for the global sales, service, logistics and marketing activities of the Wacker Neuson Group. New delineation of responsibilities... 

Medu acquires Universal Paints, Elite for R450m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2016 Private equity company Medu Capital has parted with an aggregate R450-million to acquire 100% of paint and coatings manufacturer and supplier Universal Paints and to raise its 27% stake in truck hire firm Elite Truck Hire to 100%. New MDs, both of whom had invested alongside Medu, had been... 

Eqstra H1 profit falls on exit of noncore operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2016 JSE-listed Eqstra’s profits plunged into the red during the first half of the 2016 financial year, as an exit plan and overall progress made on the company’s 2020 strategy – and resultant impairments on discontinued operations – weighed on the interim financial results. The integrated leasing and... 

Low-Profile Bulk Bag Filler Pivots Fill Head To Operator

     29th February 2016 A new Rear-Post Bulk Bag Filler features a patented Swing-Down™ fill head that pivots to the operator at floor level for safe, ergonomic spout connections, and a low-profile loading deck that allows removal of filled bags using a pallet jack. The cantilevered fill head pivots downward to a... 

IFOY Test Days 2016: jury tests nominated forklift and warehouse trucks

     29th February 2016 • International jury tests 13 forklifts, warehouse trucks and intralogistics solutions entered for the IFOY Award 2016 by six manufacturers. • BYD, Crown, Jungheinrich, SSI Schäfer, Still and Toyota Material Handling undergo the IFOY Test and "Innovation Check" over the course of one week. The... 

Bulk Bag Discharger With Hopper Shuttle System

     17th February 2016 A new BULK-OUT™ Bulk Bag Discharging Station from Flexicon prevents cross-contamination during material changeovers, while eliminating down-time associated with cleaning of hoppers. Beneficial for applications involving food allergens, pigments, flavourings and other contamination-sensitive... 

Meat warehouse receives efficient cold storage facility

     5th February 2016 Pork products supplier Lynca Meats has, since December, been able to streamline its storage, handling and distribution logistics without the need for double handling and storing through a third party.  

Buying new is not always the only option

     4th February 2016 In tough economic times when cash can be a rare commodity, buying new forklifts is certainly not always the only option. Smith Power Equipment has, time again, shown that buying second-hand, refurbished forklifts from them is certainly a viable alternative. A good example of a satisfied customer... 

Konecranes – 106 years on

     2nd February 2016 Konecranes, today one of the top crane and hoist companies in the world, started off from humble beginnings in an old stable in the suburbs of Helsinki, Finland, in 1910. The history of the company is a rich and varied one, with the company growing into a major player in the world’s crane... 

Equipment company ramps up local manufacturing

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Pretoria-based materials handling equipment company Wuhlf is increasing manufacturing capacity to meet local demand and ease reliance on imported equipment and components, says Wuhlf director Johan Grobler.  

The aftermath of a night on the town- a look at the dangers of working machinery with a “hang-over”

     27th January 2016 It has been a tough day. You make your way home, sit down in front of the TV, pop open a beer and unwind. You sit down for dinner and have another, and another. Before you know it, you have had too much. It’s been a rough day, and you need to let lose, you invite some friends out and before you... 

High Speed Doors Can Increase Productivity

     4th December 2015 Companies are hard pressed to increase productivity, and an option not often considered is upgrading the hardware that facilitates access into and out of factories and warehouses. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains & Doors maintains that high speed doors are no longer... 

Orbit Personnel/Material Hoists Boost Productivity For Mhps

     4th December 2015 One of the primary challenges on any construction site is the need to move both people and materials to levels where critical activities need to be performed, and to do this in such a manner so as to maximise productivity while ensuring optimum safety. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa... 

Quick Turnaround Times With Seamless Concrete Floors

     1st December 2015 The need to complete projects more quickly and to curtail costs has seen an increase in the demand for seamless flooring installations. This is according to Nic de Carvalho from CLF who explains that seamless flooring systems enable contractors to pour significantly larger areas per day than when... 

Silo Spalling & Buffer Installation at PFG Building Glass

     9th November 2015 Spalling concrete can be potentially hazardous if left untreated with potentially high risks involved from possible property damage or personal injury due to failing detritus. The term ‘spalling’ is used to describe the delaminating or fragmenting of the concrete surface. This flaking from the... 

Container solutions offer mobile storage

     23rd October 2015 Pretoria-based building contractor JC van der Linde & Venter Building Projects’ ongoing need to rent storage containers on its building sites prompted the local company to establish Container Agents, a fast-growing container rental and sale company.  

Food retailer awards warehousing forklift contract

     23rd October 2015 Forklift company Toyota Forklift, a division of equipment company Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), has been awarded a major order to supply a comprehensive range of warehousing equipment to Shoprite Group of Companies food retailers Shoprite and Freshmark.  

Forklift partnership extends storage capability

     23rd October 2015 Lift truck company Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) – which is part of the Imperial Group – and aluminium supplier Hulamin have jointly devised a scheme based on the revised Broad-based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice to extend Hulamin’s warehousing and storage... 

Goscor’s BHS helps the Midas touch

     22nd October 2015 The newly installed battery bay equipped with BHS product has improved efficiencies in the manner in which warehouse equipment batteries are handled at the Africa Automotive Aftermarket Solutions (Midas) distribution centre in Edenvale, Gauteng. This is according to DC manager Tommy van... 

German company launches hydraulic tube-forming machine

     16th October 2015 German hydraulic coupling technology provider Voss Fluid announced in June this year the launch of its VossForm 100 Compact forming machine, which shapes contours on hydraulic tubes and, when used in combinations with a soft seal and function nuts, results in a leakproof and process-reliable tube... 

Equipment firm’s Gauteng distribution hub focuses on improved regional logistics

By: Schalk Burger     9th October 2015 International heavy-equipment engine manufacturer Cummins’ regional distribution centre (RDC) in Woodmead, Gauteng, has halved the average logistics distribution time for clients in Southern Africa and allowed for critical or long-lead stock to be kept closer to client sites, says Cummins Global... 

Enhancing Safety In Manufacturing Facilities With Strip Curtains

     28th September 2015 According to toolboxtips.com, 42% of all forklift fatalities occur within manufacturing facilities. While driver education on the correct operation of forklift trucks is a primary goal in reducing this risk, other elements also come into play. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains... 

Industrial equipment distributor launches best-in-class products

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Industrial and agricultural equipment supplier and distributor Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), a division of leasing and capital equipment group Eqstra Holdings, will be launching new products and showcasing its comprehensive range of construction and heavy equipment at this year’s BAUMA... 

JCB to launch telehandler at Bauma

     1st September 2015 JCB Industrial, part of Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), is to launch a new product line at this year’s BaumaConexpo, which will give mines access to JCB’s world-leading range of telescopic handlers.  BaumaConexpo Africa takes place from 15 – 18 September 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre.... 

Eqstra delivers year-end earnings hike, mining division still a concern

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2015 While Eqstra’s embattled contract mining and plant rental division delivered an improved performance in the year to June 30, on the back of a successful turnaround, persistent global commodity pressures and related client challenges faced by the division continued to somewhat offset the financial... 

Goscor/Hulamin in Innovative Enterprise Development Initiative

     26th August 2015 Goscor Lift Truck Company, part of the Imperial group, and aluminium supplier Hulamin, have jointly devised an innovative scheme based on the revised Broad-based black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice, which oblige corporates and government entities to support SMMEs through Enterprise... 

Distributor sees satisfactory growth in tractor sales

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 The growth in sales of Japan-manufactured Kubota tractors, distributed in South Africa by specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment, has been satisfactory, says Smith Power Equipment technical specialist Mike Heath, adding that customers have been “very happy with the... 

Elevated cabin provides optimised visibility when handling bulky loads

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Materials handling and industrial truck manufacturer Linde Group Material Handling (Linde MH) has added an ergonomic solution to its range of products - an optional elevating cabin designed for heavy forklift trucks with a load capacity range of 10 t to 18 t. At the push of a button, this cabin... 

Pallet trucks increase run time, energy efficiency

     14th August 2015 Materials handling and equipment company Crown has optimised its WT 3000 series pallet trucks to use battery capacity more efficiently, enabling the forklifts to operate for up to 28% longer on each battery charge. All WT 3000 Series trucks will now be delivered with this new battery-life... 

Atlas Copco expands Predictable Power offer New QES portable generators bring Atlas Copco

     30th July 2015 To meet the specific needs of the construction and general rental sectors, Atlas Copco is introducing a new range of portable generators. The application-oriented QES, available for worldwide order now, was designed to offer ease of use and straightforward service. The new generator range... 

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