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SA needs SDN to keep it all together

     1st June 2017 By Johan de Villiers, Managing Director, First Technology Software Defined Networking (SDN) is taking the rest of the world by storm as organisations seek greater control, performance and management across the data centre and the network; and recognise the benefits SDN can offer in terms of cost... 

Dango & Dienenthal SA

     26th May 2017 Dango & Dienenthal SA Pty Ltd (DDSA) started off by means of representation by K. Kling, which became a fully owned subsidiary of E.C. Lenning.  In 1982 the decision was taken to establish DDSA.  SKIMMING TECHNOLOGY Due to increasing demands in quality of molten and processed material, different... 

Acquisitions boost enX group’s H1 revenue

By: Anine Kilian     15th May 2017 Acquisitions concluded by JSE-listed enX Group have contributed to higher revenue and net profit for the six months to February 28. Revenue increased to R2.4-billion, from R517.7-million in the first half of the prior financial year. 

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Container handling equipment well suited to African market

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Container handling equipment solutions provider Mobicon Systems’ mini straddle carriers have achieved significant success in African markets, specifically because of their low maintenance requirements, which ensure consistent functionality with minimal technical support, says materials handling... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     24th March 2017 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister - as a member of heavy machinery manufacturer SANY Group - exhibited a new truck-mounted concrete pump with a 47-m, five-section boom at this year’s Construction Expo (Conexpo), held from March 7 to 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Atlas Copco mobile QES generators, predictable power where it’s needed, when it’s needed in six seconds

     23rd March 2017 “The QES range of mobile generators present the most practical Predictable Power choice currently available on the market,” according to Atlas Copco Construction Technique’s Portable Energy Business Line Manager, David Stanford. These high performing, efficient and tough generators from Atlas... 

Electric vehicles unlikely to scale battery hurdle 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th February 2017 Much scientific work has gone into the development of electric vehicles over recent years. Huge strides have been made, but I cannot see a way past the battery problem in the case of day-to-day electric cars. This is always glossed over by the proponents of electric cars.  Making the electric... 

Group of companies receives recognised certification

     3rd February 2017 Equipment group of companies Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has been accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the 9001:2008 certificate demonstrating the company’s high levels of service, efficiency and product quality, says GLTC MD Darryl Shafto. 

Lex Winson

     3rd February 2017 This week we feature Lex Winson, service manager of the Goscor Lift Truck division.   

New equipment available from local supplier exclusively

     3rd February 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift variable reach trucks, which are designed to swiftly, efficiently and safely handle heavy loads of materials such as steel and aluminium, are now available in South Africa exclusively from materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA). 

Organisations need to have zero tolerance approach to alcohol abuse

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 There is a need for high-risk industries, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to have proper policies in place regarding alcohol consumption, as this would likely decrease the company’s fatality rate, says alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. 

Safe transportation of materials a challenge for manufacturers

     3rd February 2017 A critical issue facing manufacturers of powders and bulk solid materials globally is the need for a safe, reliable and efficient packaging and transport system, says manufacturer of pallet-free bulk bag systems Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. 

Overcoming township economy spatial restrictions

By: Sydney Majoko     27th January 2017 One of the most terrible legacies of 'separate but equal development' that apartheid purported to bring about is the cramped spatial planning that was implemented when urban townships were developed. Small matchbox houses were not the only result of such planning in most townships; business... 

Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 Energy efficiency solutions provider Magnet Energy has developed, designed and manufactured the Lite-C wireless lighting control system, which allows for a reduction in electricity bills of up to 43%. 

Platinum fuel cell passes competitive muster at Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2016 Impala Platinum Refinery and its partners are in the last phase of financial close for the introduction of 8 MW of off-grid electricity from a platinum-catalysed fuel-cell system that will make use of natural gas from the Sasol grid. “We expect to get close and first flow of funds by March, with... 

The Functional Heavy Duty Impact Traffic Door

     23rd November 2016 The Apex SR 9000 heavy duty impact door is not only engineered to ensure safety and ruggedness, but it manages to blend into any environment as a result of its sleek, modern design. This cost effective, insulated traffic door has found popularity in market sectors where dependable operation... 

Goldfields Logistics awards Goscor Cleaning Equipment a five-year rental contract

     10th October 2016 Goldfields Logistics, a transport, warehousing, logistics, and distribution specialist, recently awarded Goscor Cleaning Equipment a five-year rental contract.   As a provider of warehousing solutions for a leading producer of synthetic paraffin waxes, Goldfields Logistics required a larger... 

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 A domestic homologation process has been initiated for an innovative American bimodal transport solution, which integrates long-distance rail with ‘first- and last-mile’ road legs to provide a door-to-door cargo service. The process began following the recent announcement that South African... 

On-The-Air (16/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro this week pleaded for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture; Anglo American Platinum has taken another firm step towards establishing the fuel cell as a new clean force in transport and electricity generation; The... 

Farm equipment supplier launches locally manufactured solutions

By: David Oliveira     16th September 2016 Local heavy duty equipment supplier and manufacturer Wuhlf Equipment launched four locally manufactured machines last month, including two front-end loaders, a mulcher and a forklift. Wuhlf Equipment manager Coert Steenberg tells Engineering News that the company originally imported its equipment... 

Increasing Productivity With Apex Strip Curtains

     6th September 2016 With ever more pressure being placed on manufacturing operations to remain competitive, focus is being directed to ensuring an operational environment that is conducive to the production of consistently high quality products and a reduction in wastage. Among the factors that influence this is... 

Platinum supply cliff in sight – Implats

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2016 Underinvestment in platinum mining is poised to result in serious constraints in platinum supply from South Africa in the future. The early 2020s are foreseen as the years when the current scant investment in growth projects will be severely felt and prices will surprise on the upside after what... 

Bidvest reports increase in trading profits amid challenging conditions

By: Anine Kilian     29th August 2016 JSE-listed Bidvest Group, which unbundled its food-services unit Bidcorp this year, has reported higher earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, which rose 3.9% to R7.3-billion for the year ended June 30, amid a lower net debt, which fell to R5-billion from R7.8-billion. In... 

Randhir Haripersad

     19th August 2016 This week we feature Randhir Haripersad, General Manager for Africa at Goscor Group of Companies 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following two years of research and preparing for the local manufacturing of new innovative materials handling equipment, Pretoria-based materials handling company Wuhlf started manufacturing last month and has reached full production. Engineering News reported in January that the company would... 

Truck company named Doosan dealer of the year

     12th August 2016 In a ceremony held at the Doosan factory, in Korea, in May, forklift supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) was awarded the Doosan Forklift Global Dealer of the Year 2015. While GLTC has won several awards for its performance over the years from Doosan, this is the first time they have won the... 

Sanitary Bulk Bag Weigh Batch Unloader

     1st August 2016 A new BULK-OUT™ Bulk Bag Weigh Batch Unloading System with Manual Dumping Station and Flexible Screw Conveyor automatically conveys weighed batches of contamination-sensitive materials to downstream processes and allows rapid sanitising. The BFC model discharger frame is equipped with a... 

Internet Solutions Selects NetApp SolidFire and Becomes the First Service Provider in Africa to Offer Performance-Based Storage Tiering

     27th July 2016 NetApp SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, has announced that Internet Solutions, Africa’s largest provider of managed network services, has deployed its all-flash scale-out storage. Powered by SolidFire’s next-generation infrastructure... 

Bulk Bag Lifting Frame With Adjustable Arms

     24th June 2016 Flexicon has introduced a new bulk bag lifting frame with telescoping arms that accommodates bulk bags produced in an increasing range of sizes. The lifting frame is optional on all BFC models of Flexicon's BULK-OUT™ discharger line, and available for up to two tonne capacities to replace... 

German forklift manufacturer re-enters SA market  

     14th June 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. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

On-The-Air (10/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 New joint action is underway to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry; Great news for platinum is that fuel cell development is bursting out all over the country; and Petrochemicals giant Sasol is investing R20-billion in neighbouring Mozambique to find more natural... 

Platinum fuel cells to drive underground mine vehicles

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2016 From the lessons learnt at the forklift project at the Impala Platinum base metals refinery in Springs, the rollout of fuel cell-driven load haul dumpers at the 14 Shaft at Rustenburg Platinum mine is now envisaged. Impala Platinum fuel cell co-ordinator Fahmida Smith, who addressed last week’s... 

Tackling Safety 'The Meerkat Way' Paying Dividends For Chryso Group

     27th May 2016 The Chryso Southern  Africa Group's "The Meerkat Way" occupational health and safety programme is paying substantial dividends with no incidents reported at the company's plants since the programme was launched in 2015, says Andries Marais, GM Operations for Chryso, which is this year celebrating... 

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... 

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