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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... 

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... 

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... 

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.  

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