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Capital Equipment News

Supplier provides innovative cleaning method

By: Cameron Mackay     20th May 2022 Cleaning chemicals supplier O3 Chemicals has developed two cleaning chemicals specifically for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR)  equipment, the first of which is called Smart Air, and the second Smart Finish. The chemicals are designed to remove mould and bacteria... 

Anglo American launches much anticipated hydrogen-powered zero-emission haul truck  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American on May 6 launched a prototype of its first self-developed zero-emission hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, which was developed as part of its Future Smart Mining strategy. The 2 MW hydrogen-battery hybrid truck, which is stationed at the Mogalakwena platinum mine,... 

Anglo American's NuGen hydrogen-powered haul truck
Anglo American's NuGen hydrogen-powered haul truck

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

A side view of a yellow Criterion TCM forklift which is used to lift heavy loads
KEEP LOADING LOADING LOADING The TCM range of forklifts are prime for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications

Bell to shift ADT production to Germany as it introduces new products at KZN plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 As part of a growth strategy long in the making, Bell Equipment will increasingly shift articulated dump truck (ADT) production from its Richards Bay plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the northern hemisphere, says CEO Leon Goosen. The Bell ADT is the group’s high-volume product, with 80% of the world... 

Expansion secures company’s position in growing market

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 With the global increase in the demand for dissolving pulp, paper and pulp company Sappi’s current business strategy for local growth is focused on the R7.7-billion expansion project at its Saiccor mill in KwaZulu-Natal called Project Vulindela, which is now responsible for more than 60% of its... 

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PROJECT VULINDLELA The R7.7-billion project is aimed at increasing the capacity and global competitiveness of the Saiccor mill

Municipality invests in jetting and vacuum truck

25th March 2022 To improve sewerage and stormwater infrastructure maintenance, Govan Mbeki municipality in Mpumalanga has invested in a new local pump manufacturer Werner Pumps combination jetting and vacuuming truck.   

A large truck with a combination jetting and vacuuming capability in front of a group of staff and dignitaries at the hand over of the truck
HAND OVER The Govan Mbeki Municipality and its staff attend the official hand over of a Werner Pumps combination jetting and vacuuming truck

Group stays afloat amid challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Equipment distributor Capital Equipment Group (CEG) has maintained its success in the South African construction industry despite challenging economic conditions, global supply issues and escalating costs, which worsened because of Covid-19 and strike action. “In today’s challenging conditions,... 

Black and yellow Hyundai crawler excavator machine excavating earth
HPE AFRICA The HX220S crawler excavator is part of Hyundai’s HX series

Cranes deployed in Mozambique

11th March 2022 Brakpan-based crane rental company Sarens Siba successfully supplied its CC1100 crane to a project last year, in Mozambique, during which no time was lost, and no injuries occurred. “The project had a successful outcome, owing to easy communication between all parties involved. The success is... 

Yellow CC1100 crane lifting heavy chains
CRANE OPERATION Sarens Siba successfully provided its CC1100 crane to a project in Mozambique

New equipment released

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Construction equipment distributor Capital Equipment Group’s (CEG’s) subsidiaries, Shamrock Handling Concepts and Criterion Equipment, launched products for the construction industry last year. Forklift truck supplier Shamrock Handling Concepts supplies and supports the Agrimac all-terrain... 

Man operating a green and black forklift truck up a steep hill
SHAMROCK HANDLING CONCEPTS Shamrock supplies and supports the Agrimac all-terrain forklift trucks for various applications

Equipment sales dip on rising ambiguity

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Local capital equipment sales have been negatively impacted on as companies are hesitant to make capital investments owing to ambiguity in the construction industry, says construction equipment supplier Shumani Industrial Equipment MD Victor Nemukula. “There are several government infrastructure... 

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VICTOR NEMUKULA Victor Nemukula expects infrastructure projects to sustain the local construction industry.

Crane company innovative in competitive environment

By: Cameron Mackay     4th March 2022 Local crane manufacturer Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner stresses that the competitiveness of the local cranes and hoists market has been exacerbated by cheaper imports of cranes, hoists and related components, as well as shortages in raw materials. Such shortages have been the result of supply... 

Image of a pre-sink portal crane designed and manufactured by Condra Cranes
INTELLIGENT LIFTING Condra Cranes has introduced more intelligent solutions on some of its more advanced crane machines

Company provides lifting, rigging solutions for efficiency and safety

4th March 2022 Local equipment supplier BMG’s Tools & Equipment Lifting team offers a specialist service to diverse sectors throughout Africa, including automotive and tyre manufacturing, paper and pulp, sugar, forestry and agriculture, as well as marine and mining. “BMG’s dedicated Lifting and Rigging division... 

Image of a container used to move giraffes
GAME RESERVE PROJECT BMG constructed a robust sling for the project, using high-strength McKinnon chain to load the crate holding the giraffes safely onto a truck

Barloworld says Russia operations have sufficient facilities to operate 

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2022 Heavy-duty equipment multinational Barloworld says all local payments from customers in Russia to its Russian operation Vostochnaya Technica (VT) are effected through the Russian central bank system. It adds that it does not use banks that have currently been barred from using the SWIFT system. 

Sector key in economic recovery

18th February 2022 National construction industry body Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) acting CEO Bongani Dlala says the construction sector can lead South Africa’s recovery as the country emerges into a post-Covid-19 economy, but only if emerging contractors are empowered. This was the consensus... 

Barloworld reports solid performance in first-quarter trading update

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2022 Diversified industrial multinational Barloworld says it continued to deliver a solid performance in the first quarter of the current financial year, bolstered by favourable results in December, particularly in the Equipment Southern Africa and the Car Rental and Leasing businesses. The results... 

Invicta to acquire aftermarket heavy-duty diesel engine parts supplier

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd January 2022 JSE-listed investment manager Invicta Holdings has entered into an agreement with International Holdings and Investments and KMP Holdings MD Chen Chin Linn to acquire all the share capital of KMP for £12.5-million, or nearly R270-million. KMP is an independent supplier of aftermarket heavy-duty... 

More growth expected for diesel generators

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 South Africa’s diesel generator market is expected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of more than 2% from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released this year by research organisation Mordor Intelligence.   Factors such as an increase in throughput of peaking plants and demand for... 

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DIESEL GENERATOR Diesel generators in South Africa are not generally used as a primary source of energy, but rather as a backup during power cuts or blackouts from the utility grid.

Business as usual despite genset demand spike

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Generator set (genset) manufacturer Atlas Copco Power Technique business development manager Philip du Plessis says the business is always prepared to try to close any sale that comes its way, regardless of factors influencing the market. “While we do see an increase in inquiries under these... 

A photo of an Atlas Copco QES genset being lowered by crane and guided by a worker in PPE
BACK-UP POWER These larger generators are supplied to larger enterprises because of the ongoing instability in the power grid

Saceec names best performing equipment exports for 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2021 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) on November 25 hosted the 2021 Exporter of the Year Awards, announcing pumps manufacturer RNE Pumps as the exporter member of the year. Other finalists in this category were joining solutions manufacturer Swagefast, minerals processing... 

Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman
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Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman

New heavy-duty excavator launched in SA 

17th November 2021 CASE Construction Equipment, a CNH Industrial brand, launched its CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator in South Africa last month. This is the latest in the company’s range of excavators with the latest addition geared towards harsh working conditions while prioritising comfort and efficiency. Nadine... 

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New heavy-duty excavator launched in SA

Bell family to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist group

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 In a joint announcement published late last month, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

Chain and sprockets offer cost savings on power transmission

12th November 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s total plant management solutions encompass a technical advisory service for maintenance programmes that includes correct chain and sprocket selection, a critical factor in any power transmission system. “We believe that by investing in quality branded power... 

Image of a BMG worker conducting maintenance, specification
TECHNICAL SUPPORT BMG offers a site visit service prior to component specification to ensure an accurate total cost of ownership estimate

Mantashe announces well priced round five renewables projects ending long hiatus  

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe finally ended a destructive near seven-year disruption to the procurement of renewable energy in South Africa, when he announced the names of 25 wind and solar preferred bidders on Thursday night. The bidders are expected to build  2 583 MW of... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Bell founders look to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist the group

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2021 In a joint announcement published on Friday, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, have announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

Image of a Bell ADT

DCD, Sherp to welcome more Sherp vehicles to Africa for use in remote, search and rescue conditions 

29th September 2021 Particularly well-suited to adverse weather and remote ground conditions, the Sherp heavy-duty vehicle provides an efficient mode of transport when access to remote areas is required, either for exploration, humanitarian, or search and rescue needs. 

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DCD, Sherp to welcome more Sherp vehicles to Africa for use in remote, search and rescue conditions

Jib crane to be used for underground ore recovery

By: Schalk Burger     24th September 2021 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes designed, manufactured and delivered a large jib crane that will be trialled for the bulk recovery of ore spilled underground. The 5 t crane has a 9 m lifting height and a slewing radius of 5 m, with an orange-peel hydraulic grab and electromagnet – a... 

The assembled crab at the top of the jib crane, with the 5-ton hoist itself, hydraulic power pack, two hydraulic hose reels for the five-tine orange-peel grab, and the cable-reeling drum serving the electromagnet
CRAB ASSEMBLY The assembled crab at the top of the jib crane, with the 5-ton hoist itself, hydraulic power pack, two hydraulic hose reels for the five-tine orange-peel grab, and the cable-reeling drum serving the electromagnet

Initiative helps companies diversify, mitigate supply shortages

By: Cameron Mackay     10th September 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in shortages of chips and electronic components in the local aerospace industry, which has also impacted on production and projects locally. Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) technical lead Livison Mashoko states that AISI is working closely with... 

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INDUSTRY IMPACT Several AISI projects as well as AISI beneficiaries have experienced disruption in the last 18 months owing to Covid-19 interruptions to their supply chains

A&D sectors decline needs to be halted

By: Cameron Mackay     10th September 2021 The decline of industrial sectors, such as aerospace and defence (A&D), needs to be addressed urgently, states Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa (Camasa) chairperson Themba September. “The A&D sectors’ technology development benefits the manufacturing sector through... 

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COMPETING IN GLOBAL MARKETS Camasa is actively pursuing the effective integration of local major manufacturers into global supply chains, particularly in niche areas

AfCFTA support vital for growth

By: Cameron Mackay     10th September 2021 The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), implemented at the beginning of this year, can potentially boost African aerospace manufacturing by improving export sophistication across Africa, states Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa chairperson Themba September.... 

Image of CAMASA chairman Themba September
THEMBA SEPTEMBER For aerospace manufacturing, the prospect of improvements in export sophistication across Africa can lead to an enhanced prominence of aerospace manufactured products

Safety checks key to fork lift operations

10th September 2021 Forklift distributor Criterion Equipment considers the safe operation of forklift trucks one of the most critical aspects in materials handling in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centres, construction sites and transport facilities. According to specialists, it is a requirement of the... 

a man inspecting a forklift
A CLOSE EYE The consequences of failing to carry out regular load testing and safety checks are dire for company owners

Acquisition improves manufacturing capability, export ability

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd September 2021 Industrial equipment supplier Fabchem Mining entered into a written agreement to acquire original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) VULA Drilling last month. Fabchem will complete the acquisition once all conditions are fulfilled. Fabchem Mining manufactures, distributes and supplies underground... 

Local companies continue to export despite poor local market

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd September 2021 Despite the fiscally constrained state of the local economy, local equipment suppliers are successfully exporting their products, says South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) CEO Eric Bruggeman. “In 2017, we exported about R198-billion worth of equipment, and this has remained... 

Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills 

25th August 2021 A partnership between Nkwe Platinum, Zijin Mining Group and Sany Southern Africa has resulted in six women from rural Limpopo being provided basic excavator operating skills. The initiative is part of all three companies’ corporate social investment drive and their efforts to empower women during... 

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Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills

DMRE confirms 102 solar and wind bids as renewables procurement resumes  

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2021 The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has released the project names and technologies bid in response to Bid Window 5 (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the bid deadline for which was August 16. The list released shows that 63 solar... 

A photo of a utility scale solar farm

New agriculture machinery on offer from OEM

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 Agriculture machinery manufacturer AGCO Corporation has introduced a number of high technology products into the market with its German-engineered Fendt brand. “With a demand for high technology solutions and confidence in the coming season, farmers are already showing interest in our Fendt... 

A photo of AGCO Africa sales head Felix Seitz
FELIX SEITZ Planning and supply lines give AGCO a competitive advantage in the market

Production surplus meets growing rail industry demand

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Although stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless can meet South Africa’s stainless steel material demands in all sectors, including the railroad industry, the apparent stainless steel consumption is too low to fulfil the mill’s total production capacity, says Columbus Stainless market... 

3CR12 grade steel train wagon transporting coal
STRONG AND STURDY Ferritic stainless steel contains at least 10.5% chromium

Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

Large concrete mixer and truck mounted concrete pump Putzmeister
PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year
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