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Materials Handling News

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider Icon Group has been awarded a contract to supply its three-sided impact roller to the expansion project at the Beitbridge border post, in Zimbabwe. The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk... 

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

Port upgrade strengthens  Horn of Africa trade
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Equipment supplied for sewage plant

23rd April 2021 Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD supplies a range of Samson apron belt feeders, designed for bulk materials handling in sewage treatment plants. Samson surface feeders offer flexibility for efficient materials handling reception in diverse applications, including sewage treatment... 

Auctioneer sees increased crane demand from India

23rd April 2021 According to machinery and heavy equipment auctioneers Ritchie Bros, India is emerging as an important buyer market for used Middle Eastern mobile cranes and heavy lifting equipment. 

Load turning with maximum safety

23rd April 2021 Periodically, users of indoor cranes are faced with the complex task of not only lifting and horizontally moving heavy components such as press tools, machine beds or special containers, but turning them, too. 

Load turning with maximum safety
NEW FUNCTION Demag has introduced a load-turning function to its Universal Crane range in order to achieve maximum safety as an optional feature

Supplier sends hoists, girders to motor company

23rd April 2021 Motorsport company Bischoff + Scheck AG approached industrial equipment supplier Demag to supply a lightweight crane system that would not damage the newly installed, solar-paneled roof of its new assembly facility. Demag suggested DMR rope hoists and double-girder overhead travelling crane with... 

Supplier sends hoists,  girders to motor company
NEW INSTALLATION The new V-type girder design with diaphragm joints reduces the equipment's weight

Equipment ensures plant efficiency

16th April 2021 Heavy machinery supplier BLT WORLD distributes and supports a range of materials and container handling equipment, designed for optimum efficiency, reduced operational costs, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance in automotive assembly plants. “Automotive manufacturers are continually looking... 

Equipment ensures plant efficiency
HEAVY DUTY BLT WORLD’s Meclift heavy duty variable reach trucks increase efficiency and safety during materials handling procedures in automotive plants

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification
HOT NEWS The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion
MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port

Company designs, manage transloading station

26th March 2021 Project engineering, construction and operations management group Bosch Holdings was appointed as the consulting engineer for the design and project management of a new cane transloading station in Mkuze, after the completion of a feasibility study. The new facility will assist small-scale... 

Company designs, manage transloading station
IMPROVING TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY The new cane transloading station facility will assist small-scale sugarcane farmers in the Makhathini region

New straddle carriers now available in Africa

26th March 2021 Earlier this year, South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World announced the launch of its new Mobicon 2HL series mini straddle carriers in Africa. Mobicon container handlers – key machines in BLT World’s range of container handling equipment – are designed for lifting containers securely... 

New straddle carriers now available in Africa
UPLIFTING The mini straddle carriers are capable of lifting containers two high for efficient stacking

Marine repair company building on expertise

26th March 2021 Ship repair company Namdock has announced that it aims to build on its regional and international expertise and experience, illustrating its diverse capabilities, along with its solid track record of customer service excellence. Namdock, a wholly Namibian-owned entity with its shareholding held... 

Marine repair company building on expertise
KEEPING AFLOAT Namdock ship repair is a recognised leader in the ship repair and offshore oil and gas sector

Large dredging contract awarded to Belgium company

26th March 2021 Specialist dredging and offshore service provider DEME announced that at the end of last year it secured a large dredging contract for the Abu Qir port project in Egypt. The project has been described as the largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract in history. 

Large dredging contract  awarded to Belgium company
THiS IS SPARTA-CUS Spartacus the new cutter suction dredger on offer by DEME is said o be the largest of its kind globally

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 South Africa’s ability to compete in global markets depends on the efficiency of its ports and rail network, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his State of the Nation address held in Cape Town last month. He suggested that key infrastructure projects currently underway, including establishing... 

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network
ON TRACK In order for South Africa to compete globally its rail and port infrastructure needs to be addressed

Company makes a significant investment locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants manufacturer and distributor FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has invested more than R250-million in South Africa for the completion of the construction of a warehouse and office complex, which will be completed by February 2022. Land that is adjacent to its current location in Isando, of... 

Company makes a significant  investment locally
REACHING FOR THE SKY The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high

Forklifts offer increased safety, productivity

5th February 2021 As companies try to streamline business activities owing to Covid-19, it has become more important to take extra care to maintain pristine hygiene standards throughout the supply chain, highlights materials handling equipment distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts MD Brenton Kemp. This includes... 

Forklifts offer increased safety, productivity
CREATIVE SOLUTIONS Through flexible Moffett truck-mounted forklifts, the Shamrock Handling Concepts team offers customers creative solutions to logistics challenges, by ensuring deliveries arrive safely on time, in perfect condition and at the most economic price

New load-turning function for cranes

5th February 2021 In order to enhance safety during complex task such as horizontally moving heavy components for indoor cranes, industrial equipment supplier Demag has introduced a new standard function for its Universal Crane product range. Crane installations can now be equipped with a load-turning function... 

New load-turning function for cranes
CAN YOU HANDLE THE LOAD Load-turning function achieves maximum safety as an optional feature, which eliminates the need for any additional engineering

Lift built for stringent environmental regulations

5th February 2021 Mobile elevating work platforms manufacturer JLG Industries has made available to the access industry its environment-friendly all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift. JLG mobile elevating work platforms engineering senior director Shashank Bhatia says featuring zero hydraulics to help eliminate... 

New addition to mobile robot offering introduced

5th February 2021 Last month, electronics company Omron announced the launch of the HD-1500, the strongest and latest addition to the company’s series of mobile robots. The new HD-1500 boasts a heavy payload capacity of up to 1 500 kg. In a press release, the company noted that it is ideal for modern factories,... 

Company ensures dependable systems for its customers

5th February 2021 Forklift dealer Criterion Equipment, exclusive distributors of TCM forklift trucks in Southern Africa, works closely with companies in almost every sector, including specialists in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. FMCG companies – which operate in a highly-competitive environment, in... 

Company ensures dependable systems  for its customers
DESIGNED FOR GREATNESS Criterion Equipment’s range of TCM forklift trucks is designed for high efficiency, safe operation, low maintenance requirements and extended service life

Condra clinches order for 70 t double-girder crane

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2021 Johannesburg-based cranes and hoists manufacturer Condra Cranes has received an order  to not only design and manufacture a 70-t double-girder electric overhead travelling crane, but also erect the gantry and, thereafter, deliver, install and commission the crane, Condra MD Marc Kleiner says. The... 

Condra clinches order for 70 t double-girder crane
CRANE TEST A Condra overhead crane is used to move a test-weight that is the same weight and shape as the client's machine

Forklift-centric children's book launched to spark imagination, acceptance of others


By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 A new children’s book Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers was launched late last year in a partnership between forklift manufacturer Combilift and award-winning author Emer Conlon. The CombiKids book highlights overcoming difficulties, the importance of friendship and that bullying is... 

Forklift-centric children's book launched to spark imagination, acceptance of others

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Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers

Construction to start on Liberia Inland Storage Facility

By: Donna Slater     7th January 2021 Infrastructure project funder InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and Global Logistics Services (GLS) have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Liberian contractor BMC Group to build the Liberia Inland Storage Facility... 

Materials handling system performs well in local market

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 The Swedish-made Flexqube materials handling system, introduced to the South African market by materials handling company Lazar in June, offers users versatility in managing the transportation of goods within warehouse and factory type environments. Flexqube is a trolley or cart system based off... 

Company aims to install storage solutions beyond SADC

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 Industrial racking and shelving manufacturer Universal Storage Systems (USS) is looking to broaden its footprint by exporting its storage products to African countries beyond the South African Development Community (SADC) region. The company currently manufactures and supplies storage solutions –... 

Company aims to install storage solutions  beyond SADC
OPTIMUM STORAGE SOLUTIONS USS markets a range of warehousing and storage products and systems, including steel racking, shelving and mezzanine floors, for commercial and industrial use

Container handlers add value to port operations

9th October 2020 Forklift and container handler manufacturer BLT WORLD’s extensive range of container handling equipment encompasses industrial lift trucks supplier Taylor Machine Works loaded and empty container handlers, as well as reach stackers. These are designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance... 

Container handlers add value to port operations
ROBUST CONTAINER HANDLING The Taylor XRS-9972 reachstacker, with a high-strength telescopic boom, is designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance and improved safety in busy container handling environments

Engineering collaboration assists local development

18th September 2020 Mechanical engineering contractor Brimis Engineering is working together with air conditioning contractor Blue Hemisphere on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation at the Middelburg Provincial Hospital. 

In-house-developed idler increases mine throughput, product longevity

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 The development of a South African-made conveyor belt idler has resulted in diversified miner Exxaro Resources increasing throughput at its Grootegeluk mine through one of its conveyor load points from 800 t/d to 3 000 t/d, says conveyor products manufacturer Brelko US and Africa manager Brent... 

Equipment reduces dust in bulk materials handling

11th September 2020 Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle in bulk materials handling. 

Equipment reduces dust in bulk materials handling
BREATHING EASY The Samson Eco Hoppers installed at Kenya’s Port of Mombasa have significantly improved port facilities and minimised the environmental impact of bulk handling operations at the harbour

Real-time data essential in FMCG market

By: Cameron Mackay     11th September 2020 With the Covid-19 pandemic having led to a change in buying patterns, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) value chain solutions provider MACmobile MD Andrew Dawson suggests that the FMCG industry will have to use intelligent digital technology data to curb the negative impact this could have on the... 

Real-time data essential in FMCG market
ANDREW DAWSON We still need clarity on disposeable incomes across different consumer brands, it’s unclear if we’re going to see see a shift to more basic staples

Company underlines lithium-ion forklift battery benefits for warehouses

By: Cameron Mackay     11th September 2020 Local industrial lithium-ion battery distributor CHASE Technologies GM Brent Frazer explains that the company’s lithium-ion phosphate (LiFePO4) battery packs for forklifts present a more cost-effective, maintenance-free and environment-friendly option for forklift users. These battery packs... 

Company underlines lithium-ion forklift battery benefits  for warehouses
POSITIVE MARKET IMPACT CHASE Technologies’ is looking to convert 50% of the current local electric forklift market from lead-acid batteries to LiFePO4 batteries

Focus set on intellectual support services

14th August 2020 Hard face solution provider Rio-Carb is altering its business model to focus more on providing intellectual support services and is employing its own engineers to assist customers in all aspects of liner fabrication application.   Rio-Carb director Thomas Reib says the company can now provide a... 

Storage range introduced to Southern Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 Local logistical equipment solutions provider Logistics Systems Engineering (LSE) has formalised an exclusive distribution agreement with storage products provider Gonvarri Material Handling, which will make Gonvarri’s range of storage systems and technologies available in Southern Africa for the... 

Storage range introduced to Southern Africa
SUPPLY CHAIN ENHANCING The Gonvarri range will further enhance LSE’s capability to deliver projects – including providing mobile racking systems and pallet shuttles for food and beverage customers

Rising demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts anticipated

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 “The demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts is increasing locally, owing to companies wanting to reap the benefits of energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, as well as in preparation for changing legislation regarding emissions,” says forklift distributor for Masslift Africa national sales... 

Rising demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts anticipated
CLEAN HANDLING The highest demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts has been from fast-moving consumer goods applications that require clean environments for food

Tech crucial to market sales in local industry

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 Automation solutions provider MACmobile MD Andrew Dawson stresses that technology that offers mobility, automation and the ability to engage customers while maintaining social distance will be crucial to driving market sales in the local industry. “The key technology at this stage is mobility –... 

Tech crucial to market sales in local industry
ANDREW DAWSON What’s important is enabling retailers, with their own methodology software-wise, to generate orders and use the call centres to create new sales and awareness

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs

31st July 2020 The safe and efficient offloading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks improves efficiencies, lowers operating costs and protects product integrity during bulk handling, says materials handling company Specialised Container Agencies (SCA). “SCA focuses on the design of containerised... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs
ON TRACK TIPPER The use of containerised bulk materials handling solutions ensures safe and efficient offloading in road and rail hauling

Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless advocates that the much longer life span of ore wagons achieved using 3CR12, makes it clear why stainless steel is the cost-effective choice for equipment in ore-handling processes. “Owing to its excellent properties in wet sliding conditions, the... 

Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons
UP ORE DOWN Wagons manufactured by Columbus Stainless using 3CR12 transport ore for substantially longer with less degradation than those made of mild steel or other materials
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