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SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from... 


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Newlyn launches R3.4bn multimodal rail terminal at Durban port
5th April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Port logistics company the Newlyn Group on April 4 unveiled the Newlyn PX Bayhead rail terminal, strategically located next to the Port of Durban, aimed at opening intra-Africa and local trade and... 


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Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal takes delivery of cargo handling equipment
26th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) has taken delivery of new cargo handling equipment, aiding the loading of export coal, magnetite, chrome and pig iron aboard calling Cape-sized vessels.... 


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Europe’s energy demand boosts Africa’s importance
22nd March 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Ongoing geopolitical tensions and conflicts – such as the war between Ukraine and Russia, and trade tensions between China and the US – are increasing the trend of European countries investing in... 


A picture of Shell Downstream South Africa learning and development manager Kefilwe Maseko stood in front of a Shell banner by a school blackboard
Programme targets underprivileged youth
15th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

Commercial fuels, lubricants and oils retailer Shell Downstream South Africa has invested over R30-million in its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bursary programme to help... 


A unitrans tanker at a depot in the setting sun
Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems
15th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and... 


The above image depicts the Kito L5 lever hoists, which have been developed to improve efficiencies and enhance safety. In the event of excessive overload lifting, the integrated overload limiter is automatically activated and the lever slips, preventing injury and damage
Increased demand for safe, stable hoists
1st March 2024

Technology supplier Becker Mining South Africa experienced a record year in 2023 in terms of sales and the success of Kito electrical and manual hoists, with a particular focus on Kito L5 lever... 


The above image depicts two Condra technicians working on a jib crane
Local manufacturer seeks to ease crane buying process
1st March 2024 By: Lynne Davies

There is a risk associated with buying capital equipment, and the choice of a factory crane can be “especially tricky”, says local overhead cranes and hoists manufacturer Condra Cranes. Condra... 


Trend toward digitalisation continues
9th February 2024 By: Lynne Davies

Materials handling firms have traditionally relied on paper-based processes, however, as these processes are staggeringly manual, time consuming, highly inefficient and prone to human error,... 


The above image depicts the DIV forklift trucks and warehouse equipment that is being incorporated into the Bobcat brand
Rebranding of premier forklift brand
9th February 2024

Key player in the industrial warehousing equipment sector Goscor Lift Trucks (GLT) announced the rebranding of its premier forklift brand, Doosan, which will now be supplied under the Bobcat livery... 


The above image depicts the redesigned M8 25.3 NX machine, which has a lifting capacity of 2 500 kg, a lifting height of 3 040 mm, a 1 475 mm overhang and ground clearance of 280 mm
Truck-mounted forklifts increase efficiency, safety
9th February 2024 By: Lynne Davies

Materials handling equipment distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts has extended its range of Moffett forklift trucks to include the new-generation M5 and M8 NX series, which has been designed for... 


Coal shipments on Transnet freight-rail network have plunged to 30-year lows and iron-ore railings are at their lowest in a decade
Crumbling South African rail prompts Botswana to forge new route
19th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Botswana has received unsolicited bids from investors to build a rail line to a Namibian port that will help avoid South Africa and its disintegrating logistics network. The 1 500 km... 


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New tanks acquired for fuel storage, transportation across Africa
1st December 2023 By: Trent Roebeck

Celebrating 40 years in business this year, South African tank and container supplier Container World last month bought 20 container tanks, which were delivered to the company’s Durban depot, in... 


An Etihad cargo plane flying over Central Park in New York city
Carrier appoints cargo handler in US
3rd November 2023

The cargo and logistics arm of United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) airline Etihad Airways, Etihad Cargo, has appointed global carrier provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group,... 


Warehouse shelves with boxes on them
Company opens high-tech warehouse in Cameroon
3rd November 2023

Integrated logistics company A.P Moller–Maersk, commonly referred to as Maersk, opened the doors to a brand-new and technology-driven warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in Douala, Cameroon... 


A new battery powered Toypta forklift being driven by a woman in PPE
Battery-operated forklifts offer sustainability in warehousing
3rd November 2023

As the world looks towards a more sustainable future, more businesses are being guided by regulations to reduce carbon emissions. For example, in applications such as food storage and handling,... 


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Extending reliability through proactive solutions
13th October 2023

Leader in pump and fluid engineering Sulzer attended the Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2023 at the Sydney Showground last month, displaying its comprehensive pump and service... 


Road freight growth subsiding, rail sector struggling – Ctrack index
15th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) retreated further in July to an index level of 120.8, the lowest level this year since March’s 120.5.  This represents a decrease of 1.2% during... 


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Road freight growth subsiding; rail sector struggling – Ctrack index
4th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) retreated further in July to an index level of 120.8, the lowest level this year since March (120.5).  This represents a decrease of 1.2% during... 


Image of a man lifting bulk bags with a forklift
Pallet-free bulk bags developed
1st September 2023

Materials handling systems specialist Conceptainer has developed solutions to protect product integrity and enable efficient handling, stacking and storage in the design and local manufacture of... 


A steel slab in ArcelorMittal South Africa's Vanderbijlpark plant
Steel industry vital for South Africa’s industrialisation, Majola says
31st August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola has stressed the impact of the local steel industry and its importance to South Africa’s industrialisation, and the challenges that the... 


Durban port
Data becoming increasingly important in supply chain functioning, competitiveness
23rd August 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As stakeholders work – as part of the National Logistics Crisis Committee – to resolve the most prominent issues impacting on the South African logistics system, including cable theft on rail lines... 


The yellow Yale lift truck range lined up on a white background
SA distributor announced
18th August 2023

Materials handling solutions provider Barloworld BayWa (BHBW) has introduced Yale lift trucks to the South African market following its appointment by lift trucks and aftermarket parts manufacturer... 


A mesh of conveyor belts carrying ore with the sun behind
Global giant acquires materials handling supplier
18th August 2023

Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Metso signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned Australian company Brouwer Engineering in July. Brouwer Engineering specialises in automation,... 


A group of men and women in the Bolt and Engineering factory in Welkom staring up at the camera
Principles help supplier maintain foothold
18th August 2023

Owing to its 100/0 principle, fastener specialist Bolt and Engineering Distributors (BED) Group’s Welkom branch, in the Free State, maintains a firm position as supplier of choice to the mining,... 


A man in a Unitrans Visivest in front of a fleet of Unitrans Trucks
Logistics giant training tomorrow’s truck drivers
18th August 2023

With the company’s core service being safely delivering customers’ goods, specialist transport company Unitrans’ drivers are one of the most critical links in the chain, CEO Terry Bantock... 


A large conveyor system carrying coal
Yearly materials handling conference well represented
18th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

This year’s International Materials Handling Conference (IMHC), Beltcon21, was held on August 2 and 3 at the Emperor's Palace Conference Centre in Kempton Park, Gauteng. Beltcon – the leading... 


Image of a furnace being installed
Company diversifying its international portfolio
11th August 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

The Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) is finalising plans to expand and diversify the product and service offering of its subsidiary, industrial solutions provider DGC Africa, says DGC chairman... 


Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga
Transport sector has role to play in sustainable economies – Chikunga
10th July 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The transport sector is not untouched by climate change and also has considerably high negative externalities, and this necessitates innovative thinking around the opportunities to renavigate... 


ICH notes that its decision to sell the fertiliser business was not based on slowing demand, but rather on it changing its focus
ICH finalises fertiliser division sale to K+S Group
4th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

International company Industrial Commodities Holdings (ICH) has finalised the sale of the ICH fertiliser business to Fertiva, an entity which is now majority-owned by German fertiliser supplier K+S... 


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AfCFTA holds promise for SA exports, but implementation roadblocks remain
9th June 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

While the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement presents a significant opportunity to access a larger market for South Africa’s exports and the local manufacturing sector, industry... 


A Large white electric concrete mixer with the SANY Logo and green detailing with the Paris landscape in the backdrop
All-electric mixer launched, tested
9th June 2023

Global innovative and sustainable building solutions developer Holcim tested an all-electric concrete mixer truck last month. The eMixer was officially presented to the industry at international... 


Registrations for twelfth IHHA Conference now open
Registrations for twelfth IHHA Conference now open
6th June 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

The planning for the highly anticipated twelfth International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference is well under way and it promises to be a remarkable gathering of heavy haul professionals at... 


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