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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Constant improvement leads to new forklift range

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Moffett’s NX range of forklift trucks – available in Southern Africa exclusively from distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts – has been constantly undergoing improvements since their original introduction in 2017. The latest from this forklift range is the new... 

Offloading and warehousing job supply on the rise

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 Human capital solutions provider Workforce has been receiving a large number of requests from the offloading and warehousing sector, which seems to be a growing market that the company is taking advantage of. “Offloading and palletising sectors are increasing substantially,” Workforce Africa MD... 

A photo of a forklift and driver operating in a shelved warehouse
Photo by Creamer Media
DRIVERS WANTED General assistants, van assistants, code 10 drivers, code 14 drivers, forklift drivers and reach truck drivers are all in demand

Electric forklifts future-proof businesses

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 Demand for diesel-powered forklifts is declining in favour of electric-powered forklifts across a variety of industries, says industrial equipment distributor Smith Power Equipment area sales manager Vivian Gravett. He notes that electric-powered forklifts have become the preferred option because... 

A photo of a Baoli electric forklift
PLUGGED IN Diesel-powered forklifts are declining in favour of electric-powered forklifts

Resilience ensures positive outlook for logistics company

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 If there are no further major disruptions to the materials handling and logistics industry and to the economic situation in South Africa, supply chain solutions company Unitrans remains positive that it will be able to reach its targets and continue to add value to its clients. “Through all the... 

A photo of a Unitrans warehouse
WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS Unitrans is focusing on new business growth opportunities through continuous delivery of world-class, innovative, cost-effective solutions

New forklift range available in S Africa

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 The new TCM T5C internal combustion forklift trucks are now available throughout Southern Africa from equipment supplier Criterion Equipment, after being launched in February. Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp tells Engineering News that, owing to global logistic challenges being experienced... 

A photo of a TCM T5C internal combustion forklift truck
ELEVATED MODEL The TCM T5C has improved features for easier manoeuvrability, more operator comfort, better safety on site and lower maintenance requirements

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... 

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
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... 

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

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
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

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... 

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
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... 

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

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
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

Company’s belt products ideal for diverse sectors

14th August 2020 Equipment supplier BMG’s Light Materials Handling division supplies and supports a comprehensive range of belting products which are suitable for use in diverse sectors, including high-temperature applications, like in furnaces in glass bottle manufacturing. “Owing to extreme heat generated from... 

HANDLING THE HEAT
BMG’s high-temperature Cambridge Knuckleback belts are recommended for safe and efficient conveying near ovens, kilns and furnaces
HANDLING THE HEAT BMG’s high-temperature Cambridge Knuckleback belts are recommended for safe and efficient conveying near ovens, kilns and furnaces

Rocky political climate hinders conveyor industry growth

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 The “turmoil” of South African politics has engendered a decline in investment currently and doubt over possible future investment in the mining industry, Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMASA) chairperson Jay Pillay tells Engineering News. Typically, mine expansions, new... 

BUMPY RIDE
The health of the local conveyor manufacturing industry directly depends on the health of the mining industry
ealth mining industry
BUMPY RIDE The health of the local conveyor manufacturing industry directly depends on the health of the mining industry ealth mining industry

New forklift models for South African market

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Local forklift and compressor distributor Avir is introducing four new Chinese JAC forklift models to South Africa this year. One of these new models is a special edition 3 t forklift for loading and offloading in steep-gradient conditions. 

RAISING THE BAR The new models of JAC forklifts will enter the South African market this year
RAISING THE BAR The new models of JAC forklifts will enter the South African market this year

Telematics company introduces live streaming

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Fleet and asset management solutions company MiX Telematics has added a live streaming service to its MiX Vision solution. The streaming service enables fleet managers to live-stream footage from up to eight cameras simultaneously using MiX Fleet Manager – MiX Telematics’ online software solution... 

IN REAL-TIME 
The live streaming service helps fleet managers to improve driver safety and compliance
IN REAL-TIME The live streaming service helps fleet managers to improve driver safety and compliance

Automated solution supplied to OEM

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Drive engineering and automation company SEW-Eurodrive has supplied its highly configurable HandlingKinematics to a local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of concrete brick, block and paving machinery for use in a greenfield plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape. SEW-Eurodrive Maxolution... 

MOVING TECHNOLOGY 
Incorporating the freely programmable MOVI-PLC into the HandlingKinematics solution allows for greater flexibility
MOVING TECHNOLOGY Incorporating the freely programmable MOVI-PLC into the HandlingKinematics solution allows for greater flexibility

Excavation and loading fleet adds new machines

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Mining contractor WEGO Africa added another SANY SY500 excavator to its pre-existing fleet of four, in addition to acquiring two new SANY SY956 front-end loaders, at the end of last year. The new equipment was transported by road from Johannesburg, in Gauteng, to an iron-ore and manganese mine in... 

CAN YOU DIG IT A fifth SY500 excavator has been added to the mining contractor’s fleet
CAN YOU DIG IT A fifth SY500 excavator has been added to the mining contractor’s fleet

Traka

23rd September 2019 Traka is the global leader in intelligent management solutions for keys and equipment. The forward-thinking Traka team is always one step ahead when it comes to developing innovative solutions that solve real-world problems. From simple secured storage options to enterprise-level control of... 

Traka

Distributor extends food handling belting range

16th August 2019 New to engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of belting certified for safe food handling, is the KleenEdge non-fray series. It is developed by conveyer belt solutions provider Ammeraal Beltech to “minimise the problems of belt-edge fray and associated contamination... 

Distributor sets new lift truck warranty standards

16th August 2019 In a ground-breaking development, materials handling supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has rolled out an industry first, standard five-year warranty on its construction equipment supplier Doosan 7 Series range of lift trucks. The new offering is the longest ever warranty to be offered in... 

Drive company supplies inverters for warehouse expansion project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th August 2019 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive has supplied 98 MOVITRAC LTP-B inverters for conveyor belts installed for a local e-commerce warehouse, in Johannesburg. SEW-Eurodrive was contracted by materials handling specialist Neptek to supply the inverters for the conveyors that have been installed... 

Forklift equipment supplier invests R45m in STR fleet

16th August 2019 Forklift equipment supplier Criterion Equipment has embarked on a short-term rental (STR) fleet renewal programme for materials handling equipment manufacturer TCM – encompassing a R45-million investment in new forklifts. Criterion Equipment is the exclusive distributor of TCM forklift trucks in... 

S African materials handling industry yet to embrace automation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th August 2019 Automation is still a relatively new concept for South Africa and has not been fully adopted by industries, especially the materials handling industry, says industrial equipment distributor Shumani Industrial Equipment director Victor Nemukula. “South Africa imports a lot of materials handling... 

Specialist moves to diversify into agriculture, food & bev

By: Nadine James     16th August 2019 Gauteng-based material transfer specialist Weba Chute Systems is diversifying its client base, officially venturing into the agricultural, food and beverage and paper and pulp industries, says Weba MD Mark Baller. He explains that while Weba had often received and acted on inquiries from... 

SMOOTH TRANSITION 
Weba Chute Systems is officially diversifying its client base, having infrequently participated in non-mining projects over the years
SMOOTH TRANSITION Weba Chute Systems is officially diversifying its client base, having infrequently participated in non-mining projects over the years

African Transport Operations Agency (ATOA)

31st May 2019 Specialising in cross-border transportation to African countries, African Transport Operations Agency (ATOA) provides expert solutions and services to the trade and transport industry. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, ATOA moves cargo throughout Africa by road, sea, air or multimodal freight. 

African Transport Operations Agency (ATOA)

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 The Department of Transport has announced that vehicles transporting a standard container, reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container. Owing to this, Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande has placed a moratorium ,effect from January 1, 2019 to... 

HEIGHT LIMITS
Standard containers reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container
HEIGHT LIMITS Standard containers reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container

Company enjoys sweet success with premium chocolate contract

1st February 2019 A contract renewal for warehousing and distribution management is the latest development in a significant, seven-year partnership between supply chain and logistics company Imperial Logistics and premium chocolate producer Lindt & Sprüngli. Recognised as a global market leader, the Lindt &... 

PARTNERSHIP
Lindt seven year contract with Imperial Logistics’ still going strong
PARTNERSHIP Lindt seven year contract with Imperial Logistics’ still going strong

Freight utility company receives new specialised excavators

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 Construction equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) has proven its capabilities for future tenders that are within its scope of work, following its success in delivering ten specially adapted excavators for State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) facility... 

NEWLY FITTED The Hyundai 26 t R260LC-9S excavators have been fitted with specially designed 1.6 m³ heavy-duty buckets and 2.5 m³ coal buckets to maximise a railway car’s unloading speed
NEWLY FITTED The Hyundai 26 t R260LC-9S excavators have been fitted with specially designed 1.6 m³ heavy-duty buckets and 2.5 m³ coal buckets to maximise a railway car’s unloading speed

Company introduces excavator with lower fuel consumption

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 Construction equipment supplier Disa Equipment, trading as Doosan, part of the Capital Equipment Group of Invicta Holdings, introduced the low fuel consumption DX220LCA-2 excavator into the 20 t to 22 t class. “Not only do these robust machines boast pristine manufacturing standards but Doosan’s... 

DOOSAN DX220LCA-2 EXCAVATOR
Outstanding features of the excavator include lower fuel consumption and greater productivity
DOOSAN DX220LCA-2 EXCAVATOR Outstanding features of the excavator include lower fuel consumption and greater productivity

‘Scale’ matters in South Africa’s logistics game

1st February 2019 Scale matters to competitive advantage and doing more with less through technology, consolidation and networking enables South Africa-based and -managed freight solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics’ (BPL’s) larger service offering at a lower unit cost. The concept of scale – the average... 

Dachser South Africa driving excellence in road freight services

17th August 2018 According to logistics company Dachser South Africa road freight in Africa can be a challenging undertaking. Therefore, transporting goods and services throughout the continent requires a network of support partners, a team that has up-to-date information on multi-country customs and border... 

STRATEGIC GOAL Dachser South Africa’s aim is to ensure that logistics is tailored to meet clients’ specific requirements
STRATEGIC GOAL Dachser South Africa’s aim is to ensure that logistics is tailored to meet clients’ specific requirements

GLTC offers fleet management system to protect bottom line

17th August 2018 Managing a forklift fleet is a huge challenge, to say the least, but the incorporation of an effective fleet management system can make the entire process very simple and efficient. Therefore industrial equipment group Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) offers its Goscor Fleet Management System to... 

ECONOMIC CHALLENGE Current tough operating and economic conditions are putting a strain on already constrained bottom lines
ECONOMIC CHALLENGE Current tough operating and economic conditions are putting a strain on already constrained bottom lines

Interroll makes modular conveyor platform for logistics

17th August 2018 Materials handling specialist Interroll has created its modular conveyor platform (MCP), with decentrally controlled RollerDrive drive technology, fit for use in environments as cold as -30 °C. Deep-freeze logistics can now benefit from an efficient, zero-pressure-accumulation material flow. The... 

FLEXIBLE ALTERNATIVE Interroll designed the critical components of our state-of-the-art conveyor platform to operate at temperatures as low as -30 °C
FLEXIBLE ALTERNATIVE Interroll designed the critical components of our state-of-the-art conveyor platform to operate at temperatures as low as -30 °C

Company offers paper alternative to wooden and plastic pallets

17th August 2018 Transport packaging company Kimmo is driving the industry to switch to paper pallets as alternatives to the usual wooden and plastic pallets.  The company manufactures paper pallets using honeycomb fibreboard in South Africa. According to the founder of Kimmo Jan Vreken, he discovered honeycomb... 

VISUAL RESEMBLANCE Honeycomb fibreboard technology takes its name from the visual resemblance to a bee’s honeycomb
VISUAL RESEMBLANCE Honeycomb fibreboard technology takes its name from the visual resemblance to a bee’s honeycomb

Local company to introduce new plastic pallets

By: Melissa Zisengwe     17th August 2018 Plastic pallets distributer, Premier Pallets will introduce new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pallets to the market next month. Premier Pallets owner Tilania du Preez says the pallets were manufactured in South Africa from PET plastic bottles such as Coke bottles. 

NEW PRODUCT The plastic pallets were manufactured in South Africa
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NEW PRODUCT The plastic pallets were manufactured in South Africa SOURCE
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