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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Logistics group’s 2014 revenue showed 8.1% improvement

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 The revenue of JSE-listed Barloworld’s automotive and logistics division increased by 8.1%, or R2.3-billion, to R31.1-billion during the financial year ended September 30, 2014, excluding income that had been generated by the group’s Motor Retail Australia business unit, which was sold in April... 

Honeycomb paperboard offers new lightweight packaging alternative

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 Since July last year, honeycomb paperboard and corrugated pallet manufacturer Kimmo has been supplying KimmoBin honeycomb paperboard crates, each month, to the South African branch of global materials handling equipment manufacturing and distribution company Bell Equipment for the safe packaging... 

Honeycomb paperboard offers new lightweight packaging alternative
PAPER WEIGHT Honeycomb paperboard has significant compression strength and a 30-mm-thick honeycomb board can withstand a load of more than 8 t

New chain hoist launched in SA

30th January 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has launched the latest enhancement to its industrial cranes portfolio in South Africa – the CLX chain hoist. Available in safe working loads, the CLX chain hoist, which was introduced into the market in November, is suitable for several different... 

Logistics and transportation company upgrades Jhb facility

30th January 2015 Logistics and transportation company DHL Express has upgraded its Johannesburg Gateway facility – a fixed base for shipment handling – based at OR Tambo International Airport, after outgrowing its capacity as a result of rapid volume growth, the company announced in November. The Johannesburg... 

New wear solutions for materials handling sector

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 Wear solutions provider Multotec Wear Linings launched its latest wear solution offering to the materials handling sector, comprising the MultoCano transfer chute and the Quick Fit Panel, incorporating the Green Dot ceramic tile, at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place at the... 

New wear solutions for materials handling sector
MULTOCANO Multotec’s MultoCano system can be erected at the point of use without disrupting other operations within a plant

Hydraulic gantry designed for improved safety

30th January 2015 Abnormal load, machine moving, rigging and warehousing solutions provider Lovemore Bros has invested in a new 350-t-capacity hydraulic gantry, which features an innovative lifting safety system. Designed with safety and versatility in mind, the hydraulic gantry, which the company bought in... 

Forklift dealer receives second Dealership of the Year award

30th January 2015 Johannesburg-based forklift sales and rental company Action Equipment Company (AEC) won its second generator and forklift supplier Kipor Dealership of the Year award in a row, in November last year, following sales of over 50 Kipor forklifts in 2014. Kipor South Africa GM Tom Bloom notes that it... 

Telematics service provider exhibits latest innovations at German vehicle show

30th January 2015 Global fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics launched and demonstrated its latest telematics innovations at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which took place in Hannover, Germany, from September 25 to October 2. “Telematics and connectivity were key focus areas at... 

Company secures refurbishment contract

By: Leandi Kolver     30th January 2015 Total technology solutions provider Tenova Mining & Minerals’ client support services division secured the supply and installation contract in November last year for the refurbishment of a  Redler chain elevator for a brewery in Johannesburg. The contract was awarded to the company on the back of... 

Working with suppliers important to meet industry challenges

30th January 2015 The ability to quickly react to industry and business changes is fast becoming one of the key differentiators between technology suppliers in the supply chain and logistics industries, scenario planning authority Clem Sunter said at a VSc Solutions conference, held in Sandton, in October last... 

Mindset change in logistics industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 Projects in many industries are becoming more challenging because of the remote, undeveloped areas in which new resources are being discovered and, subsequently, the global projects market is beginning to follow a more innovative approach towards logistics, giving it a higher priority, says... 

Commercial dealership set to expand

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 Peugeot Isando, a division of the Kempston Motor Group, started the expansion of its top performing dealership in June, with the launch taking place at the dealership in September. The expansion comprises an amalgamation with Peugeot East Rand at bigger premises, in Isando. The specialised... 

Logistics industry moves towards mobile technology

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 The MobileControl application for Android operating systems and the Container Transport Solution were launched  at logistics software provider Dovetail’s Multi-Tech launch at the Bryanston Country Club, in Sandton, in June. Dovetail sales director Ralf Rolle says the MobileControl application... 

Tracking solution adds value to fleets

15th August 2014 Since the launch of asset management and consumer solutions provider QCIC’s vehicle tracking device QIC-SUR in June 2012, the company has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the market, says QCIC director Brian McKenzie. “The device has proven to be particularly popular for automotive... 

Company manufactures first trailer with corrosion protection

15th August 2014 Transportation manufacturer and supplier Talbert Manufacturing has manufactured its first trailer with corrosion protection supplier Corsol WB corrosion protection in June, says Talbert Manufacturing sales and marketing VP Greg Smith. Smith explains that it is a complete metal treatment system... 

Rapidly changing trends altering logistics landscape

15th August 2014 An increasing number of manufacturers and other suppliers are shipping consolidated container loads of products from point of origin to South Africa. Using a local logistics company, the shipment is then broken down into individual orders and delivered directly to customers, says distribution... 

Segmented supply chains represent new paradigm

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 The international logistics industry is on the cusp of a paradigm shift with regard to the way in which organisations manufacture and ultimately transport goods from one location to another, says logistics company DHL Supply Chain strategy director Warren Brusse. Historical attitudes toward... 

Innovative solutions for forklift trucks

15th August 2014 Platform trucks and tractors supplier Still Germany aims to launch many new products and innovative ideas including semi- and fully-automated solutions for forklift trucks, this year, as well as introduce  lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to power forklifts, says logistics company Value Materials... 

Growth lies in burgeoning African mining sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 Johannesburg-based DCD Rolling Stock, a division of international manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group, has received supply orders for its 24 t and 35 t diesel hydrokinetic (DHK) Funkey shunting locomotives from clients operating in the mining and industrial processing sectors over the... 

Advanced gantry launched onto local market

15th August 2014 Crane company Konecranes launched the Boxhunter container gantry in May to the local market, which is built around the operator’s graphical user interface (GUI), says Konecranes service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. He explains that the crane operator is now at ground level, as... 

Trend report highlights logistics technology

15th August 2014 The latest trend report by logistics company DHL’s trend research team, ‘Augmented Reality (AR) in Logistics’, aims to deepen the understanding of AR and raise awareness of its potential applications in the logistics industry. AR refers to a live, direct or indirect, enhanced view of a real-world... 


15th August 2014 Brelko Conveyor Products is a local manufacturer of belt cleaning equipment, with a global reach through branches, distributors and agents in more than 40 countries. Established in 1987, Brelko supplies and advises the bulk materials handling industry on spillage control. The company also offers... 


Lift Truck’s star continues to shine

15th August 2014 The current brightest star in the Goscor Group is Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC). Distributors of Crown, Doosan, Bendi and Hubtex equipment, GLTC are one of the fastest-growing warehouse materials handling companies in Southern Africa. GLTC MD Darryl Shafto says that the most important factor... 

Lift Truck’s star continues to shine

The total cleaning solution

15th August 2014 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) provides quality industrial cleaning equipment and solutions to suit a wide range of customers across a multitude of applications and boasts the leading brands in the industry including Tennant, Elgin, Ghibli, Guzzler, Vactor, Green Machines, Maer, and Delfin.... 

The total cleaning solution

Hi-Reach on a high

15th August 2014 When it comes to Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) there is little doubt about the professionalism and expertise of Goscor Hi-Reach MD George Landsberg and his team. “Since inception, our goal has been to be the preferred supplier of MEWPs in Southern Africa and we have come a long way in... 

Hi-Reach on a high

Goscor Power Products powering on

15th August 2014 Goscor Power Products (GPP) has built an enviable reputation across a wide range of sectors, including construction, agriculture, mining and general industry where it distributes world-class products including pumps, generators, welders, firefighters, engines, rammers, rollers and compactors from... 

Goscor Power Products powering on

Perfecting the rental business

15th August 2014 The rental business – particularly in the capital equipment market – is not an easy one. Yet, this is an area where the Goscor group has excelled. Both subsidiaries and specialist rental companies, Goscor Rental (GR), which focuses on warehouse materials handling equipment, and Goscor Access... 

Perfecting the rental business

Company replaces forklift fleet

15th August 2014 Warehouse materials handling equipment and solutions supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) concluded a deal with supply chain management company Imperial Cargo Solutions (ICS) - which manages the primary logistics operations for tobacco company British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) -... 

One tough animal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2014 The most recent equipment supplier to join the Goscor pack is Bobcat, the iconic provider of compact equipment for construction, rental, landscaping, agriculture, grounds maintenance, government, utility, industrial and mining markets. The Bobcat range includes skid-steer loaders, compact track... 

One tough animal

Passion and excellence – the 30-year success mix

15th August 2014 “Passion and excellence are an unbeatable mix in the character of an organisation,” says Goscor CEO Neil Wilson. “These are the ingredients that have made us successful for the past 30 years and, I have no doubt, will do so for the next 30 years and more.” The Goscor Group philosophy is  to... 

Passion and excellence – the 30-year success mix
Photo by Goscor
Neil Wilson

Giving industry air

15th August 2014 Giving Industry Air To those who use it, compressed air is a vital cog in their business. Whether in a factory, a hospital, a mine or any other environment, no matter how much compressed air is used, it’s always a critical commodity. “And that’s why our customers need, and get from us, a... 

Giving industry air

Prototype high-lift crane receives positive feedback 

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 South Africa-based multinational engineering company Condra is receiving positive feedback on the testing of its prototype high-speed, high-lift crane technology, which is designed and manufactured for fast-tracking the presink phase of new mineshafts. “Radically different from the level-luffing... 

Prototype high-lift crane  receives positive feedback
Condra MD Marc Kleiner discusses the company’s prototype high-lift crane.

Lifting company invests in African spare parts service centre

31st January 2014 Alberton-based lifting company Konecranes Southern Africa reports that it has established a full parts distribution centre, to service the African continent. The parts distribution centre, which became fully operational in June last year, will supply Konecranes parts - as well as stock parts for... 

Lifting company invests in African spare parts service centre
Photo by Konecranes
AT YOUR SERVICE Konecranes Southern Africa’s Johannesburg parts distribution team offers accelerated delivery services

Heavy lifting at freezer facility

31st January 2014 Crown lift truck company equipment, which is supplied in South Africa by Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has been contracted to supply a range of materials handling equipment for the frozen foods facility in Cato Ridge of wholesaler and distributor of frozen foods, Merlog Foods. 

Heavy lifting at  freezer facility
COLD OPERATIONS Merlog operates from two facilities - one in Cato Ridge near Durban and the other in Heriotdale

Flexi-Disc conveyor doubles previous output

31st January 2014 Bulk materials handling equipment company Flexicon has increased the output of its tubular cable conveyor range of Flexi-Disc systems with the addition of a 15-cm-diameter system. 

Flexi-Disc conveyor  doubles previous output
FLEXI-DISC The Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyor system is suited to handle fragile or friable food products, besides others

Container tracking improves efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     31st January 2014 Logistics solutions provider Dovetail Business Solutions reports that it will launch its new Container Transport Solution (CTS) software package next month, enabling logistics companies to track the whereabouts of containers and improve efficiencies. 

Container tracking improves efficiency
SHERMANDRA SINGH Clients currently enjoy a significant reduction in total cost of ownership

Logistics giant supports entertainment company global tour

31st January 2014 Express and logistics provider DHL reports that it will support live entertainment company Cirque du Soleil as its official logistics partner during its 2014 global tour. 

Logistics giant supports entertainment company global tour
ENTERTAINING LOGISTICS Cirque du Soleil CMO Mario D’Amico and DHL Express CEO Ken Allen sign the partnership agreement, with the cast of one of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam shows looking on

Slow growth for materials handling industry

By: Dylan Slater     31st January 2014 Audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG reports that the South African materials handling industry is undergoing several changes, but that the rate at which South Africa is advancing - in terms of materials handling processes and its associated costs, technology and skills levels - it is not... 

Slow growth  for materials  handling  industry
DINESH KUMAR South Africa faces the challenges of lower maturity with regard to business, especially in the sectors of consumer goods, transport and healthcare

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