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Materials-Handling and Logistics

New series of log stackers launched

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA) earlier this year launched its updated TXLS series of log stackers onto the South African market, with the new Taylor series designed to efficiently handle a full log load from truck or rail in a single pass. BLT SA is the sole... 

Materials handling company perseveres amid industry decline

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Mining industry cost-cutting, as a result of low commodity prices, is having a knock-on effect in the materials handling industry, as capital spending is reduced and maintenance budgets are slashed, says bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering. In addition, many marginal... 

Materials handling company perseveres amid industry decline
REDUCING CAPITAL SPEND Martin Engineering is mitigating industry challenges by providing clients with the best possible materials handling solutions that achieve short-term investment returns

Newly launched products improve conveyor safety

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering launched two new products in January and February respectively – the Martin Roller Tracker (MRT) and Martin QB1 primary belt cleaner. Developed in South Africa, the MRT operates on reversing belts. It can continuously correct belt... 

Newly launched products improve conveyor safety
THE MARTIN QB1 CLEANER The QB1 uses high-grade polyurethane and a unique tensioning mechanism that helps provide a cleaner belt and a longer blade life at a lower cost

500 t crane rehab project completed

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has rehabilitated two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Angolan National Oil Company’s (Sonangol’s) Integrated Logistic Services’ (Sonils’) oil service centre, says Konecranes Southern Africa technical and training manager for sub-Saharan Africa... 

500 t crane rehab  project completed
IN WORKING ORDER The cost to rehabilitate the two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Integrated Logistic Services’ oil service centre was more than R2-million

Backhoe loaders well received by local market

14th August 2015 Distributed by local earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE), automotive manufacturer Hyundai’s backhoe loaders have been well received by the local market, says HPE, the sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa. “The robust H930s backhoe... 

Backhoe loaders well  received by local market
H930 BACKHOE LOADER The robust H930s backhoe loader series is particularly well liked by businesses that need smaller machines

Screw splicing a reliable alternative to conventional belt repairs

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Engineering company Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) efficient belt fastener system – the Super-Screw splice – which was originally used as a temporary alternative to conventional hot and cold splicing, has proven to be significantly reliable as a permanent splice for certain conveyor belts. The... 

Screw splicing a reliable  alternative to conventional belt repairs
VERSATILE USE Super-Screw splices can be installed as temporary or permanent solutions regardless of the conveyor belt configuration, accessibility and the weather

Improved logistics make SA roads safer

14th August 2015 As the single largest group of drivers and road users are the long haul drivers, an improvement in the performance of this influential group will have a significant impact on road safety, states management consultancy the Confidant Group CEO Chantal Walley, “In any enterprise, hiring the right... 

Improved  logistics make  SA roads safer
Photo by Duane Daws
PERFORMANCE BOOST Long distance driving requires specific talent that can achieve clear, measureable performance standards

Modular solution meets customer requirements

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 South Africa’s automotive industry has a specific need for robust and heavy-duty linear overhead materials-handling solutions, which has seen specialist crane and related components manufacturer Demag Port Elizabeth supplying its Demag Monorail System (DMS) to the industry, with DMS having been... 

Modular solution meets customer requirements
DEMAG MONO-RAIL SYSTEM South Africa’s automotive industry has a specific need for robust and heavy-duty linear overhead materials-handling solutions

New logistics process boosts operational efficiency

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 SEW-Eurodrive Johannesburg has released its new standardisation of logistics and assembly processes (SLAP) system, which has enhanced the company’s operational efficiency by approximately 40%. “The system, which went live in March, was initially implemented at SEW-Eurodrive Germany. South Africa... 

New logistics process boosts operational efficiency
GERD SEUFFERT The SLAP system ensures reduced stock capturing time as the process becomes more automated with the use of barcode scanners

Excavator to lay sleepers in railway construction

14th August 2015 Infrastructure and development group Aveng subsidiary Aveng Rail has bought a 20 t Hyundai wheeled excavator from earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) that will be used in the construction of about 60 km of rail track, near the coal-fired Majuba power... 

Distributor sees satisfactory growth in tractor sales

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 The growth in sales of Japan-manufactured Kubota tractors, distributed in South Africa by specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment, has been satisfactory, says Smith Power Equipment technical specialist Mike Heath, adding that customers have been “very happy with the... 

Distributor sees  satisfactory growth  in tractor sales
ELGIN ORCHARDS The growth and increasing demand for all Kubota products are largely driven by the manufacturer’s focus on innovation and new technologies

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at higher storage levels

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Steel racking, shelving and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, supplier and installer Universal Storage Systems expects to launch its new upright beams, which will support heavier material loads, by the end of November, Universal Storage Systems sales director Jan Breytenbach says. The company is... 

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at  higher storage levels
HEAVY DUTY Universal Storage Systems' new upright beams have been designed to accommodate loads of between 24 t and 30 t

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... 

Logistics group’s 2014 revenue showed 8.1% improvement
Photo by Duane Daws
CLIVE THOMSON Barloworld's automotive and logistics division's revenue increased by R2.3-billion during the financial year ended September 30, 2014

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... 

Brelko

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... 

Brelko

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
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