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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Mobile crane used for port lifting

31st January 2014 Mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire (JCH) completed several complex lifts of wind turbine components during two visits to the Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth, in April and June last year. 

Warehouse planning reaches new heights

31st January 2014 Value Materials Handling, a division of Value Logistics Limited, reports that it can improve warehouse layout, using software that calculates the ideal layout of any warehouse, resulting in maximum space utilisation. 

Warehouse planning reaches new heights
MATERIALS HANDLING EXPERTISE The Still range of materials handling products, coupled with software Value Materials Handling offers, can increase the productivity of any warehouse

Warehousing specialist design storage solution for heavy equipment

31st January 2014 Warehouse design, manufacture and installation company APC Storage Solutions South Africa, was contracted to create a turnkey solution for comminution equipment supplier Weir Minerals’ 3 000 m2 warehouse in Alrode, Johannesburg, which included supplying and installing South Africa’s highest live... 

Highway upgrades ensure materials handling safety, efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     31st January 2014 The Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) has started with the second major upgrading stage of the N1 and N4 toll route, which started in 2011 and will end in 2015, leading to further improvements on more than half of the 385 km Bakwena N1 and N4 roads. 

Highway upgrades ensure materials handling safety, efficiency
N1 AND N4 TOLL ROUTE Bakwena commercial manager Liam Clarke says upgrades have improved safety for materials handling personnel travelling on the N1 and N4 toll routes

Fuel saving brought to container handling

31st January 2014 A fuel-economic series of container straddle-carriers, Mobicon ECO, was launched on the South African market in December 2013 by container and materials handling equipment suppliers Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA). 

Fuel saving brought to container handling
LOWERING COSTS The Mobicon ECO container straddle carrier uses a simple design with a small capacity engine, coupled with a hydrostatic drive system to increase manoeuvrability and lower operating and maintenance costs.

US company brings materials handling technology to SA

16th August 2013 To give a world-class boost to South Africa’s road maintenance capabilities, among others, bulk materials handling and mineral processing specialist Osborn is supplying the country with Astec equipment, such as the Shuttle Buggy. Osborn is a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based Astec Industries,... 

Belting division expanded

16th August 2013 Warehouse materials handling equipment supplier Crown was presented with the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award in the Forklift Truck Solutions category in June this year. Sponsored by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector... 

Insuring transportation of abnormal loads

16th August 2013 “Certain vehicles and loads cannot be moved on public roads without exceeding the limitations in terms of the dimensions or mass as prescribed in the Regulations of the National Road Traffic Act,” says risk and insurance consultant Indwe Risk Services automotive and transportation risk specialist... 

HP fire extinguishers suited for transport industry

16th August 2013 South African fire protection specialists, Centa Group, report that a specialised range of fire protection that includes high performance (HP) vehicle fire extinguishers, performs effectively in the event of a fire in transport vehicles. The HP range is designed especially for flammable... 

Delivery company upgrades cargo fleet

16th August 2013 Global express delivery company TNT Express upgraded its Southern Africa cargo fleet in June this year as a result of a significant deal with industrial services and retail group Imperial Group to increase its capacity for both national and cross-border transportation of cargo, including large,... 

Equipment distributor wins IFOY Award

16th August 2013 Bearing company the Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) belting division has extended its range to include the Super-Screw, which is a flexible rubber splice developed by Minet Lacing Technology (MLT), in France, that screws onto a conveyor belt providing efficient repair in all conditions. “BMG... 

CrC plates successfully used in mining industry

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Manufacturers and suppliers of chromium carbide (CrC) liners and components Rio-Carb reports that its new 6 mm (3/3) CrC wear resistance liner plates are proving to be successful in various parts of the mining sector. “The plates have been successfully used in cyclones, chutes, hopers, square-... 

IT solutions integral to success of logistics industry

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Information technology (IT) is a central part of the successful supply chain of organisations in South Africa’s logistics industry, which is worth more than R3-billion a year, logistics software solutions provider Dovetail tells Engineering News. “IT solutions have enabled logistics providers to... 

IT solutions integral to success of logistics industry
LOGISTICS IN MOTION It is estimated that transport accounts for between 40% to 50% of South Africa’s logistics costs, with road transport still carrying the bulk of the freight volume

New materials handling facility launched

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th August 2013 Materials handling equipment provider Eurolift says that its forklift and material handling business, launched in Johannesburg in May, has had a positive response from the market. Eurolift supplies a wide range of diesel, electric and liquefied-petroleum-gas forklifts, reach trucks, power... 

Display technology supplied to global logistics company

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 South African manufacturer of display technologies PVision has collaborated with Shellard Media to complete the installation of display screens and supporting technology worth R738 000 at global logistics giant DHL’s quality-control centre, at its Johannesburg headquarters. “The DHL... 

Modern monitoring technology reduces theft

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Technology which allows for the extreme compression of video footage, enables transportation companies to remotely view live footage from vehicles in transit, ensuring reduced response times to various situations such as hijacking, theft, and improper following of operator policies and... 

UK solutions provider sees success in SA market

16th August 2013 Following significant growth, further Loadhog Pally solutions are being rolled out at online store Kalahari’s Cape Town distribution centre, with a substantial number also bought for its second centre in Johannesburg.  UK distribution transit packaging company Loadhog completed its first contract... 

Building for the future

5th July 2013 Twenty-three years ago, a father and son team set up in business to manufacture stone crushing equipment for the local crushing and screening industry. What happened between then and now is living proof that entrepreneurship can literally move mountains as the East Rand-based company, which began... 

Building for the future

Significant demand for improved storage capacity at existing facilities

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Industrial equipment company Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), supplies a wide range of narrow-aisle electric powered materials handling equipment to the warehousing and logistics industry to optimise storage space. These trucks enable users to reduce the width of their operating aisles to only... 

Name change reflects increased service offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Bridge Projects, formerly Bridge Clearing and Forwarding, has expanded its service offering to become a turnkey projects management company, in line with its group strategy, says Bridge Shipping Group CEO Colin Emanuel. 

New wheel loaders range to be launched

1st February 2013 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa, as the sole Southern African distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment, will launch the range of Hyundai -9 Series wheel loaders this month. 

Solution installed on record number of vehicles

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers has become the first Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) client to break through the 100 active vehicle mark using the FleetBoard telematics solution. 

Aerodynamic trailer developed to reduce fuel costs, carbon footprint

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco has collaborated with retail group Spar South Africa to develop a prototype of a new concept trailer, designed to help reduce fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions, while simultaneously being highly practical to load. 

Equipment supplied to Namibia for scrub removal, loading

1st February 2013 Manufacturer of compact construction machines and light equipment Wacker Neuson has supplied five tele wheel loaders and telehandlers for use at a project to reducing scrub encroachment on farms in Namibia aimed at and turning the subsequent biomass into fuel for a cement factory. 

Distribution centre takes delivery of 34 machines

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Forklift and lift truck distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has delivered 34 materials handling machines, including several Crown reach trucks, Doosan forklifts and Tennant sweepers to Walmart group subsidiary Mass Discounters’ distribution centre in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

Programme to reduce materials handling equipment failures

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Materials handling equipment provider Integrated Handling Solutions (IHS) Africa has made advancements to its reliability-centred maintenance (RCM) programme, which aims to reduce failures in the materials handling industry by conducting proactive maintenance tasks. 

Africa next logical step owing to trade and development opportunities

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Logistics solutions provider Seko Logistics aims to increase its market share in Africa to 5%, up from the current 1%, through the establishment of new offices across Africa in the next five years. 

Materials-handling company undertakes blue chip contracts

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Materials-handling systems provider DDL Equipment has completed four contracts and secured a fifth, which involves various blue-chip companies in South Africa. The contracts have a combined value of R3-million to R5-million. The company supplied sectional doors, combo seals and truck guides for... 

Hoisting equipment company makes inroads in Russia

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Hoisting equipment company Condra secured a R13-million contract at the beginning of this year to deliver one of the biggest cranes ordered from the South Africa-based crane group to date. The maintenance crane will be installed at a power generation plant in Russia’s Ural Mountains. The cabin... 

Distributor delivers equipment to SA aviation cargo facility

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Forklift and lift trucks distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) delivered two electric lifting trucks, called Donkeys, to passenger, ramp and cargo handling services provider Menzies Aviation’s cargo facility at the OR Tambo International Airport in June. This is the first time that the... 

Logistics company expands network

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Logistics company The Bridge Shipping Group has developed its own electronic system, called the Bridge Operating System (BOS), which is a Windows-based interface system that provides the company’s operations with commonality of documentation. “The system allows customers to receive their reports... 

Lifting equipment company secures major contracts

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 International lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has been contracted by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to install three rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes at its inland terminal, City Deep, in Johannesburg. “This is one of the largest cranes projects of this nature to be... 

New forklift is environment friendly

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Criterion Equipment has extended its range of TCM forklift trucks to include the new FB-VIII electric counterbalanced series, which has advanced design features over the previous FB-VII forklifts. The new FB-VIII series is available in five units, each with a 500 mm load centre. The smallest unit... 

New weighing unit introduced

17th August 2012 Process control and instrumentation equipment distributor Instrotech’s 6004MF Version II multifunction weighing transmitter, is a powerful, compact, field-mounted unit that can be selected for a variety of weighing functions. Specifically designed for servicing organisations, weighing equipment... 

Logistics company incorporates IT in business

17th August 2012 Supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers’ technology division has, in partnership with telecommunications provider MTN and multichannel automotive remarketing company eFleet, introduced an integrated handheld electronic service, the ePod, into the market. The ePod service is a... 

Gas manufacturing, supply company prioritises logistics

17th August 2012 Rising costs, in particular electricity and transport costs, are exerting pressure on the gas industry, forcing companies to rethink their supply chain strategies, says industrial and speciality gas manufacturing and supply company Air Products South Africa supply chain GM Seelan Gounden.... 

Pallet moles improve efficiency

17th August 2012 Storage solutions provider APC Storage Solutions South Africa (SA) has introduced in-rack pallet moles, manufactured by European automation firm Mecalux, to the South African market to reduce forklift travel times and improve storage densities. “The pallet mole, or satellite mole racking, offers... 

Equipment supplier flies in the North West

17th August 2012 Supplier of mobile and semimobile crushing, screening, washing and materials handling equipment Pilot Crushtec reports that its regional marketing strategy, which is based on having professional representation in every province, is proving to be very effective. “Domestic sales have shown a sharp... 

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