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Materials Handling News

Company reaches new heights with award

By: Cameron Mackay     13th March 2020 Height management solutions providers Skyriders received an award from a major petrochemicals producer in December last year for achieving significant reductions in its maintenance costs and boosting health and safety at one of the producer’s refineries, in Mpumalanga. The award was for a... 

Focus on corridor solutions yields results for Grindrod 

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2020 It seems as if driving corridor solutions for specific customer requirements has yielded positive results for freight and logistics group Grindrod. Releasing its financial results for the year ended December 31 in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Grindrod reported a 12% growth in revenue, to... 

Focus on corridor solutions yields results for Grindrod

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... 

Rocky political climate hinders conveyor industry growth
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. 

New forklift models for South African market
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... 

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

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... 

Excavation and loading fleet adds new machines
CAN YOU DIG IT A fifth SY500 excavator has been added to the mining contractor’s fleet

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... 

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

Jungheinrich seeks to offer the best of both worlds in new counterbalance truck

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2020 Intralogistics solutions provider Jungheinrich this week gave the media and clients a preview of the future of sustainable logistics, with attendees at the company’s Innovations & Highlights seminar, in Hamburg, Germany, given a sneak peek of a pioneer counterbalance truck, the P30i. Jungheinrich... 

Jungheinrich seeks to offer the best of both worlds in new counterbalance truck
The Jungheinrich P30i

Eskom considering modifications to failure-prone Medupi conveyor system

By: Darren Parker     31st January 2020 Following three conveyor belt failures at the new Medupi power station, which contributed to load-shedding in December and January, State-owned electricity utility Eskom says several modifications to the conveyor system are being considered in an effort to ensure greater stability in future.... 

Eskom considering modifications to  failure-prone Medupi conveyor system
MODIFICATION ROLLOUT Modifications to the Medupi conveyor systems will also be applied at Kusile

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship

31st January 2020 Electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy’s Leroy-Somer LSK direct current (DC) motors provide cost-effective solutions for variable speed applications.  

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship
EXCLUSIVE PICKS Vert Energy is the exclusive distributor for Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa

Successful installation creates further opportunities

By: Halima Frost     31st January 2020 Subsequent to the successful installation of an automated control solution at a confectionary manufacturer, in KwaZulu-Natal, engineering solutions provider Hybrid Automation has seen an uptick in demand for control systems in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. “The need for the upgrade was... 

Successful installation creates further opportunities
PERFECT PANEL The installation included control panels, which offered a new human-machine interface

More demand for lower costs and efficient designs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 There has been growing demand in the conveyor market for more compact and efficient designs at lower costs, says industrial equipment supplier BMG. 

More demand for lower costs and efficient designs
SO, SO VERSATILE BMG’s cam clutches can also be used for belt conveyors, metals, timber, pulp and wood chip, as well as bucket elevators for cement and grain

Bell Equipment completes BEE transaction

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2019 In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to transformation and black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership in South Africa, machine industry company Bell Equipment’s Bell Equipment Company South Africa (Becsa) and Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) subsidiaries have entered into transactions... 

Company offers filtration solutions for efficient contamination control

29th November 2019 Filtration components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division is committed to improving operational efficiencies for customers in all industries by providing essential filtration, separation and purification technologies. “With broad technical capabilities and an extensive... 

Company offers filtration solutions for efficient contamination control
HANDLING THE PRESSURE BMG’s fluid technology range encompasses EcoPart filter elements for stationary and mobile hydraulic systems from the Filtration Group

Company’s filter belt applications popular at trade show

By: Cameron Mackay     29th November 2019 International technical weavers GKD - Gebr. Kufferath AG received additional enquiries about the company’s Vacubelt range of filter belts and its applications beyond the mining industry during the filtration and separation technology trade show Filtech, held in Cologne, Germany, in October this... 

Company’s filter belt applications popular at trade show
VERSATILE FILTERING RANGE While the range has many mining applications, the Vacubelt 3354 is an alternative to products made of polypropylene in cooling lubricant filtration

New software module improves truck freight-tracking capability

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 South African software developer Dariel will introduce the finalised, fully realised version of its road freight logistics management software module TripX to the market by the end of the year.  “The company has been testing a simplified version of TripX since 2017 – along with other add-on... 

New software module improves truck freight-tracking capability
BRIDGING THE GAP The weighbridge-based software modules enable users to track and control their logistics from supplier to customer

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which further extends the value of the in-vehicle MiX Vision video camera solution. The service is managed by MiX Telematics’ team of professional video analysts and is offered as... 

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution
GOING FOR GOLD The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively

Road wear an ongoing concern

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 There are multiple factors that contribute to deteriorating road conditions in South Africa, and the road freight industry cannot be held solely responsible, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. The volume of cars, trucks and buses using the roads far exceeds the volumes of 30 to... 

4IR strategies fast-track company’s procedures

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st November 2019 Incorporating Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) strategies into its operations has enabled storage equipment manufacturer and supplier Universal Storage Systems to fast-track certain aspects of its procedures that had previously lagged behind. 

4IR strategies fast-track  company’s procedures
RAPID ENHANCEMENT Meeting the prerequisites of 4IR can rapidly improve business procedures

DHL Americas opens new innovation centre

1st November 2019 International courier company DHL has expanded its global innovation footprint to the Americas region with the opening of its Americas Innovation Centre in September. 

UK refinery upgrades sulphur storage facility

1st November 2019 UK-based Lindsey Oil Refinery produces ten-million tons of crude oil a year and is one of the biggest oil refineries in the UK. 

UK refinery upgrades sulphur storage facility
NEW PIT The new pit will enable Lindsey Oil Refinery to store more extracted sulphur at the refinery before it is removed to be used in a variety of industrial applications

Supplier aims to meet demands through tech

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th October 2019 Owing to lower commodity prices and higher input costs, construction equipment supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa’s diverse business units have enabled it to adapt to the huge shift by the construction and mining industry to assist customers. This was achieved by reducing operating... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola

CSIR setting up a reference smart factory to stimulate local manufacturing

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is going to set up a National Reference Smart Factory on its main campus in Pretoria/Tshwane. This will play a key part in achieving a major CSIR objective – the revitalisation and modernisation of the South African manufacturing industry.... 

Freight challenges create import-export difficulties

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 South Africa is facing many challenges, but those in freight logistics are among the most serious, says industry association South African Association of Freight Forwarders national maritime consultant Dave Watts. 

S African logistics company wins international award

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th September 2019 Cape Town-based integrated point-of-sale (POS) logistics solutions provider Butlers POS+ Logic received global recognition for being the most innovative warehousing and logistics solutions brand at the seventh yearly Global Brands Magazine Awards held at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg, last... 

S African logistics company wins international award
JOHAN SLABBERT Achieving brand excellence is quite a major accomplishment and Butlers POS+ Logic is honoured to receive this award

Bell to launch South African-made small truck in Las Vegas in 2020 

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2019 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment (Bell) will in March launch a new addition to its product portfolio in Las Vegas, in the US. Bell CEO Leon Goosen said on Monday that the “small truck of less than 30 t gross vehicle mass" would be manufactured at Bell’s Richards Bay plant, in... 

Bell to launch South African-made small truck in Las Vegas in 2020
Leon Goosen

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Alternative fuels investment firm Renergen’s Tetra4 Virginia natural gas project, in the Free State, will produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2021, with a Phase 2 expansion being planned. Tetra4 is a natural gas and helium company, which Renergen acquired 90% of in December 2015. 

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy
DOMINO EFFECT Once the plant is built and producing commercially, it will inspire confidence for other project developers to bring similar projects on line

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum 

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has joined forces with economists.co.za to create the Ctrack Logistics Barometer. The Ctrack Logistics Barometer aims to be an accurate co-incident indicator of the state of the South African economy, particularly in terms of the goods economy,... 

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum
Mike Schüssler

Local company acquires chemical tanker vessel

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Black-owned Mnambithi Group, through its Nduna Maritime subsidiary, has acquired a South African-registered chemical tanker vessel, named Bow Cecil. The maritime vessel will soon be flagged locally, Mnambithi said in a statement on Thursday. 

Local company acquires chemical tanker vessel
The Bow Cecil

OneLogix’s full-year headline earnings grow, despite tough environment

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Niche logistics provider OneLogix on Thursday announced that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) and diluted HEPS  for the financial year ended May 31, had increased by 11% year-on-year to 37.3c, on the back of a slightly decreased trading result, reduced net financing costs and slightly... 

Imperial Logistics to align European business with African ambitions 

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2019 Imperial Logistics will, in future, look at how better to align its European business with its African business, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “Africa will be a strong focus for Imperial going forward. We want to leverage our competitive advantages through growing and expanding in Africa.” 

Imperial Logistics to align European business with African ambitions
Mohammed Akoojee

Vibrating-equipment supplier cites stable demand from food sector

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 The food industry’s demand for the equipment and services of vibration equipment manufacturer Vipro Vibrating Products is stable, with the industry focused on maintaining its existing equipment to achieve the longest possible operating life. “Demand is neither at an all-time high, as we are not... 

Vibrating-equipment supplier cites stable demand from food sector
GOOD VIBRATIONS Vipro is continuously supplying clients in the food industry with electromagnetic drives, electromechanical drives and vibrating equipment

Benefits of quality-specified concrete being recognised

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Years of effort by the South African Readymix Association (Sarma) to spread awareness about the importance of quality-specified concrete are finally bearing fruit, as it is starting to reach local-government level, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. Collaborating with parastatals, such as... 

Benefits of quality-specified concrete being recognised
QUALITY CONCRETE DEMANDS State companies and parastatals have started to specify quality concrete, subsequently creating opportunities for readymix companies to become involved in infrastructure projects

Sarma accreditation mitigates lack of concrete laws

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Accreditation as a South African Readymix Association (Sarma) member can mitigate many of the challenges associated with the lack of laws and specification governing the production of quality concrete, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. “It’s significant to get accreditation because there is no... 

Sarma accreditation mitigates lack of concrete laws
FULLY COMPLIANT Sarma members are supported through technical advice, partnerships with institutions and member companies, lower premiums on insurance policies and accreditation

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... 

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