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Materials Handling News

Durban Container Terminal receives another eight straddle carriers

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2020 Another eight new electric straddle carriers have arrived at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 fully assembled, completing the terminal’s order of 23 for the current calendar year. This followed the delivery of 13 of the electric straddle carriers in August.  

Engineering collaboration assists local development

18th September 2020 Mechanical engineering contractor Brimis Engineering is working together with air conditioning contractor Blue Hemisphere on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation at the Middelburg Provincial Hospital. 

Local industrial equipment market to drop by 30%, says EIE’s Malherbe 

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2020 New-unit sales in the South African industrial equipment market will decline by an estimated 30% this year, says EIE Group operations director Chantell Malherbe. Most of this drop will come from the more established brands, with an uptick seen in the sale of less expensive Chinese products, at... 

Local industrial equipment market to drop by 30%, says EIE’s Malherbe

In-house-developed idler increases mine throughput, product longevity

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 The development of a South African-made conveyor belt idler has resulted in diversified miner Exxaro Resources increasing throughput at its Grootegeluk mine through one of its conveyor load points from 800 t/d to 3 000 t/d, says conveyor products manufacturer Brelko US and Africa manager Brent... 

Equipment reduces dust in bulk materials handling

11th September 2020 Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle in bulk materials handling. 

Equipment reduces dust in bulk materials handling
BREATHING EASY The Samson Eco Hoppers installed at Kenya’s Port of Mombasa have significantly improved port facilities and minimised the environmental impact of bulk handling operations at the harbour

Real-time data essential in FMCG market

By: Cameron Mackay     11th September 2020 With the Covid-19 pandemic having led to a change in buying patterns, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) value chain solutions provider MACmobile MD Andrew Dawson suggests that the FMCG industry will have to use intelligent digital technology data to curb the negative impact this could have on the... 

Real-time data essential in FMCG market
ANDREW DAWSON We still need clarity on disposeable incomes across different consumer brands, it’s unclear if we’re going to see see a shift to more basic staples

Company underlines lithium-ion forklift battery benefits for warehouses

By: Cameron Mackay     11th September 2020 Local industrial lithium-ion battery distributor CHASE Technologies GM Brent Frazer explains that the company’s lithium-ion phosphate (LiFePO4) battery packs for forklifts present a more cost-effective, maintenance-free and environment-friendly option for forklift users. These battery packs... 

Company underlines lithium-ion forklift battery benefits  for warehouses
POSITIVE MARKET IMPACT CHASE Technologies’ is looking to convert 50% of the current local electric forklift market from lead-acid batteries to LiFePO4 batteries

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere 

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running a little bit below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere
Leon Goosen

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion

4th September 2020 Heavy equipment lifting and transporting company Mammoet recently began demobilising equipment it had deployed at the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Lekki Free Zone, in Nigeria. The demobilising of the equipment began in July. 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion
BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos

Covid-19, lockdowns cost Imperial R1bn in profit, says Akoojee 

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2020 Imperial has lost an estimated R4-billion in revenue and R1-billion in operating profit during the peak lockdown period of March to May, says Imperial CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Despite this, the group still managed to report a 5% increase in continuing revenue for the financial year ended June 30, to... 

Covid-19, lockdowns cost Imperial R1bn in profit, says Akoojee
Mohammed Akoojee

African Rainbow Capital further invests into transport platform Linebooker

By: Donna Slater     25th August 2020 Investment holding company African Rainbow Capital (ARC) – founded and majority owned by Dr Patrice Motsepe – has, through its relevant subsidiaries, made an additional investment into technology-led trucking business Linebooker, which has successfully disrupted the Southern African logistics... 

Synchronising operating hours one option to reduce port congestion

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 The Port of Durban Decongestion Task Team is looking at synchronising the operating hours of the back-of-port container depots with the port’s 24/7 operating hours.  The team also wants to introduce a holistic truck booking system that could provide an integrated view of expected truck volumes... 

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... 

Storage range introduced to Southern Africa
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... 

Rising demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts anticipated
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 –... 

Tech crucial to market sales in local industry
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

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs

31st July 2020 The safe and efficient offloading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks improves efficiencies, lowers operating costs and protects product integrity during bulk handling, says materials handling company Specialised Container Agencies (SCA). “SCA focuses on the design of containerised... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs
ON TRACK TIPPER The use of containerised bulk materials handling solutions ensures safe and efficient offloading in road and rail hauling

Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless advocates that the much longer life span of ore wagons achieved using 3CR12, makes it clear why stainless steel is the cost-effective choice for equipment in ore-handling processes. “Owing to its excellent properties in wet sliding conditions, the... 

Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons
UP ORE DOWN Wagons manufactured by Columbus Stainless using 3CR12 transport ore for substantially longer with less degradation than those made of mild steel or other materials

Manufacturer obtains welding certification

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholdings (TMH) Africa, which acts as the centre of excellence for narrow-gauge rolling stock within the TMH Group, announced in March that it had been awarded the ISO 3834 welding certification. The certification was awarded to the company by the Southern... 

Manufacturer obtains welding certification
ACCREDITED FUSION Transmashholdings Africa have been awarded an International Standards Organisation 3843 welding certification which will help draw in new clients for the company

Workshop conversion back on track

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Although the conversion of railroad equipment supplier Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s training centre into a traction motor manufacturing workshop has been delayed because of Covid-19, the project is again on track for completion by the end of the year.  The company says that the electrical... 

Workshop conversion  back on track
KEEP MOTORING Although setbacks have been faced Gibela is back on track to start manufacturing its traction motors by year end

Synchronising operating hours one option to reduce port congestion

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2020 The Port of Durban Decongestion Task Team is looking at synchronising the operating hours of the back-of-port container depots with the port’s 24/7 operating hours.  The team also wants to introduce a holistic truck booking system that could provide an integrated view of expected truck volumes... 

Synchronising operating hours one option to reduce port congestion

TPT facilitates export of higher-than-expected volumes of citrus

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2020 State-owned port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is tracking ahead of a planned 13% increase in citrus export volumes across four of its 19 terminals this year. In the face of Covid-19, actual citrus volumes are 29.4% higher across all terminals combined when compared with 2019 volumes.  

TPT facilitates export of higher-than-expected volumes of citrus
A forklift manoeuvres a reefer unit

Monitor for food and beverage industry launched

10th July 2020 Process automation company Endress + Hauser launched its innovative Liquitrend QMW43 device that helps ensure food safety and increases food quality in March. “This compact multivariable device can be used to detect the continuous build-up of liquids and can also be used to measure conductivity,”... 

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics unit

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2020 Barloworld will be exiting the logistics sector, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the company’s financial results for the six months ended March 31, he said that the business had been given a three-year period to turn around, with a decision on its future scheduled for September. 

Grindrod appoints new FD

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2020 JSE-listed logistics group Grindrod has announced the appointment of Fathima Ally as group FD, effective September 1. She succeeds Xolani Mbambo, who is moving into an operations position.  

TFR implementing new online truck scheduling system at City Deep Terminal

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will implement the Navis Truck Appointment System at its City Deep Terminal in Johannesburg from July 6. The online truck scheduling system will not only regulate the flow of trucks to the terminal, but will also enable physical distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

New acquisition increases DHL’s ecommerce footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 DHL Express has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based           ecommerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its DHL Africa eShop platform. The acquisition demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing ecommerce in Africa, says DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa CEO... 

Road-freight platform Saloodo! launches in Mozambique

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 Digital road-freight platform Saloodo! has launched its digital logistics platform for shippers and transport providers in Mozambique in a move the company hopes will further expand its digital road-freight solution in Africa. Saloodo! is a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, which is a provider... 

Harmonised trucking regulations, digitalisation will aid fight against pandemic – World Bank

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration... 

Customer behaviour now central to supply chain management  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated change and moved desired changes in the supply chain space forward by at least ten years, Australia-based supply chain advisory firm Gattorna Alignment executive chairperson Dr John Gattorna said on June 23. “Changes we were grappling with before, but... 

Customer behaviour now central to supply chain management
Gattorna Alignment exec chairperson Dr John Gattorna discusses the future of supply chain management

Intelligent transport system community severely impacted on by Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. The ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 New equipment, improved access roads, synchronised, longer operating hours and a truck booking system are all in the works for the heavily congested Port of Durban, says Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port of Durban GM Moshe Motlohi. The country’s busiest port has long been criticised... 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

Massive bills for importers as containers pile up in storage

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 South African businesses are faced with a huge bill, estimated at R1.4-billion, for storage and demurrage costs accumulated during the 27 days of Alert Level 5 lockdown, as more than 20 000 containers piled up in storage facilities, says the South African Association of Freight Forwarders... 

Transnet reopens Pretoria freight line

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2020 State-owned Transnet has reopened its freight line from the Pretoria complex to Pyramid station, following years of closure owing to challenges with cable theft and sabotage. The line has been out of operation since August 2014 owing to the theft of signaling equipment and overhead track... 

Conveyor components ideal for use in boilers

5th June 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s extensive power transmission range encompasses HEKO conveyor components, including round link chains and components for submerged chain conveyors, which have been designed for dependable use in many harsh environments such as in the boiler industry. 

Conveyor components ideal for use in boilers
A SOLID LINK HEKO chain systems with attachments can be supplied pre-assembled with the chain as endless round strands eliminating the need for on-site assembly

Waste management vital during pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd May 2020 With Covid-19 infections on the rise, waste management company Averda plays an active role in the removal of contaminated waste products while following strict disposal regulations according to legislation. 

Waste management vital during pandemic
CLEAN RIDES Vehicles transport the waste to one of eight hazardous waste sites in the country

New infrastructure creates opportunities for demolition, decontamination

By: Cameron Mackay     8th May 2020 The development of new infrastructure, particularly in the expanding local mining sector, has created opportunities for demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition to be involved in sectional demolition and decontamination projects, particularly those involving radiological decontamination.... 

New infrastructure creates opportunities for demolition, decontamination
ION-OPENING EXPERIENCING Radiological decontamination and demolition projects can involve a range of procedures, including radiological scanning and testing of scrap metal after ultra-high pressure washing
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