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Materials Handling News

$31m mixed-use office precinct to be built in Mauritius

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 minutes ago Mauritius-based Gateway Real Estate Africa (GREA) is developing a $31-million mixed-use office development – The Precinct – in Grand Baie. The development is designed to accommodate corporate tenants’ fluctuating space needs in addition to catering for the gig economy with rentable desks, access... 

Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

Large concrete mixer and truck mounted concrete pump Putzmeister
PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year

UAE’s DP World makes R12.7bn offer for Imperial

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 Global infrastructure-led supply chain solutions provider Dubai Ports World (DP World) has made a R12.7-billion offer to acquire 100% of Imperial, the JSE-listed logistics and market access specialist. The United Arab Emirates- (UAE-) based group is offering R66 a share (cash) to acquire all... 

Condra expects Africa sales to increase in tandem with cyclical China-led minerals demand

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2021 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra predicts that African sales of its products will continue in parallel with cyclical, Chinese-driven demand for minerals and other commodities. Condra’s two factories in South Africa are busy with local contracts, as well as orders from beyond the country’s... 

MARC KLEINER

Condra understands Africa, and its success is likely to continue
MARC KLEINER Condra understands Africa, and its success is likely to continue

Attaining port efficiency requires purpose rethink, says law firm

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2021 South Africa’s maritime ports, known to be highly inefficient, need to be repurposed and redesignated to increase their efficient use, says law firm Norton Rose Fullbright South Africa chairperson Andrew Robinson. Speaking during an Infrastructure Africa panel discussion on transformation in the... 

DP World Maputo launches rail service between Maputo and Harare

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2021 DP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, in Mozambique, earlier this month launched its first dedicated container train service connecting Maputo and Harare, in Zimbabwe.  The company says the new service is part of its focus to... 

DP World Maputo launches rail service between Maputo and Harare

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider Icon Group has been awarded a contract to supply its three-sided impact roller to the expansion project at the Beitbridge border post, in Zimbabwe. The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk... 

TRIPLE POWER
The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks
TRIPLE POWER The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

SHIP SHAPE
The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Equipment supplied for sewage plant

23rd April 2021 Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD supplies a range of Samson apron belt feeders, designed for bulk materials handling in sewage treatment plants. Samson surface feeders offer flexibility for efficient materials handling reception in diverse applications, including sewage treatment... 

Auctioneer sees increased crane demand from India

23rd April 2021 According to machinery and heavy equipment auctioneers Ritchie Bros, India is emerging as an important buyer market for used Middle Eastern mobile cranes and heavy lifting equipment. 

Load turning with maximum safety

23rd April 2021 Periodically, users of indoor cranes are faced with the complex task of not only lifting and horizontally moving heavy components such as press tools, machine beds or special containers, but turning them, too. 

NEW FUNCTION Demag has introduced a load-turning function to its Universal Crane range in order to achieve maximum safety as an optional feature
NEW FUNCTION Demag has introduced a load-turning function to its Universal Crane range in order to achieve maximum safety as an optional feature

Supplier sends hoists, girders to motor company

23rd April 2021 Motorsport company Bischoff + Scheck AG approached industrial equipment supplier Demag to supply a lightweight crane system that would not damage the newly installed, solar-paneled roof of its new assembly facility. Demag suggested DMR rope hoists and double-girder overhead travelling crane with... 

NEW INSTALLATION The new V-type girder design with diaphragm joints reduces the equipment's weight
NEW INSTALLATION The new V-type girder design with diaphragm joints reduces the equipment's weight

Equipment ensures plant efficiency

16th April 2021 Heavy machinery supplier BLT WORLD distributes and supports a range of materials and container handling equipment, designed for optimum efficiency, reduced operational costs, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance in automotive assembly plants. “Automotive manufacturers are continually looking... 

HEAVY DUTY
BLT WORLD’s Meclift heavy duty variable reach trucks increase efficiency and safety during materials handling procedures in automotive plants
HEAVY DUTY BLT WORLD’s Meclift heavy duty variable reach trucks increase efficiency and safety during materials handling procedures in automotive plants

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

HOT NEWS
The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification
HOT NEWS The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION
The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port
MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port

Company designs, manage transloading station

26th March 2021 Project engineering, construction and operations management group Bosch Holdings was appointed as the consulting engineer for the design and project management of a new cane transloading station in Mkuze, after the completion of a feasibility study. The new facility will assist small-scale... 

IMPROVING TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY 
The new cane transloading station facility will assist small-scale sugarcane farmers in the Makhathini region
IMPROVING TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY The new cane transloading station facility will assist small-scale sugarcane farmers in the Makhathini region

New straddle carriers now available in Africa

26th March 2021 Earlier this year, South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World announced the launch of its new Mobicon 2HL series mini straddle carriers in Africa. Mobicon container handlers – key machines in BLT World’s range of container handling equipment – are designed for lifting containers securely... 

UPLIFTING
The mini straddle carriers are capable of lifting containers two high for efficient stacking
UPLIFTING The mini straddle carriers are capable of lifting containers two high for efficient stacking

Marine repair company building on expertise

26th March 2021 Ship repair company Namdock has announced that it aims to build on its regional and international expertise and experience, illustrating its diverse capabilities, along with its solid track record of customer service excellence. Namdock, a wholly Namibian-owned entity with its shareholding held... 

KEEPING AFLOAT
Namdock ship repair is a recognised leader in the ship repair and offshore oil and gas sector
KEEPING AFLOAT Namdock ship repair is a recognised leader in the ship repair and offshore oil and gas sector

Large dredging contract awarded to Belgium company

26th March 2021 Specialist dredging and offshore service provider DEME announced that at the end of last year it secured a large dredging contract for the Abu Qir port project in Egypt. The project has been described as the largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract in history. 

THiS IS SPARTA-CUS
Spartacus the new cutter suction dredger on offer by DEME is said o be the largest of its kind globally
THiS IS SPARTA-CUS Spartacus the new cutter suction dredger on offer by DEME is said o be the largest of its kind globally

OneLogix in good health despite Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens says that all of the niche logistics provider’s 12 companies “remain in good health”, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group reported a 16% drop in revenue, to R1.22-billion, for the six months ended November 30, compared with the same period in 2019.... 

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 South Africa’s ability to compete in global markets depends on the efficiency of its ports and rail network, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his State of the Nation address held in Cape Town last month. He suggested that key infrastructure projects currently underway, including establishing... 

ON TRACK
In order for South Africa to compete globally its rail and port infrastructure needs to be addressed
ON TRACK In order for South Africa to compete globally its rail and port infrastructure needs to be addressed

Company secures distributor deal

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Swagefast fastening systems in Africa, including South Africa. “This means that BMG will have the capacity to supply heavy industrial pin and collar fastening solutions directly to the rail industry,” says BMG... 

PIN AND COLLAR
The Swagefast heavy industrial pin and collar range will now be supplied by BMG
PIN AND COLLAR The Swagefast heavy industrial pin and collar range will now be supplied by BMG

Increase in feasibility studies bodes well for rail sector

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 There has been a significant increase in commissioned feasibility studies over the past 18 months in terms of reviewing possible rail infrastructure interventions along the North–South Corridor, says financial advisory firm Cresco Project Finance executive director Robert Futter. The corridor... 

CORRIDOR CARRIER
Rail infrastructure throughout the North-South Corridor is making steady progress
CORRIDOR CARRIER Rail infrastructure throughout the North-South Corridor is making steady progress

Brikor acquires 40% stake in Zingaro

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2021 Brick manufacturer and supplier Brikor has acquired a 40% shareholding in multiproduct road transportation services provider Zingaro Holdings for R50-million. Zingaro primarily operates in South Africa and mainly services short to medium distance routes in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and... 

Imperial to exit its Logistics International business, focus increasingly on Africa 

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2021 The JSE-listed Imperial group plans to exit its Logistics International business, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “We thoroughly assessed the strategic fit of our international portfolio [and] we have concluded that Logistics International is noncore to our Gateway-to-Africa strategy and we will... 

Imperial to exit its Logistics International business, focus increasingly on Africa

Company makes a significant investment locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants manufacturer and distributor FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has invested more than R250-million in South Africa for the completion of the construction of a warehouse and office complex, which will be completed by February 2022. Land that is adjacent to its current location in Isando, of... 

REACHING FOR THE SKY
The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high
REACHING FOR THE SKY The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high

Forklifts offer increased safety, productivity

5th February 2021 As companies try to streamline business activities owing to Covid-19, it has become more important to take extra care to maintain pristine hygiene standards throughout the supply chain, highlights materials handling equipment distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts MD Brenton Kemp. This includes... 

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS 
Through flexible Moffett truck-mounted forklifts, the Shamrock Handling Concepts team offers customers creative solutions to logistics challenges, by ensuring deliveries arrive safely on time, in perfect condition and at the most economic price
CREATIVE SOLUTIONS Through flexible Moffett truck-mounted forklifts, the Shamrock Handling Concepts team offers customers creative solutions to logistics challenges, by ensuring deliveries arrive safely on time, in perfect condition and at the most economic price

New load-turning function for cranes

5th February 2021 In order to enhance safety during complex task such as horizontally moving heavy components for indoor cranes, industrial equipment supplier Demag has introduced a new standard function for its Universal Crane product range. Crane installations can now be equipped with a load-turning function... 

CAN YOU HANDLE THE LOAD 
Load-turning function achieves maximum safety as an optional feature, which eliminates the need for any additional engineering
CAN YOU HANDLE THE LOAD Load-turning function achieves maximum safety as an optional feature, which eliminates the need for any additional engineering

Lift built for stringent environmental regulations

5th February 2021 Mobile elevating work platforms manufacturer JLG Industries has made available to the access industry its environment-friendly all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift. JLG mobile elevating work platforms engineering senior director Shashank Bhatia says featuring zero hydraulics to help eliminate... 

New addition to mobile robot offering introduced

5th February 2021 Last month, electronics company Omron announced the launch of the HD-1500, the strongest and latest addition to the company’s series of mobile robots. The new HD-1500 boasts a heavy payload capacity of up to 1 500 kg. In a press release, the company noted that it is ideal for modern factories,... 

Company ensures dependable systems for its customers

5th February 2021 Forklift dealer Criterion Equipment, exclusive distributors of TCM forklift trucks in Southern Africa, works closely with companies in almost every sector, including specialists in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. FMCG companies – which operate in a highly-competitive environment, in... 

DESIGNED FOR GREATNESS
Criterion Equipment’s range of TCM forklift trucks is designed for high efficiency, safe operation, low maintenance requirements and extended service life
DESIGNED FOR GREATNESS Criterion Equipment’s range of TCM forklift trucks is designed for high efficiency, safe operation, low maintenance requirements and extended service life

Condra clinches order for 70 t double-girder crane

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2021 Johannesburg-based cranes and hoists manufacturer Condra Cranes has received an order  to not only design and manufacture a 70-t double-girder electric overhead travelling crane, but also erect the gantry and, thereafter, deliver, install and commission the crane, Condra MD Marc Kleiner says. The... 

CRANE TEST
A Condra overhead crane is used to move a test-weight that is the same weight and shape as the client's machine
CRANE TEST A Condra overhead crane is used to move a test-weight that is the same weight and shape as the client's machine

New dashboard assists in efficient cargo handling

29th January 2021 Cargo truck manufacturer Capacity Group introduced a newly designed dashboard with elevated instrumentation, which will reduce driver fatigue and optimise productivity, to its terminal tractors in the fourth quarter of last year. Additionally, the terminal tractors now offer synchronised seat and... 

ON TRACK
The Capacity tractors offer efficient cargo handling solutions that reduce operating costs
ON TRACK The Capacity tractors offer efficient cargo handling solutions that reduce operating costs

Progress at Durban terminals commended

29th January 2021 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and network organisation Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) recently took stock of progress made to date at TPT’s terminals. An announcement to that effect – made in October – followed an industry outcry eight months... 

ATTENTION GIVEN
Port users and cargo owners commended developments made to the Transnet Port Terminals during the course of the year
ATTENTION GIVEN Port users and cargo owners commended developments made to the Transnet Port Terminals during the course of the year

Two contracts keep marine transformation afloat

29th January 2021 Specialist marine solutions provider African Marine Solutions (Amsol) has been awarded two contracts which will act not only as a catalyst for continued transformation but will also ensure continuity in supply chain. The first contract awarded to Amsol is a multiyear contract with multinational... 

FUELING TRANSFORMATION The contract awarded to Amsol by Shell Downstream South Africa will extend the company’s services in fuel logistics and transportation
FUELING TRANSFORMATION The contract awarded to Amsol by Shell Downstream South Africa will extend the company’s services in fuel logistics and transportation

Manica Namibia completes first use of new hopper, bagging system

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2021 Logistics and marine services provider Manica Group Namibia recently invested in an advanced mobile hopper and bagging system and has successfully completed the first use of this equipment. The bagging plant allows for products to be shipped in bulk and bagged at the destination, quayside. The... 

Nectar hopper and bagger system
Nectar hopper and bagger system

Forklift-centric children's book launched to spark imagination, acceptance of others


By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 A new children’s book Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers was launched late last year in a partnership between forklift manufacturer Combilift and award-winning author Emer Conlon. The CombiKids book highlights overcoming difficulties, the importance of friendship and that bullying is... 

Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers
Photo by Creamer Media
Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers
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