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Materials Handling News

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... 

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

Construction to start on Liberia Inland Storage Facility

By: Donna Slater     7th January 2021 Infrastructure project funder InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and Global Logistics Services (GLS) have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Liberian contractor BMC Group to build the Liberia Inland Storage Facility... 

Sarens Siba branches out into Brits to better serve its mining clients

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2020 Crane company Sarens Siba has opened a new mining-specific crane depot in Brits to service the needs of mines in the greater Rustenburg region. The depot will house mobile and all-terrain cranes in the 40 t to 120 t range that are in high demand by regional mines, and will mainly be used in the... 

A 100 t mobile crane at Sarens Siba's Brits depot
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A 100 t mobile crane at Sarens Siba's Brits depot

Materials handling system performs well in local market

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 The Swedish-made Flexqube materials handling system, introduced to the South African market by materials handling company Lazar in June, offers users versatility in managing the transportation of goods within warehouse and factory type environments. Flexqube is a trolley or cart system based off... 

South Africa urged to take the lead in adopting TIR system

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 South Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

Company aims to install storage solutions beyond SADC

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 Industrial racking and shelving manufacturer Universal Storage Systems (USS) is looking to broaden its footprint by exporting its storage products to African countries beyond the South African Development Community (SADC) region. The company currently manufactures and supplies storage solutions –... 

OPTIMUM STORAGE SOLUTIONS
USS markets a range of warehousing and storage products and systems, including steel racking, shelving and mezzanine floors, for commercial and industrial use
OPTIMUM STORAGE SOLUTIONS USS markets a range of warehousing and storage products and systems, including steel racking, shelving and mezzanine floors, for commercial and industrial use

Project launched to support, grow women-owned transport enterprises   

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2020 The United Nations Women South Africa Multicountry Office, in partnership with the National Women Advancement Establishment, have launched a project to provide technical business support to women-owned enterprises in the transport sector in South Africa. The aim of the programme is to stimulate... 

Lebo Letsoalo
Lebo Letsoalo

Container handlers add value to port operations

9th October 2020 Forklift and container handler manufacturer BLT WORLD’s extensive range of container handling equipment encompasses industrial lift trucks supplier Taylor Machine Works loaded and empty container handlers, as well as reach stackers. These are designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance... 

ROBUST CONTAINER HANDLING
The Taylor XRS-9972 reachstacker, with a high-strength telescopic boom, is designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance and improved safety in busy container handling environments
ROBUST CONTAINER HANDLING The Taylor XRS-9972 reachstacker, with a high-strength telescopic boom, is designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance and improved safety in busy container handling environments

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

By: Irma Venter     9th October 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 30%... 

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. 

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
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... 

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
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... 

POSITIVE MARKET IMPACT 
CHASE Technologies’ is looking to convert 50% of the current local electric forklift market from lead-acid batteries to LiFePO4 batteries
POSITIVE MARKET IMPACT CHASE Technologies’ is looking to convert 50% of the current local electric forklift market from lead-acid batteries to LiFePO4 batteries
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