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Materials Handling News

Operator provides rail haulage services for project

2nd August 2019 Australian strategic metals company TNG has entered into a binding heads of agreement (HoA) with railroad owner and operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA), for the provision of rail haulage services for its flagship 100%-owned Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, located 235 km north of... 

Harbours increase efficiency with handling equipment

2nd August 2019 Investment in the latest dry-bulk cargo and container handling equipment significantly improves efficiencies at ports and terminals and minimises the environmental impact of handling operations, says Durban harbour-based material handling specialists BLTWORLD. 

SHIPLOADING
A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations
SHIPLOADING A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations

Concrete enhancement in harbour infrastructure

2nd August 2019 Geosynthetics solutions company Fibertex encompasses controlled permeability formwork (CPF) liners – Formtex CPF liners – designed for concrete surface enhancement in harbour infrastructure projects. 

BUILD A BRIDGE 
The Formtex CPF liners reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces
BUILD A BRIDGE The Formtex CPF liners reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Mining, industrial and processing solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies is the exclusive supplier of laser-based online gas analysers and monitoring recording equipment, from Norwegian company NEO Monitors; as well as, more recently, a range of both multiple channel and portable instruments,... 

IAN FRASER
South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly
IAN FRASER South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

Company develops new concrete curing blanket

7th June 2019 Geosynthic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa has developed a new curing blanket, designed to optimise the curing of concrete and protect the new structure. The Fibertex curing blanket is used to cover concrete surfaces when the material has set and has been designed to... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

VITAL PRECEDENCE

Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

BRYAN PERRIE 

South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

Solutions provider releases new admixture for variable aggregates

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction chemicals and solutions provider Mapei South Africa released the new Dynamon MS 100 acrylic-based admixture product earlier this year for use in concrete where there are variable-quality aggregates. The admixture prevents variations in the quality of aggregates, particularly in... 

AGGREGATE MITIGATION
The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates
AGGREGATE MITIGATION The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates

CEO looks back on Thyssenkrupp’s 60 years of success in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2019 Engineering and steel production company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa this year celebrates 60 successful years of engineering excellence in Africa. The company on Monday said this milestone was testament to the diversified industrial group’s enduring commitment to delivering... 

Habasit presents range of timing belts for drive technology

24th May 2019 Last month, conveyor and processing belts manufacturer Habasit presented its complete timing belt portfolio at leading trade fair for integrated automation, motion and drives Hannover Messe Fair. The range of applications for timing belts in drive technology and intralogistics is significant. The... 

HIGH-PERFORMANCE BELTS
These Flex belts are ideal for transporting heavy loads and are therefore suitable for use in high-performance conveyor systems
HIGH-PERFORMANCE BELTS These Flex belts are ideal for transporting heavy loads and are therefore suitable for use in high-performance conveyor systems

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2019 Barloworld’s results on Monday reflected some of the biggest trends in the South African economy, with the company reporting a sharp drop in equipment sales to the troubled construction industry, as well as a decline in new-vehicle sales and car rental days, but with the mining industry seemingly... 

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth

New products launched at Nampo Harvest Day

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) will launch its Agri HUB bearings and the blue and white Agri Grease sachets at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day that will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. The Agri HUB bearings have been designed... 

NUTS TO MISS IT
Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

Takealot launches nationwide Pickup Points, flagship Midrand facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd May 2019 South African online retailer takealot.com has launched more than 25 Takealot Pickup Point collection facilities across the country, with the flagship facility at the New Road offramp, in Midrand, officially unveiled on Friday. The facilities are used for the pickup of both Takealot and... 

Inside the Takealot Pickup Point at the New Road off-ramp in Midrand
Inside the Takealot Pickup Point at the New Road off-ramp in Midrand

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Mining and cement equipment multinational FLSmidth is producing equipment for mines and processing plants globally at the newly upgraded Delmas Supercenter, including large vibrating screens and flotation components, as well as repairing and upgrading customer equipment. The upgrade improves... 

DELMAS SUPERCENTRE
Department of Mineral Resources deputy minister Godfrey Oliphant and Ambassador of Denmark to South Africa Tobias Elling Rehfield were given a tour of the upgraded facility
DELMAS SUPERCENTRE Department of Mineral Resources deputy minister Godfrey Oliphant and Ambassador of Denmark to South Africa Tobias Elling Rehfield were given a tour of the upgraded facility

Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data monitoring, says heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard lead sales and project manager Dale Huddy.... 

Oxygen tanks successfully installed

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 In February machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros successfully installed new oxygen tanks at 27 provincial hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, after removing redundant oxygen tanks. Lovemore Bros was awarded the contract from gas supplier Afrox and industrial gas supplier Air Liquide in... 

Electrical heat tracing viable safety precaution

12th April 2019 With the maintenance at particular temperatures during transportation of various products – such as containers and tanks carrying oil and bitumen acids – having become a critical part of realising quality and insurance guarantees, electrical heat tracing (EHT) has emerged as a vital component for... 

SAFETY FIRST 
The EHT cabling generates heat over the surface of the container, which in turn heats up the product inside the container
SAFETY FIRST The EHT cabling generates heat over the surface of the container, which in turn heats up the product inside the container

Call made for fundamental changes to way societies manage chemicals

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 While manufactured chemicals have helped to improve human health, food security, productivity and quality of life worldwide, sound management and innovations in chemistry are essential for sustainable development. This was the central message of UN Environment acting executive director and... 

Call made for fundamental changes to way societies manage chemicals

Trucks allow for efficient handling of paper and timber

29th March 2019 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD’s extensive range of materials handling equipment encompasses Meclift variable reach trucks, which are equipped with paper clamps for the efficient handling and loading of paper rolls and sawn timber in and out of trucks and railway carriages. The... 

MULTIPURPOSE FORKLIFT TRUCK
The Meclift ML1812R increases efficiency and safety during paper and timber handling
MULTIPURPOSE FORKLIFT TRUCK The Meclift ML1812R increases efficiency and safety during paper and timber handling

Grain conveyor solution system offered

15th March 2019 Heavy lift forklift supplier BLT World offers dependable solutions for specific problems at the transfer points of conveyor systems in bulk materials handling, such as grain in the food and beverage industry. “ScrapeTec Trading’s German-engineered products have been specially developed for the... 

Armoured personnel carrier launched

22nd February 2019 South African private defence vehicle manufacturing company Milkor has developed and launched its Milkor 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the African market. Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in... 

BUILT TOUGH 
The Milkor 4 x 4 is designed to meet the infantry carrier requirements of armed forces on the African continent
BUILT TOUGH The Milkor 4 x 4 is designed to meet the infantry carrier requirements of armed forces on the African continent

Freight utility company receives new specialised excavators

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 Construction equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) has proven its capabilities for future tenders that are within its scope of work, following its success in delivering ten specially adapted excavators for State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) facility... 

NEWLY FITTED The Hyundai 26 t R260LC-9S excavators have been fitted with specially designed 1.6 m³ heavy-duty buckets and 2.5 m³ coal buckets to maximise a railway car’s unloading speed
NEWLY FITTED The Hyundai 26 t R260LC-9S excavators have been fitted with specially designed 1.6 m³ heavy-duty buckets and 2.5 m³ coal buckets to maximise a railway car’s unloading speed

Company introduces excavator with lower fuel consumption

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 Construction equipment supplier Disa Equipment, trading as Doosan, part of the Capital Equipment Group of Invicta Holdings, introduced the low fuel consumption DX220LCA-2 excavator into the 20 t to 22 t class. “Not only do these robust machines boast pristine manufacturing standards but Doosan’s... 

DOOSAN DX220LCA-2 EXCAVATOR
Outstanding features of the excavator include lower fuel consumption and greater productivity
DOOSAN DX220LCA-2 EXCAVATOR Outstanding features of the excavator include lower fuel consumption and greater productivity

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa

18th January 2019 Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, has expanded its hose crimper offering with the addition of the Uniflex UG32 grease crimper to its range. With orders ready for delivery in December last year, the UG32 launch was preceded with the... 

UNIFLEX UG32 AND UG2O GREASE CRIMPERS

Owing to product demand and our role in the fluid power market, the decision to supply a crimper unique to HAW was made
UNIFLEX UG32 AND UG2O GREASE CRIMPERS Owing to product demand and our role in the fluid power market, the decision to supply a crimper unique to HAW was made

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 Last year, more factory audits of plastic pipe producers and manufacturers who are members of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) showed promising results leaving much hope for the future of the plastic pipes industry, says the quality regulator’s CEO, Jan Venter.... 

SAPPMA 

From an environmental point of view, we can do a lot more for the same amount of money and materials
SAPPMA From an environmental point of view, we can do a lot more for the same amount of money and materials

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

Becsa to acquire IP-rich Matriarch Equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 JSE-listed heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Company South Africa (Becsa), a subsidiary of Bell Equipment, will acquire Matriarch Equipment for an initial consideration of R3.8-million. The consideration will also include a further consideration of up to R15-million based on the... 

Education at forefront for materials handling institute 

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     14th December 2018 The committee of the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) aims to reverse the trend of constantly declining institute membership by actively running training workshops and lectures to educate members and people that are new to the industry about the industry. According to SAIMH... 

ADI FRITTELLA
An initial slump in membership resulted from the division of the institute into Unit Handling and Bulk Handling with the Unit Handling disciplines forming part of the Logistics unit while Bulk Handling members were retained in the SAIMH
Materials handling organisation, South African Institute of Materials Handling chairperson Adi Frittella and treasurer and tutor Bruce Watts discuss the organisation and its role in the materials handling industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Commission gives Polanofield go-ahead to acquire Dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 The Competition Commission has approved Polanofield’s proposed acquisition of JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) at R0.01 apiece. Polanofield – a shelf company that was recently bought by its controllers specifically for the purposes of the proposed transaction – plans to... 

Dawn expects interim headline loss a share to widen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) on Friday advised its shareholders that it expects its headline loss per share (HLPS) for the six months ended September 30, to deteriorate by between 174% and 188%. It expects to report a HLPS of between 37.6c and 39.5c, compared with the... 

Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities 

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2018 Imperial Logistics aims to earn close to 80% of its revenue from outside South Africa, compared with the current 68%, says CEO designate Mohammed Akoojee. Akoojee will officially take over from current CEO Marius Swanepoel in the first half of 2019. 

Mohammed Akoojee
Mohammed Akoojee

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd December 2018 Environmental trade show Pollutec concluded a successful fortieth anniversary, in Lyon, France, last week. This year’s event saw an increase in the number of international exhibitors and also hosted three new pavilions – Korea, Hungary and Italy. 

Display depicting ocean pollution
Photo by Tasneem Bulbulia
Display depicting ocean pollution

Transnet to modify operating model, corporate structure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 State-owned Transnet last week held a board strategy workshop to review the group’s deteriorating financial and operational performance. The first resolution to come out of the workshop was on the principles for the corporate design of a new operating model that is underpinned by financial... 

Transnet acting group CE Tau Morwe
Photo by Creamer Media
Transnet acting group CE Tau Morwe

Flooring project under way in Midrand

By: Thabi Madiba     30th November 2018 Flooring contractor and installation company Combined Flooring is working on a refurbishment project at automaker BMW South Africa’s head office in Midrand, Gauteng, which the company plans to complete before the end of the year. The project started this month and entails the installation of 2... 

WORK IN PROGRESS
An installer prepares a floor to install floor covering
WORK IN PROGRESS An installer prepares a floor to install floor covering

Company unlocks trade corridors through vessels business

30th November 2018 JSE listed-Grindrod and its partners continue to build on its core freight management competence in improving and unlocking trade corridors. 

Forklift facilitates enhanced warehousing processes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd November 2018 Forklift dealer Shamrock Handling Concepts in South Africa is offering Combilift Combi C-range multi-directional forklifts on an exclusive basis, with these machines designed to improve workflow efficiencies, enhance safety and maximise storage space in warehousing facilities. The Combi C-range,... 

HEAVY LIFTER 
The Combi C-range of forklifts, with capacities between 2 500 kg and 25 000 kg, encompasses multi-directional forklift trucks
HEAVY LIFTER The Combi C-range of forklifts, with capacities between 2 500 kg and 25 000 kg, encompasses multi-directional forklift trucks
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