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Materials Handling News

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

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

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... 

Drive company supplies inverters for warehouse expansion project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th August 2019 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive has supplied 98 MOVITRAC LTP-B inverters for conveyor belts installed for a local e-commerce warehouse, in Johannesburg. SEW-Eurodrive was contracted by materials handling specialist Neptek to supply the inverters for the conveyors that have been installed... 

Forklift equipment supplier invests R45m in STR fleet

16th August 2019 Forklift equipment supplier Criterion Equipment has embarked on a short-term rental (STR) fleet renewal programme for materials handling equipment manufacturer TCM – encompassing a R45-million investment in new forklifts. Criterion Equipment is the exclusive distributor of TCM forklift trucks in... 

S African materials handling industry yet to embrace automation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th August 2019 Automation is still a relatively new concept for South Africa and has not been fully adopted by industries, especially the materials handling industry, says industrial equipment distributor Shumani Industrial Equipment director Victor Nemukula. “South Africa imports a lot of materials handling... 

Specialist moves to diversify into agriculture, food & bev

By: Nadine James     16th August 2019 Gauteng-based material transfer specialist Weba Chute Systems is diversifying its client base, officially venturing into the agricultural, food and beverage and paper and pulp industries, says Weba MD Mark Baller. He explains that while Weba had often received and acted on inquiries from... 

Specialist moves to diversify  into agriculture, food & bev
SMOOTH TRANSITION Weba Chute Systems is officially diversifying its client base, having infrequently participated in non-mining projects over the years

Agriculture sector driven to spend more upfront on innovation 

By: Darren Parker     9th August 2019 Amid current economic pressure, high energy costs and power grid uncertainty, the agriculture sector in South Africa is starting to favour higher capital expenditure on advanced technology because of the resulting long-term reductions in operating costs, says drive engineering company... 

Agriculture sector  driven to spend more upfront on innovation
SEW-Eurodrive sales manager Willem Strydom discusses the motors supplied to the 100 t/h Free State feed mill.

Freight utility breaks record, tests 375-wagon manganese train

2nd August 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet recently broke its own record by testing a 375-wagon manganese train representing the production train with the highest number of wagons globally. Transnet operates more than 30 000 km of rail network across the country and as reported last month holds the... 

Freight utility breaks record, tests 375-wagon manganese train
Photo by Creamer media
STEAMING AHEAD Transnet is steaming ahead with its vision of being one of the top five railway companies in the world

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,... 

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa
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 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure
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,... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable  concrete structures
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... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits
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... 

Solutions provider releases new  admixture for variable 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... 

Habasit presents range  of timing belts for  drive technology
HIGH-PERFORMANCE BELTS These Flex belts are ideal for transporting heavy loads and are therefore suitable for use in high-performance conveyor systems

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... 

New products launched  at Nampo Harvest Day
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

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... 

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga
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

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... 

Trucks allow for efficient handling of paper and timber
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... 

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... 

Freight utility company receives new specialised excavators
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... 

Company introduces excavator with lower fuel consumption
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... 

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa
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 pleased with results after increasing audit frequency
SAPPMA From an environmental point of view, we can do a lot more for the same amount of money and materials

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... 

Education at forefront for  materials handling institute
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... 

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... 

Flooring project under way  in Midrand
WORK IN PROGRESS An installer prepares a floor to install floor covering

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue
Shongweni landfill, in KwaZulu-Natal.
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