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Materials Handling News

Rapidly changing trends altering logistics landscape

15th August 2014 An increasing number of manufacturers and other suppliers are shipping consolidated container loads of products from point of origin to South Africa. Using a local logistics company, the shipment is then broken down into individual orders and delivered directly to customers, says distribution... 

Segmented supply chains represent new paradigm

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 The international logistics industry is on the cusp of a paradigm shift with regard to the way in which organisations manufacture and ultimately transport goods from one location to another, says logistics company DHL Supply Chain strategy director Warren Brusse. Historical attitudes toward... 

Innovative solutions for forklift trucks

15th August 2014 Platform trucks and tractors supplier Still Germany aims to launch many new products and innovative ideas including semi- and fully-automated solutions for forklift trucks, this year, as well as introduce  lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to power forklifts, says logistics company Value Materials... 

Growth lies in burgeoning African mining sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 Johannesburg-based DCD Rolling Stock, a division of international manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group, has received supply orders for its 24 t and 35 t diesel hydrokinetic (DHK) Funkey shunting locomotives from clients operating in the mining and industrial processing sectors over the... 

Advanced gantry launched onto local market

15th August 2014 Crane company Konecranes launched the Boxhunter container gantry in May to the local market, which is built around the operator’s graphical user interface (GUI), says Konecranes service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. He explains that the crane operator is now at ground level, as... 


15th August 2014 Brelko Conveyor Products is a local manufacturer of belt cleaning equipment, with a global reach through branches, distributors and agents in more than 40 countries. Established in 1987, Brelko supplies and advises the bulk materials handling industry on spillage control. The company also offers... 


Lift Truck’s star continues to shine

15th August 2014 The current brightest star in the Goscor Group is Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC). Distributors of Crown, Doosan, Bendi and Hubtex equipment, GLTC are one of the fastest-growing warehouse materials handling companies in Southern Africa. GLTC MD Darryl Shafto says that the most important factor... 

Lift Truck’s star continues to shine

The total cleaning solution

15th August 2014 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) provides quality industrial cleaning equipment and solutions to suit a wide range of customers across a multitude of applications and boasts the leading brands in the industry including Tennant, Elgin, Ghibli, Guzzler, Vactor, Green Machines, Maer, and Delfin.... 

The total cleaning solution

Hi-Reach on a high

15th August 2014 When it comes to Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) there is little doubt about the professionalism and expertise of Goscor Hi-Reach MD George Landsberg and his team. “Since inception, our goal has been to be the preferred supplier of MEWPs in Southern Africa and we have come a long way in... 

Hi-Reach on a high

Goscor Power Products powering on

15th August 2014 Goscor Power Products (GPP) has built an enviable reputation across a wide range of sectors, including construction, agriculture, mining and general industry where it distributes world-class products including pumps, generators, welders, firefighters, engines, rammers, rollers and compactors from... 

Goscor Power Products powering on

Perfecting the rental business

15th August 2014 The rental business – particularly in the capital equipment market – is not an easy one. Yet, this is an area where the Goscor group has excelled. Both subsidiaries and specialist rental companies, Goscor Rental (GR), which focuses on warehouse materials handling equipment, and Goscor Access... 

Perfecting the rental business

Company replaces forklift fleet

15th August 2014 Warehouse materials handling equipment and solutions supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) concluded a deal with supply chain management company Imperial Cargo Solutions (ICS) - which manages the primary logistics operations for tobacco company British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) -... 

One tough animal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2014 The most recent equipment supplier to join the Goscor pack is Bobcat, the iconic provider of compact equipment for construction, rental, landscaping, agriculture, grounds maintenance, government, utility, industrial and mining markets. The Bobcat range includes skid-steer loaders, compact track... 

One tough animal

Passion and excellence – the 30-year success mix

15th August 2014 “Passion and excellence are an unbeatable mix in the character of an organisation,” says Goscor CEO Neil Wilson. “These are the ingredients that have made us successful for the past 30 years and, I have no doubt, will do so for the next 30 years and more.” The Goscor Group philosophy is  to... 

Passion and excellence – the 30-year success mix
Photo by Goscor
Neil Wilson

Giving industry air

15th August 2014 Giving Industry Air To those who use it, compressed air is a vital cog in their business. Whether in a factory, a hospital, a mine or any other environment, no matter how much compressed air is used, it’s always a critical commodity. “And that’s why our customers need, and get from us, a... 

Giving industry air

Exhibit overcomes dinosaur sized logistics to land in SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th July 2014 The 55 274 kg Days of the Dinosaur exhibition has arrived in South Africa in 11 shipping containers over a four-week, 15 000 km journey from Vigo, Spain.  

Bag enables efficient product transportation

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 The need for a safe, reliable and cost-efficient packaging and transportation system is a pertinent issue, particularly for specialist manufacturing sectors such as the chemical and petrochemical industries. “What is critical in the handling of chemicals, such as intermediates, carbon powder,... 

Bag enables efficient product transportation
PALLET-FREE BAG The Tellap bag makes storage and transportation of goods easy

Logistics costs, as a share of SA’s GDP, on the rise again

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2014 In 2012, the absolute cost of logistics in South Africa was R393-billion. Logistics costs for 2013 were estimated at R423-billion, with this number forecast to grow to between R456-billion and R470- billion in 2014, depending on fuel inflation. 

Boiler fuel dominance is changing

By: Donna Slater     6th June 2014 The popularity of coal-fired boilers is slowly losing momentum to the rise in cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, according to heat generation company Steam Generation Africa. 

Boiler fuel dominance  is changing
WEE CHIEFTAN Cochran boilers operate in more than 100 countries worldwide

Fuchs acquires two SA lubricant companies, eyes regional growth

By: Schalk Burger     30th May 2014 Germany-based global specialist lubricant company Fuchs acquired mining and heavy equipment lubricant company Lubritene and food and animal feeds manufacturing lubricant company Lubrasa earlier this month to expand into the Southern African and industrial markets, says Fuchs South Africa MD Johan... 

  Fuchs acquires two SA lubricant companies, eyes regional growth

Imperial Health Sciences to build R210m storage site in Kenya

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2014 Imperial Health Sciences on Wednesday announced the development of a new pharmaceutical storage and distribution facility in Nairobi, Kenya. “This custom-built warehouse forms part of our active delivery of healthcare and storage solutions in developing markets, where there is a dire shortage of... 

Imperial Health Sciences to build R210m storage site in Kenya

Barloworld ups profit 5%, keeps wary eye on mining slump, Ukraine

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2014 Anyone willing to call the timing of any potential uptick in the mining cycle would be “very brave”, said Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson on Monday. “We are at a cyclical low – the question is, when will it improve?” The JSE-listed Barloworld group distributed Caterpillar construction and mining... 

Barloworld ups profit 5%, keeps wary eye on mining slump, Ukraine
Photo by Duane Daws
Clive Thomson

Customer order fulfilment software gaining ground in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 South African retail companies are responding to the way in which e-commerce is changing their engagement model with customers by improving customer engagement channels and order fulfilment intelligence, says industrial and retail software company JDA Europe, Middle East and Africa Pre-sales... 

New wear-resistant liner factory geared for global competition

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 The upgraded factory of chromium carbide wear liner manufacturer Rio Carb meets the highest international standards, priming the company for international competition in providing wear liners for mining in Africa and South Africa, says Rio Carb MD Martin Maine. The new factory meets US and Canada... 

Decline in forklift sales a worrying economic signal, Eqstra CEO warns

By: Irma Venter     21st March 2014 Eqstra Holdings earlier this month reported a 14.7% jump in revenue, to R4.94-billion, for the six months ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2012. Operating profit, however, declined 13.5%, to R461-million. 

Bulk materials handling group launches new conveyor maintenance unit

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st March 2014 Bulk materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering Services officially launched its ELB Conveyor Maintenance company at its ELB service facility in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, earlier this month.  

    Bulk materials handling group launches new conveyor  maintenance unit
NEW SERVICES ELB Conveyor Maintenance provides maintenance services for materials handling systems, including stockyard machines and bulk loading systems

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 The new version of the InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking system, designed for marking hot, primary metals or steel products, which was launched in mid-2013, has an improved controller, which increases the marking speed and can print machine-readable information, or two-dimensional codes, says supplier... 

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code
MARKING SMART The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Lifting equipment and service company Konecranes Southern Africa (SA) is manufacturing nine overhead cranes, with an estimated value of R8-million, for the steel industry and continues its inspection and service contracts for local and multinational steel manufacturers and distributors, states... 

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013
CRANE OPERATION The Konecranes service procedure and service manual has proven to reduce crane operating costs and thus increasing production capacity, reliability and efficiency

Company launches new abrasion-resistant hoses and matching pontoons

By: Ilan Solomons     14th February 2014 Rubber manufacturing specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) developed new high-abrasion-resistant rubber dredging hoses last month to be used in mining operations, reports Truco MD John Tait. He says in one particular application, the hoses were made 9 m long, with a 600 mm internal... 

Company launches new abrasion-resistant hoses and matching pontoons
RUBBER INNOVATION The hoses also incorporate Transvaal Rubber Company’s patented double-flange system to allow for improved radii bend and strength at the flanges

Lifting company invests in African spare parts service centre

31st January 2014 Alberton-based lifting company Konecranes Southern Africa reports that it has established a full parts distribution centre, to service the African continent. The parts distribution centre, which became fully operational in June last year, will supply Konecranes parts - as well as stock parts for... 

Lifting company invests in African spare parts service centre
Photo by Konecranes
AT YOUR SERVICE Konecranes Southern Africa’s Johannesburg parts distribution team offers accelerated delivery services

Heavy lifting at freezer facility

31st January 2014 Crown lift truck company equipment, which is supplied in South Africa by Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has been contracted to supply a range of materials handling equipment for the frozen foods facility in Cato Ridge of wholesaler and distributor of frozen foods, Merlog Foods. 

Heavy lifting at  freezer facility
COLD OPERATIONS Merlog operates from two facilities - one in Cato Ridge near Durban and the other in Heriotdale

Flexi-Disc conveyor doubles previous output

31st January 2014 Bulk materials handling equipment company Flexicon has increased the output of its tubular cable conveyor range of Flexi-Disc systems with the addition of a 15-cm-diameter system. 

Flexi-Disc conveyor  doubles previous output
FLEXI-DISC The Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyor system is suited to handle fragile or friable food products, besides others

Container tracking improves efficiency

By: Donna Slater     31st January 2014 Logistics solutions provider Dovetail Business Solutions reports that it will launch its new Container Transport Solution (CTS) software package next month, enabling logistics companies to track the whereabouts of containers and improve efficiencies. 

Container tracking improves efficiency
SHERMANDRA SINGH Clients currently enjoy a significant reduction in total cost of ownership

Logistics giant supports entertainment company global tour

31st January 2014 Express and logistics provider DHL reports that it will support live entertainment company Cirque du Soleil as its official logistics partner during its 2014 global tour. 

Logistics giant supports entertainment company global tour
ENTERTAINING LOGISTICS Cirque du Soleil CMO Mario D’Amico and DHL Express CEO Ken Allen sign the partnership agreement, with the cast of one of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam shows looking on

Slow growth for materials handling industry

By: Donna Slater     31st January 2014 Audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG reports that the South African materials handling industry is undergoing several changes, but that the rate at which South Africa is advancing - in terms of materials handling processes and its associated costs, technology and skills levels - it is not... 

Slow growth  for materials  handling  industry
DINESH KUMAR South Africa faces the challenges of lower maturity with regard to business, especially in the sectors of consumer goods, transport and healthcare

Mobile crane used for port lifting

31st January 2014 Mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire (JCH) completed several complex lifts of wind turbine components during two visits to the Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth, in April and June last year. 

Warehouse planning reaches new heights

31st January 2014 Value Materials Handling, a division of Value Logistics Limited, reports that it can improve warehouse layout, using software that calculates the ideal layout of any warehouse, resulting in maximum space utilisation. 

Warehouse planning reaches new heights
MATERIALS HANDLING EXPERTISE The Still range of materials handling products, coupled with software Value Materials Handling offers, can increase the productivity of any warehouse
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