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Materials Handling News

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

Highway upgrades ensure materials handling safety, efficiency

By: Donna Slater     31st January 2014 The Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) has started with the second major upgrading stage of the N1 and N4 toll route, which started in 2011 and will end in 2015, leading to further improvements on more than half of the 385 km Bakwena N1 and N4 roads. 

Highway upgrades ensure materials handling safety, efficiency
N1 AND N4 TOLL ROUTE Bakwena commercial manager Liam Clarke says upgrades have improved safety for materials handling personnel travelling on the N1 and N4 toll routes

Fuel saving brought to container handling

31st January 2014 A fuel-economic series of container straddle-carriers, Mobicon ECO, was launched on the South African market in December 2013 by container and materials handling equipment suppliers Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA). 

Fuel saving brought to container handling
LOWERING COSTS The Mobicon ECO container straddle carrier uses a simple design with a small capacity engine, coupled with a hydrostatic drive system to increase manoeuvrability and lower operating and maintenance costs.

Lining manufacturer expands factory, targets export markets 

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2013 Local engineering company and polyurethane lining manufacturer UMP has invested R12-million to double the size of its factory, in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg, and is poised to increase its supply to African and international markets, says UMP director Trevor Carolin. It expanded its urethane... 

Lining manufacturer expands factory, targets export markets
UMP director Trevor Carolin discusses the company's recent factory expansion and future growth.

Barloworld reports decline in back orders as mining demand softens

By: Irma Venter     29th November 2013 Barloworld has reported an 18% increase in operating profit, to R3.53-billion, for the year ended September 30, compared with the previous financial year. Revenue was up 11% to R65.1-billion. 

Telescopic handlers hit heavy-industrial market

18th October 2013 Italian manufacturer Magni Telescopic Handlers aims to change the industry perception of telehandler machines with the launch of its new brand to the heavy-duty mining and construction sectors. The Magni range of telescopic handlers is solely distributed in a number of key heavy mining and... 

Southern Africa distributor receives top award for scissor lifts sales

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Sole distributor of Genie products in Southern Africa Goscor Hi-Reach won the award for Best Performance for Scissor Lifts, which have achieved good sales figures in South Africa, at this years annual Genie Awards. 

Telehandler popular on building sites

27th September 2013 The Genie GTH-5022R rotating rough terrain telehandlers, is proving popular on building sites where rough and uneven terrain is still a challenge, says industrial equipment and solutions supplier Goscor business unit Goscor Hi-Reach MD George Landsberg. Goscor Botswana distributor, GHF’s Luis... 

Telehandler popular  on building sites
IDEAL ENVIRONMENT The Genie GTH-5022R is suited to the robust construction environment

Excavator range to be debuted

By: David Oliveira     6th September 2013 Earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa will display its complete product range at the inaugural bauma Africa trade show, including the recently launched the McCloskey brand and -9 range of Hyundai excavators, wheel loaders and backhoe loaders. HPE Africa regards the... 

Latest articulated dump truck to be exhibited

By: David Oliveira     6th September 2013 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Doosan will participate at the first bauma Africa trade show and display its new DA30 and DA40 machines. The range of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) was launched in South Africa earlier this year, says Doosan MD Rod Watson, adding that the launch of these ADTs... 

Light and compact construction equipment to be showcased

6th September 2013 Manufacturer of light and compact construction equipment Wacker Neuson South Africa sees the inaugural bauma Africa trade show as a good platform to attract possible distribution partners from across Africa and the company looks forward to taking full advantage of this opportunity, says Wacker... 

Trade show used to market new products

6th September 2013 Crushing machines supplier Pilot Crushtec International is using the first bauma Africa as a platform to launch new products, the vast majority being new to the South African market. Pilot Crushtec International director of sales Graham Kleinhans says the exhibition, to be held at Gallagher... 

US company brings materials handling technology to SA

16th August 2013 To give a world-class boost to South Africa’s road maintenance capabilities, among others, bulk materials handling and mineral processing specialist Osborn is supplying the country with Astec equipment, such as the Shuttle Buggy. Osborn is a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based Astec Industries,... 

Belting division expanded

16th August 2013 Warehouse materials handling equipment supplier Crown was presented with the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award in the Forklift Truck Solutions category in June this year. Sponsored by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector... 

Insuring transportation of abnormal loads

16th August 2013 “Certain vehicles and loads cannot be moved on public roads without exceeding the limitations in terms of the dimensions or mass as prescribed in the Regulations of the National Road Traffic Act,” says risk and insurance consultant Indwe Risk Services automotive and transportation risk specialist... 

HP fire extinguishers suited for transport industry

16th August 2013 South African fire protection specialists, Centa Group, report that a specialised range of fire protection that includes high performance (HP) vehicle fire extinguishers, performs effectively in the event of a fire in transport vehicles. The HP range is designed especially for flammable... 

Delivery company upgrades cargo fleet

16th August 2013 Global express delivery company TNT Express upgraded its Southern Africa cargo fleet in June this year as a result of a significant deal with industrial services and retail group Imperial Group to increase its capacity for both national and cross-border transportation of cargo, including large,... 

Equipment distributor wins IFOY Award

16th August 2013 Bearing company the Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) belting division has extended its range to include the Super-Screw, which is a flexible rubber splice developed by Minet Lacing Technology (MLT), in France, that screws onto a conveyor belt providing efficient repair in all conditions. “BMG... 

CrC plates successfully used in mining industry

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Manufacturers and suppliers of chromium carbide (CrC) liners and components Rio-Carb reports that its new 6 mm (3/3) CrC wear resistance liner plates are proving to be successful in various parts of the mining sector. “The plates have been successfully used in cyclones, chutes, hopers, square-... 

IT solutions integral to success of logistics industry

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Information technology (IT) is a central part of the successful supply chain of organisations in South Africa’s logistics industry, which is worth more than R3-billion a year, logistics software solutions provider Dovetail tells Engineering News. “IT solutions have enabled logistics providers to... 

IT solutions integral to success of logistics industry
LOGISTICS IN MOTION It is estimated that transport accounts for between 40% to 50% of South Africa’s logistics costs, with road transport still carrying the bulk of the freight volume

Display technology supplied to global logistics company

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 South African manufacturer of display technologies PVision has collaborated with Shellard Media to complete the installation of display screens and supporting technology worth R738 000 at global logistics giant DHL’s quality-control centre, at its Johannesburg headquarters. “The DHL... 

Modern monitoring technology reduces theft

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Technology which allows for the extreme compression of video footage, enables transportation companies to remotely view live footage from vehicles in transit, ensuring reduced response times to various situations such as hijacking, theft, and improper following of operator policies and... 

UK solutions provider sees success in SA market

16th August 2013 Following significant growth, further Loadhog Pally solutions are being rolled out at online store Kalahari’s Cape Town distribution centre, with a substantial number also bought for its second centre in Johannesburg.  UK distribution transit packaging company Loadhog completed its first contract... 

Pipe-lining trial completed successfully in Australia

2nd August 2013 The trial, completed in February, took place at the Sonoma coal mine about 6 km south of Collinsville at the northern end of the Bowen basin, in Queensland, Australia. The mine produces high-quality coking and thermal coal, states FLSmidth Ludowici. 

Warehouse facility for bio polymer producer established

19th July 2013 Integrated global logistics company Kintetsu World Express (KWE) implemented a new facility in Mobeni, KwaZulu-Natal, on April 1, which will accommodate its tender project with bio polymer producer LignoTech South Africa (LTSA) as well as other strategic initiatives the company is embarking on. 

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