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Materials Handling News

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. 

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. 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane  

By: Samantha Herbst     19th July 2013 Heavy-lifting solutions multinational Sarens, of Belgium, has officially launched a new 750-t hydraulic crane, manufactured by Germany-based construction machinery manufacturer Liebherr. As the biggest crane on the Southern African market, the LTM 1750.9-1 boasts increased capacity, enabling... 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane
Sarens SA operations director Lyle Tapinos discusses the launch of the company’s new 750-t hydraulic crane.

Relationships matter most

5th July 2013 If passion is one of the most commonly used words by Pilot Crushtec International CEO Sandro Scherf, then director of sales Graham Kleinhans’s use of the word relationships has to run a close second when discussing the today, tomorrow and long-term future of Pilot Crushtec International. From the... 

Building for the future

5th July 2013 Twenty-three years ago, a father and son team set up in business to manufacture stone crushing equipment for the local crushing and screening industry. What happened between then and now is living proof that entrepreneurship can literally move mountains as the East Rand-based company, which began... 

Building for the future

World-class service provided by people who care

5th July 2013 Right from the start, service has been the cornerstone on which Pilot Crushtec International’s success has been founded. Its ability to deliver world class customer support throughout Africa as well as farther afield has done much to cement the relationships it values so highly. The company has... 

Tough African conditions

5th July 2013 Crushing & screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec International sees the African market as crucial to its future, and has a dedicated sales team of seven to service the continent. While African markets are mostly supported from Johannesburg, the company has a dealer in Namibia – Rex Quip –... 

Pilot the brand

5th July 2013 Crushing & screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec International has enjoyed an enviable reputation for delivering robust and reliable machinery backed by exceptional levels of service and support. The fact that it has gone out of its way to provide the local and export industries with... 

Pilot Crushtec CEO buys out minorities

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 Crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec SA CEO Sandro Scherf has bought out his partners and increased his stake in the company, which is has also been renamed Pilot Crushtec International, as from March 1 this year. The transaction resulted in Scherf’s indirect stake increasing to a... 

Pilot Crushtec CEO buys out minorities
SANDRO SCHERF I have real confidence in the business and in the crushing and screening industry

New scanner able to measure stockpiles

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 Power and automation technology developers ABB Group has developed a level and volume measurement laser scanner, the VM3D laser scanner, for process and utility applications. 

New scanner able to measure stockpiles
LASER TECHNOLOGY The laser scanner uses the building blueprints to determine the depth of the stockpile to eliminate the need for emptying the building to baseline the scanner system

Barloworld not overly concerned by mine labour issues

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2013 Barloworld is, from a financial perspective, not too concerned about the current labour unrest simmering at a number of South African mines, says CEO Clive Thomson. Barloworld distributes the Caterpillar brand, popular in the mining and construction industries, in South Africa. The reason Thomson... 

Heavy-lifting equipment manufacturer launches hybrid reach stacker

24th May 2013 Finland-based crane and heavy-lifting equipment manufacturer and services provider Konecranes has launched the world’s first hybrid reach stacker, powered by a hybrid diesel-electric driveline, an electrified hydraulic lifting system and a supercapacitor-based energy storage unit.   

SA industry finally grasping energy efficiency nettle, but constraints remain

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2013 Industrial energy efficiency projects are steadily being implemented in South Africa to combat price and productivity pressures, but financial constraints, including funding and internal resources, remain barriers to their broad deployment. 

Forestry group moves ahead plan to integrate Sabie site, extract more value 

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2013 Forestry and forest products group York Timbers is hoping to break ground early next year on its R1.5-billion site integration project at its Sabie facilities, in Mpumalanga, once it receives a record of decision from the Department of Environmental Affairs on its environmental-impact assessment... 

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