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Materials Handling News

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... 

SA company acquires world’s largest mobile crane as part of big capex push

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd May 2013 Mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire (JCH) has entered the last leg of a R1-billion expansion programme, which it expects to complete by December 14. The company plans to spend R450-million in capital expenditure to replace older cranes and upgrade the company’s fleet with newer models.... 

Imported heavy-duty lift trucks to reach South Africa by July

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2013 Forklift and lift-truck distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) reports that the Doosan DV250 S-7 25 t lift truck, which was launched in Korea last year, will be available to the South African market by July. “This will create a new market for GLTC, as it is the first time that the company... 

Gauteng firm adds sensor sorting to its crushing and sorting portfolio

15th March 2013 Comminution and separation company IMS has launched a materials test centre in conjunction with its new range of German separation technology company Steinert sensor sorters and its new Cybas-I cone crusher. 

Biomedical robot use on growth path – Yaskawa

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2013 The use of robots in the biomedical field is expected to grow significantly, says the Japanese Yaskawa, which is investing in its newly acquired Southern African growth platform. Yaskawa Europe COO Manfred Stern told Engineering News Online that 25 of the company’s dual-arm robots were being put... 

Significant demand for improved storage capacity at existing facilities

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Industrial equipment company Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), supplies a wide range of narrow-aisle electric powered materials handling equipment to the warehousing and logistics industry to optimise storage space. These trucks enable users to reduce the width of their operating aisles to only... 

Name change reflects increased service offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Bridge Projects, formerly Bridge Clearing and Forwarding, has expanded its service offering to become a turnkey projects management company, in line with its group strategy, says Bridge Shipping Group CEO Colin Emanuel. 

New wheel loaders range to be launched

1st February 2013 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa, as the sole Southern African distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment, will launch the range of Hyundai -9 Series wheel loaders this month. 

Solution installed on record number of vehicles

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers has become the first Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) client to break through the 100 active vehicle mark using the FleetBoard telematics solution. 

Aerodynamic trailer developed to reduce fuel costs, carbon footprint

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco has collaborated with retail group Spar South Africa to develop a prototype of a new concept trailer, designed to help reduce fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions, while simultaneously being highly practical to load. 

Equipment supplied to Namibia for scrub removal, loading

1st February 2013 Manufacturer of compact construction machines and light equipment Wacker Neuson has supplied five tele wheel loaders and telehandlers for use at a project to reducing scrub encroachment on farms in Namibia aimed at and turning the subsequent biomass into fuel for a cement factory. 

Distribution centre takes delivery of 34 machines

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Forklift and lift truck distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has delivered 34 materials handling machines, including several Crown reach trucks, Doosan forklifts and Tennant sweepers to Walmart group subsidiary Mass Discounters’ distribution centre in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

Programme to reduce materials handling equipment failures

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Materials handling equipment provider Integrated Handling Solutions (IHS) Africa has made advancements to its reliability-centred maintenance (RCM) programme, which aims to reduce failures in the materials handling industry by conducting proactive maintenance tasks. 

Africa next logical step owing to trade and development opportunities

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Logistics solutions provider Seko Logistics aims to increase its market share in Africa to 5%, up from the current 1%, through the establishment of new offices across Africa in the next five years. 

Water storage vessel supplier extends range

By: Joanne Taylor     25th January 2013 Polokwane-based distributor of steel panel water-storage vessels, Rainbow Reservoirs, has extended the maximum capacity of its product range from 1.3-million-litre tanks to 25-million-litre tanks. 

Provider introduces new protection solutions range

By: Gia Costella     26th October 2012 Storage solutions provider APC Storage Solutions South Africa (SA) believes the South African warehousing industry is not adequately protecting its racking, shelving, forklifts and drivers from collisions, which could result in eventual racking system collapse, costly repairs and serious injury.... 

Global group brings new, improved mobility solutions to Africa

By: Gia Costella     26th October 2012 Mobility solutions provider and integrator Zetes South Africa (SA), part of the global Zetes group, carried out a national series of supply chain showcase events in August, to highlight the group’s 3i Innovation and Competence Centres across Europe, as well as its solutions and technology... 

High demand for industrial stepladders

26th October 2012 Mobile elevator work platform rental company Goscor Access Rental (GAR), part of industrial services provider and retail group Imperial’s Goscor business division, reports that demand for its US-manufactured Hy-Brid HB-830 scissor lift is beyond expectation. 

DSI, Videx fined in mining roof bolts cartel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2012 The Competition Tribunal has found that Dywidag Systems International (DSI) and Videx Wire Products contraven ed the Competition Act by rigging a tender by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in 2004 and 2005. DSI was fined R1.84-million and Videx R4.76-million, the tribunal said on... 

Hoisting equipment company makes inroads in Russia

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Hoisting equipment company Condra secured a R13-million contract at the beginning of this year to deliver one of the biggest cranes ordered from the South Africa-based crane group to date. The maintenance crane will be installed at a power generation plant in Russia’s Ural Mountains. The cabin... 

Lifting equipment company secures major contracts

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 International lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has been contracted by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to install three rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes at its inland terminal, City Deep, in Johannesburg. “This is one of the largest cranes projects of this nature to be... 

New forklift is environment friendly

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Criterion Equipment has extended its range of TCM forklift trucks to include the new FB-VIII electric counterbalanced series, which has advanced design features over the previous FB-VII forklifts. The new FB-VIII series is available in five units, each with a 500 mm load centre. The smallest unit... 

New weighing unit introduced

17th August 2012 Process control and instrumentation equipment distributor Instrotech’s 6004MF Version II multifunction weighing transmitter, is a powerful, compact, field-mounted unit that can be selected for a variety of weighing functions. Specifically designed for servicing organisations, weighing equipment... 

Logistics company incorporates IT in business

17th August 2012 Supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers’ technology division has, in partnership with telecommunications provider MTN and multichannel automotive remarketing company eFleet, introduced an integrated handheld electronic service, the ePod, into the market. The ePod service is a... 

Gas manufacturing, supply company prioritises logistics

17th August 2012 Rising costs, in particular electricity and transport costs, are exerting pressure on the gas industry, forcing companies to rethink their supply chain strategies, says industrial and speciality gas manufacturing and supply company Air Products South Africa supply chain GM Seelan Gounden.... 

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