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Materials Handling News

Transport company extends its presence in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 International logistics and transport company TNT South Africa has implemented its Southern Africa Road Network (ZARN) integrated road transportation system to improve efficiency in the freight industry. Until recently, organisations operating in Africa were restricted to using consolidated air... 

Bell half-year profits climb, confident of future

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2012 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment recorded improved profitability in the six months to June, as a 35% increase in sales pushed the company’s earnings to R151-million, up from R115-million in the first half of 2011. Chairperson Michael Mun-Gavin said that Bell’s basic earnings... 

Online chemical protection clothing and hazards database

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2012 Chemicals-industry personnel, emergency response and hazardous-waste workers, as well as the general industry can use chemicals giant DuPont’s online tool to determine what type of protective clothing and gear to use for different chemical hazards, says DuPont Protection Technologies business... 

Bell continues to increase headline earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2012 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment on Tuesday reported an expected increase in earnings for the six months ended June, after reporting a significant turnaround in the corresponding period the year before. JSE-listed Bell said in a trading statement that it expected earnings and... 

Variable reach truck for electric cable handling

13th July 2012 Durban-based materials handling equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) South Africa offers a range of MecLift variable reach trucks, designed for diverse materials handling applications, including the efficient handling of electrical cabling, says BLT South Africa products manager Clinton van... 

Skilled youth key to future of manufacturing in SA

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th June 2012 The manufacturing sector’s ability to attract young, skilled people would be a determining factor in its success going forward, business software provider Isah International director Peter van Harten said on Friday. He added that despite its current ailing state, the local manufacturing sector... 

Physical simulation of manufacturing processes at UCT

1st June 2012 A thermal-mechanical test system, the Gleeble 3800, has been installed in the Centre for Materials Engineering at the University of Cape Town owing to a National Research Foundation special equipment award. The Gleeble 3800, worth $1.05-million, is a fully-integrated, digital closed-loop control... 

Storage, retrieval solution benefits pharmacies

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2012 Unit materials handling specialist Storsure has added two more independent pharmacies to its list of customers using German-manufactured Apostore automated dispensing machines, says Storsure director John Meiring.  

SA logistics performance improving, World Bank survey shows 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th May 2012 South Africa has performed better than its Brics counterparts in the latest World Bank logistics survey, which examines global trade logistics performance in 155 countries. In its ‘Connecting to Compete 2012: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy’ report, the World Bank said that South Africa’s... 

Barloworld sells US materials handling unit for $60m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2012 JSE-listed Barloworld said on Monday that it had sold its US-based materials handling unit to Briggs Equipment and LiftOne, which would each acquire a portion of the assets. The group would use the $60-million proceeds from the sale of Barloworld Handling to partially finance organic and... 

Myths, trends and realities of supply chain management

By: Dimakatso Motau     27th April 2012 Supply chain management plays a significant role in the business fraternity and, to ensure that it positively affects business operations, the correct distribution model needs to be in place, states logistics consultancy LGA Fortna. 

Building owners recognise effect of flooring on overall profitability

By: Leandi Kolver     13th April 2012 Professional logistics consultants, building owners and operators are starting to pay more attention to the effect that flooring can have on overall profitability, says industrial flooring company Twintec South Africa projects director Martin Kerrigan.  

South Africa needs to relieve supply-chain constraints   

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2012 Research undertaken by logistics group Barloworld Logistics on Friday revealed the possibility that South Africa may soon lose its role as the world’s ‘gateway to Africa’ if it does not respond to rising competition from other African countries. In its ninth publication of ‘supplychainforesight’... 

Simulation software eliminates faults at design phase of electrical equipment 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2012 The new high-technology Technology Centre of electrical equipment manufacturer Powertech Transformers hosts transformer engineers responsible for research, development and advanced technical support of its three plants, says Powertech Transformers CEO Leon Viljoen. 

German company introduces coal grinding solution onto African market

24th February 2012 Roller grinding mill technology specialist Loesche has introduced a new solution to the African market, one that reduces operating costs by substituting oil or gas for coal in various thermal applications.  

Mpact earnings to increase significantly

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2012 JSE-listed packaging firm Mpact on Wednesday said it expected its headline earnings for the financial year ended December 31, to increase to between 52c and 56c a share, compared with 2010 earnings of 23.1c a share. Mpact listed as a public company on the main board of the JSE on July 11,... 

Manufacturer to improve service through wider distribution

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd February 2012 Screen media manufacturer Ludowici Meshcape plans to improve its service in Africa by increasing the distribution of its vibrating equipment and reports it has, in the past four months, tendered for in excess of R1-billion of work. 

Heavy lift specialist completes project despite challenges

3rd February 2012 Although faced with on-site challenges, heavy lift and relocation specialist Vanguard has completed the installation of a semiautogenous grinding (SAG) and ball mill for a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Storage solutions provider unveils new articulated forklift 

3rd February 2012 Warehouse solutions provider Africa Projects Consulting (APC) Storage Solutions South Africa has introduced the new APC Artix articulated forklift to the market. 

Forklift distributor stocks new range

3rd February 2012 South African distributor of TCM forklifts Criterion Equipment now stocks new ranges of forklift trucks designed to handle food and beverage loads during production and in warehousing and transport operations. 

Company reports increased interest in its equipment

3rd February 2012 Amid continuing tightening of health, safety and environmental legislation in South Africa, chute supplier Weba Chute Systems reports increased interest in its bulk materials and handling equipment, which it says reduces noise and dust pollution. 

Turbo coupling suitable for harsh belt conveying applications

3rd February 2012 Supplier of fluid couplings Voith Turbo says its TPKL fill-controlled turbo coupling range is designed specifically for smooth operation in harsh belt conveying applications that require powerful drive systems to move large masses. 

Concept forklift wins award 

3rd February 2012 US forklift manufacturer, Doosan has won the European Design institution, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen’s Red Dot Design Award for its intelligent Concept Forklift (CFL) which offers efficiency and a high level of safety. 

Service provider scoops Supplier of the Year award

3rd February 2012 Specialised transportation, supply chain and logistics service provider, Cargo Carriers has become the first freight company ever to win cement producer Lafarge’s Supplier of the Year award. 

US manufacturer unveils new equipment

3rd February 2012 US bulk-handling equipment manufacturer Flexicon offers the market a new dual bag filling system with a pallet dispenser to assist with the safe, high capacity filling of bulk bags of various sizes. 

Equipment manufacturer delivers cranes to Brazil

3rd February 2012 Equipment manufacturer Terex Cranes has delivered two of its TFC 46MS HC reach stackers to Brazilian port handling operators MultiRio Operaçoes Portuarias. 

Dubai’s Aramex buys Berco Express

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     12th December 2011 Dubai-based logistics group Aramex has strengthened its footprint into Africa through the acquisition of South African logistics group Berco Express. Aramex views South Africa as a “highly attractive market” with a business-friendly environment and significant growth prospects, said Aramex... 

Division reaps benefits after implementing steadfast business approach in recession

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 The pursuit of new opportunities during the 2008/9 recession, paired with constant product offering expansions, sophisticated distribution agreements and a business approach focused on employee development and involvement, have ensured that Eqstra’s Elandsfontein-based Industrial Equipment... 

Barloworld’s earnings to rise sharply on strong mining sales

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2011 Industrial brand manager Barloworld reported on Friday that its earnings for the year to September 30, 2011, would be substantially higher, owing to a better-than-expected second half and strong mining equipment sales in Southern Africa and Russia. The JSE-listed company told shareholder that... 

Technology increases storage space

By: Celest Smith     21st October 2011 Warehousing and storage specialist African Projects Consulting (APC) Storage Solutions has relaunched its Mecalux range of moveable racking units, which now offers integration of stacker crane technology into its all-purpose Movirack solution. 

New forklift range helps to increase storage capacity

21st October 2011 Materials handling specialist Barloworld Handling has been appointed Southern African dealer for Aisle-Master very narrow aisle (VNA) articulated forklifts, which are manufactured by Ireland-based handling solutions provider Combilift. 

Automatic guided carts offer a smart solution for warehousing

21st October 2011 Engineering solutions company Bearing Man Group (BMG) has extended its range of Webb conveyor systems to include automatic guided carts, which are suitable for moving products on an assembly line and for transporting goods around a plant, distribution centre or warehouse. 

Cushion-tyre industrial trucks suitable for warehousing

21st October 2011 Durban-based materials handling equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has added cushion-tyre industrial trucks, which have a tight turning radius, suitable for use in warehousing, to its range of Taylor industrial forklift trucks.  

Materials handling equipment fleet selected for distribution centre

21st October 2011 Supermarket group Cambridge Food, part of the Masscash division of Massmart, has taken delivery of 24 Hyster machines from materials handling equipment specialist Barloworld Handling, for its new distribution centre, in Denver, Johannesburg. 

Imperial buys German logistics group for €270m

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th September 2011 In line with its growth and diversification strategy for its international logistics business, JSE-listed Imperial Holdings on Friday announced the acquisition of German logistics firm Lehnkering for €270-million. The purchase equity value is €173-million and Imperial would assume the net debt... 

New straddle carriers to improve Durban container efficiencies

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     29th September 2011 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) officially commissioned four of its straddle carriers at the Durban container terminal (DCT) on Thursday, as part of a R205-million capital expenditure (capex) programme to significantly improve productivity over the next year. The R205-million capex represents the... 

Grindrod sells R2bn stake to Remgro to help fund expansion

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th September 2011 JSE-listed Grindrod plans to sell a 22% stake to investment holding firm Remgro for R2-billion to help fund its Southern Africa expansion plan, the shipping and freight services group announced on Tuesday. CEO Alan Olivier said the transaction enabled Grindrod to have the necessary capacity to... 

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