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Materials Handling News

Three new robotic welding processes unveiled at mining show

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th October 2010 Power and automation solutions company ABB and its partner welding consumables manufacturer Fronius have exhibited three new welding applications and robots at the 2010 Electra Mining expo. 

Excellence in fast-moving consumer goods logistics recognised

8th October 2010 Supply chain management company The Cold Chain and ambient warehousing company TFD Network Africa, have been recognised by Professional Management Review (PMR) as leaders in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. 

SA logistics company views Namibian acquisition as part of broader African push

27th August 2010 South African logistics have taken another step into Africa with diversified industrial services and retail group Imperial Holdings’ (Imperial’s) proposed acquisition of Namibian JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods industry agent CIC Holdings (CIC), in July. 

Automated system to improve material and data flow

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 German specialist manufacturer of machines for steel fabrication and steel service centres Kaltenbach group’s logistic, process and control (LPC) system can increase production capacity by 30%, reports Kaltenbach group president Valentin Kaltenbach. 

New company aims to 
improve product awareness

13th August 2010 German forklift truck manufacturer Jungheinrich is set to increase its presence in the South African materials handling market, through the establishment of a new company known as JHR Equipment South Africa. 

German logistics 
provider expands African footprint

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 German-based international logistics provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is in the process of expanding its network in to Africa through the establishment of a number of new offices and warehouses in countries where the firm is not yet represented. 

Dube TradePort given a lift

13th August 2010 Global logistics service provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has acquired 12 new materials handling machines manufactured by German lift truck manufacturer Crown, from Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), for use at the Dube TradePort cargo terminal at the new King Shaka International Airport,... 

Benchmarking system provides competitive edge

13th August 2010 Safety, health, environment and quality (Sheq) scores are increasingly becoming a source of competitive advantage, separating the good from the great, when companies scrutinise tender submissions, JSE-listed supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers reports. 

New road tanker launched

13th August 2010 Road tanker and transport equipment manufacturer Samtor recently unveiled its 2010 high-specification tankerat an informal launch at its fac-tory in Boltonia, in Krugersdorp. 

New versatile grab operates on 
different crane sizes

13th August 2010 Bulk-handling and lifting equipment company Arlona Engineering has manufactured a versatile grab, which is able to operate on different crane sizes, for discharging vessels at the Durban harbour. 

Contract signed to 
operate warehouse and distribution centre

13th August 2010 Global bearings manufacturer SKF Logistics Services has signed a five-year contract with metals recycling machine manufacturer Metso Lindemann to operate its global wear, distribution and spare parts warehouse in Tongeren, Belgium.  

Testing ensures reliable crane operation

13th August 2010 Materials handling firm Condra Cranes reports that it vigorously tests its newly manufactured cranes before delivery to its customers, owing to the fact that its cranes are built to the exacting standards required by the Federation of European Mechanical Handling Equipment.  

New mobile facility to test lifting equipment

13th August 2010 Lifting, loadholding, pushing and pulling equipment supplier, Bellambie Mining & Industrial has manufactured a new test trailer, designed for visual inspections and accurate load testing of lifting equipment. 

Versatile winches assist small businesses

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Control Instruments Automotive (CIA) has announced a lifetime warranty on winch manufacturer Warn’s range of winches. This includes Warn’s premium winch series that consist of winches in the capacity ranges between 2 720 kg, 3 630 kg, 3 760 kg, 4... 

Software helps improve logistics operation

13th August 2010 The UK-developed logistics software system LogiX is being successfully used by South African freight and logistics company Unitrans Freight and Logistics, with successful results,” the company reports. 

Global company sets up Jhb-based head office for Africa operations

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 Global productivity solutions provider RedPrairie Corporation has established its own operations in Africa, with its head office located in Johannesburg. For the past ten years, RedPrairie Corporation has been represented in Africa through a value-added reseller (VAR). During this time, the... 

New China-based facility aims to increase global competitiveness 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 Local producer of steel products for the mining industry VR Steel will open a new manufacturing facility in north-western China, early in 2011. The move to open a facility in China comes in light of the company’s reduced global competitiveness, owing to the continued strong performance of the... 

Reducing SA’s logistics costs and improving service delivery

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 South Africa incurs some of the highest logistics costs in the world, owing to the number of large retail outlets located over vast distances, compared with, for example, France, where one is likely to find only about 100 consolidated retail outlets, multinational firm Procter & Gamble... 

Container handling equipment range extended

30th July 2010 Materials handling-equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has extended its range of Taylor container handling-equipment to include the new TS-9972 reach stacker, which offers enhanced performance in the toughest working conditions, as well as improved safety, reduced maintenance requirements... 

Preventive actions seen as key to smoothing supply chain operations

By: Petronel Smit     9th July 2010 A recent global supply chain risk survey that was held to determine common perceptions and attitudes towards supply chain risk management, found that South African respondents believe that prevention is better than cure. 

New crushers help steel giant 
slash production costs

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     25th June 2010 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has acquired two machines, that will enable it to reuse its increasing stockpiles of lump ironore and metallurgical coke that is unusable in its uncrushed form in the sinter making process. 

Imperial acquires majority stake in Goscor engineering group

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2010 The JSE-listed Imperial Holdings group, through its subsidiary Associated Motor Holdings (AMH), on Wednesday announced that it had acquired a majority holding in the Goscor Group of companies, a diversified industrial and engineering group. Founded in South Africa, the Goscor Group hs supplied... 

SA crane companies in need of a lift, as recovery remains elusive

By: Petronel Smit     28th May 2010 The number of cranes visible on the skylines of some South African cities should not be taken as an indication of an upswing in the sector, with most crane manufacturers and suppliers expressing caution about the prospects for recovery in the building sector, while warning that growth... 

Construction on proposed Joburg multimodal inland port to start next year

By: Petronel Smit     28th May 2010 A new multimodal inland port and logistics gateway, aimed at servicing Johannesburg, Gauteng and Southern Africa, is in the pipeline to be developed in Gauteng over the next ten years, with the first R500-million phase set to start early next year. 

New insulation for cold chain industry products

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2010 Cold chain products have to arrive within temperature ranges specified by clients, failing which, goods are returned. Insulation for cold-chain processes and logistics was a natural market to enter using high-temperature experience and products 

Focused on improving operating efficiencies

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Industry association the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) reports that the improvement of operating efficiencies is the current focus in bulk materials handling. 

New distributor of bulk-handling equipment 

29th January 2010 Materials-handling systems specialist Big Lift Trucks has been appointed by equipment supplier Desmond Equipment as a distributor of the Dezzi range of bulk-handling equipment. 

Loaders designed for improved driving force

29th January 2010 Construction and earthmoving equipment company CSE Equipment’s new Case 430, series 3 skid steer loaders have been designed for improved driving force and better performance in materials-handling applications in demanding industries, such as mining, construction, cement, steel, agriculture and... 

Mobility solution aims 
to improve warehouse productivity

29th January 2010 Provider of integrated radio communications and information solutions Motorola has introduced a new rugged mobility solution that aims to improve the productivity of warehouse workers. 

Pipelining system used in R23m sewer rehabilitation

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Pipe installation company Trenchless Technologies’ SPR EX pipelining system, a process for restoring the efficiency, reliability and structural integrity of aging sewers, storm drains and culverts, was used in the R23-million rehabilitation and upgrading project of the City of Tshwane’s sewers. 

Motors supplied for offshore marine industry

29th January 2010 Industrial gearbox and motor supplier BMG Drives, a division of the Bearing Man Group has been contracted to supply two-wheel gear motors for the offshore marine industry in Cape Town. The motors will be assembled as complete winch drives, including hydraulic motors and negative brakes. 

New dust-tight tipper launched

29th January 2010 Engineering and manufacturing company Flexicon has introduced a new box container tipper, called TIP-TITE, which forms a dusttight seal between the container and the equipment, tips the container, and discharges bulk material through a chute at controlled rates. 

Lever hoists improved 
for safer operation

29th January 2010 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering’s new Kito L5 series lever hoists have been improved to include an overload limiter that prevents the hoist from excessive overload lifting. This enhanced design will ensure safe and efficient operation in heavy-duty applications.


R250m financing for fleet expansion in 2009

29th January 2010 Capital equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment’s asset financing arm, Cat Financial Services, had concluded more than 200 agreements with a combined value of more than R250-million for South African construction and mining customers to meet their fleet expansion requirements during 2009. 

Industry takes strain from increasing internal logistics costs

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Logistics and supply chain management company Imperial Logistics reports that rising internal logistics costs are a significant logistics challenge in South Africa and are constraining the country’s logistics competitiveness. 

Geochemicals company introduces one-stop 

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Geo-chemical samples management and transportation company MBV Mineral Investments (MBV) has eliminated the need for multiple suppliers by introducing a one-stop service for the management and transportation of geochemical samples to the mining and exploration sector. 

Slow growth expected for freight forwarding industry 

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Global logistics company Kintetsu World Express (KWE) predicts a slow market growth of from 5% to 7% for the freightforwarding industry during 2010. The company does not expect the industry’s earnings to return to the high levels seen in 2007 and 2008, but believes that it will improve during 2010. 

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