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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Trend toward digitalisation continues

By: Lynne Davies     9th February 2024 Materials handling firms have traditionally relied on paper-based processes, however, as these processes are staggeringly manual, time consuming, highly inefficient and prone to human error, companies are increasing their reliance on and use of the mobile workforce as a key source of data... 

Rebranding of premier forklift brand

9th February 2024 Key player in the industrial warehousing equipment sector Goscor Lift Trucks (GLT) announced the rebranding of its premier forklift brand, Doosan, which will now be supplied under the Bobcat livery in line with the global Doosan Bobcat rebrand strategy. Bobcat forklifts have a rich history dating... 

The above image depicts the DIV forklift trucks and warehouse equipment that is being incorporated into the Bobcat brand
'NEW' FORKLIFTS With the transition of Doosan to Bobcat forklifts, Goscor Lift Trucks is “proud to be part of the renowned Bobcat family

Supplier outlines corrosion challenges for long-lead items

By: Lynne Davies     9th February 2024 Oil and gas facility owners and operators face numerous challenges regarding effective corrosion protection that can directly impact on their operating a profitable, safe and compliant facility, says corrosion technologies developer Cortec. Oil and gas facilities are inherently complex operations... 

The above image depicts an item that has been surrounded in a preservation material to prevent corrosion
IN GOOD ORDER Goods receipt, which is often overlooked because of speed and cost considerations, has become a critical factor in the detection of corrosion or mechanical damage in the transported equipment

Truck-mounted forklifts increase efficiency, safety

By: Lynne Davies     9th February 2024 Materials handling equipment distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts has extended its range of Moffett forklift trucks to include the new-generation M5 and M8 NX series, which has been designed for safe and efficient operation on rough terrain and in confined areas. “Our new Moffett M5 NX and M8... 

The above image depicts the redesigned M8 25.3 NX machine, which has a lifting capacity of 2 500 kg, a lifting height of 3 040 mm, a 1 475 mm overhang and ground clearance of 280 mm
M8 MAKEOVER The M8 25.3 NX has been completely redesigned for improved performance in the most demanding operations

Manta Freight Logistics

9th February 2024 South Africa-based freight forwarding specialist Manta Freight Logistics offers a comprehensive, seamless logistics and transport service across a wide range of industries. Manta Freight uses all modes of transport to connect businesses to the world. Its services include: 

Manta Freight Logistics

SA distributor announced

18th August 2023 Materials handling solutions provider Barloworld BayWa (BHBW) has introduced Yale lift trucks to the South African market following its appointment by lift trucks and aftermarket parts manufacturer Hyster-Yale Group as a dual Hyster and Yale dealer. BHBW, which has more than 90 years’ experience... 

The yellow Yale lift truck range lined up on a white background
THE LINE UP The Yale lift truck range will complement BHBW's already notable offerings

Global giant acquires materials handling supplier

18th August 2023 Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Metso signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned Australian company Brouwer Engineering in July. Brouwer Engineering specialises in automation, control systems, and electrical solutions for bulk materials handling solutions in industrial and... 

A mesh of conveyor belts carrying ore with the sun behind
KEEP 'EM COMING Metso continues to grow its materials handling offerings through acquiring new companies and technologies

Principles help supplier maintain foothold

18th August 2023 Owing to its 100/0 principle, fastener specialist Bolt and Engineering Distributors (BED) Group’s Welkom branch, in the Free State, maintains a firm position as supplier of choice to the mining, agricultural, contracting, engineering and DIY sectors in the region. BED sells its range of lifting... 

A group of men and women in the Bolt and Engineering factory in Welkom staring up at the camera
DREAM TEAM The team at Bolt and Engineering's Welkom branch aim to make the company even more competitive in its area

Logistics giant training tomorrow’s truck drivers

18th August 2023 With the company’s core service being safely delivering customers’ goods, specialist transport company Unitrans’ drivers are one of the most critical links in the chain, CEO Terry Bantock highlights. The UniDrive training programme was first established with this fact foremost in the company’s... 

A man in a Unitrans Visivest in front of a fleet of Unitrans Trucks
UPSKILLING US The UniDrive programme is central to the positive personal development of Unitrans' indispensable employees

Yearly materials handling conference well represented

By: Halima Frost     18th August 2023 This year’s International Materials Handling Conference (IMHC), Beltcon21, was held on August 2 and 3 at the Emperor's Palace Conference Centre in Kempton Park, Gauteng. Beltcon – the leading conveyor event in Africa – again played host to an impressive speaker line-up of reputable international... 

A large conveyor system carrying coal
GAINING MOMENTUM The materials handling and conveyor sectors benefited form the topics discussed at this years Beltcon 21

Import partners navigating turbulent times with businesses

18th August 2023 The need to improve operational processes and manage costs is now more critical than ever as South Africa’s consumer confidence slump, sticky inflation, political instability and fears of a recession continue to impact businesses and trade. Additionally, given the number of issues and changing... 

Import partners navigating turbulent times with businesses

Charco Cranes

18th August 2023 Charco Cranes, based in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa, is a dynamic, innovative materials handling equipment service provider providing comprehensive sales and service of over-head cranes, hoists and lifting equipment. From its humble beginnings in 2017, with its core values of complete customer... 

Charco Cranes images

Logistics industry digitisation to trend this year

By: Tracy Hancock     10th February 2023 The digitisation of the local logistics industry will take centre stage this year as companies continue leveraging smart technology and innovation to improve customer service delivery and experiences amid the current economic climate, says smart logistics company Pargo cofounder and director Lars... 

LARS VEUL
Consumers’ demands and expectations are at an all-time high and show no sign of slowing down
LARS VEUL Consumers’ demands and expectations are at an all-time high and show no sign of slowing down

Challenges transformed into opportunities

10th February 2023 The past few years have been characterised by numerous challenges that have negatively impacted the materials handling and warehousing industries. From riots and flooding in Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, to ongoing energy challenges that have seen countless businesses struggling to keep the lights... 

VUYOKAZI BANGAZI
Battery-operated equipment solutions driven by lithium-ion batteries are not just a greener alternative to the conventional fossil-fuel-driven forklifts, but offer an array of benefits
VUYOKAZI BANGAZI Battery-operated equipment solutions driven by lithium-ion batteries are not just a greener alternative to the conventional fossil-fuel-driven forklifts, but offer an array of benefits

AMR uptake an opportunity to upskill workers

By: Tracy Hancock     10th February 2023 While autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are becoming an integral part of future-oriented factories, job creation remains an important factor for a company considering AMR implementation at a facility to ensure it remains globally competitive and sustainable, says industrial automation expert Omron... 

AMR UPTAKE
Local interest in autonomous mobile robots is specifically focused on increasing productivity, employee safety and wellbeing, as well as on curtailing errors
AMR UPTAKE Local interest in autonomous mobile robots is specifically focused on increasing productivity, employee safety and wellbeing, as well as on curtailing errors

Major milestone achieved

19th August 2022 In what has been described as a major milestone and a significant boost ahead of the start of port operations, Lekki deep sea port, on July 1, 2022, took delivery of three Super Post Panamax ship to shore (STS) cranes and 10 rubber tyred gantries (RTGs) and witnessed the arrival of the first... 

A large shipping vessel with gantry cranes and materials handling equipment is the first vessel to dock at the new Lekki port in Nigeria
IM'PORT'ANT PROGRESS The construction and progress of the new Lekki Port is gaining traction and will soon be fully operational

Transport start-ups show great growth

19th August 2022 In an expert insight article released in June, market research company Frost & Sullivan Africa consultant Nomvo Kasolo says transport start-ups show great growth in sub-Saharan Africa. A wave of innovative transport start-ups is helping to keep Africa’s “heartbeat sector” growing. 

A truck traveling on an African road
START YOUR ENGINES Transport start-ups are showing a significant growth in the sub-Saharan African region

Original parts a must – supplier

19th August 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment, which specialises in the supply and support of TCM forklift trucks, stresses that the local market must invest in quality branded replacement parts. “We encourage consumers to take special care when sourcing spare parts for forklifts from... 

The shape of a forklift made out of various parts and spares
FORK-FIT Criterion equipment stresses that the correct original-equipment manufacturer parts should used when repairing and maintaining the vehicle

Three voyages reach FLNG development

19th August 2022 In April, heavy lifting shipping company BigLift Shipping announced it had been contacted by global oil and gas company TechnipFMC and it had subsequently successfully made three heavy lift vessels available for work on the Coral floating liquefied natural gas development in Mozambique. The... 

Assembly project finalised without a hitch

By: Halima Frost     19th August 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialists Lovemore Bros Mechanical Projects division has reached the tail end of a substantial assembly project for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions South Africa (WW Solutions), a subsidiary of global shipping and logistics solutions provider Wallenius Wilhelmsen. The... 

Wheel loaders and excavators lined up after being assembled by Lovemore Bros at its Boksburg facility
BUILT TO BUILD The construction vehicles were assembled at Lovemore Bros' Boksburg branch

Companies sign agreement

19th August 2022 In July, transport and logistics business Bolloré Logistics and airline holding company Air France KLM Martinair Cargo co (AFKLMP Cargo) signed an agreement aimed at continuing and further expanding both parties’ sustainability partnership. This joint effort includes an extension of Bolloré’s... 

Crane supplier announces new distributorship

By: Halima Frost     19th August 2022 Materials handling equipment distributor and service provider Charco Cranes used the KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition, held in February, as well as smaller industry-related events, as launchpads to highlight its recently acquired distributorship of the Italy-based Donati range of... 

A row of Donati hoists at a manufacturing plant
HEFTY HOIST The Donati range of cranes and hoists are now available to the South African market with various lifting capacities

Company achieves Level 1 BBBEE accreditation

By: Anna Moross     11th February 2022 Forklift distributor Masslift Africa has announced that its Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) accreditation will help to expand business for the company and its distribution of products. 

An image of the florklifts Masslift distribute
FORKLIFT DISTRIBUTOR Masslift is currently the only original-equipment manufacturer with a Level 1 rating, consequenlty providing the company with a competitive advantage

Key development strategies need implementation in logistics industry

By: Anna Moross     11th February 2022 So-called last-mile delivery, an aspect of logistics that has transformed significantly in the past two years, is one of the most prominent ways of promoting sustainable development goals and minimising carbon emissions, says research and consulting firm Frost and Sullivan research director Craig... 

An image of Frost and Sullivan research director Craig Parker
LAST MILE DELIVERY To achieve the goal of sustainable development in South Africa, there is a need for a reduction in carbon emissions; however, the last-mile delivery landscape in Africa is littered with ‘smoking’ vehicles and two-wheelers

Safety a critical aspect for materials handling

11th February 2022 Forklift dealer Criterion Equipment considers the safe operation of forklift trucks as one of the most critical aspects in materials handling in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centres, and at construction sites and transport facilities. 

An image of inspection and testing of forklift
FORKLIFT CHECK Criterion Equipment advise all our customers to abide by stringent legal requirements, to ensure every machine is regularly load tested and safety checked

Constant improvement leads to new forklift range

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Moffett’s NX range of forklift trucks – available in Southern Africa exclusively from distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts – has been constantly undergoing improvements since their original introduction in 2017. The latest from this forklift range is the new... 

A photo of a Moffett M4 NX truck-mounted forklift
RAISING THE BAR The Moffett M4 NX truck-mounted forklifts feature greater performance, enhanced styling, improved safety and comfort, as well as easier maintenance

Offloading and warehousing job supply on the rise

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 Human capital solutions provider Workforce has been receiving a large number of requests from the offloading and warehousing sector, which seems to be a growing market that the company is taking advantage of. “Offloading and palletising sectors are increasing substantially,” Workforce Africa MD... 

A photo of a forklift and driver operating in a shelved warehouse
Photo by Creamer Media
DRIVERS WANTED General assistants, van assistants, code 10 drivers, code 14 drivers, forklift drivers and reach truck drivers are all in demand

Electric forklifts future-proof businesses

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 Demand for diesel-powered forklifts is declining in favour of electric-powered forklifts across a variety of industries, says industrial equipment distributor Smith Power Equipment area sales manager Vivian Gravett. He notes that electric-powered forklifts have become the preferred option because... 

A photo of a Baoli electric forklift
PLUGGED IN Diesel-powered forklifts are declining in favour of electric-powered forklifts

Resilience ensures positive outlook for logistics company

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 If there are no further major disruptions to the materials handling and logistics industry and to the economic situation in South Africa, supply chain solutions company Unitrans remains positive that it will be able to reach its targets and continue to add value to its clients. “Through all the... 

A photo of a Unitrans warehouse
WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS Unitrans is focusing on new business growth opportunities through continuous delivery of world-class, innovative, cost-effective solutions

New forklift range available in S Africa

By: Darren Parker     13th August 2021 The new TCM T5C internal combustion forklift trucks are now available throughout Southern Africa from equipment supplier Criterion Equipment, after being launched in February. Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp tells Engineering News that, owing to global logistic challenges being experienced... 

A photo of a TCM T5C internal combustion forklift truck
ELEVATED MODEL The TCM T5C has improved features for easier manoeuvrability, more operator comfort, better safety on site and lower maintenance requirements

Forklifts offer increased safety, productivity

5th February 2021 As companies try to streamline business activities owing to Covid-19, it has become more important to take extra care to maintain pristine hygiene standards throughout the supply chain, highlights materials handling equipment distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts MD Brenton Kemp. This includes... 

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS 
Through flexible Moffett truck-mounted forklifts, the Shamrock Handling Concepts team offers customers creative solutions to logistics challenges, by ensuring deliveries arrive safely on time, in perfect condition and at the most economic price
CREATIVE SOLUTIONS Through flexible Moffett truck-mounted forklifts, the Shamrock Handling Concepts team offers customers creative solutions to logistics challenges, by ensuring deliveries arrive safely on time, in perfect condition and at the most economic price

New load-turning function for cranes

5th February 2021 In order to enhance safety during complex task such as horizontally moving heavy components for indoor cranes, industrial equipment supplier Demag has introduced a new standard function for its Universal Crane product range. Crane installations can now be equipped with a load-turning function... 

CAN YOU HANDLE THE LOAD 
Load-turning function achieves maximum safety as an optional feature, which eliminates the need for any additional engineering
CAN YOU HANDLE THE LOAD Load-turning function achieves maximum safety as an optional feature, which eliminates the need for any additional engineering

Lift built for stringent environmental regulations

5th February 2021 Mobile elevating work platforms manufacturer JLG Industries has made available to the access industry its environment-friendly all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift. JLG mobile elevating work platforms engineering senior director Shashank Bhatia says featuring zero hydraulics to help eliminate... 

New addition to mobile robot offering introduced

5th February 2021 Last month, electronics company Omron announced the launch of the HD-1500, the strongest and latest addition to the company’s series of mobile robots. The new HD-1500 boasts a heavy payload capacity of up to 1 500 kg. In a press release, the company noted that it is ideal for modern factories,... 

Company ensures dependable systems for its customers

5th February 2021 Forklift dealer Criterion Equipment, exclusive distributors of TCM forklift trucks in Southern Africa, works closely with companies in almost every sector, including specialists in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. FMCG companies – which operate in a highly-competitive environment, in... 

DESIGNED FOR GREATNESS
Criterion Equipment’s range of TCM forklift trucks is designed for high efficiency, safe operation, low maintenance requirements and extended service life
DESIGNED FOR GREATNESS Criterion Equipment’s range of TCM forklift trucks is designed for high efficiency, safe operation, low maintenance requirements and extended service life

Focus set on intellectual support services

14th August 2020 Hard face solution provider Rio-Carb is altering its business model to focus more on providing intellectual support services and is employing its own engineers to assist customers in all aspects of liner fabrication application.   Rio-Carb director Thomas Reib says the company can now provide a... 

Storage range introduced to Southern Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 Local logistical equipment solutions provider Logistics Systems Engineering (LSE) has formalised an exclusive distribution agreement with storage products provider Gonvarri Material Handling, which will make Gonvarri’s range of storage systems and technologies available in Southern Africa for the... 

SUPPLY CHAIN ENHANCING
The Gonvarri range will further enhance LSE’s capability to deliver projects – including providing mobile racking systems and pallet shuttles for food and beverage customers
SUPPLY CHAIN ENHANCING The Gonvarri range will further enhance LSE’s capability to deliver projects – including providing mobile racking systems and pallet shuttles for food and beverage customers

Rising demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts anticipated

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 “The demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts is increasing locally, owing to companies wanting to reap the benefits of energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, as well as in preparation for changing legislation regarding emissions,” says forklift distributor for Masslift Africa national sales... 

CLEAN HANDLING
The highest demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts has been from fast-moving consumer goods applications that require clean environments for food
CLEAN HANDLING The highest demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts has been from fast-moving consumer goods applications that require clean environments for food
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