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Materials Handling News

Ongoing investment underscores commitment 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Anchored fundamentally in the principle of efficiently managing its manufacturing processes, conveyor belt solutions manufacturer and supplier Tru-Trac Rollers’ ongoing investments in “state-of-the-art technology” and its adherence to strict international quality standards underscore its... 

SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from Woodstock to Paarden Island to Montagu Gardens, with the latter also housing a substantial warehouse.... 

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Newlyn launches R3.4bn multimodal rail terminal at Durban port

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th April 2024 Port logistics company the Newlyn Group on April 4 unveiled the Newlyn PX Bayhead rail terminal, strategically located next to the Port of Durban, aimed at opening intra-Africa and local trade and investment opportunities. “This is a major milestone for South Africa and showcases what can be... 

An image showing the Newlyn Group unveileng the Newlyn PX Bayhead rail terminal
Newlyn PX Bayhead rail terminal launch

Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal takes delivery of cargo handling equipment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2024 The Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) has taken delivery of new cargo handling equipment, aiding the loading of export coal, magnetite, chrome and pig iron aboard calling Cape-sized vessels. The terminal is leasing 75 dumpers and 35 payloaders for 12 months – a temporary measure after an... 

An image showing new equipment at the Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal
New equipment

Europe’s energy demand boosts Africa’s importance

By: Trent Roebeck     22nd March 2024 Ongoing geopolitical tensions and conflicts – such as the war between Ukraine and Russia, and trade tensions between China and the US – are increasing the trend of European countries investing in countries on the African continent for new and/or replacement energy sources, but also manufacturing... 

An image DHL Global Forwarding MEA CEO Amadou Diallo
AMADOU DIALLO The DHL Global Forwarding MEA CEO is confident that Africa will continue to remain of high importance in the future energy transition

Programme targets underprivileged youth

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2024 Commercial fuels, lubricants and oils retailer Shell Downstream South Africa has invested over R30-million in its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bursary programme to help develop less fortunate youth in South Africa. STEM subjects are more than gateways to “great,... 

A picture of Shell Downstream South Africa learning and development manager Kefilwe Maseko stood in front of a Shell banner by a school blackboard
KEFILWE MASEKO For over ten years, the programme has given young individuals from disadvantaged or underprivileged backgrounds who have met the relevant academic requirements the opportunity to further their studies in tertiary institutions.

Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems 

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2024 Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and petrochemicals bulk transport supply chain businesses. “Owing to the significant volatility of its... 

A unitrans tanker at a depot in the setting sun
Unitrans chemicals and explosives transport head Bryce Varner and Unitrans business development: petroleum head Ray Singh discuss compliance and its fleet. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.02.2024

Sizable trunnion cast for SAG mill breakdown

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 Mill roll and ring manufacturer South Africa Roll Company (Sarco) has delivered what it believes to be the largest locally cast semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill trunnion casting to grinding mill manufacturer New Concept Projects (NCP). NCP needed the cast for a client that experienced an... 

A large metal trunnion hanging from supports before being loaded on to a truck for transport
MILLING MILESTONE The trunnion cast by Sarco for a SAG Mill is believed to be one of the largest ever cast in South Africa

Increased demand for safe, stable hoists

1st March 2024 Technology supplier Becker Mining South Africa experienced a record year in 2023 in terms of sales and the success of Kito electrical and manual hoists, with a particular focus on Kito L5 lever hoists. “Becker Mining has distributed and supported Kito electric chain hoists, manual hand-chain... 

The above image depicts the Kito L5 lever hoists, which have been developed to improve efficiencies and enhance safety. In the event of excessive overload lifting, the integrated overload limiter is automatically activated and the lever slips, preventing injury and damage
EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS The Kito L5 lever hoists, which have been developed to improve efficiencies and enhance safety. In the event of excessive overload lifting, the integrated overload limiter is automatically activated and the lever slips, preventing injury and damage

Local manufacturer seeks to ease crane buying process

By: Lynne Davies     1st March 2024 There is a risk associated with buying capital equipment, and the choice of a factory crane can be “especially tricky”, says local overhead cranes and hoists manufacturer Condra Cranes. Condra advises to look at the following elements: the cost of downtime, inherent strength, and the design... 

The above image depicts two Condra technicians working on a jib crane
Photo by Condra Cranes
PRIVATE TECHNICAL SUPPORT End-users are in direct communication with a dedicated service agent from the time their crane is commissioned

Bearings International forms partnerships with manufacturers to drive targeted marketing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2024 Bearings and power transmission supplier Bearings International (BI) has embarked on a new targeted marketing strategy that involves partnerships with major global manufacturers it distributes products for in South Africa. The marketing strategy is being rolled out across BI’s 43 branches... 

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

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

Crumbling South African rail prompts Botswana to forge new route

By: Bloomberg     19th December 2023 Botswana has received unsolicited bids from investors to build a rail line to a Namibian port that will help avoid South Africa and its disintegrating logistics network. The 1 500 km Trans-Kalahari Railway project is gathering momentum as Transnet, the State rail and ports monopoly in Botswana’s... 

Coal shipments on Transnet freight-rail network have plunged to 30-year lows and iron-ore railings are at their lowest in a decade
Photo by Bloomberg
Coal shipments on Transnet freight-rail network have plunged to 30-year lows and iron-ore railings are at their lowest in a decade

App streamlines filling, exchanging processes

By: Trent Roebeck     1st December 2023 South Africa’s only approved 9 kg pressure vessel manufacturer Cylinders4Africa has developed a tech-forward application (app) for various contemporary industries and sectors that rely on portable gas pressure vessels, or cylinders, for business operations. The significance of this application... 

An image of a cylinder manufactured by CYLINDERS4AFRICA
CYLINDERS4AFRICA One of the app compatible pressure vessel cylinders manufactured by C4A

New tanks acquired for fuel storage, transportation across Africa

By: Trent Roebeck     1st December 2023 Celebrating 40 years in business this year, South African tank and container supplier Container World last month bought 20 container tanks, which were delivered to the company’s Durban depot, in KwaZulu-Natal. “The 25 000-ℓ tank containers will help in us securing more projects in East Africa,... 

An image of one of the container tanks on offer from Container World
MULTIPURPOSE CONTAINER TANKS A Container World tank used to store an array of liquid products

Automation maximises efficiencies at warehouses

3rd November 2023 Renowned for its drive technology, automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE partners with clients in the design and implementation of automation projects at their plants, factories and warehouses – using its powerful Maxolution offering. SEW-EURODRIVE mechatronics works manager Werner Engelbrecht says... 

The Maxolution offering by SEW EURODRIVE maximises their plants, factories and warehouses efficiencies
EFFECTIVE TO THE MAX The Maxolution offering by SEW EURODRIVE maximises their plants, factories and warehouses efficiencies

Carrier appoints cargo handler in US

3rd November 2023 The cargo and logistics arm of United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) airline Etihad Airways, Etihad Cargo, has appointed global carrier provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, as the carrier's US cargo handling partner to enhance its capabilities in the region. Etihad Cargo... 

An Etihad cargo plane flying over Central Park in New York city
FLYING HIGH Etihad Cargo will now make use of three American facilities owned and operated by Worldwide Flight Services

Company opens high-tech warehouse in Cameroon

3rd November 2023 Integrated logistics company A.P Moller–Maersk, commonly referred to as Maersk, opened the doors to a brand-new and technology-driven warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in Douala, Cameroon in September. Situated within the Douala Port Zone, Maersk’s new facility is the ideal site for the... 

Warehouse shelves with boxes on them
SUPPLYING THE NATION The new Maersk facility in Douala, Cameroon, will be used predominantly for the storage and redistribution of fast-moving consumable goods

Battery-operated forklifts offer sustainability in warehousing

3rd November 2023 As the world looks towards a more sustainable future, more businesses are being guided by regulations to reduce carbon emissions. For example, in applications such as food storage and handling, businesses are recommended to use battery-powered units instead of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) units,... 

A new battery powered Toypta forklift being driven by a woman in PPE
SUSTAINABLE LIFTING Using-battery powered forklifts instead of liquified petroleum gas units helps decrease a warehouse's emissions

Pandemic-induced change demands upskilling

By: Halima Frost     3rd November 2023 The warehousing and storage sector has noted a substantial uptick in demand for space and associated services, following the significant increase in e-commerce buying after Covid-19. The e-commerce “explosion” has, in turn, increased the need for industry-related skills, which employers and... 

A woman and man in a warehouse looking at a tablet
POST COVID GROWTH The Covid-19 pandemic benefited the e-commerce sector by increasing the demand for efficient and streamlined warehousing and storage facilities

New warehouse to bolster logistics provider’s position in sector

3rd November 2023 Independent logistics service provider Seabourne Logistics announced in September that it would be moving into a new, “expansive” facility in Gauteng, South Africa. The new 22 000 m2 premises reportedly signals a significant step forward for the company's growth and operational capabilities. 

a photo of the outside of Seabourne's new facility
BIGGER IS BETTER Seabourne's new premises is considerably larger than its previous facility, which will drastically increase its operational capacities

Extending reliability through proactive solutions

13th October 2023 Leader in pump and fluid engineering Sulzer attended the Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2023 at the Sydney Showground last month, displaying its comprehensive pump and service solutions for the mining industry. At AIMEX, Sulzer demonstrated its extensive knowledge of mining... 

Image of a dewatering and drainage pump
DEWATERING AND DRAINING Sulzer’s extensive range of pumps includes many drainage and dewatering solutions

Road freight growth subsiding, rail sector struggling – Ctrack index

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2023 The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) retreated further in July to an index level of 120.8, the lowest level this year since March’s 120.5.  This represents a decrease of 1.2% during the month of July.  

Climate change, regionalisation to impact on global steelmaking

By: Cameron Mackay     7th September 2023 Global body World Steel Association director-general Dr Edwin Basson contends that signficant trends such as climate change and the need to decarbonise industrial activity, as well as regionalisation and shifts in steel production regionally, are set to significantly impact on global steel... 

Road freight growth subsiding; rail sector struggling – Ctrack index 

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2023 The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) retreated further in July to an index level of 120.8, the lowest level this year since March (120.5).  This represents a decrease of 1.2% during the month of July.  

Image of the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) for July
The July Ctrack Transport and Freight Index

Pallet-free bulk bags developed

1st September 2023 Materials handling systems specialist Conceptainer has developed solutions to protect product integrity and enable efficient handling, stacking and storage in the design and local manufacture of labelling, packaging, transport and storage solutions. Its extensive range of products includes Tellap... 

Image of a man lifting bulk bags with a forklift
PACKAGED DEAL With Conceptainer’s Tellap system, users have the assurance of efficient, secure, and hygienic packaging, storage and transportation. Dry, loose and bulk products stay fresh and are safely handled

Steel industry vital for South Africa’s industrialisation, Majola says

By: Cameron Mackay     31st August 2023 Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola has stressed the impact of the local steel industry and its importance to South Africa’s industrialisation, and the challenges that the sector is facing from local and global pressures, emphasising the need to build an “inclusive... 

A steel slab in ArcelorMittal South Africa's Vanderbijlpark plant

Diversification strategy helps Super Group in turbulent trading environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th August 2023 JSE-listed logistics and mobility solutions company Super Group’s deliberate diversification strategy has helped to bolster its performance in what is a turbulent trading environment. The group posted a 20.8% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to... 

Data becoming increasingly important in supply chain functioning, competitiveness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2023 As stakeholders work – as part of the National Logistics Crisis Committee – to resolve the most prominent issues impacting on the South African logistics system, including cable theft on rail lines and overloading on roads, it is more important than ever for businesses to optimise their supply... 

Durban port
Durban port

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

Company diversifying its international portfolio

By: Bridget Lepere     11th August 2023 The Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) is finalising plans to expand and diversify the product and service offering of its subsidiary, industrial solutions provider DGC Africa, says DGC chairman Trevor Dickinson. DGC Africa, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), intends to launch fully... 

Image of a furnace being installed
A RARE SIGHT Lack of investment is the reason behind the slump in the industry, and the lack of capital projects
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