From the Chairman’s Desk

What an eventful year the CMA has had! We celebrated the CMA 50th Anniversary with a dinner and show appropriately named 50 Carat Gold at the Barnyard Theatre recently and Beltcon 21 held in August was a great success.  The bulk materials handling industry were treated to some excellent papers presented by well renowned speakers […]

Why are all Excavators Yellow?

Over three-quarters of all excavators worldwide wear this colour. But why? The reasons range from safety concerns to historical developments, all the way to deeply ingrained cultural and psychological associations. Reason 1: Safety through visibility A construction site poses inherent risks, and unfortunately, accidents there are all too common. Yellow is one of the most […]

VFD’s for Lifting Applications

Invertek Drives, the UK-based designer and manufacturer of Optidrive variable frequency drives for electric motor control, has begun training technical staff from South African sales partner, iTek Drives, ahead of anticipated accreditation as an Optidrive full service and repairs centre. Accreditation will reinforce iTek’s position as a leading supplier of variable frequency drives (VFDs) in […]

UPS for Crane 

Steinweg, a global provider in storage, handling, forwarding, chartering, and commodity logistics, has successfully resolved recurring voltage and power quality challenges plaguing the main crane at its Amanzimtoti, Durban facility thanks to the expertise of Ultimate Electrical Services (UES), a channel partner of ABB. Steinweg’s vital operations depend on the crane, which operates ‘on-demand’ 24/7 […]

Total Fuel Lockdown

In an environment where diesel prices have risen by a whopping 80% in the past 10 years and more than doubled in the past four years, every drop counts for fleet owners. For transport operators, fuel accounts for the largest operating expense, representing up to 60% of total operating costs of a vehicle, yet fleet […]

Drive for RBCT Stacker Reclaimer

Hagglunds Drives South Africa, a Bosch Rexroth Company, recently commenced with a retrofit project on the bucket wheel of a stacker reclaimer at Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The project, acquired via a tender process, was realised late in 2022 which entailed replacing a gearbox drive solution with a direct drive solution from Hägglunds Drives […]

Centralised Servicing and Supply

Konecranes and Demag (Pty) Ltd, one of South Africa’s leaders in the design and supply of lifting equipment, recently moved to new premises in Linbro Park, Sandton. The new premises will offer customers a more centralised servicing and supply facility with easier access from all of the major industrial hubs in the Gauteng region. Ian […]

Global Technology for Local Impact

“We go to the market through our five regional structures around the world, which deliver sales, service and order execution,” says Alistair McKay, FLSmidth’s Head of Site and Service Sales Sub Saharan Africa, Middle East & South Asia (SSAMESA), “The regions are in turn supported by our global organisation and its leading product lines. The […]

First Hydraulic Electric Crane

Mammoet has added the first electric hydraulic crane to its fleet: the Liebherr LTC 1050-3.1E. Its lifting movements can be powered electrically with full performance, generating zero emissions on site. Heavy construction projects across all industry sectors are seeking to reduce the carbon impact of their operations, to meet strict regulatory requirements and contribute towards 2030 […]

No Need for Further Processing

Mobile heavy duty rock trommels have hit the local market for the first time and are about to change the mining and quarrying landscape wherever their efficient screening mechanisms are able to unlock mineral bounty faster and more efficiently. Due to its rotating barrel design, the minerals bearing materials can be manipulated to process easier […]