Mathe to commission new retread recycling plant at Hammarsdale

Mathe to commission new retread recycling plant at Hammarsdale

  Tyre retreading is big business in South Africa and Mathe Group, one of South Africa’s largest used radial truck tyre recycling operations, will be cashing in on this with a multi-million-rand investment in a new line to recycle waste rubber from the retreading process. According to Dr Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of British investment group PFE International, one of the largest investors in the recycler, because most goods travel by road rather than by rail, South Africa is one of the largest tyre recyclers in the world. Local retreaders process as many tyres per day as some of the largest operations in the United States.  An estimated 1,1 million new truck tyres are sold in South Africa each year. At the end of its useful life, 80% of a tyre can still be used provided the casing is not damaged. Because local transporters rely on retreaded tyres to reduce their CPKs (running cost per kilometre), most of these tyres are retreaded up to three times. Added to this, a further 200 000 reusable casings are imported for retreading each year. Dr Zarrebini likens the tyre retreading process to grating cheese! After inspection, the remaining rubber on a tyre casing is grated away in preparation for the addition of a new rubber tread. “The initial grate is coarse but, the closer to the tread base you get, the finer the resulting grate becomes. The grated rubber is known as buffing and it is this buffing that is either resold to recyclers or disposed of in landfills.” As this rubber and used truck tyres degrade extremely slowly, this poses an enormous environmental hazard. Each...
Hyva awarded ‘Best Managed Company 2019’ by Deloitte

Hyva awarded ‘Best Managed Company 2019’ by Deloitte

Hyva has won a Best Managed Companies Award, for companies with headquarters in The Netherlands. Deloitte was impressed by Hyva’s global presence and praises the structural approach and processes in the company. Best Managed Companies is an initiative of Deloitte, a global consulting and financial advisory group. The programme, which aims to challenge and recognise the overall strength of successful privately-owned companies while guiding and recognising their leadership teams, was introduced in The Netherlands in 2007 and rolled out globally in 2011. “We are very proud to have won this prestigious award,” commented Marco Mazzu, CEO of Hyva. “The award recognises the consistency of our performance based on a sustainable business strategy. Our management team and all of our employees are commended for their efforts.” Evaluation of nominee companies for the award is guided by the Business Maturity Model (BMM) which is based on the premise that organisational balance results in greater efficiency and better performance. The model analyses five company pillars: Strategy & Policy-making, Organisation & Processes, Operation & Control, Information Technology, and People & Culture. It also considers aspects such as sustainability, competitive pressure, financial performances, client satisfaction and innovative capital. Catharina Monster, Chief HR Officer and Leader of Sustainability of Hyva added, “This Best Managed Companies designation adds an independent quality label for our organisation. And, it opens up valuable networking opportunities with other exceptional business leaders and strong private companies.” Hyva was also nominated for a second award in the Sustainability category. Hyva’s achievements in sustainability were also illustrated by the new Hyva KENNIS e-Power crane which operates on electric power, rather than conventional diesel...
The new Hyva KENNIS e-Power crane

The new Hyva KENNIS e-Power crane

KENNIS, a Hyva crane brand with a long heritage in the Transportation and Construction sectors, has introduced the new Hyva KENNIS e-Power rolloader crane, featuring an electric powertrain, rather than a conventional diesel powertrain. On this crane, the electric engine unit is comprised of a battery pack, an electric motor, and a smart electronic control system which optimises power supply and allows the batteries to be re-charged while the vehicle is in motion. This electric system means that the crane can be operated when the truck engine is switched off. e-Power packages will be available in both light-duty and heavy-duty versions, each with stationary plug-in charging solution and stationary with on-road charging options. Electric power, rather than conventional diesel power, offers considerable additional benefits including improved energy efficiency and lower environmental impact – no exhaust fume emissions and lower noise levels. It also provides a much healthier working environment for crane operators as they no longer need to work with the noise and exhaust fumes from a diesel engine. The electric crane solution is ideal for urban areas. e-Power will help meet increasingly demanding environmental regulations, and, for the customer there are direct tax benefits in some countries, such as the Netherlands. Hyva’s electric initiative recognises customer demand for electrically operated vehicles and is responding to increasingly strict environmental regulation on diesel exhaust emissions and noise pollution. The new Hyva KENNIS e-Power crane (16-R) was well received at Bauma 2019 and was the star attraction of the KENNIS display at the 25th anniversary event of JKB Transporttechniek BV, one of Hyva’s long term partners in the...
Beating the Costs

Beating the Costs

There are various reasons why Natural Gas is increasingly becoming the fuel choice for many commercial fleets, top of the list is the economic advantages. When compared to petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, natural gas is the cheaper transport fuel alternative. “South Africa has witnessed sustained increases in fuel prices for the past few months, which placed a strain on the consumers” Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe NGV Gas, the natural gas provider of commercial fleets and a division of CNG Holdings, is enabling the growth of gas-powered transport in South Africa through a rapidly expanding compressed natural gas distribution network of standalone and in-house fuelling stations in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. In recent years, technology has improved significantly to allow for an increase in Natural Gas vehicles, particularly for fuel-intensive vehicle fleets, such as public transport and commercial vehicles. Why Natural Gas Vehicles? Natural gas, being the cleanest burning alternative transportation fuel available today, offers an opportunity to meet the soon to be established carbon emission restraints of the Carbon Tax Bill. In addition, natural gas is very safe, because it is lighter than air, in the event of an accident it simply dissipates into the air, instead of forming a dangerously flammable pool on the ground like other liquid fuels. This also contributes to the prevention of ground pollution. The chemical compositions of Natural Gas allow CNG vehicles to burn much cleaner than traditionally fuelled vehicles. In addition to the far cheaper per-unit cost of Natural Gas, it is one of the safest transport fuels available. It is much cleaner than petrol and diesel, with up to...
Three Dakar Rallies with no grease

Three Dakar Rallies with no grease

No-grease Vesconite Hilube bushings were used in the suspensions of the Colcar racing team vehicles in the 2019 Dakar Rally. They were racing in the truck category, with vehicles weighing more than 3,500 kg, as well as the utility vehicle (UTV) category, also known as four-wheel side-by-side vehicle or recreational off-highway vehicle category. Unfortunately, the truck had an accident and the team abandoned the race. However, the UTV won its category and also finished 18 overall. Vesconite gains momentum at Dakar 2019  The use of Vesconite Hilube in the Argentinian team’s vehicles builds on a growing record of Vesconite Hilube use in the South American team’s yearly Dakar entries. In 2018, Vesconite Hilube bushings were fitted to two trucks, one of which finished in position 23. In 2017, meanwhile, the Argentinian team finished in 33rd position, and continued to use their Vesconite Hilube bushings for two other local competitions that covered a total distance equivalent to three Dakar Rallies. Standing up to 9,000km under grueling conditions  “The polymer bushings have proven themselves over the grueling annual 9,000km multi-country South American Dakar endurance race that covers various terrains, including sand dunes, mountains and salt flats,” comments Leandro Panzini of VesArg, the Argentinian distributor of the Vesconite Hilube. “Suspension bushings are important in vehicle safety, ride comfort and handling and also align suspension and steering components … and they are paramount in the Dakar, in which vehicles travel at between 100 and 200 kilometres per hour in all kinds of terrain over 15 days,” he says. In the Dakar vehicles, the bushings were exposed to an oscillating movement with many cycles...
SPAR expands contract with MiX Telematics in Southern Africa

SPAR expands contract with MiX Telematics in Southern Africa

MiX Telematics (JSE: MIX), a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, announced today that one of Southern Africa’s largest fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) retailers is expanding its adoption of MiX’s solutions. The SPAR Group has been a longstanding customer of MiX Telematics, with a few hundred vehicles under subscription. The Group owns the SPAR retail brand in the region, and supports a network of independent retailers supplying goods and services to over 1 000 SPAR stores across Southern Africa by means of its six distribution centres. “These extensive relationships indicate how successful our solutions are at meeting the specific requirements of the FMCG industry. It is critical for these retailers to perform at optimum levels of efficiency, making MiX Telematics the ideal partner to help derive significant benefits,” said Gert Pretorius, Managing Director at MiX Telematics Africa. SPAR first started using MiX’s solutions nine years ago. In addition to making use of MiX’s premium solution, the retailer is now also subscribing to the MiX Track and React service, aimed at improving the productivity and safety of its vehicles and drivers. The trucks will also be fitted with MiX’s hands-free, in-vehicle communications device aimed at reducing the risk associated with making and receiving calls while driving. “The safety of our drivers and the efficient delivery of the thousands of products being transported every day is of paramount importance. The additional MiX solutions enable our distribution centres to expand their vehicle and driver monitoring activities, in order to further improve the safety and security of our fleet,” said Derek Roos, Group Fleet Optimisation Manager at the...