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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Construction of N2 Business Estate under way

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Owing to the vision of establishing the Cornubia multi-use development as an important node between King Shaka International Airport and the City of Durban, construction company M&F Giuricich Developments has announced the development of a 100 000 m2 logistics park at the N2 Business Estate, in... 

Group of companies receives recognised certification

     3rd February 2017 Equipment group of companies Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has been accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the 9001:2008 certificate demonstrating the company’s high levels of service, efficiency and product quality, says GLTC MD Darryl Shafto. 

Group of companies  receives recognised  certification
Photo by Duane Daws
FORKLIFT Goscor Lift Truck has received new ISO certification for its forklifts

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 To remain competitive this year, companies in the materials handling and logistics industry will be forced to act to optimise efficiency, improve business processes and advance the customer experience, says technology solutions provider Jasco Enterprise service portfolio manager Ian Summerfield. 

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve
IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY Improved communication technology will enable mines and engineering companies to communicate more efficiently

JV to be completed by end of Q1 2017

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 The transaction regarding the joint venture (JV) between Barloworld Handling South Africa’s local materials handling and agriculture business, and German agricultural trading, building materials and energy specialists BayWa AG (BayWa) is set for completion by the end of the first quarter this year. 

JV to be completed by end of Q1 2017
HYSTER FORKLIFT Forklifts from Hyster will continue to be supplied from Barloworld

New crane tailored for smaller companies

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Crane manufacturer Konecranes launched a new CXT UNO overhead crane in January for small and medium-sized construction, materials handling and logistics companies in Southern Africa. 

New equipment available from local supplier exclusively

     3rd February 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift variable reach trucks, which are designed to swiftly, efficiently and safely handle heavy loads of materials such as steel and aluminium, are now available in South Africa exclusively from materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA). 

New equipment  available from local  supplier exclusively
EASY LIFTING The variable reach trucks are capable of easily lifting large rolls of materials

Organisations need to have zero tolerance approach to alcohol abuse

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 There is a need for high-risk industries, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to have proper policies in place regarding alcohol consumption, as this would likely decrease the company’s fatality rate, says alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. 

Organisations need  to have zero tolerance approach to alcohol abuse
Photo by Duane Daws
RESPONSIBLE USE Companies need to ensure that employees do not abuse alcohol

Safe transportation of materials a challenge for manufacturers

     3rd February 2017 A critical issue facing manufacturers of powders and bulk solid materials globally is the need for a safe, reliable and efficient packaging and transport system, says manufacturer of pallet-free bulk bag systems Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. 

Working capital important for logistics in current economic climate

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 With the high costs of logistics services, imports and working capital specialist Investec Import Solutions believes that it is important to release working capital by reducing the capital that is tied up in a company’s import transactions. 

Working capital important for logistics in current  economic climate
Photo by Duane Daws
INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES Government has invested R813-billion to improve roads, airports and ports infrastructure

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors

By: Simon Sonnekus     30th August 2016 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme delivered by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus has proven to be important in the creation of several synergies that are providing effective recycling... 

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors
HENRY NUWARINDA The IS Programme provides a platform for companies to identify which usable waste resources could be made available for other companies in different fields

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

Consistent training crucial for materials handling

     12th August 2016 In these tough economic times, it is crucially important to provide a consistent, high standard of training to workforces in the materials handling and conveying industry, says industry body Conveyor Manufacturers Association (CMA) chairperson Simon Curry. “Companies tend to reduce training... 

Consistent training crucial for materials handling
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Companies in the logistics industry tend to reduce training budgets to cut costs

Freight networks boost industry development

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the materials handling industry lies in the bulk, or freight, rail networks, with a sizeable amount of the country’s planned investment in rail infrastructure projects aimed at maintaining it as the key global player it is, says engineering and design firm... 

Freight networks boost industry development
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The best training ground is the project itself and more projects mean more training and growth for technical talent

Fuel efficient equipment launched

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following the launch of its fuel efficient robust Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator in South Africa earlier this year, earthmoving equipment distributor and manufacturer High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) plans to market the product, owing to its fuel efficiency in the local environment.... 

Fuel efficient  equipment launched
MEETING INDUSTRY DEMANDS The Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator can generate bigger digging power in proportion to its working pressure and cylinder bore size

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy  

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges faced by the South African logistics industry, materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner Mendi MD Lars Greiner notes that logistics companies should consider change to mitigate inefficiencies in their operations. He comments that logistics has always been a highly... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy
Greiner Mendi’s Lars Greiner discusses the challenges and future developments of the logistics industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Integrated technology mindset needed for logistics success

     12th August 2016 A change in approach towards an ‘integration mind-set’ and the understanding that no part of the supply chain should be reported on in isolation is needed for the success of the logistics industry, says supply chain technology and consulting solutions provider VSc Solutions. “Solution buzzwords... 

Integrated technology mindset needed for logistics success
GRANT MARSHBANK If businesses do not move towards an integration mind-set, it is going to result in only a subset, or snapshot, of what businesses actually need to make informed decisions

Integrating supply chain systems the future of warehouse efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 With warehousing and logistics becoming increasingly complex and fast-moving, resolving operating issues regarding materials handling, data capturing, order fulfilment and software technology have become business imperatives, asserts beverage company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA). “As... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following two years of research and preparing for the local manufacturing of new innovative materials handling equipment, Pretoria-based materials handling company Wuhlf started manufacturing last month and has reached full production. Engineering News reported in January that the company would... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial
QUALITY OUTCOME PREDICTED Inputs and outputs of the expected end product can be controlled

Plant hire company augments skid steer range

     12th August 2016 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment has delivered six new Case SR130 skid steer loaders to plant and tool hire company Bo’s Plant Hire, at  its head offices in Mt Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal. These machines are meant to complement Bo’s Plant Hire’s fleet of skid steers... 

Plant hire company augments skid steer range
GROWING DEMAND The Case SR130 skid steer loaders are the smallest machines in the SR series, but still offer advanced features for optimum performance

Truck company named Doosan dealer of the year

     12th August 2016 In a ceremony held at the Doosan factory, in Korea, in May, forklift supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) was awarded the Doosan Forklift Global Dealer of the Year 2015. While GLTC has won several awards for its performance over the years from Doosan, this is the first time they have won the... 

Truck company named Doosan dealer of the year
EXCEEDING SALES TARGETS Goscor Lift Truck Company was awarded the Doosan Forklift Global Dealer of the Year 2015

Collaboration to improve spare parts logistics in SA and Europe

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Physical-asset management company Pragma is partnering with Netherlands-based company Gordian Logistic Experts to form a local branch, Gordian Logistic Experts South Africa (SA), which will introduce spare parts management solutions to the local market this year.  

Collaboration to improve spare parts logistics  in SA and Europe
STIJN WOUTERS The creation of Gordian Logistics Experts SA will result in about 30 to 50 jobs being created between the Netherlands and South Africa

Crane refurbishing improves operational performance

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 To meet the increasing need for modernising materials handling equipment, solutions provider Terex Materials Handling and Port Solutions (MHPS) has refurbished two 36 m, 30 t scrap-handling cranes as part of a crane modernisation and modifications project for a major steel producer in... 

Crane refurbishing  improves operational performance
DETERMINED STRATEGY Terex Materials Handling and Port Solutions aims to increase its local sales complement and distributor network in sub-Saharan Africa

Equipment company ramps up local manufacturing

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Pretoria-based materials handling equipment company Wuhlf is increasing manufacturing capacity to meet local demand and ease reliance on imported equipment and components, says Wuhlf director Johan Grobler.  

Equipment company ramps up local manufacturing
ATF20 MEERKAT The locally manufactured ATF20 Meerkat is an all-terrain forklift, designed for harsh South African conditions

Logistics company says award affirms service offering

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Having been finalists in the awards for Best Management Technology and Best Management Innovation for a medium enterprise at the Technology Top 100 (TT100) Business Awards 2015 late last year, Sandton-based logistics software developer Dovetail believes that this affirms its being in line with... 

Logistics company says award  affirms service offering
INNOVATING LOGISTICS Dovetail’s innovation to provide up-to-date software solutions for the logistics and supply chain industry is driven by these niche industries’ constantly changing needs

New acquisition aims to increase local sales, expand abroad

     29th January 2016 Docking systems manufacturer and supplier for South Africa’s materials handling market, DDL Equipment, has been acquired by private equity investment company Helikaon Investments.  

New acquisition aims to increase local sales,  expand abroad
EXPANSION IMPROVEMENT DDL Equipment is reorganising and expanding the service department, increasing staff levels and re-equipping with new tools, critical parts and new vehicles to support solutions

New exhibition focuses on Cape logistics sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Event organising company Exhibition Management Services (EMS) will launch two logistics-oriented exhibitions, Cape Logistics and Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Africa (TCSD), which will be co-located with the Cape Industries Showcase.  

Paperboard alternative developed

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 Honeycomb paperboard and corrugated pallet manufacturer Kimmo has developed and introduced a new honeycomb picking bin as an alternative storage solution, and aims to raise awareness of its advantages to the local market this year.  

Policy challenges hampering logistics industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 A key challenge for the South African logistics industry is the apparent lack of regulation and standards applicable to logistics and supply chain management companies, states materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner.  

Policy challenges hampering  logistics industry
PROJECT DELIVERY Greiner Mendi and Associates services for the St Helena project, on behalf of Basil Read, included sourcing a ship and a crane and installed it on the vessel

Positive growth predicted for logistics sector this year

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 Despite the rate of growth of the South African materials handling and logistics industry advancing slower than comparable sectors in its Brics trade bloc partner countries Brazil, Russia, India and China, for the past two years, audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG expects positive growth... 

SA company solely distributes US products

     29th January 2016 Materials handling equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), part of JSE-listed Imperial Group, has been appointed the sole distributor of commercial and industrial vehicle manufacturer Taylor-Dunn’s products in South Africa.  

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2015 While dust prevention can be used in materials handling operations, dust suppression is the preferred option, owing to low water consumption, especially in areas where water is scarce, says dust-control company Dust-A-Side. Other benefits of using dust suppression include a reduced probability of... 

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

500 t crane rehab project completed

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has rehabilitated two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Angolan National Oil Company’s (Sonangol’s) Integrated Logistic Services’ (Sonils’) oil service centre, says Konecranes Southern Africa technical and training manager for sub-Saharan Africa... 

500 t crane rehab  project completed
IN WORKING ORDER The cost to rehabilitate the two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Integrated Logistic Services’ oil service centre was more than R2-million

Backhoe loaders well received by local market

     14th August 2015 Distributed by local earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE), automotive manufacturer Hyundai’s backhoe loaders have been well received by the local market, says HPE, the sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa. “The robust H930s backhoe... 

Backhoe loaders well  received by local market
H930 BACKHOE LOADER The robust H930s backhoe loader series is particularly well liked by businesses that need smaller machines

Distributor sees satisfactory growth in tractor sales

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 The growth in sales of Japan-manufactured Kubota tractors, distributed in South Africa by specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment, has been satisfactory, says Smith Power Equipment technical specialist Mike Heath, adding that customers have been “very happy with the... 

Distributor sees  satisfactory growth  in tractor sales
ELGIN ORCHARDS The growth and increasing demand for all Kubota products are largely driven by the manufacturer’s focus on innovation and new technologies

E-commerce shaping innovative logistics, service offerings

     14th August 2015 E-commerce, the electronic trade of goods and services, is reshaping the world of logistics and “forcing logistics providers to step up”, states logistics provider Dachser South Africa (SA) MD Detlev Duve. “E-commerce is driving changes in customer needs and changes in the industry,” says Duve,... 

E-commerce shaping innovative logistics, service offerings
Photo by Bloomberg
FITTING PARTNER E-commerce entrepreneurs require a logistics partner that understands this new dimension and can provide end-to-end services

Elevated cabin provides optimised visibility when handling bulky loads

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Materials handling and industrial truck manufacturer Linde Group Material Handling (Linde MH) has added an ergonomic solution to its range of products - an optional elevating cabin designed for heavy forklift trucks with a load capacity range of 10 t to 18 t. At the push of a button, this cabin... 

Elevated cabin provides  optimised visibility when  handling bulky loads
Photo by Linde
ERGONOMIC DESIGN The new elevating cabin is available for heavy forklift trucks with load capacities from 10 t to 18 t and can be raised to a maximum height of 5.5 m

Excavator to lay sleepers in railway construction

     14th August 2015 Infrastructure and development group Aveng subsidiary Aveng Rail has bought a 20 t Hyundai wheeled excavator from earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) that will be used in the construction of about 60 km of rail track, near the coal-fired Majuba power... 

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at higher storage levels

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Steel racking, shelving and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, supplier and installer Universal Storage Systems expects to launch its new upright beams, which will support heavier material loads, by the end of November, Universal Storage Systems sales director Jan Breytenbach says. The company is... 

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at  higher storage levels
HEAVY DUTY Universal Storage Systems' new upright beams have been designed to accommodate loads of between 24 t and 30 t
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