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Logistics News

Africa’s air cargo sector needs trade and aviation liberalisation to reach full potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th April 2019 In early February, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its global air freight data for the whole of 2018. Although worldwide demand, measured in freight (metric) ton kilometres (FTKs) rose by 3.5% in comparison to 2017, it was far below 2017’s 9.7% growth. And demand... 

Electrical heat tracing viable safety precaution

12th April 2019 With the maintenance at particular temperatures during transportation of various products – such as containers and tanks carrying oil and bitumen acids – having become a critical part of realising quality and insurance guarantees, electrical heat tracing (EHT) has emerged as a vital component for... 

Electrical heat tracing viable safety precaution
SAFETY FIRST The EHT cabling generates heat over the surface of the container, which in turn heats up the product inside the container

Ctrack launches truck video monitoring system

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2019 Vehicle telematics and tracking services provider, Ctrack, has launched a customisable video monitoring solution for rental vehicles, light delivery vehicles, fleet vehicles, trucks, general machinery and buses. With Ctrack Iris, the number of side or back cameras used within the solution can be... 

Ctrack launches truck video monitoring system

Barloworld offers employees, general public stake in R3.5bn BEE property scheme

By: African News Agency      10th April 2019 Industrial conglomerate group Barloworld Limited on Wednesday launched its public offer for Khula Sizwe Property Holdings, a black-owned property company, in a bid to enable black South Africans to own a stake in a significant property company. Through this transaction, which is part of the... 

TPT CE stresses need for faster turnarounds of vessels, trains 

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 It would no longer be business as usual at the Port of Durban, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CE Nozipho Sithole told the Transport Forum’s special interest group meeting, in Durban, on Thursday. Conceding that TPT was not yet where it wanted to be in terms of efficiency, consistency or... 

Transnet execs seek balance between efficiency improvements, growth opportunities 

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 It is not about pouring concrete and spending, it is a war of efficiency, Transnet group executive of new business growth and diversification Herbert Msagala told a select special interest group convened at the Transport Forum, in Durban, on Thursday. In what he ultimately labelled an “honest and... 

Transnet execs seek balance between efficiency improvements, growth opportunities
Transnet group executive of new business growth and diversification Herbert Msagala

More accurate data being used as industrial environments become more connected

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 Industrial enterprise resource specialist company Syspro says data will become more consistent and accurate as more machines and business systems are connected, which will also lead to greater volumes of data. This will necessitate that companies analyse this stream of data intelligently, as well... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments  become more connected
DEIRDRÉ FRYER AI provides insight into probability so that users are equipped to deal with business challenges and manage expectations

Local telematics market has room to grow, says new Cartrack South Africa CEO 

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2019 Global telematics group Cartrack has appointed Harry Louw as the new CEO for its South African business. Louw is the former CEO of rival Netstar. 

 Local telematics market has room to grow, says new Cartrack South Africa CEO
Harry Louw

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Retail technology solution AutoAisle secures items that are of high value or at-risk of theft to reduce retailers’ losses and boosts sales of these items, says South African technology development firm Quattro founder and specialised projects director Vincent Lanz. The loss of at-risk items and... 

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items
AUTOAISLE DISPLAY The system allows retailer to increase the range of items with less risk and increase the rate of sale

Iata stresses priorities for growth of global air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has identified three priorities that must be implemented to meet the growing global demand for air freight and to maximise the socio-economic benefits of aviation, and has called on governments and the air cargo industry to focus on these... 

Customer behaviour specialist moves to grow engineering teams

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Artificial intelligence (AI) customer behaviour company Xineoh will use a $1.5-million equity investment completed in December to grow its engineering team and its marketing and sales team to sustain its growth, says Xineoh CEO Vian Chinner. Xineoh’s engineering team grapples with complex data... 

Customer behaviour specialist  moves to grow engineering teams
VIAN CHINNER The company expects demand for its services to increase over the next few years owing to digitalisation

Growth boosts fuel distributor

By: Thabi Madiba     8th March 2019 The 100-million litres supplied to logistics, construction and mining companies in 2017 compared to the 151-million supplied in 2018, shows a significant growth of 51%, which fuel distributor Advent Oil MD Lebo Mbethe hopes will serve as a catalyst for the business in 2019. She attributes this... 

Growth boosts  fuel distributor
GROWTH IN NUMBERS Hunger for taking up new changes in a demanding market will catalyse growth for Advent Oil

Infrastructure and regulatory reform required to unlock Africa’s air-cargo potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Air transport would play a crucial role in the growth of intra-African trade, because of the poor terrestrial communications across the continent and the number of landlocked countries it contains. So affirmed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana in his keynote address at the opening of... 

Freight services focus yields positive results for Grindrod in FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2019 JSE-listed freight and financial services group Grindrod on Wednesday said a renewed focus on freight services has yielded positive results for the 2018 financial year, following the unbundling of the shipping business in June last year. The group noted that, while its repositioning is ongoing,... 

Imperial Logistics to cut deep at SA, European businesses 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2019 Imperial Logistics will cut another 10% in overhead costs at its South African operations, as well as roughly 20% at its European operations, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Speaking at the company’s financial results announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday, he said the cuts were “material”, but... 

Imperial Logistics to cut deep at SA, European businesses
Mohammed Akoojee

Barloworld’s automotive CEO resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th February 2019 JSE-listed Barloworld on Wednesday announced that its automotive CEO Keith Rankin has resigned, effective May 31, to join one of the company’s key principals offshore. Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela said Rankin’s resignation has created an opportunity to consolidate and strengthen the automotive... 

US government agency’s backing of Tetra4 takes project ‘to next level’ – Renergen CEO  

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2019 Integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen on Wednesday announced that the US government’s development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), had approved a $40-million loan facility in favour of Tetra4’s Virginia gasfield project. Tetra4 is a... 

Nzimande outlines Sanral projects that will benefit from R3.5bn stimulus package

By: Nadine James     26th February 2019 Transport Minster Blade Nzimande on Tuesday revealed that the R3.5-billion set aside for transport under the Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan would be used to supplement funding in three key focus areas, namely the N2 Wild Coast road (N2WCR) upgrades, in the Eastern Cape, the N3 upgrades, in... 

Super Group reports R1.3bn H1 operating profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2019 JSE-listed mobility solutions company Super Group successfully navigated a challenging economic climate and political uncertainties during the six months ended December 31, 2018, reporting a 13% increase in operating profit to R1.29-billion, compared with R1.14-billion for the six months ended... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial supply chain solutions

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Information technology multinational IBM is working with a wide range of industrial and commercial companies and organisations to develop blockchain-based industrial supply chain systems that improve on a range of value chain functions, including visibility, accuracy and supply-chain... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial  supply chain solutions
GERHARD DINHOF The solutions provide easy access for all parties in the supply chain and instant sharing of verified information

BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery of design and build turnkey cooling solutions to mines across the African continent.... 

BBE Group air-cooling  consulting crucial to African mining prospects
TRANSCONTINENTAL AFRICA FOCUS We’re not considering entering the HVAC industry locally we are staying in our market - where people fear to tread

Barloworld shareholders approve BEE share scheme Khula Sizwe

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 JSE-listed Barloworld Group shareholders have voted in favour of the company's broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) share scheme, Khula Sizwe, following an extraordinary general meeting.  The industrial brand management group on Friday, said this transaction will pave the way for it to... 

Luxembourg Protocol can save South Africa billions – Rail Working Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2019 The adoption of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is expected to be a game changer for South Africa, said Rail Working Group chairperson Howard Rosen on Thursday. The treaty, which is expected to enter into force late in 2019,... 

KAP grows interim revenue

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2019 JSE-listed KAP Industrial Holdings grew its revenue by 16% to R13.29-billion in the interim period to the end of December, up from R11.48-billion during the first half of 2018, the company reported on Tuesday. The diversified industrial firm, however, posted lower headline earnings of... 

Software adds value to automotive manufacturer supply chain

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Software company Syspro Africa’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software enables automotive manufacturing and distribution companies to manage supply chain and financial processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug Hunter explains that the ERP software assists automotive... 

Software adds value to  automotive manufacturer supply chain
Photo by Bloomberg
ON DUTY An employee holds a metal casing for an automotive steering system

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards
FUEL ECONOMY The field trials showed that lubricant selection had a significant impact on fuel economy in real-world driving conditions.

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2019 Niche logistics provider OneLogix aims to more than double the size of its automotive logistics site at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, in a project that is named ‘Umlaas 3’. OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens said on Thursday in Johannesburg that the R280-million development, next to the N3 highway, will add... 

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project
The Umlaas hub

Imperial Logistics expects to meet H1 guidance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2019 Imperial Logistics is finalising its results for the six-month period to December 31, 2018, and expects revenue and operating profit to be in line with its guidance as announced in October 2018. Basic earnings a share for the period, which included the now unbundled Motus Holdings, are expected... 

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 The Department of Transport has announced that vehicles transporting a standard container, reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container. Owing to this, Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande has placed a moratorium ,effect from January 1, 2019 to... 

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers
HEIGHT LIMITS Standard containers reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container

Company enjoys sweet success with premium chocolate contract

1st February 2019 A contract renewal for warehousing and distribution management is the latest development in a significant, seven-year partnership between supply chain and logistics company Imperial Logistics and premium chocolate producer Lindt & Sprüngli. Recognised as a global market leader, the Lindt &... 

Company enjoys sweet success with premium chocolate contract
PARTNERSHIP Lindt seven year contract with Imperial Logistics’ still going strong

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs

By: Halima Frost     1st February 2019 Since the initial introduction of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in South Africa, natural gas supplier CNG Holdings has successfully converted about 180 dual-fuel compressed natural gas- (CNG-) run buses for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). This makes Johannesburg one of the first cities in... 

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs
GAS, NATURALLY Natural gas had been selected as a fuel of choice for global bus companies

Industrial firms moving to integrate artificial intelligence with ERP systems

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Agility has become a key requirement for industrial companies that need to make decisions more quickly and accurately, and is a key trend in 2019, says industrial enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro Africa product manager Deidre Fryer. “Industrial companies will look to... 

Industrial firms moving to integrate  artificial intelligence with ERP systems
DEIRDRE FRYER ERP systems fed with unstructured data from connected devices provide a more accurate overview of businesses

‘Scale’ matters in South Africa’s logistics game

1st February 2019 Scale matters to competitive advantage and doing more with less through technology, consolidation and networking enables South Africa-based and -managed freight solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics’ (BPL’s) larger service offering at a lower unit cost. The concept of scale – the average... 

New Imperial CEO to take over from Swanepoel in February

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 Mohammed Akoojee will take over as CEO of integrated outsourced logistics provider Imperial Logistics with effect from February 1. This follows the earlier-than-expected conclusion of the handover process. 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

Nkomazi special economic zone to boost industrialisation in Mpumalanga

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 South Africa's 10th special economic zone (SEZ), recently designated at Nkomazi in Mpumalanga, is expected to boost the industrial development of the province, the department of trade and industry (dti) said on Tuesday. The Nkomazi Special Economic Zone will be developed as an agro-processing... 

Nkomazi special economic zone to boost industrialisation in Mpumalanga

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2018 Perusing the floor of the 67th IAA commercial vehicle fair, held in Hannover, Germany, in September, it was clear that the electric truck (ET) is not just a passing fancy. Yes, the so-called electric revolution may not happen in the next year, and not yet for long-distance, heavy-duty deliveries,... 

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up
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