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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Supply-chain companies to benefit from networked architecture

By: thamashni naidoo     19th August 2005 There are serious challenges facing many multisite businesses and supply-chain management companies. 

Delivering ‘Exel-lent’ value across the supply chain

By: thamashni naidoo     19th August 2005 Exel business development and solutions director Johan Cilliers says that the London Stock Exchange-listed company is the number one contract logistics provider in the world. 

Balancing availability within businesses

By: thamashni naidoo     19th August 2005 As supply chains become more and more competitive manufacturing businesses have to find ways to make themselves more competitive and more responsive. 

Steel group in freight deal

22nd July 2005 Specialised transport and logistics management company Cargo Carriers has announced the signing of a R60-million contract with steel manufacturer Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation. 

R20-million freight acquisition

15th July 2005 Freight-forwarding and customs-clearing company ZA Trans Logistics has acquired TRT Shipping (TRT) from the JSE Securities Exchange listed Oceana Group in a R20-million deal. 

IDZ to become logistical hub of Southern Africa

By: sarah-leigh paul     1st July 2005 The multibillion-rand Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), situated 20 km from Port Elizabeth, has been developed with the intention of it becoming the logistic hub for Southern Africa. 

Ship-repair facility mooted for Cape Town

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 Cape Town has a long history of ship repair and it has been considered, since 1994, 

Coating specialist repairs and maintains ships

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 One of South Africa’s largest and better-equipped marine anticorrosion project engineering companies, Nautilus Marine, has developed an international reputation for quality services to ship owners and industrialists. 

New year bodes well for marine company

10th June 2005 Only six months into the year and already DCD-Dorbyl Marine has successfully completed several ship-repair projects, which include extensive fabrications and seven main ship-repair projects. 

Specialised services are in great demand

10th June 2005 An upturn of activity in the Southern African offshore oil and gas industry has increased demand for specialised offshore services that are essential to the overall safety and integrity of operations. 

JV specialises in ship-repair services

10th June 2005 The East London Shipyard (ELSY) is a joint venture between two of South Africa’s leading ship-repair firms, Elgin Brown & Hamer and Dorbyl Marine. 

Dedicated air-cargo service for auto industry is probed

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2005 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is investigating the business case for a dedicated air-cargo service customised to the specific needs of the local automotive industry. 

Logistics group reports rise in earnings

16th May 2005 JSE-listed logistics company Cargo Carriers saw a headline earnings per share increase 8,8% to 80c, it reported in its annual results presentation on Thursday. 

Burgeoning autopark will have to be expanded

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2005 The current rate of development at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP), in Rosslyn, just outside Pretoria, demands its expansion. 

Automotive industry already worrying about post-MIDP era

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2005 Producing a C-class Mercedes-Benz in South Africa still costs €2 000 more than what it costs to produce a similar vehicle in DaimlerChrysler’s Bremen plant, in Germany. 

Local bag-handling concept sought after

29th April 2005 WestWeigh Systems has successfully commissioned a locally developed, multimillion rand automatic bag-handling machine in the manufacturing facility of a local pet food manufacturer. 

SA's frail infrastrucutre a worry to top execs

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2005 According to the 257 executives who took part in the second Supply Chain Foresight survey, the volatility of the rand and inadequate infrastructure are the two foremost challenges to South Africa’s increased global competitiveness. 

Effort needed to reduce logistics costs

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 The cost of logistics in South Africa represents 14,7%, or R180-billion, of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). 

Masonry products moved by forklifts

4th February 2005 Materials-handling forms an integral part of masonry product manufacture. 

Swiss recycling technology for SA

4th February 2005 Swiss recycling and waste-management equipment pioneer Holzmag has entered the Southern African market with products that promise to unlock significant environmental, operational and financial benefits. 

New Big White in maiden call

4th February 2005 The largest and most modern Safmarine container ship to call at a South African port, the Safmarine Nomazwe, arrived in Cape Town on its maiden call in early January. 

'Agricultural hub' boosts transport efficiency

4th February 2005 The World Wide Web and other forms of electronic commerce hold tremendous potential to change the way we do business and communicate. 

Supply chains compete, so support them with necessary information

4th February 2005 If it is true that, today, supply chains, rather than companies, compete, then the supply chains must to be supported with every conceivable nugget of information. 

Dual-temperature fleet for dairy company

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Cold-chain management is a process that requires constant improvements. 

Biscuit maker's stock-management project gathers speed

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 The third phase of National Brands Limited’s (NBL’s) warehouse-management system is currently at the budget-planning stage, and will deal with the company’s management of raw materials. 

Agency deal marks US company's African comeback

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Vibration-equipment maker Vipro has been awarded the FMC agency in sub-Saharan Africa, MD Ze 

Prudent stock management helps crane maker weather strong rand

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Ask Marc Kleiner about the manufacturing industry, and he discusses issues that have become commonplace since the rand started strengthening. 

Law amendments to slash construction deaths

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Although legislation that affects the materials-handling industry in the construction arena came into effect in mid-2003, the industry is only now waking up to the consequences, says SA French MD Quentin van Breda. 

Alliances with clients give freight forwarder an edge

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Freight-forwarding company Strategic Logistical Alliance (SLA) prides itself on being different to other companies in the sector. 

Ready-mix concrete sector's quality audit complete this month

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Handling ready-mix concrete (RMC) is a rather challenging aspect of this industry, with its own set of unusual logistical difficulties to overcome. 

ERP tools for small businesses

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Most Enterprise Resource-Planning (ERP) tools are aimed at medium to large companies like 

Agency deal marks US company's African comeback

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Vibration-equipment maker Vipro has been awarded the FMC agency in sub-Saharan Africa, MD Ze 

Firm’s focus shifts onto facilities management

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Not many people know that Lithotech, a company that has always operated in the shadows, is responsible for some 30% of the mail arriving in post boxes daily. 

Materials-handling body’s new beginning

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 The South African Institute of Materials-handling last month changed its name, and focus, to become the Logistics Institute of South Africa. 

Local transmissions company receives order for large gearbox for African mine.

4th February 2005 Mechanical transmission and industrial gear technology company Hansen Transmissions has received an order from Kenmore Equipment for the supply of a large gearbox for a mine winder. 

Deadline looms for trans-Kalahari bids

By: Zonika Botha     4th February 2005 Logistics companies still have 19 days left to submit expressions of interest in the development and management of a Trans-Kalahari Express Container Service to and from Walvis Bay. 

Acquisition ups storage management levels

4th February 2005 Storage management looks set to become easier for local companies following the recent acquisition of US-based enterprise storage-software developer Storability by international storage-hardware giant StorageTek. 

Empowered haulier drives on to the scene

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 In August last year the creation of a new black economic-empowerment (BEE) logistics company called Nomakanjani (Zulu for ‘no matter what’) was announced. 

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