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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Transport firm to be ‘lifted’ by BEE deal

16th April 2004 The acquisition of 30% of lifting and transport services company BD Sarens by empowered company Bowman Trading will pave the way for the growth of the logistics company into a fully integrated service provider across the sectors. 

Logistics firm in R50m BEE deal

30th March 2004 Market leader in lifting and transport services BD Sarens has sealed a multimillion rand black economic empowerment (BEE) deal, which will see 30% of the company in the hands of previously-disadvantaged South Africans. 

New move to promote Maputo as an alternative trade route

By: candice haase     26th March 2004 The transport infrastructure developed across South Africa’s landlocked Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces to the port at Maputo, in Mozambique, has the potential to serve as the backbone of export and import activity in the region. 

Transponders and training are the future

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 It is anticipated that the South African logistics industry will be hit by a wave of change in the not-too-distant future in which all products will be tagged with transponders to collect information on a single product from source to end-user. 

Lifting-machine operators’ training course revamped

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 The South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) reports that significant changes are scheduled to take place in education and training courses in the materials-handling sector later this year. 

Stopping power is now available for conveyors

6th February 2004 In a client-oriented move, Melco has added a safety mechanism, called Rollerbrake, which enhances the functionality and operational safety of inclined conveyors in heavy-duty environments to its range of conveyor-related equipment. 

Belts are designed for demanding environment

6th February 2004 New specialist belting division of Bearing Man, Belting Solutions, has introduced endless woven belts, which meet the requirements of special materials-handling operations in demanding environments, to its range of branded belting products. 

Geared motors enhance materials-handling applications

6th February 2004 Electro-mechanical engineering specialist Leroy Somer has introduced a new range of geared motors designed to enhance materials-handling applications in diverse industries. 

Lever hoist launched for heavy-duty materials handling applications

6th February 2004 Lifting and pulling equipment specialist Bellambie Mining & Industrial has launched a new Kito lever hoist, called the L5 Series, designed for efficient performance in heavy-duty materials-handling applications. 

Removals demonstrate Nepad’s effect

6th February 2004 African destinations are taking the biggest share of the South African removals industry for the first time in history. 

Natro Freight in new empowerment move

6th February 2004 South Africa’s largest independent transportation and logistics company, Natro Freight, has established a new subsidiary company aimed at bringing greater black ownership and professional expertise into the white-dominated transportation industry. 

Six forklifts delivered to chemicals firm

6th February 2004 Part of the Goscor group, Goscor Lift Truck Company has supplied six Daewoo G1,8 gas forklifts with container entry masts at 3 300 mm to Huntsman-Umbogintwini. 

Nissan introduces new forklift to South Africa

6th February 2004 A new 1,8 t to 3,5 t range of forklift has been has introduced to South Africa by Nissan Forklift. 

Pallets launched internationally

6th February 2004 A new multi-purpose, interlocking pallet system designed by UK company PalletLegs has been launched in the international market due to the advice services of Innovation-Direct. 

Electric forklifts swapped for diesel

6th February 2004 The Hyster forklift fleet of Sasko Milling has been convertedto diesel, due to a long-term partnership with Barloworld Equipment Handling. 

Logistics helps consumers drink cola

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 Logistic software system supplier Opsi Systems reports the success of its demand prediction and distribution system for full-service beverage vending, called optimisation of vending and logistics (Oval). 

Logistics company focuses on exports

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 International logistics provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics reports that the business has changed from being export-driven to being import-driven due to the strong rand. 

Rand hurts exports

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 One of South Africa’s leading clearing and forwarding agents, R 

Multinationals boost local logistics industry

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 The South African logistics industry is experiencing tremendous growth and change due to several external and internal driving forces. 

Road and rail should complement each other

6th February 2004 The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (Ciltsa) expresses concern about the imbalance between road and rail freight, coupled with overloading of trucks on national roads and congestion at harbours. 

Software upgrade assists daily automotive parts deliveries

6th February 2004 The parts division of Delta Motor Corporation reports that it has improved customer satisfaction and moved stock-order deliveries from weekly to daily since upgrading its RangeGate Inter-Gate software. 

Cement deal wins logistics award

6th February 2004 Integrated logistics company Barloworld Logistics recently announced a strategic development to its well-established relationship with PPC Cement in which Barloworld Logistics will perform scenario-planning and optimisation of the full PPC Cement supply-chain. 

R1m software deal concluded

6th February 2004 Namibian pharmaceutical wholesaler Geka-Pharma has implemented Associated Computer Solutions’ (ACSs) locally-developed eneterprise resource planning software, called acs-Embrace, in a deal worth a million rand. 

Work starts on new bulk terminal for Richards Bay

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 Construction of a new R250-million bulk handling facility at Richards Bay was started last week. 

Choppy waters

By: Deborah Spicer     16th January 2004 Momentum is building for the concessioning of the Durban container terminal, but even those close to discussions are unsure about how the country’s busiest port will be restructured. 

Govt reports record number of land claims processed

By: laurian clemence     25th November 2003 The Department of Land Affairs yesterday announced that this year has seen a remarkable increase in the number of land redistribution projects and claims that have been settled and processed since 1994. 

Pallet-runner system installed at Germiston warehouse

By: candice haase     7th November 2003 To enable high-density storage and reduce the size of the African Products warehouse in Germiston, Gauteng, the UPS Logistics Group South Africa incorporated a pallet system into the design of the new facility, commissioned in March. 

9 300 tons of paper

By: candice haase     7th November 2003 To accommodate the increase in demand for storage space by businesses in Pretoria, document management and storage company Metrofile completed the construction of a 3 200 m2 storage facility in May this year. 

New hub forms core of sub-Saharan distribution infrastructure

By: candice haase     7th November 2003 A state-of-the-art fast-moving consumer-goods distribution facility was commissioned for logistics group Tibbett & Britten Africa (TBA) in May this year. 

A forklift designed to operate in narrow aisles

By: candice haase     7th November 2003 To facilitate materials-handling in very narrow aisles, Midrand company Criterion Equipment introduced the Flexi Generation 3 forklift truck to the South African market about a year ago. 

Bus body manufacturer booms in SA

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 Since it started manufacturing in this country some two years ago, Brazilian bus and coach body multinational Marcopolo has produced about 500 buses, of which around 100 have been exported to Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

SA hosts Unicef’s first non-European disaster-relief hub

By: laurian clemence     31st October 2003 The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has officially opened an emergency supply facility in Johannesburg, the first such facility to be opened outside of Europe. 

Gauteng's advanced distribution hub attracts global brands

By: Zonika Botha     10th October 2003 What is reportedly the most advanced automated fast-moving consumer-goods (FMCG) distribution facility in Africa is currently operating on the East Rand, in Gauteng. 

New R153m mega-warehouse opens

3rd October 2003 South Africa’s second-biggest warehouse has opened in Gauteng. 

Distribution problem should not be overlooked in Aids treatment drive

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th September 2003 Imagine if the government announced that it was giving away a free set of bicycle tyres once a year to each bicycle owner as a gesture of goodwill in encouraging people to travel, and to be healthy and reduce combustion engine emissions. 

Stainless crane contract awarded

By: nkolola halwindi     29th August 2003 In a multimillion-rand contract, local crane manufacturer Demag Cranes and Components will supply ten cranes to Columbus Stainless, in Middelburg, as part of its expansion programme. 

Local company moves Boeing equipment into SA

22nd August 2003 Global aerospace giant Boeing awarded Denel Aviation, a division of the Denel Group, a contract to manufacture airplane parts for the Boeing 747 and its other commercial airplanes. 

New skid-steer introduced to the local market

22nd August 2003 Johannesburg company Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) has introduced the latest Bobcat skid steer to the market. 

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