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Materials-Handling and Logistics

The big deal about small things ILS says small adjustments can make a big difference to the efficiency of logistics

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 A Johannesburg company has completed contracts for the logistics design for two major food producers in South Africa. 

Chain factory expansion to come to fruition in October

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 Two years of upgrading and expansion at McKinnon Chain’s Vereeniging forge and chain factory, in Gauteng, will culminate in October this year with the launch of the Max Alloy Gr8 range of chains and fittings. 

Turnkey conveyor specialist opts for new business focus

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 A company aligned closely with the gold, platinum, coal and power generation industries, has over the last 18 months been realigning itself to focus on one core area of business. 

Telehandlers are not fully appreciated, believes rental service

22nd August 2003 When renting equipment for any construction, industrial or agricultural application, selecting suitable machines to carry out the task can make the difference between success and failure, profit and loss. 

Supply-chain summit scheduled for September

22nd August 2003 South African companies have an opportunity to unlock their supply-chain potential at the first international Supply Chain Summit, hosted by Siemens Supply Chain Consulting and Telkom Business, at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 17 to 19. 

Conveyor belt energy saver developed

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 A low rolling-resistant compound, used on the bottom covers of conveyor belting, has been developed by Goodyear to reduce the energy consumed by a conveyor belt. 

Asset management vital to the supply chain, says Cape Town company

22nd August 2003 The idea of reliable delivery on time, every time, without breakdowns in the process, supported by good service and minimal stock-keeping, sounds like a textbook notion rather than reality. 

Co-op boasts a large fleet of forklifts

22nd August 2003 Letsitele Co-Op exports 80% of its product and it is vital the quality of the export oranges is not adversely affected by delays in moving the fruit into packing sheds, and from there onto rail transport, to arrive at the coast in time for shipping to markets abroad. 

Wheeled loader reports for duty at the Durban harbour

22nd August 2003 One of Liebherr’s L538 wheeled loaders is hard at work at the Durban port. 

Acquisition awaits shareholder approval

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 Intellectual capital and technology are the pillars of a supply-chain management company, says Super Group Supply Chain Management MD Philip Smith. 

Cement giant introduces nonpallet alternative

22nd August 2003 Cement producer Lafarge South Africa has introduced a nonpallet alternative with the new Inverter, a piece of forklift equipment aimed at cutting costs that is original to Lafarge. 

Consulting firm opens a supply-chain academy

22nd August 2003 One of the major challenges facing organisations relying heavily on effective supply-chain management, is hiring and training enough people to keep up with this industry’s meteoric growth and development. 

Western Cape supplier database introduced

22nd August 2003 African trading hub, TradeWorld, launched a Western Cape supplier registration and verification database at the end of June. 

Pretoria engineering firm orders its second crane

22nd August 2003 Mining supplies company JCB Engineering has ordered a second Condra 50 t portal-crane, due for installation this month, for use at its Pretoria workshop. 

Ten new pickers for furniture and household goods distribution centre

22nd August 2003 Ten Crown high-level-order pickers have been supplied to a warehousing and distribution centre that has been established by Roadway Logistics. 

International removal company signs an empowerment deal

22nd August 2003 One of the biggest removal companies operating in Africa, AGS Frasers International has created a new black empowerment company within the group as part of a stepped-up restructuring strategy. 

East Rand warehouse implements a radio frequency solution

22nd August 2003 A manufacturer and distributor of household cleaning products in South Africa and globally, Reckitt Benckiser, has implemented a million rand radio frequency (RF) solution from RangeGate at its warehouse and production facilities. 

R25m truck fleet to service new R200m distribution centre

22nd August 2003 Logistics and supply chain management group Tibbett & Britten Africa has started to take delivery of a R25-million order for 22 Nissan trucks that will form the core of a fleet that will be dedicated to the group’s new R200-million automated Gauteng Distribution Centre (GDC). 

Speech-recognition eases the demands of inventory taking

22nd August 2003 The Intermec 700 colour mobile computer with SyVox speech-recognition software was launched by ProScan earlier this month. 

Cape building and garden supplies centre to open its doors

22nd August 2003 The biggest, most comprehensive building and garden supplies centre in Southern Africa will shortly be built on a 4,9 ha site at Sunningdale, on the Cape West Coast, north of Table View, at a cost of R50-million. 

Maputo harbour buys two new tugboats

22nd August 2003 Two harbour tugs, as part of a $70-million capital investment programme, were delivered to the Port of Maputo, Mozambique, in early July. 

Company adds supply-chain management to its offering

22nd August 2003 The formation of a dedicated supply-chain management (SCM) business unit aimed at meeting SCM needs of EOH customers has been announced. 

South Africa introduced to US-devised supply-chain model

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 Earlier this month, the Supply Chain Council (SCC) held its first conference in Southern Africa. 

Acquisition will boost logistics offering – Super Group

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd August 2003 Logistics Supply chain management giant Super Group’s recent R220-million acquisition of some of the businesses of DNA Supply Chains will enable it to expand its service offering, says a senior executive, explaining that, given the small size of the Southern African market and the time... 

State set to inject billions to boost logistics sector

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2003 The South African government is putting the final touches to a far-reaching logistic-improvement programme designed to keep pace with export-led demand. 

At last, SA moves to arrest logistics crisis

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2003 It is more than a little disingenuous for government to be claiming that it is purely as a result of South Africa’s extraordinary export performance that there is now a need to capitalise the country’s economic infrastructure. 

Auto group establishes ‘virtual’ parts warehouse

8th August 2003 Automotive manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has launched the first phase of a vehicle parts distribution system that will dramatically increase the availability of parts to its customers throughout the country, and ultimately bring about a reduction of as much as 25% in the cost... 

Forty years of belting supply is celebrated

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Hudaco’s subsidiary Belting Supply Services, of Wadeville, Germiston, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 

Three auto-part firms set to join new park

By: Zonika Botha     18th July 2003 Three international automotive component suppliers will soon open up shop at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, near Pretoria. 

Supplier park establishes its logistics network

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 One of the crucial steps in the development of the Automotive Supper Park (ASP) is the formation of a strong logistics network. 

German research organisation supports supplier park project

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 German applied research and consulting group, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, has been involved in the development of the local automotive sector since the conception of the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in 1999. 

Lead consultant says supplier park project needs teamwork

27th June 2003 The Supplier Park Development Company appointed PD Naidoo & Associates (PDNA) to assume overall responsibility for all aspects of infrastructure development at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Pretoria. 

SA first has offered many challenges

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 The project management team involved in the development of the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Pretoria have faced a number of challenges. 

Automotive industry is a Gauteng growth sector

27th June 2003 As the largest manufacturing sector, the automotive industry was selected as a growth area by the Gauteng Provincial Government. 

Forestry, wood industries grow opportunities

By: Karel Smrcka     20th June 2003 Sustainable forest management solutions, new technologies, wood as an energy source – these were the current themes of concerted efforts to harness the best of nature and technology. 

Oil-analysis specialist targets power-generation industry

By: Laura Franz     13th June 2003 An independent used-oil analysis company, the Wearcheck Africa Division of Set Point Technology, has set its sights on the power-generation industry after securing two key orders last month – one on a wind farm at Mumbai, India, and the other in joint venture with ABB South Africa at... 

‘Auto industry will benefit from balanced scorecard approach’

By: nkolola halwindi     13th June 2003 The implementation of a balanced scorecard, a strategy implementation and performance measurement methodology, will help the automotive industry achieve its strategy of being a global supplier of high-quality automotive products and components, believes Automotive Industry Development Centre... 

Ship unloader proving to be a versatile asset

By: Luxolo Tyali     6th June 2003 Supplier of food processing plant and equipment Buhler, is also a specialist in port terminal and storage systems unit design and in the construction of ship unloading and loading facilities. 

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