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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Group wins contract to supply maritime identification system

By: Zonika Botha     31st January 2003 Following the strict security climate post September 11, 2001, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has moved forward its mandatory implementation schedule for large cargo vessels, tankers and passenger vessels to be equipped with universal automatic identification systems (AIS) by four... 

Retail portfolio continues to develop

By: marisa rodrigues     31st January 2003 South Africa’s airports are the gateway to the country for the majority of international visitors and have an important influence on their impression of South Africa. 

Freight forwarder believes new opportunities abound

By: nkolola halwindi     24th January 2003 As a result of the automotive industry’s booming export programme, opportunities for the country’s freight forwarding industry have surfaced. 

Joburg pursues several growth catalysts

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2003 Johannesburg metro authorities have identified several ‘catalytic sectoral projects’ to spur economic growth and development in the city, and have established a team of project managers to drive the initiatives. 

Diagnostics firm enters local market

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Diagnostic technology supplier Automated Reasoning, of the US and Europe, is looking to gain entry into the South African market and is already working closely with a client in the oil refinery industry together with its local distributor Trilan, Engineering News can report 

Pretoria automotive park seeks logistics service provider

By: candice haase     6th December 2002 The fundamental concept of the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) being developed in Pretoria, is to achieve synergies and optimisation through economies of scale by grouping together technologies, services and service providers for various participants in the automotive industry. 

Firms in joint development of supply chain solution for the metal industry

6th December 2002 Partners IFS and Atos Origin have agreed on the next phase in their worldwide collaboration. 

IT transforms the materials handling

By: Karel Smrcka     29th November 2002 Communications and information technology (IT) are becoming increasingly critical in materials-handling hardware. Although they are still the exception to the rule, a number of systems are now running on twice the amount of IT they used to rely on. 

Supply chain outsourcing increases firm's turnover

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd November 2002 The decision by SABMiller Africa & Asia to outsource its supply chain to the sourcing and procurement specialist DNA Sherwood, has proved profitable. 

Distribution industry growth aiding racking and shelving sector

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 The distribution industry is growing faster than ever before, benefiting the racking and shelving industry directly, observes First Storage Concepts director Andrew Bailey. 

Solution on offer for small parts storage

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 Small parts storage is a problem in any warehouse or parts department which handles large numbers of line items. 

Warehousing industry needs mobile technology, says firm

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 One of the most notable trends in the warehousing and storage industries is the increasing use of mobile technology for improved efficiency and accuracy, observes RangeGate research and development director Fred Hoare. 

Firm in R20-million pallet contract for chain-store group

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 The warehousing and storage industry is facing huge cost increases as a result of the escalating local steel prices, observes Symo Storage GM Toni Mongiat. 

A new look at supply-chain management

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 In a move which will see numerous benefits for companies in the southern African region, UTi, a global supply chain solutions provider listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, has worked with the internationally recognised Supply Chain Council (SCC), to facilitate the launch of a Southern Africa... 

Possible global rollout for local logistics model

8th November 2002 The Customer Care Centre (C3) is the joint brainchild of Tibbett & Britten Africa (TBA) and the solution design and technology specialists of DNA Supply Chains. 

Company promotes push-back pallet-racking system

8th November 2002 Push-back racking is a live storage system where palletised loads are stored on movable trolleys and rails. 

New reach truck for windscreen maker

8th November 2002 Windscreen specialist Shatterprufe has taken delivery of its fourth Crown reach truck, an ESR 4020, from the Goscor Lift Truck Company for the safe and efficient handling of windscreens. 

Company wraps up two new projects

8th November 2002 Following on from the establishment of its new distribution centre in Centurion, Gauteng, and Mahogany Ridge in Kwazulu-Natal, retailer Clicks embark on another initiative at its Montague Gardens distribution centre in Cape Town. 

Warehousing of documents is increasingly outsourced

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 Data storage can no longer be viewed as merely storing data but it is imperative that data is stored in such a way that the information is readily available, easily manageable and intelligently used, observes Metrofile marketing director Paul Mullon. 

Polygraph-testing industry growing

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 As the Christmas season approaches, the polygraph testing industry is witnessing the usual surge in demand for its specialised services. 

SA company achieves Tapa accreditation

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 In September, the South African division of global logistics company Exel received accreditation from the Technology Asset Protection Association (Tapa). 

Importers and exporters yet to consider the threat of container tampering

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 Monitoring the movement of cargo, coupled with security sealing technology is a development that is being undertaken by manufacturer and supplier of security sealing systems Aluvin Securiseal. 

R26-million contract completed at Midrand distribution facility

1st November 2002 German firm Siemens Dematic Materials Handling Automation Southern Africa has completed the installation of an about R26-million state-of-the-art warehouse and order-fulfilment system for Vodacom’s new distribution facility in Midrand. 

Crane maker celebrates its 36th birthday

1st November 2002 A leading local manufacturer of overhead cranes and hoists founded by German engineer and entrepreneur Josef Kleiner, Condra is celebrating its thirty-sixth anniversary. 

Bringing new concepts and products to SA

1st November 2002 With the recent introduction of new technology from Germany, IMS companies have again demonstrated their commitment to bringing new concepts and products to South Africa once they have been thoroughly evaluated for local conditions. 

Container tampering cut at the City Deep terminal

18th October 2002 One of South Africa’s largest distributors and manufacturers of security seals, Aluvin Securiseal, is supplying the City Deep Inland Terminal of Spoornet with more than 100 000 once-off security seals a year for all its Spoornet containers. 

Equipment-rental firm expands service base

By: Taryn Leicher     18th October 2002 East Rand-based company Pro-Durity specialises in the rental of welding and construction equipment throughout South Africa, as well acting as a hiring company with on-site offices at some of the biggest developments in the country. 

Mechanical splicing the answer to joining conveyor belts, believes firm

11th October 2002 The type of splicing system used for joining conveyor belts goes a long way in determining its effective operational life span. 

Dispensing system improves pallet storage

By: Karel Smrcka     11th October 2002 Economically speaking, storage costs are most relevant, in fact, every single square metre of storage capacity means space which cannot be used for production purposes – space hardly to make profit with. 

South Africa not integrated into global supply chains

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2002 South Africa is not yet deeply integrated into the global production processes of foreign companies currently operating in the country, a new study has found. 

E-logistics platform aids famine victims

By: Deborah Spicer     30th August 2002 The first shipment of famine-relief maize to be transported through South Africa to Zimbabwe by the United Nations (UN) World Food Program to Zimbabwe will be managed by Transnet subsidiary Viamax’s eLogistics platform, launched by b2bAfrica in August. 

Terminal will be ready for titanium exporter

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th August 2002 The R54-million expansion of the Kusasa bulk terminal at Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, will be completed in October, well before Ticor South Africa’s new furnace at Hillendale starts producing titanium slag, which will take up all the additional capacity. 

New logistics division formed

23rd August 2002 Local company Grintek and Saab of Sweden announced the formation of a new division under Grintron, their jointly owned defence electronics company, which will have its head office at Grintek Park, in the Highveld Technopark in Centurion, Gauteng. 

R1,5-m contract for upgrading library

23rd August 2002 Designer and manufacturer of supply chain, automated handling and logistics systems Swisslog South Africa completed a R1,5-million contract in which it upgraded the Johannesburg Reference Library’s book retrieval capability. 

Local expertise for Turkish project

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 In a $34-million contract, materials handling specialist Koch South Africa is currently supervising the installation and commissioning of materials handling infrastructure for the coal-fired power plant in Iskenderun in Turkey. 

Pallet inverters answer to productivity blues

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 Gauteng-based Warehouse Technologies provides an integrated facility for all aspects of warehousing, materials handling and productivity services, ranging from pre-feasibility studies through to total turnkey projects covering design, construct, equip and commission. 

R100m distribution centre developed

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 Johannesburg-based LGA Logistics Consultants have been awarded the design and project management by Tibbett & Britten Africa for its new distribution centre located in Boksburg, Gauteng, with the entire project value in excess of R100 million. 

Truck-fleet tracking system enables 20% cost reduction

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 A vehicle scheduling and tracking system, the Fleet Logistics Optimiser (FLO), has been designed by Gauteng based Opsi Systems to improve fleet utilisation and reduce delivery costs by up to 20%. 

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