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Materials-Handling and Logistics

New forklifts for Cape Town carpet manufacturer

18th April 2003 Northern Ireland-owned company Ulster Carpets has invested in new materials-handling equipment for its Durban plant. 

Johan van der Merwe, TFM Industries

18th April 2003 Full name: Johan Ernest George van der Merwe Position: MD of TFM Industries since July 1997 Main activity of the company: Supply and support of specialist load bodies for commercial vehicles Date and place of birth: March 3, 1960, Paarl Education: Matric, Paarl Boys’ High, 1977; Hons Eng... 

Ivan Clark, Grindrod

4th April 2003 Full Name: Ivan Arthur James Clark Position: MD of Grindrod Limited since July 1999 Main activity of the company: Shipping and freight logistics Date and place of birth: December 8, 1943, Durban Education: Matriculated from Glenwood High School in 1961, and qualified as chartered accountant in... 

Bell eyes after-market opportunities

28th March 2003 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is bullish about prospects for growing annuity earnings from its parts and services business. 

Brian Croock, BD Sarens

21st February 2003 Full name: Brian Stephen Croock Position: MD since April 2002 Main activity of the company: BD Sarens is in the lifting and transport logistics industries and offers five different services under one roof, namely cranage and rigging, road transportation, air and sea freight, project logistics and... 

R15m upgrade project in KZN

7th February 2003 Information technology company Metrofile has invested R15-million in an upgrade to its storage facility in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Air-tube systems revolutionising in-house communication

7th February 2003 There’s a breath of fresh air at the Firmenich plant in Midrand following designer and supplier of materials-handling systems Swisslog’s revitalisation of its air-tube materials-handling system. 

Process equipment firm concludes buy-out deal

7th February 2003 Specialist in vibratory process equipment Lockers Engineers, of Gauteng, is now a wholly-owned South African company. 

Company expects consolidation in the crane industry in 2003

7th February 2003 Order intake at Condra Cranes & Hoists accelerated throughout 2002. 

Saudi Arabia buys SA-made mobile ramp

7th February 2003 A local equipment supplier has exported its 100% South African manufactured mobile ramp to the Port of Jeddah, a major commercial centre in Saudi Arabia, where it has become an integral part in the handling of imported sugar from shipping containers to trucks. 

Cosmetics firm and fast-food distributor place forklift orders

7th February 2003 Contract cosmetics manufacturer and packager, Le-Sel Research of Grand Central, Halfway House, Gauteng, has ordered four Daewoo forklift trucks from Goscor Lift Truck Company. 

Jolly Rubino clean-up to run another four months

7th February 2003 A clean-up operation involving specialised materials-handling services to deal with the containment of hazardous material averted a major ecological disaster off the country’s east coast when the Italian cargo vessel, the Jolly Rubino, ran aground on September 12 last year. 

Two crushers commissioned at diamond-mine

7th February 2003 Gauteng minerals processing equipment supplier IMS Engineering has commissioned two additional Kawasaki primary gyratory crushers at Orapa and Jwaneng diamond-mines, Botswana, for Debswana Diamond Company. 

Capital equipment supplier expands market presence

7th February 2003 Capital equipment supplier Criterion Equipment of East London, Eastern Cape, is expanding its penetration into the local market, focusing on the municipal market in Wilsonia, which is at the hub of East London’s fresh produce trade. 

Share shake-up for local subsidiary

7th February 2003 All shares in the South African subsidiary of German materials-handling company Pfaff-silberblau has been sold to local shareholders. 

Sugar project aims to increase efficiency

7th February 2003 The Swazi sugar industry, both at producer and processing levels, is considered one of the most efficient in the world. 

SA firm logistics anchor in region’s food aid programme

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 More than ten million people in Southern Africa will starve if not for the intervention of the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations’ frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. 

Expansion at coal-mines holds business potential

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 Diversified miner BHP Billiton’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ingwe Coal, has awarded a R20-million contract for the construction of a 3,2 km overland conveyor at the company’s Khutala Colliery at Delmas, Mpumalanga, to the South African subsidiary of German materials-handling specialist... 

Decline in rail use having domino effect

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 One of the pioneers of containerisation in the country warns that the inefficient use of local rail transport is having a negative effect on the containerised transportation of goods. 

Low-maintenance hoists on offer

7th February 2003 East Rand-based Bellambie Mining and Industrial’s extensive range of lifting and pulling equipment is used in diverse materials applications throughout Southern Africa. 

Shipping line orders new vessels

7th February 2003 Shipping line Safmarine has ordered three new container vessels specifically designed for trade at West African ports. 

Outsourcing automotive supply-chain management trend on the increase

7th February 2003 Outsourcing the management of supply chains in the automotive industry has become a growing trend in recent years, says DNA Supply Chains Automotive CEO Jane Lagaay. 

International supply-chain conference in Gauteng this year

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 October saw the launch of the Southern African Chapter of the internationally-recognised Supply Chain Council (SCC), which ultimately aims to assist companies to become more efficient in the distribution, importing and exporting of raw materials and goods. 

Call for local logistics firms to become more transparent

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 Local companies involved in logistics - directly or indirectly – should adopt a more open, transparent and pro-active approach if they wish to compete with their international counterparts, states president of the Southern African Round Table of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM)... 

On-line database to offer SA products and services internationally

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 An ambitious national initiative aimed at developing the South African supplier base in line with global expectations will be launched in June. 

Country’s supply chain and logistics ability under scrutiny

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a dedicated unit to assist government to improve the country’s national supply chain and logistics capabilities. 

Airports company is ready for Cricket World Cup

7th February 2003 With national cricket teams and thousands of fans expected in the country for the cricket world cup (CWC) 2003, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has put in place elaborate operational plans to facilitate their arrival and departure. 

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. 

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