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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Africa next logical step owing to trade and development opportunities

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Logistics solutions provider Seko Logistics aims to increase its market share in Africa to 5%, up from the current 1%, through the establishment of new offices across Africa in the next five years. 

Materials-handling company undertakes blue chip contracts

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Materials-handling systems provider DDL Equipment has completed four contracts and secured a fifth, which involves various blue-chip companies in South Africa. The contracts have a combined value of R3-million to R5-million. The company supplied sectional doors, combo seals and truck guides for... 

Hoisting equipment company makes inroads in Russia

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Hoisting equipment company Condra secured a R13-million contract at the beginning of this year to deliver one of the biggest cranes ordered from the South Africa-based crane group to date. The maintenance crane will be installed at a power generation plant in Russia’s Ural Mountains. The cabin... 

Distributor delivers equipment to SA aviation cargo facility

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Forklift and lift trucks distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) delivered two electric lifting trucks, called Donkeys, to passenger, ramp and cargo handling services provider Menzies Aviation’s cargo facility at the OR Tambo International Airport in June. This is the first time that the... 

Logistics company expands network

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Logistics company The Bridge Shipping Group has developed its own electronic system, called the Bridge Operating System (BOS), which is a Windows-based interface system that provides the company’s operations with commonality of documentation. “The system allows customers to receive their reports... 

Lifting equipment company secures major contracts

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 International lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has been contracted by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to install three rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes at its inland terminal, City Deep, in Johannesburg. “This is one of the largest cranes projects of this nature to be... 

New forklift is environment friendly

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Criterion Equipment has extended its range of TCM forklift trucks to include the new FB-VIII electric counterbalanced series, which has advanced design features over the previous FB-VII forklifts. The new FB-VIII series is available in five units, each with a 500 mm load centre. The smallest unit... 

New weighing unit introduced

17th August 2012 Process control and instrumentation equipment distributor Instrotech’s 6004MF Version II multifunction weighing transmitter, is a powerful, compact, field-mounted unit that can be selected for a variety of weighing functions. Specifically designed for servicing organisations, weighing equipment... 

Logistics company incorporates IT in business

17th August 2012 Supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers’ technology division has, in partnership with telecommunications provider MTN and multichannel automotive remarketing company eFleet, introduced an integrated handheld electronic service, the ePod, into the market. The ePod service is a... 

Gas manufacturing, supply company prioritises logistics

17th August 2012 Rising costs, in particular electricity and transport costs, are exerting pressure on the gas industry, forcing companies to rethink their supply chain strategies, says industrial and speciality gas manufacturing and supply company Air Products South Africa supply chain GM Seelan Gounden.... 

Pallet moles improve efficiency

17th August 2012 Storage solutions provider APC Storage Solutions South Africa (SA) has introduced in-rack pallet moles, manufactured by European automation firm Mecalux, to the South African market to reduce forklift travel times and improve storage densities. “The pallet mole, or satellite mole racking, offers... 

Equipment supplier flies in the North West

17th August 2012 Supplier of mobile and semimobile crushing, screening, washing and materials handling equipment Pilot Crushtec reports that its regional marketing strategy, which is based on having professional representation in every province, is proving to be very effective. “Domestic sales have shown a sharp... 

Logistics conference discusses oil and gas upstream supply chain

17th August 2012 The costs and challenges of planning and operating logistics for both the on-and offshore oil and gas upstream sectors in sub-Saharan Africa will be discussed at the Oil & Gas Africa Upstream Logistics and Supply Chain Conference, in Johannesburg, on October 23 and 24. “Upstream oil and gas... 

Shipyard expanding business internationally

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Shipyard and services provider to the international oil and gas industry DCD MARINE is actively considering opportunities through which it can expand its business in Brazil and East Africa. The company is already active in these areas and considers them as prospects for future demand. DCD MARINE... 

Logistics company secures multimillion-rand contract

17th August 2012 To boost the growth of JSE-listed logistics company Cargo Carriers’ mining business and to diversify its earnings throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the company has acquired a 55% stake in Zambia-based logistics company Buks Haulage Limited (BHL) for R18-million. Cargo Carriers’ safety, health,... 

Learnership programme helps boost supply chain management profession

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 The first formal supply chain management (SCM) learnerships were registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training last month. Developed in a partnership between the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF), CIPS Africa and the Transport Education & Training Authority... 

New logging truck fleet boosts profitability

17th August 2012 Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi Forests and its contracted timber hauling firm Timber Logistics Services (TLS) have invested in a new 15-truck fleet of specialised, abnormal load logging MAN Truck & Bus Smart Trucks to replace its existing fleet. 

Equipment manufacturer introduces new mixer

17th August 2012 Mixer equipment manufacturing company Eirich has developed and tested its new R28 intensive mixer to capacities of 5 500 l, creating a versatile, large-scale mixing solution that is particularly suited to ore pelletisation and preparation. The R28 intensive mixer, which is supplied and supported... 

Equipment engineered to increase productivity

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 Off-road equipment company Philippi-Hagenbuch’s (PHIL’s) line of rear-eject bodies offers a solution for challenging hauling applications from general construction, road construction and sand and gravel to mine reclamation and underground hauling situations, where overhead barriers inhibit... 

Association focuses on improving competence

17th August 2012 The Conveyor Manufacturers Association (CMA) is concentrating its efforts on raising the level of competency in the materials handling industry by providing a number of practical, focused training programmes. “Conveyor systems are potentially one of the most dangerous structures in mining... 

Heavy lifting company designs, executes unique strandjacking project

17th August 2012 Southern African heavy lifting and plant relocation solutions provider Vanguard was contracted by engineering and construction firm SNC Lavalin to install two cold boxes as part of a second oxygen plant at a mining operation, in Namibia. Owing to confined spaces on site, Vanguard developed a... 

Manual dump system features compactor, conveyor

17th August 2012 A new manual dump system from bulk handling equipment supplier Flexicon collects dust generated during manual tipping, compacts empty bags and conveys bulk materials downstream. The dust-free system comprises a receiving hopper, a dust collector, a bag compactor and a flexible screw conveyor. 

Equipment handling company dispenses bulk by weight

17th August 2012 Bulk handling equipment company Flexicon’s new multipurpose filler dispenses bulk solid materials into boxes, drums and bulk bags by weight. The unit features a fill head that has a dust-tight seal, which protects against the inlet spout of bulk bags and connects to transition adapters that seal... 

Transport company extends its presence in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2012 International logistics and transport company TNT South Africa has implemented its Southern Africa Road Network (ZARN) integrated road transportation system to improve efficiency in the freight industry. Until recently, organisations operating in Africa were restricted to using consolidated air... 

Manufacturer to improve service through wider distribution

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd February 2012 Screen media manufacturer Ludowici Meshcape plans to improve its service in Africa by increasing the distribution of its vibrating equipment and reports it has, in the past four months, tendered for in excess of R1-billion of work. 

Petrochemicals company acquires greener vehicles

3rd February 2012 Petrochemicals company Engen’s pursuit of a greener bulk transport fleet and operation was boosted with the recent acquisition of two environment-friendly vehicles from truck manufacturer Scania.  

Logistics company wins Tshipi fuel distribution contract

3rd February 2012 Specialist logistics service provider Crossroads has been contracted to manganese mine Tshipi e’ Ntle, in the Northern Cape, for the distribution and on-site provision of fuel. 

Acquisition to provide new range of services

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd February 2012 To expand its service offering to the sub-Saharan African market, South African logistics consultancy LGA has merged with US supply chain consultancy Fortna to form LGA Fortna. 

Heavy lift specialist completes project despite challenges

3rd February 2012 Although faced with on-site challenges, heavy lift and relocation specialist Vanguard has completed the installation of a semiautogenous grinding (SAG) and ball mill for a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Storage solutions provider unveils new articulated forklift 

3rd February 2012 Warehouse solutions provider Africa Projects Consulting (APC) Storage Solutions South Africa has introduced the new APC Artix articulated forklift to the market. 

Forklift distributor stocks new range

3rd February 2012 South African distributor of TCM forklifts Criterion Equipment now stocks new ranges of forklift trucks designed to handle food and beverage loads during production and in warehousing and transport operations. 

Truck and trailer body manufacturer provides transport solution

3rd February 2012 Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco was selected by soft drink producer Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) to upgrade its trailer configuration to cater for the producer’s new loading and delivery requirements.  

Company reports increased interest in its equipment

3rd February 2012 Amid continuing tightening of health, safety and environmental legislation in South Africa, chute supplier Weba Chute Systems reports increased interest in its bulk materials and handling equipment, which it says reduces noise and dust pollution. 

Turbo coupling suitable for harsh belt conveying applications

3rd February 2012 Supplier of fluid couplings Voith Turbo says its TPKL fill-controlled turbo coupling range is designed specifically for smooth operation in harsh belt conveying applications that require powerful drive systems to move large masses. 

Logistics company earns RTMS accreditation

3rd February 2012 Global logistics and supply chain group member Imperial Cargo has received a Road Traffic Management System (RTMS) accreditation for its Consol fleet, which is indictive of the high standards in driver behaviour and fleet maintenance that the company upholds. 

Conference to help keep African ports on top

3rd February 2012 The third yearly Africa Ports, Logistics and Supply Chain Conference and Expo which will feature innovative solutions and deal with the challenges facing the users and operators of Africa’s ports, terminals and transportation corridors, will take place in Accra, Ghana, this year 

Concept forklift wins award 

3rd February 2012 US forklift manufacturer, Doosan has won the European Design institution, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen’s Red Dot Design Award for its intelligent Concept Forklift (CFL) which offers efficiency and a high level of safety. 

Service provider scoops Supplier of the Year award

3rd February 2012 Specialised transportation, supply chain and logistics service provider, Cargo Carriers has become the first freight company ever to win cement producer Lafarge’s Supplier of the Year award. 

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