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Materials-Handling and Logistics

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. 

Fruit export supply chain company receives highest award

3rd February 2012 South African fruit export supply chain company Paltrack picked up its highest award, since establishment, at the twenty–third annual Logistics Achiever Awards (LAA) for its submission of Supply Chain Visibility Solution for the South African Fruit Industry Stakeholders.  

US manufacturer unveils new equipment

3rd February 2012 US bulk-handling equipment manufacturer Flexicon offers the market a new dual bag filling system with a pallet dispenser to assist with the safe, high capacity filling of bulk bags of various sizes. 

Shipping, logistics services provider expands into Republic of Congo

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd February 2012 nternational shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC has extended its operations in the Republic of Congo by opening a new office, in Pointe Noire, where there has been an increase in the number of ports. 

Logistics company successfully expands its business

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd February 2012 Local freight company African Spirit Logistics (ASL) is expanding its business by introducing new consolidation routes that run through South Africa. 

SA freight, logistics group partners with Australian company

3rd February 2012 Australian freight forwarding company One Global Logistics will be entering the sub-Saharan African market following its partnership with independent South African-owned freight and logistics group Megafreight Services. 

Company offers additions to logistics solution

3rd February 2012 Transport and supply chain management company Descartes has unveiled significant additions to its Logistics Flow Control (LFC) solution.  

Equipment manufacturer delivers cranes to Brazil

3rd February 2012 Equipment manufacturer Terex Cranes has delivered two of its TFC 46MS HC reach stackers to Brazilian port handling operators MultiRio Operaçoes Portuarias. 

End-to-end logistics services evolving

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2011 There is an emerging focus on developing end-to-end logistics networks in South Africa and configuring existing networks to meet this trend, says logistics company UTI industry, market and new services VP Paul Marshall. 

Logistics services to benefit from emerging market integration

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2011 The predicted and growing need for logistics and logistics services in emerging markets will increase the demand for the skills of logistics service providers in critical areas such as modal integration and network optimisation, says global logistics company Imperial Logistics marketing director... 

Industry seeks longer maintenance-free periods

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2011 There is a general trend in industry towards the lengthening of maintenance-free periods for materials-handling systems and towards mechanising these systems, specifically in the grain and agricultural industries, as well as mining, says wear-resistance company Rio-Carb director Martin Maine. 

Company invests in local manufacture of wedge wire screens

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2011 High-strength, fine aperture screens, made using wedge-profile mesh screens, are now manufactured locally and are increasingly being used in the petrochemicals, coal, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries in South Africa to separate materials, says screening company Meshcape Industries MD David... 

Walmart effect to help improve South African supply chains and prices

12th August 2011 Global retailer Walmart’s acquisition of supermarket chain Massmart, and its new business model, will reduce supply chain costs in South Africa, the latest ‘Supplychainforesight’ research report, which is sponsored by Barloworld Logistics, suggests. 

Logistics provider strengthens its Europe-SA service

12th August 2011 South Africa-based international logistics company Safcor Panalpina has strengthened its inbound service into South Africa with a weekly direct flight from Luxembourg to Johannesburg, says business development director Mike Manby. 

Use of wider cranes in extended warehouses questioned

12th August 2011 Crane spans continue to increase in line with the steadily growing width of factories and warehouses, says crane and materials handling equipment manufacturer Condra Cranes & Hoists. 

Fuel logistics outsourcing boon to oil companies

12th August 2011 Outsourcing fuel logistics to capable local logistics managers is reducing risk and increasing returns for oil companies, says logistics company Cargo Carriers. 

Mobile container handler delivered to Beira port

12th August 2011 Materials-handling equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has delivered the second Mobicon mobile container handler to logistics company UTI in Beira, in Mozambique. 

Automatic bulk bag filling, pallet dispenser introduced to market

12th August 2011 A new bulk bag filling line from US-based bulk-handling equipment manufacturer Flexicon automatically dispenses pallets, fills bulk bags and accumulates filled bags for removal by forklift, reports local distributor Flexicon Africa, which is based in Port Elizabeth. 

Specialised lift trucks used at new FMCG factory

12th August 2011 Very narrow aisle lift trucks, that can lift goods up to 12 m, and flameproof pallet lift trucks are being used in a new factory of cleaning products giant Unilever South Africa. 

Group opens logistics operation in South Sudan

12th August 2011 Logistics group DHL opened an operation in Africa’s newest republic, South Sudan, in July, and is providing express delivery and freight services in the country. 

Software improves bottling line efficiency

12th August 2011 Liqueur bottling company Baileys Global Supply, part of the global Diageo Group drinks company, has improved the efficiency of its bottling line from 53% to 69% using German materials-handling equipment manufacturer Krones’ manufacturing execution system (MES) software, Krones reports. 

Multiple contracts of over R1-billion under way

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th January 2011 Supply chain and logistics company Industrial Logistics Systems reports that it is currently undertaking 15 contracts to build new warehouses and renovate existing facilities in South Africa and the Middle East. 

Tanker manufacturer launches new services division

28th January 2011 Southern African road tanker manufacturer GRW Engineering (GRW) has launched a new services division. 

Cost-saving fleet management system successful

28th January 2011 Leading forklift and warehouse equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) national sales manager Patrick Barber reports that its FMX fleet management system aims to help its clients become more efficient and improve their bottom line, and this has been a success wherever the system has... 

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