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Materials-Handling and Logistics

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... 

Logistics security system gets upgrade

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th January 2011 Logistics company Polygon Technologies, which manufactures and distributes its security monitoring Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) Commander technology, reports that it has upgraded the system to further meet the needs of the logistics industry. 

Heavy rigging and lifting company initiates new transport route

28th January 2011 Specialist heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard reports that, during the transportation of three transformers from the Richards Bay harbour to the Zeus substation, in Secunda, at the end of last year, it initiated a new transport route that could in future also benefit other transport... 

Surveillance system allows for proactive guarding of warehouses

28th January 2011 Security solutions company Myertal Tactical Security has launched a surveillance system, which uses a combination of algorithm-based video analytics surveillance technology and physical guarding, that can be used by the supply chain and logistics sector to deter theft. 

Company establishes a new logistics division

28th January 2011 Cost engineering specialist Planning and Cost Engineering (PaCE) is offering its clients a more in-depth and comprehensive range of services with the introduction of a new logistics division, which is aimed at improving strategies involving cargo management. 

Intermec CS40 suitable for business applications

28th January 2011 In line with the rapid growth of mobility in the workforce, mobile computing technology provider ProScan has launched the Intermec CS40, a mobile computer with the size and styling of a smartphone. 

Components for pallet-free bulk bag produced locally

28th January 2011 Manufacturer of pallet-free bulk bag systems Tellap has invested millions of rands in the development of custom-designed, high-speed machines to enable local box and container specialists Conceptainer to manufacture the specialised plastic sleeves that form part of the bulk bag system. 

Live storage solutions promote efficiency

28th January 2011 Racking and shelving company Acrow reports that it now manufactures pallet live storage, carton live storage, roller pushback and specialised gravity conveyors at its premises on Gauteng’s East Rand. 

New versatile grab operates on 
different crane sizes

13th August 2010 Bulk-handling and lifting equipment company Arlona Engineering has manufactured a versatile grab, which is able to operate on different crane sizes, for discharging vessels at the Durban harbour. 

New mobile facility to test lifting equipment

13th August 2010 Lifting, loadholding, pushing and pulling equipment supplier, Bellambie Mining & Industrial has manufactured a new test trailer, designed for visual inspections and accurate load testing of lifting equipment. 

Testing ensures reliable crane operation

13th August 2010 Materials handling firm Condra Cranes reports that it vigorously tests its newly manufactured cranes before delivery to its customers, owing to the fact that its cranes are built to the exacting standards required by the Federation of European Mechanical Handling Equipment.  

Benchmarking system provides competitive edge

13th August 2010 Safety, health, environment and quality (Sheq) scores are increasingly becoming a source of competitive advantage, separating the good from the great, when companies scrutinise tender submissions, JSE-listed supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers reports. 

New China-based facility aims to increase global competitiveness 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 Local producer of steel products for the mining industry VR Steel will open a new manufacturing facility in north-western China, early in 2011. The move to open a facility in China comes in light of the company’s reduced global competitiveness, owing to the continued strong performance of the... 

New company aims to 
improve product awareness

13th August 2010 German forklift truck manufacturer Jungheinrich is set to increase its presence in the South African materials handling market, through the establishment of a new company known as JHR Equipment South Africa. 

Dube TradePort given a lift

13th August 2010 Global logistics service provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has acquired 12 new materials handling machines manufactured by German lift truck manufacturer Crown, from Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), for use at the Dube TradePort cargo terminal at the new King Shaka International Airport,... 

Contract signed to 
operate warehouse and distribution centre

13th August 2010 Global bearings manufacturer SKF Logistics Services has signed a five-year contract with metals recycling machine manufacturer Metso Lindemann to operate its global wear, distribution and spare parts warehouse in Tongeren, Belgium.  

German logistics 
provider expands African footprint

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 German-based international logistics provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is in the process of expanding its network in to Africa through the establishment of a number of new offices and warehouses in countries where the firm is not yet represented. 

Reducing SA’s logistics costs and improving service delivery

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 South Africa incurs some of the highest logistics costs in the world, owing to the number of large retail outlets located over vast distances, compared with, for example, France, where one is likely to find only about 100 consolidated retail outlets, multinational firm Procter & Gamble... 

Global company sets up Jhb-based head office for Africa operations

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 Global productivity solutions provider RedPrairie Corporation has established its own operations in Africa, with its head office located in Johannesburg. For the past ten years, RedPrairie Corporation has been represented in Africa through a value-added reseller (VAR). During this time, the... 

Versatile winches assist small businesses

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2010 Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Control Instruments Automotive (CIA) has announced a lifetime warranty on winch manufacturer Warn’s range of winches. This includes Warn’s premium winch series that consist of winches in the capacity ranges between 2 720 kg, 3 630 kg, 3 760 kg, 4... 

Fibreglass containment system protects railway lines

13th August 2010 Procon Environmental Technologies’ Star Track railcar containment system is reportedly saving South African rail transport companies thousands of rands through the containment, recovery and prevention of hydrocarbon pollution.  

New road tanker launched

13th August 2010 Road tanker and transport equipment manufacturer Samtor recently unveiled its 2010 high-specification tankerat an informal launch at its fac-tory in Boltonia, in Krugersdorp. 

Software helps improve logistics operation

13th August 2010 The UK-developed logistics software system LogiX is being successfully used by South African freight and logistics company Unitrans Freight and Logistics, with successful results,” the company reports. 

Ensuring a 
successful road to rail strategy

13th August 2010 The need for sufficient capacity for goods transport, especially high-risk goods by rail, was reflected in the ‘Supplychainforesight Survey 2010’, undertaken by logistics provider Barloworld Logistics. 

New distributor of bulk-handling equipment 

29th January 2010 Materials-handling systems specialist Big Lift Trucks has been appointed by equipment supplier Desmond Equipment as a distributor of the Dezzi range of bulk-handling equipment. 

Lever hoists improved 
for safer operation

29th January 2010 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering’s new Kito L5 series lever hoists have been improved to include an overload limiter that prevents the hoist from excessive overload lifting. This enhanced design will ensure safe and efficient operation in heavy-duty applications.


Industry to boom in 2010, avers industry body

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Bulk materials handling body, the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH), reports that during 2010, the sector will see a return to the 2008 boom period. 

Focused on improving operating efficiencies

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Industry association the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) reports that the improvement of operating efficiencies is the current focus in bulk materials handling. 

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