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Materials-Handling and Logistics

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... 

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.  

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