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Materials-Handling and Logistics

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. 

Geochemicals company introduces one-stop 

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Geo-chemical samples management and transportation company MBV Mineral Investments (MBV) has eliminated the need for multiple suppliers by introducing a one-stop service for the management and transportation of geochemical samples to the mining and exploration sector. 

Pipelining system used in R23m sewer rehabilitation

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Pipe installation company Trenchless Technologies’ SPR EX pipelining system, a process for restoring the efficiency, reliability and structural integrity of aging sewers, storm drains and culverts, was used in the R23-million rehabilitation and upgrading project of the City of Tshwane’s sewers. 

R250m financing for fleet expansion in 2009

29th January 2010 Capital equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment’s asset financing arm, Cat Financial Services, had concluded more than 200 agreements with a combined value of more than R250-million for South African construction and mining customers to meet their fleet expansion requirements during 2009. 

Motors supplied for offshore marine industry

29th January 2010 Industrial gearbox and motor supplier BMG Drives, a division of the Bearing Man Group has been contracted to supply two-wheel gear motors for the offshore marine industry in Cape Town. The motors will be assembled as complete winch drives, including hydraulic motors and negative brakes. 

New dust-tight tipper launched

29th January 2010 Engineering and manufacturing company Flexicon has introduced a new box container tipper, called TIP-TITE, which forms a dusttight seal between the container and the equipment, tips the container, and discharges bulk material through a chute at controlled rates. 

Loaders designed for improved driving force

29th January 2010 Construction and earthmoving equipment company CSE Equipment’s new Case 430, series 3 skid steer loaders have been designed for improved driving force and better performance in materials-handling applications in demanding industries, such as mining, construction, cement, steel, agriculture and... 

Industry takes strain from increasing internal logistics costs

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Logistics and supply chain management company Imperial Logistics reports that rising internal logistics costs are a significant logistics challenge in South Africa and are constraining the country’s logistics competitiveness. 

Industry is challenged to reduce carbon footprint

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Logistics and supply chain management company Imperial Logistics reports that trucks account for about 5% of the global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The transport and logistics industry is being challenged to reduce this carbon footprint. 

Slow growth expected for freight forwarding industry 

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Global logistics company Kintetsu World Express (KWE) predicts a slow market growth of from 5% to 7% for the freightforwarding industry during 2010. The company does not expect the industry’s earnings to return to the high levels seen in 2007 and 2008, but believes that it will improve during 2010. 

Mobility solution aims 
to improve warehouse productivity

29th January 2010 Provider of integrated radio communications and information solutions Motorola has introduced a new rugged mobility solution that aims to improve the productivity of warehouse workers. 

Study identifies significant challenges in local supply chains

14th August 2009 Planning and forecasting is considered the single greatest challenge for supply chain management globally. This is reported in research body TerraNova Research’s independent and international study into the supply chain and logistics practices of emerging economies, the ‘Supply Chain Intelligence... 

Report delves into auto 
industry downfall

14th August 2009 Independent research body TerraNova Research reports in its ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report (SCIR) 2009’ that the inability of the automotive industry to be reactive and flexible to dramatic market shifts offers a partial explanation of why it has suffered profoundly from the global financial... 

Passenger hoists used in Gautrain project

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Distributor of tower cranes and lifting solutions SA French reports that six of its Torgar T1-10 passenger hoists are being used to convey personnel involved in the tunnelling sections of the Gautrain rapid rail link project. The hoists are the only viable means of getting workers to the shaft... 

Forecasting system improves accuracy

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Global logistics company Kintetsu World Express (KWE) South Africa is contracted to handle the catering logistics for airways company South African Airways (SAA) using a forecasting system. 

Logistics company receives supply chain awards

14th August 2009 Two Supply Chain Education Excellence Awards, which recognise organisations and individuals playing a key role in education and training within the supply chain sector of Southern Africa, have been awarded to logistics and supply chain management company Imperial Logistics. 

Portable stacker reduces time, cost and fuel consumption

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Bulk materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering Services, the sole distributor of Thor Global Enterprises’ telescopic portable stackers in South Africa, identifies portability and flexibility as two of the most significant benefits that the stacker offers terminals. 

Software optimises transport logistics

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Beverage producer and distributor South African Breweries (SAB) has contracted software development company Opsi Systems to power the production plants of its SAB Beer and Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) divisions, in South Africa, as well as their respective distribution depots, using the... 

Turnkey contract to relieve the rising demand for power

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 To relieve the rising demand for power, specialist service provider Vanguard is currently completing a turnkey contract to transport six 667-MVA single-phase power transformers and 15 133,3-MVA single-phase reactors and accessories from the Richards Bay harbour in KwaZulu-Natal, to various sites. 

New insulating covers developed

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Manufacturer of high-temperature solutions Insulcon has developed insulating covers to keep the temperature of food-in-transit consistent. 

Computer-controlled machine improves shaft production

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Manufacturer of conveyor rollers and conveyor structures Melco Conveyor Equipment reports that it has invested R6-million in a computer-controlled machine that manufactures shafts time efficiently and cost effectively. 

Paper merchant takes on new lift trucks

14th August 2009 Paper merchant Peters Papers has placed an order for Barloworld Handling’s Hyster lift trucks for its Gauteng distribution centre in Heriotdale, Johannesburg. 

New distributors for electric chain hoists

14th August 2009 Local manufacturer Condra Cranes & Hoists has been appointed the sole South African distributor of the Hitachi range of electric chain hoists. The contract will be effective from September. 

New forklift trucks enter the local market

14th August 2009 Fork-lift supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) reports that the increasing demand for narrower aisles, as the cost of space increases, has motivated the company to introduce the Bendi range of fork-lift trucks into the South African market. 

Manufacturer develops its first industrial three
dimensional sensor

14th August 2009 Sensor and control manufacturer ifm electronic has developed a photoelectric sensor, which provides reliable position detection in industrial applications such as conveying, packaging, material handling and automotive manufacturing. 

Materials handling conference heads for Gauteng

14th August 2009 World renowned academics and leaders in the field of belt conveying and materials handling, as well as South African experts, will be presenting papers on the latest research, design and technological advances in the belt conveyor industry at the 15th Beltcon conference, an international... 

Enviro-friendly electric chain hoist enhances safety

30th January 2009 Diversified engineering service provider Becker Engineering, part of the Becker group of companies, has launched a new environment-friendly Kito electric chain hoist, the ER2 series, which has lifting capacities of between 125 kg and 20 t. The new hoists deliver reliable operation, enhanced... 

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