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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Strategic planning to keep logistics company afloat in 2009

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 Through careful strategic planning and foresight, logistical solutions provider Barloworld Logistics is confident that it can remain profitable in 2009 and in the years to come, despite the global economic slowdown. 

Larger premises for crane manufacturer  

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 Crane manufacturer Condra has started out the new year at its new premises in Gosforth Park, following a decision to make an expansive move out of its old Elsburg location toward the end of last year. 

Supply-chain fraud on the increase

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 International fraud detection specialist Kroll says in its 2008 report, that at every step along the supply chain, opportunities for fraud exist, ranging from simple theft through to large scale misrepresentation of inventory assets. It notes that as firms expand across borders and multiply their... 

Four conveying solutions set in motion

30th January 2009 Miniveyor Africa has received four substantial orders for its portable conveying solutions. 

Road freight set for bumpy ride in 2009

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 A number of serious challenges face the logistics industry in the year ahead, with ever-increasing costs being the most severe of those, says the Road Freight Association (RFA) technical operations officer Gavin Kelly. 

Lifting equipment company weathers market storm

30th January 2009 Lifting equipment distributor SA French CEO Quentin van Breda says that the company has managed to keep pricing on its tower crane and telehandler ranges competitive, in spite of massive fluctuations in the exchange rate and steel price increases. 

Company invests in container handler

30th January 2009 Cargo and container management company South African Container Depots (SACD Freight), a member of the BidVest group of companies, has invested in a new container handler at its Durban operation. 

Logistics solutions provided for glass manufacturer

30th January 2009 Logistics solutions company Stöcklin AG has been awarded the contract to build a distribution centre that could handle vast quantities of bottle for UK bottle manufacturer Quinn Glass. 

Modular trailer enables Gautrain carriage transport

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 Specialist heavy lifting and transportation company Vanguard has been awarded the contract, by transport asset manufacturer Bombardier, a subcontractor to Bombela, to transport the carriages and locomotives to site for the Gautrain project. 

Freight demand model quantifies SA freight flows

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 The Stellenbosch University Centre for Supply Chain Management’s Department of Logistics has developed a freight demand model for Transnet to quantify all commodity freight flows in Southern Africa. 

SA docking company receives European distributorship

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Docking equipment manufacturer Dock Design and Layout (DDL) Equipment has been awarded the southern Africa distributorship of the largest docking equipment manufacturers in Europe, Crawford Solutions. 

Narrow-aisle solution enters SA market

15th August 2008 Local warehousing company and Hyster dealer Barloworld Handling is importing a very narrow aisle (VNA) man-up turret truck capable of working at heights of almost six storeys. This is the highest lift truck in its class ever sold into the Southern African market. 

Manufacturer designs screen machine for iron-ore producer

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 Vibratory screens and feeders manufacturer Joest, has secured the full scope of supply in the crushing and screen building, which involves granulated ore separating into multiple grades by particle size, at iron-ore producer Kumba's Sishen Expansion Project (SEP), reports the company. 

Maritime cluster to unify Durban maritime industry

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 The economic development unit of the eThekwini Municipality is currently facilitating the development of a maritime cluster that will engage key industry stakeholders, in implementing corrective measures towards a competitive maritime logistics industry. 

Logistics company announces BEE deal

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 Diversified industrial and logistics company Barloworld has announced the details of its black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal, which is valued at R2,4-billion. 

Machine rental on the rise

15th August 2008 Lifting solutions and tower cranes distributor, SA French, has experienced a sharp increase in equipment rental demand, reports the company.  

Belt fastener reduces downtime

15th August 2008 The use of a belt fastening mechanism is the most simple solution to the safety hazards that a broken conveyor belt presents, reports process equipment manufacturer Multotec. 

Partnership produces new chemical container

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 Specialised transportation and logistics company Cargo Carriers has announced a new partnership contract with polyurethane manufacturer, Industrial Urethanes, which involved the design and build of a bespoke container for the transport of chemical compounds. 

Heavy lifting operation completed successfully

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Vanguard has successfully completed the transportation of engine blocks of two ships to a harbour in Cape Town, after the after the engine blocks were repaired at the workshop of diesel and natural gas to engine manufacturer, Wärtsilä, reports Vanguard... 

Sponsorship ensures logistics survey continuation

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Leading logistics and supply chain management service provider Imperial Logistics is sponsoring the fourth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) State of Logistics survey in South Africa. 

SA-Canada partnership supports global expansion

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Engineering company ELB Engineering Services has introduced Thor Global Enterprises to the market as its newest technology partner. 

Materials handling, logistics industry sees rise in robotics investment 

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Global power and automation technology group ABB says there has been an increase in the use of robotic systems in warehouses, and logistics and distribution centres. 

Order book grows for local crane and hoist company

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Crane and hoist company Condra's order book is expanding with about R20-million worth of contracts received during July alone. 

Rail freight losing share to road haulage

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) July 2008 South Africa Economic Survey states that the rail freight market is its losing market share to road haulage, as more than 80% of the increase in freight traffic between 2003 and 2005 was captured by road. 

Flat-deck trailers make for logistics challenges

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 The transportation of high cube containers on flat deck trailers has created challenges in the materials handling and logistics industry, says docking equipment manufacturer DDL Equipment (Pty) Ltd CEO Andrew Stewart. 

Crane management technology launches in South Africa

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 Time-of-flight (TOF) technology, designed by German sensor intelligence company SICK to provide greater efficiency, security, and automation in port and crane operations, has been widely used in the international industry, and is now available to the South African market, reports local supplier... 

Inexperienced vendors give RFID a bad name - Institute

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been used in the international logistics industry for more than ten years, and has been embraced in general industry. However, application of the system by inexperienced vendors or suppliers has given the technology a bad name, says RFID Institute South... 

Custom-developed process streamlines bulk supply chains

1st February 2008 Supply chain improvement company Crickmay, offers its service to companies wishing to increase margins and reduce risks in their bulk supply chains, the company tells Engineering News. 

SA industry a priority for European lifting equiment company

1st February 2008 The current boom in the South African construction sector, and the fledgling local economy, owing largely to a global commodity boom, continually entices international companies, such as European construction lifting equipment company, Potain, part of the Manitowoc group, which considers South... 

Impact beds protect conveyors

1st February 2008 Materials Handling & Logistics organisations are able to reduce production losses and down time through the use of shock-absorbing dynamic impact beds mounted underneath a conveyor belt reports Oscillating Systems Technology Africa (OST Africa), part of the Bearing Man Group.  

Reach stacker enhances container handling operations

1st February 2008 Road freight and storage specialist Bell Trucking has added a 45 t Hyster reach stacker to its materials handling equipment to enhance its container handling operations, reports the company. 

Local company transports 8-t tanks for Tanzanian brewery upgrade

1st February 2008 Logistics company Vanguard has completed the transportation of eight tanks, each weighing eight tonnes, on behalf of Tanzania Breweries from Johannesburg to Richards Bay for shipping to Tanzania for Tanzania Breweries, part of SABMiller.  

Tried-and-tested software devices to serve local logistics industry

1st February 2008 Frequency drives and data loggers are widely used in the European materials handling industry, and local crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes reports that it is investigating the potential of the software for the South African materials handling and logistics industry. 

SA logistics industry rated among world’s best

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 The South African logistics industry has been rated among the best performers in the global context, according to a report by the World Bank on logistics performance and competiveness, says CSIR Built Environment acting executive director Hans Ittmann.  

Local particle board plant nears completion

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 The installation of a 200 t drying drum and the construction of an energy plant for particle board and laminate manufacturer PG Bison in Ugie, Cape Town, has been completed by heavy lifting and logistics company Vanguard, after the company was awarded the large scale project in January last year.  

New fund part of Barloworld's transformation package

By: Dennis Ndaba     19th October 2007 In its quest to foster broad based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE), over and above its corporate social investments projects, industrial group Barloworld has launched Barloworld Siyakhula, a small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development initiative with an initial capitalisation of... 

Logistics offers the biggest longer-term growth potential, says Barloworld chief

By: Dennis Ndaba     31st August 2007 Barloworld is in line with or ahead of expectations in terms of executing strategic actions announced at its annual general meeting in January, CE Clive Thomson said during the Barloworld media site visit last week. 

Barloworld says it is well advanced with empowerment for its SA units

By: Dennis Ndaba     31st August 2007 Industrial group Barloworld, which has come in for heavy criticism over a perceived lack of urgency regarding empowerment and transformation, says it is positioning itself to be an industry leader on both fronts. 

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