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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Technology offers real-time visibility for the supply chain

By: Guy Copans     17th August 2007 Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) allows companies to trace goods accurately and efficiently throughout the supply chain, providing automated identification and tracking of items throughout a supply chain, providing real time visibility, and reducing errors in the logistics... 

Tailored fleet scheduling system designed for forest-to-mill haulage operation

17th August 2007 CargoSolutions, the supply chain division of transportation, supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers, was commissioned by Buhle Betfu Carriers, Sappi�s haulage contractor, to design a tailored fleet scheduling system for their forest-to-mill haulage operation. 

Materials-handling company completes move to new facility

17th August 2007 Bulk materials system supplier Martin Engineering South Africa, formerly Scorpio Conveyor Product, has relocated to a new facility in Witbank, Mpumalanga. 

Trucks acquired to meet logistics demand

17th August 2007 South African sorghum beer producer, United National Breweries (UNB), has taken delivery of 22 Hyster Fortens lift trucks from Barloworld Equipment Handling to assist in meeting the demands of its highly-paced logistics and distribution operation. 

Chute supplier secures order for Khumani iron-ore mine

17th August 2007 Chute supplier Weba Chute Systems has secured a R1,5-million order for its patented Weba Chute System for Assmang's Khumani iron-ore mine, formerly known as the Bruce King Mokaning (BKM) project. 

Civil contractor grows its Manitou fleet

17th August 2007 Durability was the main attraction that set in motion the procurement of several Manitou rough terrain forklifts by Northern Cape civil works company Poort Benton, the company says. 

Skills shortage for over loaded conveyor industry

By: Guy Copans     17th August 2007 The South African conveying industry is in a very health state at present, with a high demand for conveyors, says Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMA) chairman Simon Curry. 

Logistics firm receives top supplier award

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd February 2007 Logistics company Ensign Shipping & Logistics, of Durban, was awarded the 2006 supplier of the year award in the category of freight and logistics by South African Breweries Miller (SAB Miller). 

Local company produces materials-handling applications for explosive atmospheres

2nd February 2007 Becker Engineering’s range of lifting equipment includes explosion-proof type Kito electric chain hoists, designed for optimum efficiency and enhanced safety in materials handling applications in explosive atmospheres where there are various ignitable gases and vapours present. 

Handling equipment also handles stunt work

2nd February 2007 Four telescopic handlers were supplied to Rich Films for Warner Bros’ by Bobcat Rental and production began in June last year and has since moved to Namibia. 

New forklift moves 100 000 bricks daily

2nd February 2007 Bricks and Paving Supplier company, GHC Bricks and Paving based in Krugersdorp, has been established for two years but produces between four to five million bricks a month. 

Logistics group establishes abnormal load handling company

2nd February 2007 A new company has been established by Imperial Logistics to focus exclusively on the abnormal cargo market. Branded as Imperial Abnormal Cargo, the company is headed by Hennie Swanepoel, formerly a director and co-owner of Transvaal Heavy Transport (THT). 

BEE deal salvages 270 jobs

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd February 2007 Within five months of taking ownership of Sawina Logistics, CEO Viwe Mlenzana, has taken the company, which was placed under provisional liquidation in 2006, and secured contracts valued at millions salvaging over 270 jobs. 

Local construction company acquires new telehandlers

2nd February 2007 Liviero Building has acquired two Merlo telehandlers for use on the various building projects in which it is involved within the Gauteng region. 

Equipment supplier extends its range

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd February 2007 Supplier CSE Equipment Company’s construction division has extended its range of case equipment to include the new 400 series skid steer loaders designed for increased efficiency in materials-handling applications in diverse industries. 

Conveyor components play a role in brewery award

2nd February 2007 Flexon System Plast high performance conveyor components, which have been supplied by Bearing Man’s power transmission division for installation at the SAB Rosslyn Brewery, consist of flat top chains, stainless steel and plastic chains, conveyor belts and magnetic curves. 

Grain unloader sets benchmark for berth occupancy efficiency

2nd February 2007 Bidfreight, the freight management arm of the listed Bidvest Group, recently commissioned Africa’s fastest and largest grain ship unloader as its bulk terminal operations in Durban harbour set a new benchmark for berth occupancy efficiency. 

New lift truck makes the most of available warehouse space

2nd February 2007 “With the ever increasing competition forcing companies to seek permanent improvements in efficiency, the challenge is to find the right solution to optimise storage space and maximise the productivity of warehouse operations,” says Goscor Lift Truck’s MD Darryl Shafto. 

New dust-suppression hopper enters South African market

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd February 2007 Bulk Materials Handling company, DSH Systems of New Zealand, has recently sold their first dust suppression hopper (DSH) in South Africa to Omnia Fertilizers. 

Materials-handling company secures R5-million contract

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd February 2007 Materials-handling systems company DDL Equipment, of Johannesburg, has secured the largest single order for 143 newly designed centre in-line two-cylinder dock levellers for a local fuel group. 

Lift trucks reduce down time, improve productivity

2nd February 2007 “The solutions offered to its customers by Barloworld Equipment Handling are recognised to be the most diverse in the market. Whether new or used, rental or outright purchase, there is a way for Hyster customers to maximise their efficiency and productivity,” says Barloworld Equipment... 

Mobile container handler ensures safe transportation of hazardous substances

2nd February 2007 Materials handling company Big Lift Trucks has launched a new mobile container handling system that also ensures the safe handling, transportation and storage of hazardous and non-hazardous substances. 

Industry association urges leaders to ‘think out of the box’

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd February 2007 While there are many positive things happening within the supply chain and logistics management industry, the Southern African Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) president, Mike Johnston, says that business leaders and the South African government need to... 

Logistics company makes inroads into the Middle East

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd February 2007 Supply-chain and logistics specialists, Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS) director Clayton Thomas says the company has secured several contracts in the Middle East. 

Brimming truck market fuels forklift sales

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2007 Forklift sales in South Africa have more than doubled since 2001. 

National niche

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2007 Hitting the shelves late last year, Barry Saxton’s Rock the Boat explains how South Africa has become part of the one-world economy, and how the country and its industries may find their competitive advantage in this era. 

Botswana logistics project draws international interest

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th January 2007 There has been significant interest from firms based in both the US and UK, as well as Nigeria and South Africa, to participate in a feasibility study for the establishment of a cargo and logistics facility in Botswana, Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority spokesperson Reginald... 

Barloworld sells UK leasing book for R1,5bn

17th November 2006 South African industrial brand management company Barloworld has sold its UK materials handling equipment lease portfolio to GE Capital Solutions for R1,5-billion, it announced on Friday. CEO Tony Phillips said in a statement that this deal was the fulfillment of the company's goal to sell off... 

Business solutions for logistics providers

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     17th November 2006 Business solutions service provider Pebbletree Consulting provides supply-chain solutions, not only to traditional businesses, but also to logistics service providers. Pebbletree’s solutions are based on SAP’s mySAP Business Suite technology and, together with the new SAP All-in-One... 

Port congestion threatens logistics ‘equilibrium’

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     17th November 2006 The supply chain and logistics industry has been experiencing a relative balance between demand and the capacity supplied, comments Maersk Line national sales director Mark Cairns. 

Learn from international best practice, South African firms urged

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     17th November 2006 South Africa has the need, urge and willingness to modernise its supply chain operations, Accenture’s global supply-chain specialist Andrew Leon argues, while noting a real enthusiasm for greater supply-chain efficiencies in the country, including from government. 

The quest for zero defects

17th November 2006 In a first in the materials-handling industry, Barloworld Equipment Handling is applying its 6 Sigma process-improvement approach on the service side, with significant benefits for customers. 

First tenants move into E Cape auto park, phase two eyed

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2006 Phase one of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP) has been completed, says Nelson Mandela Bay Metro economic development manager Belu Mabandla. 

Sector growth to continue, industry body predicts

By: cheryl reddy     18th August 2006 Celebrating 40 years of existence, the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) believes that the materials handling industry is undergoing a ‘boom period’ that will to continue for another five to ten years. 

Free training courses offered

By: cheryl reddy     18th August 2006 The South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) is hoping to increase awareness in the industry about its free training courses, targeted at improving skills levels and attracting new entrants. 

High commodity prices boost materials handling demand

By: cheryl reddy     18th August 2006 Soaring commodity prices driven by rising global demand have accelerated the number of expansion and upgrade projects at Southern African mining operations and given rise to growth in projects involving new bulk materials handling installations, says Durban-based company, Bearing Man. 

Fleet-optimiser software launched

18th August 2006 There is a seismic shift in the world of fleet logistics with the two technologies driving this shift are GPS positioning systems and RF communications. 

Polymer liners reduce mining costs

18th August 2006 Opencast mining contractor Diesel Power recently installed Tivar 88 polymer liners in its new range of Volvo A35D trucks to assist with the efficient discharge of materials. 

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