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Barloworld expects ‘another challenging year' in 2010 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2009 Diversified industrial group Barloworld, which reported a 25% drop in operating profit to R1,9-billion for the year to September 30, 2009, said on Monday that it expected 2010 to be "another challenging year". Group revenue declined by 10% to R42,2-billion from over R46-billion in 2008, despite... 

Road transport in Africa more feasible, says freight company

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 International freight and moving company Elliott International tells Engineering News that road transport into Africa is a feasible and more cost-effective way of transport within Africa and is being chosen over shipping and rail in many instances. 

2010 mini warehousing project under way

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 Logistics and courier service provider
 Dawn Wing, a subsidiary of diversified logistics company The Laser Group, has developed a mini warehousing project in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 
  

Doidge says 500 000 jobs target will be met, but critics unsure of target’s value

13th November 2009 In mid-2009, just as it was becoming increasingly apparent that South Africa would not escape the fallout from the global economic crisis, newly elected President Jacob Zuma caused a stir when, in his State of the Nation address, he promised that government would create at least 500 000 job... 

Electric lift truck 
range launched

30th October 2009 With warehousing operators continually looking to achieve increased efficiency, warehousing equipment supplier Barloworld Handling has launched a next-generation electric lift truck range built to boost driver productivity.  

New logistics centre to increase capacity

30th October 2009 Power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB South Africa’s new 4 400-m² Longmeadow green building, in Gauteng, will be commissioned in November this year. 

Robot raises access automation product firm’s efficiency by 40%

By: Leandi Kolver     30th October 2009 Johannesburg-based gate motors and access automation products manufacturer Centurion Systems, recently acquired the Arcmate 120iB robot from Fanuc Robotics for its computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe production facility. 

SA French issues trading statement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th August 2009 JSE-listed lifting solutions provider SA French on Friday advised its shareholders that for the year ended June, the company was likely to report a loss a share of between 6,29c and 7,69c a share, and a headline loss a share of between 6,65c and 8,13c a share. The company had decided that it... 

Adhesive tape firm breaks into SA protective film market

By: Darren Parker     28th August 2009 Adhesive tape company Buffalo Executape is making inroads into the adhesive tape industry in South Africa through the establishment of its Ama Stikki Stikki brand, under which the company will supply a range of over 3000 tape products to both the industrial and retail sectors.  

Supply-chain bodies recognise learner, educator excellence

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2009 Basic skills training is still imperative but, with automation on the horizon in many industries, particularly in the operational management and logistics industries, continuous learning is needed beyond basic skills training, said Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa (Sapics)... 

Freight forwarding industry feels the pinch 
as slowdown hits orders 

By: Darren Parker     26th June 2009 Many orders have been cancelled and considerably less movement of goods is taking place within the South African freight forwarding industry, South African Association of Freight Forwarders (Saaff) chairperson Basil Pietersen said at a Saaff conference in Johannesburg last week.  

Transpaco sees up to 80% jump in FY earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th June 2009 JSE-listed Transpaco has advised shareholders that headline earnings a share and earnings a share for the year ended June 2009, were likely to be between 70% and 80% higher than those reported in 2008. Black empowered packaging manufacturer will release its financial results towards the end of... 

AECI warns profit could fall by 40% to 60%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th June 2009 JSE-listed chemicals and explosives firm AECI on Thursday warned that interim headline earnings could plunge by as much as 75%, while profit from continuing operations could drop by up to 60%. Headline earnings and earnings could fall by between 55% and 75% in the interim period ending June 30,... 

Bell Equipment announces voluntary retrenchments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2009 South African heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment on Tuesday stated that voluntary retrenchments would be effected across the group in an effort to safeguard the long-term prospects of the company, its product offering and support to its customers. Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell said in a... 

Bell posts four-month loss, says demand remains depressed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2009 JSE-listed Bell Equipment on Monday advised shareholders that the unaudited management accounts for the four months ended April 2009, reflected an after tax loss of R74,6-million, compared with the R168,4-million profit a year earlier 2008. This translated into a loss a share of 73c a share,... 

World's largest hydraulic excavator makes its mark on African soil

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2009 Integrated leasing and capital equipment group Eqstra has marked a milestone in its relationship with the third-largest capital equipment manufacturer in the world, Terex, through the introduction of Terex's 1 000-t RH 400 hydraulic mining shovel into South Africa. 

Laser technology subsidiary stakes claim in international market

By: Liam Morrison     27th February 2009 Laser technology research and development company Laser Measurement has adopted the name of its owner, level detection innovator K-TEK Corporation, after having been a subsidiary of the US corporation for a decade, and is now known as K-TEK Instruments. 

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. 

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. 

SA unit of global crane group sees real opportunity as parent looks south 

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th January 2009 South African heavy crane hire company Sarens South Africa, part of the Sarens group of companies, has benefited by the global financial crisis and the effect that it has had on the Sarens group, particularly in Europe and North America. 

Southern Africa showing signs of resilience, but Barloworld prepares for difficult 2009

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2008 JSE-listed diversified industrial group Barloworld warned on Monday that trading conditions had deteriorated as the financial crisis spilled over into the real economy, adding that the outlook for 2009 was uncertain. However, CEO Clive Thomson stressed that its equipment division in Southern... 

New storage facilities for South Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st October 2008 SA Self Storage Investments (SASSI) is in the process of rolling out a number of new self storage facilities throughout South Africa. 

Property development company leads green building revolution

31st October 2008 JSE-listed property development company Growthpoint is striving to develop the first carbon-neutral industrial estate in South Africa. 

Warehouse management systems improve efficiencies

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st October 2008 Technology and consulting company Virtual Supply Chain Solutions (VSc) has recently completed a successful implementation of the RedPraire warehouse management system (WMS) at a 20 000 m2 warehouse in Boksburg for South African dairy company Clover. 

Warehouse roof waterproofing proves its worth

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st October 2008 Industrial waterproofing and roofing solutions company Roof Recon reports a 100% leakproof success rate of its waterproofing system at Consol Glass' warehouse. 

Metals sector's apprentice intake breaches 4 000 mark for first time in nearly 10 years 

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2008 Apprentice numbers in South Africa's metals sector rose to over 4 000 for the first time since 1999 during 2008, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Johan Fourie revealed at the weekend, adding that he was optimistic that intake levels would surpass 5... 

Medupi construction to use Africa's largest tower crane

26th August 2008 Tower crane distributor SA French has received a R50-million purchase order for two cranes that will be used for the construction of Eskom’s new base-load power station Medupi, in the Limpopo province, the AltX-listed company said on Tuesday. SA French, which distributes French company Potain’s... 

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. 

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