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Materials Handling News

Alliances with clients give freight forwarder an edge

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Freight-forwarding company Strategic Logistical Alliance (SLA) prides itself on being different to other companies in the sector. 

Ready-mix concrete sector's quality audit complete this month

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Handling ready-mix concrete (RMC) is a rather challenging aspect of this industry, with its own set of unusual logistical difficulties to overcome. 

ERP tools for small businesses

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Most Enterprise Resource-Planning (ERP) tools are aimed at medium to large companies like 

Agency deal marks US company's African comeback

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Vibration-equipment maker Vipro has been awarded the FMC agency in sub-Saharan Africa, MD Ze 

Firm’s focus shifts onto facilities management

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Not many people know that Lithotech, a company that has always operated in the shadows, is responsible for some 30% of the mail arriving in post boxes daily. 

Materials-handling body’s new beginning

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 The South African Institute of Materials-handling last month changed its name, and focus, to become the Logistics Institute of South Africa. 

Local transmissions company receives order for large gearbox for African mine.

4th February 2005 Mechanical transmission and industrial gear technology company Hansen Transmissions has received an order from Kenmore Equipment for the supply of a large gearbox for a mine winder. 

Deadline looms for trans-Kalahari bids

By: Zonika Botha     4th February 2005 Logistics companies still have 19 days left to submit expressions of interest in the development and management of a Trans-Kalahari Express Container Service to and from Walvis Bay. 

Gigantic cranes deployed at construction site

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Hauler of large equipment and machinery Mammoet has supplied three cranes for the construction of two large breakwaters at the Port of Ngqura. 

Rail projects will be investor-driven

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Johannesburg-based company R&H Railway Consultants embarked on a rail framework study for a project at the Port of Ngqura and Coega industrial development zone in early 1997. 

Fierce auto rivals make space for collaboration

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2004 An inefficient line of communication between auto makers and their suppliers has resulted in a rather unique collaboration between South Africa’s eight car manufacturers and 430 tier-one suppliers sites. 

Bulk-materials market set to soar

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 Bateman Africa’s bulk-materials business line, which is bidding for projects worth R800-million, expects the market for bulk materials to double or even treble in the next five years. 

Engineered technology division well positioned for new business

By: Liezel Hill     26th November 2004 During the years preceding 1994, the Bateman group served as representative and license-holder for several international engineering companies and their products. 

Forklift distributor's china jubilee

By: renay de     12th November 2004 Local forklift distributor and service provider to the industry Toyota Forklift reaches an important milestone this month: it celebrates its 20th anniversary in South Africa. 

Firm has lion's share of forklift market

By: renay de     12th November 2004 Saficon Industrial Equipment, which trades as Toyota Forklift, celebrates 20 years of materials handling expertise as the market leader in South Africa, with a 40% market share. 

Distribution centre is operational

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th November 2004 The acquisition of Supermart Stores by Edcon 

Archive storage project accommodates 680 000 boxes

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th November 2004 Racking and shelving systems expert Formrack Dexion, which is situated in Kya Sands, continues to be involved in a large project for Metrofile over the past year. 

Company tenders for tunnelling machine contract

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th October 2004 South African company Barloworld Equipment South African company Barloworld Equipment has tendered to supply specialist-tunnelling machines for the R7,5-billion Gautrain rapid rail link project to one of the two tendering consortiums. 

Second supply-chain study to be undertaken

22nd October 2004 A second comprehensive research study into the South African supply chain and logistics sector will be undertaken, the initiators have confirmed. 

Ten years of growth and more to come

By: renay de     8th October 2004 Company set to extend its range 

Logistics group enters US market

30th September 2004 Following the recent opening of its office in Chicago, US, Barloworld Logistics has successfully concluded a deal with photonics and laser specialist company, Melles Griot, for an inventory optimisation project to be implemented at its Rochester, New York offices. 

Cost reduction is necessary for competitiveness

By: ongezwa manyathi     24th September 2004 Specialist in design and development of custom made environmental control systems, Booyco Engineering’s MD Jeremy Pougnet, says that in order to remain competitive in the global market local manufacturers and suppliers need to look at ways in which to reduce costs as many are no longer... 

Liebherr SA

10th September 2004 Liebherr SA specialises in the supply, assembly and support of earthmoving equipment, ranging from excavators to front-endloaders, bulldozers, mobile and tower cranes, maritime cranes, and cement mixing and batching plants. 

Logistics firm gets HIV/Aids management certification

10th September 2004 Logistics firm Universal Product Networks (UPN), a subsidiary of Woolworths, has become the first company internationally to receive AMS 16001 certification - in support of Woolworths' aim to create a nondiscriminatory supportive environment that minimises the impact of HIV/Aids on employees and... 

Logistics group in Dubai joint venture

6th September 2004 Integrated logistics management company Barloworld Logistics has announced the launch of a joint venture in Dubai. 

Load-out system contract completed this month

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd September 2004 East Rand mining logistics company Siemag Blanes is currently extending a load-out system at Tanzanian gold-mine Bulyanhulu, which is owned by Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation. 

Five growth drivers

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2004 Renewable energy seen as significant new growth opportunity 

How strategists model the future

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2004 Picture this: Mr and Mrs Smith of London visit South Africa for a sightseeing holiday. 

American truck sales booming

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2004 New Barloworld Industrial Distribution CEO Brandon Diamond and his Executive Team are devising a customer solutions strategy for the company’s US, UK, Belgium and Netherlands Hyster Materials Handling businesses. 

Fledgling logistics business gaining ground

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2004 Although not even three years old, Barloworld Logistics, the Barloworld group’s youngest division, is already managing the outsourced logistics for a number of large South African companies. 

Dymot Engineering

27th August 2004 Dymot Engineering Company specialises in the manufacture of winches for conveyor tensioning applications. 

New high-secure container launched

23rd August 2004 African removal network AGS Frasers International, has launched a new high-security container designed to take the risk and worry out of moving home – especially if it involves border-crossings into political trouble spots. 

Three firms buy reach trucks

20th August 2004 Based on the proven performance of Daewoo BR16JWs in narrow aisles and confined spaces, three companies have purchased these wide-leg electric reach trucks from local supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company.? 

First SA vulcanising press built

By: andrea marais     20th August 2004 South Africa’s first vulcanising press for conveyor steelcore rubber belts has been built for use in the conveyor industry and is due to be commissioned later this month.? 

Drive systems designed for materials-handling applications

20th August 2004 Distributed exclusively throughout Southern Africa by Power Drives, ?Nord drive systems are designed to meet the specific requirements of plant and machinery used in materials-handling applications, such as conveying, moving and positioning, palletising and storing, as well as crane systems.? 

Modular design helps meet application requirements

20th August 2004 Electromechanical engineering specialist Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors, drives and alternators used in materials-handling applications in diverse industries.? 

Distribution agreement made

20th August 2004 Global power-transmission manufacturer Flexon System Plast has appointed Bearing Man to distribute a range of high-performance conveyor components throughout Southern Africa.? 

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