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Materials Handling News

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.? 

Belt scraper launched

20th August 2004 Making a clean sweep in materials handling applications is the recently?launched Chevron 2000 belt scraper from Walter Becker SA.? 

Project aims at improved copper separation

20th August 2004 A leading producer of copper in Southern Africa, BCL Limited, has contracted Clyde Bergemann Africa to provide a system to inject pulverized coal into molten slag in a Pierce Smith Converter. ? 

SA firm’s air cannons installed in Malaysia

20th August 2004 South Africa must acknowledge the contribution to its economy by companies that are manufacturing locally-designed goods and creating intellectual property and wealth for the country. ? 

Wheel-loader makes its debut

20th August 2004 In South Africa the name TCM is generally associated with forklift trucks, but a new silhouette has started appearing on materials-handling sites around the country – that of the compact wheel loader.? 

Pump manufacturer reviews supply-chain management

20th August 2004 A strong belief that a significant differentiating factor for all organisations in the future will be its supply-chain management has led leading slurry-pump manufacturer CH Warman Pump Group to review its current systems and processes.? 

New conveyor system enters the SA market

By: andrea marais     20th August 2004 A new method of conveying materials, based on the concept of a?rollercoaster, has entered the South African market after extensive?research has been done in the US.? 

PE laboratory gets air-tube system

By: andrea marais     20th August 2004 South African logistics-solutions company Swisslog commissioned a single-floor pneumatic air-tube system at Pathcare Laboratories, in Port Elizabeth. 

R12-million contract from paper industry

By: andrea marais     20th August 2004 As part of Mondi’s R5-billion upgrade at its Merebank Mill, just outside Durban, on the Indian Ocean coast, is a R12-million contract for the supply of four overhead gantry 

World’s No 1 forklift dealer

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2004 Company puts 1 200 forklifts into the South African market a year 

The deft touch of today’s forklift business

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2004 Growing trend towards long-term rental and outsourcing. 

Red alert

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2004 A customer calls with a problem; ten minutes go by, and a technician has still not been assigned to assist. 

It’s a women’s world

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2004 In support of empowerment, Barloworld Equipment Handling has employed two female trainee forklift technicians. 

Prime express service changes

20th August 2004 Multitrade shipping line Safmarine has announced changes to its Prime?Express service that provides shippers in India, Pakistan, the Arabian Gulf,?Middle East and Europe with unmatched port coverage, speed and reliability.?The changes were due to come into effect in early July.? 

Seychelles quay to be completed in November

20th August 2004 In the Seychelles, Franki Africa has embarked on a challenging marine-construction contract to extend the Tuna Quay, in the Port of Victoria, on the island of Mah 

Production scheduling is improved at dairy firm

20th August 2004 Dairy giant Clover has chosen Agilisys Advanced Scheduling to optimise the production scheduling of its complex mix of products. 

Integrated logistics to be implemented

By: andrea marais     20th August 2004 Following the South African Transport Conference last month, where Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe urged for a more efficient transport and logistics system, transport parastatal Transnet is gearing itself to spearhead a new integrated logistics service. ? 

Agri hub is introduced

20th August 2004 The World Wide Web and other forms of electronic commerce hold tremendous?potential to change the way we do business and communicate. ? 

Prohibitive costs decrease competitiveness

By: andrea marais     20th August 2004 Logistics, clearing and forwarding company Seascape, which is also the agent for Angolan shipping line Angola South Lines, says that the South African logistics system is causing the country to be highly uncompetitive, leading to a decrease in trade into Africa as a whole due to prohibitive costs.? 

Optimum idler design reduces costs

20th August 2004 Conveyor equipment supplier Melco Conveyor Equipment has always invested substantially in its design, tooling and manufacturing capability. 

21% of logistics transactions online by 2005, says researcher

20th August 2004 Warehouses face many logistics pressures with increased competition and expected increases in efficiency. ? 

Records management is increasingly advocated

20th August 2004 Business documents manager Metrofile is committed to help customers reduce costs and improve productivity in processes that are centred on documents and corporate records. 

R1m software deal clinched

20th August 2004 ACCPAC financial software reseller and solutions provider Lorge has completed a R1-million integrated accounting software installation for Imperial Cargo (Imperial Warehousing & Logistics), the logistics management, warehousing and freight forwarding operation in the JSE-listed Imperial Holdings... 

Ugandan store's logistics challenges overcome

By: andrea marais     20th August 2004 Echoing the African growth strategy of Massmart, South Africa’s third-largest distributor of consumer goods and food, and leader in general merchandise and liquor, was the opening of a $14-million Game store in Kampala, Uganda, on June 23. 

First shipment for car manufacturer this month

By: andrea marais     20th August 2004 First shipment for car manufacturer this month 

Collaboration vital to supply-chain progress

By: Zonika Botha     20th August 2004 Greater collaboration between organisations, even if they are competitors, is the key to successful supply-chain management. 

Smart technology for logistics industry

6th August 2004 Manufacturer and distributor of security seals Aluvin Securiseal, who is also the sole distributor of EJ Brooks’ product in South Africa, is to invest heavily in new generation, “smart” technology, which includes radio frequency identification (RFID) and fibre optic technology. 

Supply-chain experts head for Sandton

30th July 2004 World leaders in the developing science of supply-chain optimisation will be in South Africa to address the Supply-Chain World-Southern Africa 2004 Conference & Exposition at the Sandton Convention Centre on August 2 and 3. 

Spirotech International

16th July 2004 Spirotech International, a division of Krew Ventilation, provides a turnkey solution to materials handling problems, including conveying, classification, compaction and dewatering. 

Barloworld in JV with wine and beverage distributor

14th July 2004 South African integrated logistics and supply chain management company Barloworld Logistics and JF Hillebrand, international distributor of wines and beverages, have announced a groundbreaking joint venture for distribution into the South African market. 

Contractor makes exclusive use of local skills

By: lauren rota     2nd July 2004 A silver Logistics Achiever Award for 2003 has been awarded to Cargo Africa Overborder (CAOB) for its successful accomplishment of its line-haul contract on the natural-gas pipeline project. 

Logistics group to diversify client base

2nd July 2004 Logistics company Protekon is fully geared to support its holding company, Transnet, in its initiatives to become the ‘undisputed champion’ of transport logistics in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cyprian Xaba, CEO of Protekon, has stated. 

TFM joins supply-side intervention programme

1st July 2004 Gauteng company TFM Industries has been identified by the National Productivity Institute (NPI) as an ideal candidate for the ‘Workplace Challenge’, a supply-side intervention programme. 

Dump-truck maker takes technology leap

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2004 At 50, Bell Equipment is still taking techno-logical leaps. 

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