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Materials Handling News

Winning stable’s dark horse Local front-end loaders up with the front runners in 2003 Southern African leadership stakes

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 Local front end loaders up with the front runners in 2003 Southern African leadership stakes 

Bin manufacture goes to Germany

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 Articulated dump truck (ADT) bins currently manufactured in South Africa will soon be manufactured in Germany, where Bell Equipment’s Eisenach factory is in the process of ramping up production to 18 finally-assembled ADTs a week. 

State wants private sector help to sort out logistics logjam

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2004 “We will either swim together or sink together. Don’t leave it to government to sort out the transport or logistics problem alone,” said Department of Trade and Industry logistics and infrastructure director Elvin Harris at a National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and... 

RG Maintenance

11th June 2004 RG Maintenance Services specialises in the manufacture, design, installation, modification, load testing, upgrading, repair and service of all types of overhead cranes, jib structures, gantries and auxiliary lift equipment. 

Global speakers for supply-chain event

1st June 2004 The continents largest supply chain management conference, Sapics, will be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre between June 7 and June 9. 

Durban terminal making productivity progress

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2004 The Durban container terminal has seen a 20% increase in productivity in the last year, says Container Liner Operator Forum (Clof) chairperson Dave Rennie. 

Efficient Engineering

30th April 2004 Thirty-six-year-old Efficient Engineering specialises in heavy fabrications and machining of materials-handling and process equipment. 

Josef Kleiner, Condra Cranes

23rd April 2004 Full name: Josef Kleiner Position: Managing director since 1966 Main activity of the company: Manufacture of cranes and crane components Date and place of birth: January 1, 1931 – Spornhau, Germany Education: Matriculation (night school) 1954; Diploma in Engineering (Fachhochschule M 

Transport firm to be ‘lifted’ by BEE deal

16th April 2004 The acquisition of 30% of lifting and transport services company BD Sarens by empowered company Bowman Trading will pave the way for the growth of the logistics company into a fully integrated service provider across the sectors. 

Logistics firm in R50m BEE deal

30th March 2004 Market leader in lifting and transport services BD Sarens has sealed a multimillion rand black economic empowerment (BEE) deal, which will see 30% of the company in the hands of previously-disadvantaged South Africans. 

New move to promote Maputo as an alternative trade route

By: candice haase     26th March 2004 The transport infrastructure developed across South Africa’s landlocked Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces to the port at Maputo, in Mozambique, has the potential to serve as the backbone of export and import activity in the region. 

Transponders and training are the future

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 It is anticipated that the South African logistics industry will be hit by a wave of change in the not-too-distant future in which all products will be tagged with transponders to collect information on a single product from source to end-user. 

Lifting-machine operators’ training course revamped

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 The South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) reports that significant changes are scheduled to take place in education and training courses in the materials-handling sector later this year. 

Stopping power is now available for conveyors

6th February 2004 In a client-oriented move, Melco has added a safety mechanism, called Rollerbrake, which enhances the functionality and operational safety of inclined conveyors in heavy-duty environments to its range of conveyor-related equipment. 

Belts are designed for demanding environment

6th February 2004 New specialist belting division of Bearing Man, Belting Solutions, has introduced endless woven belts, which meet the requirements of special materials-handling operations in demanding environments, to its range of branded belting products. 

Geared motors enhance materials-handling applications

6th February 2004 Electro-mechanical engineering specialist Leroy Somer has introduced a new range of geared motors designed to enhance materials-handling applications in diverse industries. 

Lever hoist launched for heavy-duty materials handling applications

6th February 2004 Lifting and pulling equipment specialist Bellambie Mining & Industrial has launched a new Kito lever hoist, called the L5 Series, designed for efficient performance in heavy-duty materials-handling applications. 

Removals demonstrate Nepad’s effect

6th February 2004 African destinations are taking the biggest share of the South African removals industry for the first time in history. 

Natro Freight in new empowerment move

6th February 2004 South Africa’s largest independent transportation and logistics company, Natro Freight, has established a new subsidiary company aimed at bringing greater black ownership and professional expertise into the white-dominated transportation industry. 

Six forklifts delivered to chemicals firm

6th February 2004 Part of the Goscor group, Goscor Lift Truck Company has supplied six Daewoo G1,8 gas forklifts with container entry masts at 3 300 mm to Huntsman-Umbogintwini. 

Nissan introduces new forklift to South Africa

6th February 2004 A new 1,8 t to 3,5 t range of forklift has been has introduced to South Africa by Nissan Forklift. 

Pallets launched internationally

6th February 2004 A new multi-purpose, interlocking pallet system designed by UK company PalletLegs has been launched in the international market due to the advice services of Innovation-Direct. 

Electric forklifts swapped for diesel

6th February 2004 The Hyster forklift fleet of Sasko Milling has been convertedto diesel, due to a long-term partnership with Barloworld Equipment Handling. 

Logistics helps consumers drink cola

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 Logistic software system supplier Opsi Systems reports the success of its demand prediction and distribution system for full-service beverage vending, called optimisation of vending and logistics (Oval). 

Logistics company focuses on exports

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 International logistics provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics reports that the business has changed from being export-driven to being import-driven due to the strong rand. 

Rand hurts exports

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 One of South Africa’s leading clearing and forwarding agents, R 

Multinationals boost local logistics industry

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 The South African logistics industry is experiencing tremendous growth and change due to several external and internal driving forces. 

Road and rail should complement each other

6th February 2004 The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (Ciltsa) expresses concern about the imbalance between road and rail freight, coupled with overloading of trucks on national roads and congestion at harbours. 

Software upgrade assists daily automotive parts deliveries

6th February 2004 The parts division of Delta Motor Corporation reports that it has improved customer satisfaction and moved stock-order deliveries from weekly to daily since upgrading its RangeGate Inter-Gate software. 

Cement deal wins logistics award

6th February 2004 Integrated logistics company Barloworld Logistics recently announced a strategic development to its well-established relationship with PPC Cement in which Barloworld Logistics will perform scenario-planning and optimisation of the full PPC Cement supply-chain. 

R1m software deal concluded

6th February 2004 Namibian pharmaceutical wholesaler Geka-Pharma has implemented Associated Computer Solutions’ (ACSs) locally-developed eneterprise resource planning software, called acs-Embrace, in a deal worth a million rand. 

Work starts on new bulk terminal for Richards Bay

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 Construction of a new R250-million bulk handling facility at Richards Bay was started last week. 

Work on high-security US consulate well under way

By: laurian clemence     16th January 2004 Construction on the $36-million, high-security US Consulate being built in Tokai, Cape Town, is reportedly well under way and will be completed by March next year. 

Choppy waters

By: Deborah Spicer     16th January 2004 Momentum is building for the concessioning of the Durban container terminal, but even those close to discussions are unsure about how the country’s busiest port will be restructured. 

Large basement excavation a challenge

By: elizabeth rebelo     12th December 2003 The largest basement excavation yet done in Johannesburg has been at Constitution Hill, located between Braamfontein and Hillbrow, where 250 000 m3 of soil was removed. 

Starting work on this project meant breaking rock – and lots of it

By: zeena isaacs     5th December 2003 Earthmoving and excavation company, Protech Construction, reports that it completed the bulk of the excavation work for its R6,4-million Michelangelo Towers contract early in April. 

Govt reports record number of land claims processed

By: laurian clemence     25th November 2003 The Department of Land Affairs yesterday announced that this year has seen a remarkable increase in the number of land redistribution projects and claims that have been settled and processed since 1994. 

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