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Materials Handling News

Ten new pickers for furniture and household goods distribution centre

22nd August 2003 Ten Crown high-level-order pickers have been supplied to a warehousing and distribution centre that has been established by Roadway Logistics. 

International removal company signs an empowerment deal

22nd August 2003 One of the biggest removal companies operating in Africa, AGS Frasers International has created a new black empowerment company within the group as part of a stepped-up restructuring strategy. 

East Rand warehouse implements a radio frequency solution

22nd August 2003 A manufacturer and distributor of household cleaning products in South Africa and globally, Reckitt Benckiser, has implemented a million rand radio frequency (RF) solution from RangeGate at its warehouse and production facilities. 

R25m truck fleet to service new R200m distribution centre

22nd August 2003 Logistics and supply chain management group Tibbett & Britten Africa has started to take delivery of a R25-million order for 22 Nissan trucks that will form the core of a fleet that will be dedicated to the group’s new R200-million automated Gauteng Distribution Centre (GDC). 

Speech-recognition eases the demands of inventory taking

22nd August 2003 The Intermec 700 colour mobile computer with SyVox speech-recognition software was launched by ProScan earlier this month. 

Cape building and garden supplies centre to open its doors

22nd August 2003 The biggest, most comprehensive building and garden supplies centre in Southern Africa will shortly be built on a 4,9 ha site at Sunningdale, on the Cape West Coast, north of Table View, at a cost of R50-million. 

Maputo harbour buys two new tugboats

22nd August 2003 Two harbour tugs, as part of a $70-million capital investment programme, were delivered to the Port of Maputo, Mozambique, in early July. 

Company adds supply-chain management to its offering

22nd August 2003 The formation of a dedicated supply-chain management (SCM) business unit aimed at meeting SCM needs of EOH customers has been announced. 

South Africa introduced to US-devised supply-chain model

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 Earlier this month, the Supply Chain Council (SCC) held its first conference in Southern Africa. 

Acquisition will boost logistics offering – Super Group

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd August 2003 Logistics Supply chain management giant Super Group’s recent R220-million acquisition of some of the businesses of DNA Supply Chains will enable it to expand its service offering, says a senior executive, explaining that, given the small size of the Southern African market and the time... 

State set to inject billions to boost logistics sector

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2003 The South African government is putting the final touches to a far-reaching logistic-improvement programme designed to keep pace with export-led demand. 

At last, SA moves to arrest logistics crisis

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2003 It is more than a little disingenuous for government to be claiming that it is purely as a result of South Africa’s extraordinary export performance that there is now a need to capitalise the country’s economic infrastructure. 

Auto group establishes ‘virtual’ parts warehouse

8th August 2003 Automotive manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has launched the first phase of a vehicle parts distribution system that will dramatically increase the availability of parts to its customers throughout the country, and ultimately bring about a reduction of as much as 25% in the cost... 

Forty years of belting supply is celebrated

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Hudaco’s subsidiary Belting Supply Services, of Wadeville, Germiston, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 

Three auto-part firms set to join new park

By: Zonika Botha     18th July 2003 Three international automotive component suppliers will soon open up shop at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, near Pretoria. 

Supplier park establishes its logistics network

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 One of the crucial steps in the development of the Automotive Supper Park (ASP) is the formation of a strong logistics network. 

German research organisation supports supplier park project

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 German applied research and consulting group, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, has been involved in the development of the local automotive sector since the conception of the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in 1999. 

Lead consultant says supplier park project needs teamwork

27th June 2003 The Supplier Park Development Company appointed PD Naidoo & Associates (PDNA) to assume overall responsibility for all aspects of infrastructure development at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Pretoria. 

SA first has offered many challenges

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 The project management team involved in the development of the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Pretoria have faced a number of challenges. 

Automotive industry is a Gauteng growth sector

27th June 2003 As the largest manufacturing sector, the automotive industry was selected as a growth area by the Gauteng Provincial Government. 

Forestry, wood industries grow opportunities

By: Karel Smrcka     20th June 2003 Sustainable forest management solutions, new technologies, wood as an energy source – these were the current themes of concerted efforts to harness the best of nature and technology. 

Oil-analysis specialist targets power-generation industry

By: Laura Franz     13th June 2003 An independent used-oil analysis company, the Wearcheck Africa Division of Set Point Technology, has set its sights on the power-generation industry after securing two key orders last month – one on a wind farm at Mumbai, India, and the other in joint venture with ABB South Africa at... 

‘Auto industry will benefit from balanced scorecard approach’

By: nkolola halwindi     13th June 2003 The implementation of a balanced scorecard, a strategy implementation and performance measurement methodology, will help the automotive industry achieve its strategy of being a global supplier of high-quality automotive products and components, believes Automotive Industry Development Centre... 

Ship unloader proving to be a versatile asset

By: Luxolo Tyali     6th June 2003 Supplier of food processing plant and equipment Buhler, is also a specialist in port terminal and storage systems unit design and in the construction of ship unloading and loading facilities. 

New forklifts for Cape Town carpet manufacturer

18th April 2003 Northern Ireland-owned company Ulster Carpets has invested in new materials-handling equipment for its Durban plant. 

Johan van der Merwe, TFM Industries

18th April 2003 Full name: Johan Ernest George van der Merwe Position: MD of TFM Industries since July 1997 Main activity of the company: Supply and support of specialist load bodies for commercial vehicles Date and place of birth: March 3, 1960, Paarl Education: Matric, Paarl Boys’ High, 1977; Hons Eng... 

Ivan Clark, Grindrod

4th April 2003 Full Name: Ivan Arthur James Clark Position: MD of Grindrod Limited since July 1999 Main activity of the company: Shipping and freight logistics Date and place of birth: December 8, 1943, Durban Education: Matriculated from Glenwood High School in 1961, and qualified as chartered accountant in... 

Bell eyes after-market opportunities

28th March 2003 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is bullish about prospects for growing annuity earnings from its parts and services business. 

Brian Croock, BD Sarens

21st February 2003 Full name: Brian Stephen Croock Position: MD since April 2002 Main activity of the company: BD Sarens is in the lifting and transport logistics industries and offers five different services under one roof, namely cranage and rigging, road transportation, air and sea freight, project logistics and... 

R15m upgrade project in KZN

7th February 2003 Information technology company Metrofile has invested R15-million in an upgrade to its storage facility in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Air-tube systems revolutionising in-house communication

7th February 2003 There’s a breath of fresh air at the Firmenich plant in Midrand following designer and supplier of materials-handling systems Swisslog’s revitalisation of its air-tube materials-handling system. 

Process equipment firm concludes buy-out deal

7th February 2003 Specialist in vibratory process equipment Lockers Engineers, of Gauteng, is now a wholly-owned South African company. 

Company expects consolidation in the crane industry in 2003

7th February 2003 Order intake at Condra Cranes & Hoists accelerated throughout 2002. 

Saudi Arabia buys SA-made mobile ramp

7th February 2003 A local equipment supplier has exported its 100% South African manufactured mobile ramp to the Port of Jeddah, a major commercial centre in Saudi Arabia, where it has become an integral part in the handling of imported sugar from shipping containers to trucks. 

Cosmetics firm and fast-food distributor place forklift orders

7th February 2003 Contract cosmetics manufacturer and packager, Le-Sel Research of Grand Central, Halfway House, Gauteng, has ordered four Daewoo forklift trucks from Goscor Lift Truck Company. 

Jolly Rubino clean-up to run another four months

7th February 2003 A clean-up operation involving specialised materials-handling services to deal with the containment of hazardous material averted a major ecological disaster off the country’s east coast when the Italian cargo vessel, the Jolly Rubino, ran aground on September 12 last year. 

Two crushers commissioned at diamond-mine

7th February 2003 Gauteng minerals processing equipment supplier IMS Engineering has commissioned two additional Kawasaki primary gyratory crushers at Orapa and Jwaneng diamond-mines, Botswana, for Debswana Diamond Company. 

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