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Materials Handling News

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. 

Heavy-duty skills project launched

By: Zonika Botha     21st November 2003 In a move to meet the skills shortage in South Africa head on, Barloworld Equipment has launched a new learnership in the repair and maintenance of earthmoving equipment. 

Pallet-runner system installed at Germiston warehouse

By: candice haase     7th November 2003 To enable high-density storage and reduce the size of the African Products warehouse in Germiston, Gauteng, the UPS Logistics Group South Africa incorporated a pallet system into the design of the new facility, commissioned in March. 

9 300 tons of paper

By: candice haase     7th November 2003 To accommodate the increase in demand for storage space by businesses in Pretoria, document management and storage company Metrofile completed the construction of a 3 200 m2 storage facility in May this year. 

New hub forms core of sub-Saharan distribution infrastructure

By: candice haase     7th November 2003 A state-of-the-art fast-moving consumer-goods distribution facility was commissioned for logistics group Tibbett & Britten Africa (TBA) in May this year. 

A forklift designed to operate in narrow aisles

By: candice haase     7th November 2003 To facilitate materials-handling in very narrow aisles, Midrand company Criterion Equipment introduced the Flexi Generation 3 forklift truck to the South African market about a year ago. 

Bus body manufacturer booms in SA

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 Since it started manufacturing in this country some two years ago, Brazilian bus and coach body multinational Marcopolo has produced about 500 buses, of which around 100 have been exported to Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

SA hosts Unicef’s first non-European disaster-relief hub

By: laurian clemence     31st October 2003 The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has officially opened an emergency supply facility in Johannesburg, the first such facility to be opened outside of Europe. 

Gauteng's advanced distribution hub attracts global brands

By: Zonika Botha     10th October 2003 What is reportedly the most advanced automated fast-moving consumer-goods (FMCG) distribution facility in Africa is currently operating on the East Rand, in Gauteng. 

New R153m mega-warehouse opens

3rd October 2003 South Africa’s second-biggest warehouse has opened in Gauteng. 

Distribution problem should not be overlooked in Aids treatment drive

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th September 2003 Imagine if the government announced that it was giving away a free set of bicycle tyres once a year to each bicycle owner as a gesture of goodwill in encouraging people to travel, and to be healthy and reduce combustion engine emissions. 

Enviro strandard for earthmoving firm

16th September 2003 The Middelburg operation of domestic earthmoving-equipment firm, Barloworld’s Equipment Mining, has become the first group operation, and reportedly the first in the local earthmoving industry, to be awarded Environmental Standard SABS ISO 14001:1996 and Health and Safety Standard OHSAS... 

Stainless crane contract awarded

By: nkolola halwindi     29th August 2003 In a multimillion-rand contract, local crane manufacturer Demag Cranes and Components will supply ten cranes to Columbus Stainless, in Middelburg, as part of its expansion programme. 

Local company moves Boeing equipment into SA

22nd August 2003 Global aerospace giant Boeing awarded Denel Aviation, a division of the Denel Group, a contract to manufacture airplane parts for the Boeing 747 and its other commercial airplanes. 

New skid-steer introduced to the local market

22nd August 2003 Johannesburg company Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) has introduced the latest Bobcat skid steer to the market. 

Equipment company opens a new Midrand branch

22nd August 2003 August heralds a number of changes for Criterion Equipment, and according to MD Graham Callanan, all will have a positive impact on customers. 

Geared motors on offer

22nd August 2003 The Nord range of geared motors, which is assembled locally by Power Drives, Bearing Man’s industrial gear box division, is designed for the best performance of mechanical speed control in any materials-handling application. 

Solution offered to conveyor belt slippage

22nd August 2003 Conveyor belt slippage contributes to significant losses in productivity, with resultant negative financial implications. 

Free State clinic installs an air-tube system

22nd August 2003 An air-tube materials-handling system has been installed at the Welkom MediClinic, in the Free State. 

Container-handling company secures a smart partnership

22nd August 2003 The company South African Container Depots (SACD) is a specialist in the storage, handling and repair of all types of empty and full containers, as well as the handling of containerised cargo. 

New forklift able to work indoors and outdoors

22nd August 2003 A narrow-aisle forklift truck, capable of running inside and outside warehouses, has been launched. 

Access and lifting solutions company launched

22nd August 2003 A new company that will focus on providing cost-effective access and lifting solutions has been established by Omni Struct.? 

New forklift for Port Elizabeth handling agent

22nd August 2003 Handling agent for several international airlines, Airline Cargo Resources (ACR), has taken delivery of the company’s first TCM forklift at its Port Elizabeth office. 

Company argues in favour of forklift rental rather than ownership

22nd August 2003 Affordability, minimum downtime and peace of mind are strong arguments in favour of forklift rental as a financially-viable option compared to forklift ownership. 

East Rand plant-hire company receives its newest addition

22nd August 2003 Plant hire company, H & B Plant Hire, has taken delivery of a Hyundai Robex 210LC-7 excavator from High Power Equipment Africa. 

IT solutions provider reports triple-digit growth

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 Software solutions developer for the supply-chain management field, Interdyne Technologies, grew by a hundred per cent last year. 

The big deal about small things ILS says small adjustments can make a big difference to the efficiency of logistics

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 A Johannesburg company has completed contracts for the logistics design for two major food producers in South Africa. 

Chain factory expansion to come to fruition in October

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 Two years of upgrading and expansion at McKinnon Chain’s Vereeniging forge and chain factory, in Gauteng, will culminate in October this year with the launch of the Max Alloy Gr8 range of chains and fittings. 

Turnkey conveyor specialist opts for new business focus

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 A company aligned closely with the gold, platinum, coal and power generation industries, has over the last 18 months been realigning itself to focus on one core area of business. 

Telehandlers are not fully appreciated, believes rental service

22nd August 2003 When renting equipment for any construction, industrial or agricultural application, selecting suitable machines to carry out the task can make the difference between success and failure, profit and loss. 

Supply-chain summit scheduled for September

22nd August 2003 South African companies have an opportunity to unlock their supply-chain potential at the first international Supply Chain Summit, hosted by Siemens Supply Chain Consulting and Telkom Business, at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 17 to 19. 

Conveyor belt energy saver developed

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 A low rolling-resistant compound, used on the bottom covers of conveyor belting, has been developed by Goodyear to reduce the energy consumed by a conveyor belt. 

Asset management vital to the supply chain, says Cape Town company

22nd August 2003 The idea of reliable delivery on time, every time, without breakdowns in the process, supported by good service and minimal stock-keeping, sounds like a textbook notion rather than reality. 

Co-op boasts a large fleet of forklifts

22nd August 2003 Letsitele Co-Op exports 80% of its product and it is vital the quality of the export oranges is not adversely affected by delays in moving the fruit into packing sheds, and from there onto rail transport, to arrive at the coast in time for shipping to markets abroad. 

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