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Materials Handling News

Capital equipment supplier expands market presence

7th February 2003 Capital equipment supplier Criterion Equipment of East London, Eastern Cape, is expanding its penetration into the local market, focusing on the municipal market in Wilsonia, which is at the hub of East London’s fresh produce trade. 

Share shake-up for local subsidiary

7th February 2003 All shares in the South African subsidiary of German materials-handling company Pfaff-silberblau has been sold to local shareholders. 

Sugar project aims to increase efficiency

7th February 2003 The Swazi sugar industry, both at producer and processing levels, is considered one of the most efficient in the world. 

SA firm logistics anchor in region’s food aid programme

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 More than ten million people in Southern Africa will starve if not for the intervention of the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations’ frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. 

Expansion at coal-mines holds business potential

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 Diversified miner BHP Billiton’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ingwe Coal, has awarded a R20-million contract for the construction of a 3,2 km overland conveyor at the company’s Khutala Colliery at Delmas, Mpumalanga, to the South African subsidiary of German materials-handling specialist... 

Decline in rail use having domino effect

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 One of the pioneers of containerisation in the country warns that the inefficient use of local rail transport is having a negative effect on the containerised transportation of goods. 

Low-maintenance hoists on offer

7th February 2003 East Rand-based Bellambie Mining and Industrial’s extensive range of lifting and pulling equipment is used in diverse materials applications throughout Southern Africa. 

Shipping line orders new vessels

7th February 2003 Shipping line Safmarine has ordered three new container vessels specifically designed for trade at West African ports. 

Outsourcing automotive supply-chain management trend on the increase

7th February 2003 Outsourcing the management of supply chains in the automotive industry has become a growing trend in recent years, says DNA Supply Chains Automotive CEO Jane Lagaay. 

International supply-chain conference in Gauteng this year

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 October saw the launch of the Southern African Chapter of the internationally-recognised Supply Chain Council (SCC), which ultimately aims to assist companies to become more efficient in the distribution, importing and exporting of raw materials and goods. 

Call for local logistics firms to become more transparent

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 Local companies involved in logistics - directly or indirectly – should adopt a more open, transparent and pro-active approach if they wish to compete with their international counterparts, states president of the Southern African Round Table of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM)... 

On-line database to offer SA products and services internationally

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 An ambitious national initiative aimed at developing the South African supplier base in line with global expectations will be launched in June. 

Country’s supply chain and logistics ability under scrutiny

By: Helene Le Roux     7th February 2003 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a dedicated unit to assist government to improve the country’s national supply chain and logistics capabilities. 

Airports company is ready for Cricket World Cup

7th February 2003 With national cricket teams and thousands of fans expected in the country for the cricket world cup (CWC) 2003, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has put in place elaborate operational plans to facilitate their arrival and departure. 

Group wins contract to supply maritime identification system

By: Zonika Botha     31st January 2003 Following the strict security climate post September 11, 2001, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has moved forward its mandatory implementation schedule for large cargo vessels, tankers and passenger vessels to be equipped with universal automatic identification systems (AIS) by four... 

Retail portfolio continues to develop

By: marisa rodrigues     31st January 2003 South Africa’s airports are the gateway to the country for the majority of international visitors and have an important influence on their impression of South Africa. 

Freight forwarder believes new opportunities abound

By: nkolola halwindi     24th January 2003 As a result of the automotive industry’s booming export programme, opportunities for the country’s freight forwarding industry have surfaced. 

Joburg pursues several growth catalysts

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2003 Johannesburg metro authorities have identified several ‘catalytic sectoral projects’ to spur economic growth and development in the city, and have established a team of project managers to drive the initiatives. 

Diagnostics firm enters local market

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Diagnostic technology supplier Automated Reasoning, of the US and Europe, is looking to gain entry into the South African market and is already working closely with a client in the oil refinery industry together with its local distributor Trilan, Engineering News can report 

Pretoria automotive park seeks logistics service provider

By: candice haase     6th December 2002 The fundamental concept of the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) being developed in Pretoria, is to achieve synergies and optimisation through economies of scale by grouping together technologies, services and service providers for various participants in the automotive industry. 

Firms in joint development of supply chain solution for the metal industry

6th December 2002 Partners IFS and Atos Origin have agreed on the next phase in their worldwide collaboration. 

IT transforms the materials handling

By: Karel Smrcka     29th November 2002 Communications and information technology (IT) are becoming increasingly critical in materials-handling hardware. Although they are still the exception to the rule, a number of systems are now running on twice the amount of IT they used to rely on. 

Supply chain outsourcing increases firm's turnover

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd November 2002 The decision by SABMiller Africa & Asia to outsource its supply chain to the sourcing and procurement specialist DNA Sherwood, has proved profitable. 

Distribution industry growth aiding racking and shelving sector

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 The distribution industry is growing faster than ever before, benefiting the racking and shelving industry directly, observes First Storage Concepts director Andrew Bailey. 

Solution on offer for small parts storage

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 Small parts storage is a problem in any warehouse or parts department which handles large numbers of line items. 

Warehousing industry needs mobile technology, says firm

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 One of the most notable trends in the warehousing and storage industries is the increasing use of mobile technology for improved efficiency and accuracy, observes RangeGate research and development director Fred Hoare. 

Firm in R20-million pallet contract for chain-store group

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 The warehousing and storage industry is facing huge cost increases as a result of the escalating local steel prices, observes Symo Storage GM Toni Mongiat. 

A new look at supply-chain management

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 In a move which will see numerous benefits for companies in the southern African region, UTi, a global supply chain solutions provider listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, has worked with the internationally recognised Supply Chain Council (SCC), to facilitate the launch of a Southern Africa... 

Possible global rollout for local logistics model

8th November 2002 The Customer Care Centre (C3) is the joint brainchild of Tibbett & Britten Africa (TBA) and the solution design and technology specialists of DNA Supply Chains. 

Company promotes push-back pallet-racking system

8th November 2002 Push-back racking is a live storage system where palletised loads are stored on movable trolleys and rails. 

New reach truck for windscreen maker

8th November 2002 Windscreen specialist Shatterprufe has taken delivery of its fourth Crown reach truck, an ESR 4020, from the Goscor Lift Truck Company for the safe and efficient handling of windscreens. 

Company wraps up two new projects

8th November 2002 Following on from the establishment of its new distribution centre in Centurion, Gauteng, and Mahogany Ridge in Kwazulu-Natal, retailer Clicks embark on another initiative at its Montague Gardens distribution centre in Cape Town. 

Warehousing of documents is increasingly outsourced

By: nkolola halwindi     8th November 2002 Data storage can no longer be viewed as merely storing data but it is imperative that data is stored in such a way that the information is readily available, easily manageable and intelligently used, observes Metrofile marketing director Paul Mullon. 

Polygraph-testing industry growing

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 As the Christmas season approaches, the polygraph testing industry is witnessing the usual surge in demand for its specialised services. 

SA company achieves Tapa accreditation

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 In September, the South African division of global logistics company Exel received accreditation from the Technology Asset Protection Association (Tapa). 

Importers and exporters yet to consider the threat of container tampering

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 Monitoring the movement of cargo, coupled with security sealing technology is a development that is being undertaken by manufacturer and supplier of security sealing systems Aluvin Securiseal. 

R26-million contract completed at Midrand distribution facility

1st November 2002 German firm Siemens Dematic Materials Handling Automation Southern Africa has completed the installation of an about R26-million state-of-the-art warehouse and order-fulfilment system for Vodacom’s new distribution facility in Midrand. 

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