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Materials Handling News

Crane maker celebrates its 36th birthday

1st November 2002 A leading local manufacturer of overhead cranes and hoists founded by German engineer and entrepreneur Josef Kleiner, Condra is celebrating its thirty-sixth anniversary. 

Bringing new concepts and products to SA

1st November 2002 With the recent introduction of new technology from Germany, IMS companies have again demonstrated their commitment to bringing new concepts and products to South Africa once they have been thoroughly evaluated for local conditions. 

Container tampering cut at the City Deep terminal

18th October 2002 One of South Africa’s largest distributors and manufacturers of security seals, Aluvin Securiseal, is supplying the City Deep Inland Terminal of Spoornet with more than 100 000 once-off security seals a year for all its Spoornet containers. 

Equipment-rental firm expands service base

By: Taryn Leicher     18th October 2002 East Rand-based company Pro-Durity specialises in the rental of welding and construction equipment throughout South Africa, as well acting as a hiring company with on-site offices at some of the biggest developments in the country. 

Mechanical splicing the answer to joining conveyor belts, believes firm

11th October 2002 The type of splicing system used for joining conveyor belts goes a long way in determining its effective operational life span. 

Dispensing system improves pallet storage

By: Karel Smrcka     11th October 2002 Economically speaking, storage costs are most relevant, in fact, every single square metre of storage capacity means space which cannot be used for production purposes – space hardly to make profit with. 

South Africa not integrated into global supply chains

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2002 South Africa is not yet deeply integrated into the global production processes of foreign companies currently operating in the country, a new study has found. 

Bulk materials-handling company making inroads into the African market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     6th September 2002 Bulk materials-handling and minerals-processing firm Osborn has been awarded a R2,6-million contract for a pilot processing plant and ball mill in Mozambique. 

E-logistics platform aids famine victims

By: Deborah Spicer     30th August 2002 The first shipment of famine-relief maize to be transported through South Africa to Zimbabwe by the United Nations (UN) World Food Program to Zimbabwe will be managed by Transnet subsidiary Viamax’s eLogistics platform, launched by b2bAfrica in August. 

Terminal will be ready for titanium exporter

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th August 2002 The R54-million expansion of the Kusasa bulk terminal at Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, will be completed in October, well before Ticor South Africa’s new furnace at Hillendale starts producing titanium slag, which will take up all the additional capacity. 

New logistics division formed

23rd August 2002 Local company Grintek and Saab of Sweden announced the formation of a new division under Grintron, their jointly owned defence electronics company, which will have its head office at Grintek Park, in the Highveld Technopark in Centurion, Gauteng. 

R1,5-m contract for upgrading library

23rd August 2002 Designer and manufacturer of supply chain, automated handling and logistics systems Swisslog South Africa completed a R1,5-million contract in which it upgraded the Johannesburg Reference Library’s book retrieval capability. 

Local expertise for Turkish project

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 In a $34-million contract, materials handling specialist Koch South Africa is currently supervising the installation and commissioning of materials handling infrastructure for the coal-fired power plant in Iskenderun in Turkey. 

Pallet inverters answer to productivity blues

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 Gauteng-based Warehouse Technologies provides an integrated facility for all aspects of warehousing, materials handling and productivity services, ranging from pre-feasibility studies through to total turnkey projects covering design, construct, equip and commission. 

R100m distribution centre developed

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 Johannesburg-based LGA Logistics Consultants have been awarded the design and project management by Tibbett & Britten Africa for its new distribution centre located in Boksburg, Gauteng, with the entire project value in excess of R100 million. 

Truck-fleet tracking system enables 20% cost reduction

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 A vehicle scheduling and tracking system, the Fleet Logistics Optimiser (FLO), has been designed by Gauteng based Opsi Systems to improve fleet utilisation and reduce delivery costs by up to 20%. 

More companies investing in all-important supply chain

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 More companies are investing in their supply chains, with particular focus on more sophisticated warehouses and systems to increase capacity and throughput efficiencies, observes Southern African Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management President Mike Johnston. 

Lift-truck company awarded two contracts

23rd August 2002 Gauteng-based Goscor Lift Truck Company has been awarded a contract for the supply of 37 lift trucks to Tibbett & Britten South Africa. 

New lift trucks for brewer, manufacturer

23rd August 2002 Springfield-based South African Breweries in Kwazulu-Natal has purchased three Hyster H3.50XM and two Hyster H2.00XM diesel units for its warehouse. 

Gold-mine receives an overhead crane

23rd August 2002 Local firm Condra has delivered a 66-ton high-lift overhead crane to Placer Dome’s South Deep Gold Mine outside Westonaria. 

Deal signed for 22 trucks

23rd August 2002 Local logistics firm Barloworld Logistics and DaimlerChrysler have signed a multimillion rand deal for 22 truck tractors which were delivered by mid-April. 

Used equipment market growing

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 Three eighteen year old Euclid rigid frame dump trucks have been given a new lease of life by Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa. 

Intermodal deliveries cut distribution costs

23rd August 2002 Self loading and off loading sidelifters by Steelbro reportedly unlock vast potential in hub and spoke supply chain service delivery. 

ID-systems distributor established

23rd August 2002 Gauteng-based ProScan Systems has been established as a distributor of a range of automated identification systems for the retail, warehousing, distribution, transport and logistics and manufacturing industries in Southern Africa. 

Shiploaders to be installed

23rd August 2002 Johannesburg-based Krupp Materials Handling (Krupp MH) received an order for two shiploaders at Portnet’s Saldanha iron ore export terminal in September last year. 

State-of-the-art logistics system for national distribution centre

23rd August 2002 The use of a double-deep racking system, efficiency of management and use of top-of-the-line materials handling equipment has resulted in a logistical success story for Kelloggs South Africa’s national distribution centre in Jet Park, Gauteng. 

Dock-levellers achieving optimum capacity

23rd August 2002 Eight dock levellers supplied by DDL Equipment are working at optimum capacity in a loading bay installation at logistics solutions specialist,Chep South Africa’s Boksburg-based returnable plastic container (RPC) depot. 

Plastic modular conveyor belts offer advantages

23rd August 2002 Engineering firm Bearing Man’s power transmission chain division distributes the Eurobelt range of plastic modular conveyor belts, providing support for efficient and safe conveying of industrial and food products. 

Warning sounded against a tendency to neglect logistics

23rd August 2002 The tendency within the manufacturing industry has been to neglect warehousing and distribution logistics in favour of the production process, often resulting in an illogical, random storage system. 

Maintenance costs can be reduced, says company

23rd August 2002 High wear at transfer points escalates maintenance expenditure on a mine dramatically, and yet, according to Werner Baller of Weba Chute Systems, this is one of the areas where solutions are readily available. 

Company employs five new haulers

23rd August 2002 Airport ground handling company Swissport Cargo has acquired five Dezzi H60 haulers from Barloworld Handling for its operation at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Crane specialist branches into Moz

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 International materials-handling specialist Demag Cranes and Components of South Africa has been awarded a multimillion rand contract for the full plant crane maintenance at the Mozal I as well as the Mozal II smelter expansion project. 

Development around City Deep and Kaserne refocused

23rd August 2002 The Gauteng Provincial Government’s Blue IQ initiative announced the refocusing of its development efforts in the City Deep and Kaserne area. 

Distribution centre's racking contract awarded

23rd August 2002 A multimillion rand racking contract for two of Tibbett & Britten’s distribution centres, both in Boksburg, Gauteng, has been awarded to Braziers. 

Govt value chains need attention

By: Riaan de Lange     16th August 2002 Over recent years numerous articles have been written, and are still being published on issues pertaining to a company’s value chain and providing suggestions on its improvement. Yet one of the areas, which seem to have escaped attention, is government’s value chain. 

Supplier hub to speed up Gauteng's auto logistics

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 July saw the establishment of the Automotive Supplier Park in Pretoria – reportedly the first of its kind in Africa – which forms part of the Gauteng Automotive hub. 

Continuous improvement but without retrenchment

By: Marius Roodt     2nd August 2002 Competitiveness improvement is what the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is succeeding in developing. 

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