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Materials Handling News

Excavator joins the diamond-digging fleet

8th February 2002 It is said that the amount of attention paid in the design of the new generation of Fiat-Hitachi EX series excavators has created the perfect interface between operator and machine, ensuring maximum productivity for even the most difficult and demanding excavation work. 

Skid-steer loader for metal recycling

8th February 2002 Local company, SA Metal, has just received delivery of a Caterpillar skid steer loader from Barloworld Equipment, of Belville in Cape Town. 

Moz and Botswana agents for equipment supplier

8th February 2002 Mozambicans now have easy access to South African materials-handling equipment supplier Criterion Equipment’s range of TCM forklifts, Atlet warehouse equipment and hand pallet jacks. 

Logistics success story for cereal manufacturer

8th February 2002 The innovative 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. 

Excavator for Swazi dam

8th February 2002 Transcavators took delivery of its first Volvo EC210 late last year and this has proved to be a reliable machine. 

Rugged new loader launched

8th February 2002 The first E-series wheel loader from Volvo Construction Equipment, the Volvo L220E was launched at Bauma 2001 and will soon be available from Babcock Equipment. 

Globalisation promotes strategic logistics partnering

8th February 2002 As the pressures of globalisation begin to be felt by commerce, the focus of leading companies will shift towards their core competencies. 

Telescopic handler bought

8th February 2002 Cargo loader Bay Stevedores, of Richards Bay, has purchased a Bobcat 40140 telescopic handler from Bobcat South Africa, a division of Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM). 

Import logistics for SA chrome smelter

8th February 2002 Logistics management firm Transcargo Services has been appointed by Bateman Titaco to manage the entire logistics process for the imported components of the R700-million SA Chrome smelter project due to be completed in the North West Province by mid-2002. 

Mushrooms get loaded

8th February 2002 A Volvo wheeled loader is playing an integral role in making compost for the production of mushrooms. 

Radio control of Cape Town's containers

8th February 2002 Portnet Cape Town is the second largest sea-freight environment in South Africa, handling about 20 vessels a week and 9 500 to 10 000 containers at any given time. 

Transport firm gets Korean loaders

8th February 2002 Rustenburg-based load and transport company, Chrisick has ordered eight Hyundai loaders from Hyundai Plant and Equipment. 

One-partner logistics service

8th February 2002 Sandton logsitics group of companies The Fuel Group has unveiled the concept of ‘one partner logistics’ to describe its approach in the definition and delivery of logistics solutions to its clients. 

European on-board weighing systems arrive

8th February 2002 In-motion train weighing specialist Autotech Weighing Systems, of Johannesburg, has signed an agency agreement with Tamtron Oy, a leading manufacturer and supplier of dynamic on-board weighing equipment worldwide. 

SA-designed grader launched

8th February 2002 Late last year, Barloworld Equipment introduced what was reportedly South Africa’s only locally-designed and build grader, a new machine which was developed for local conditions by Desmond Equipment, of Port Shepstone. 

System offers info-sharing across supply-chain community

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 The global supply-chain is no longer just about having the right goods at the right place at the right time, it is about the right information at the right place at the right time, maintains Collaborative Xchange client director Jonathan Leonard. 

Launch of excavator and forklift

8th February 2002 Two new products are now available from materials-handling equipment supplier Babcock Equipment, of Johannesburg. 

Industrial giant consolidates logistics

8th February 2002 International industrial brand management company Barloworld created a new force in the logistics industry in Southern Africa with the acquisition of PPC Logistics from listed subsidiary Pretoria Portland Cement Company Limited (PPC) late last year. 

Pipe crane progress

25th January 2002 Local mining-equipment manufacturer Steinmuller Mining and Piping Systems’ hydropower equipment division has developed a pipe crane for fast and safe installation of pipes in haulages. 

120t lift at Richards Bay harbour

16th November 2001 Murray& Roberts group company Johnson Crane Hire used the only crane of its kind in South Africa to lift a 120 t hopper at the Richards Bay harbour for the State-owned Portnet. 

R26m dry-bulk terminal contract completed

9th November 2001 East Rand bulk materials-handling firm Osborn Engineered Products’ R26-million contract to extend the third/fourth export route at Portnet’s dry bulk terminal in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal has been completed. 

Crane firm celebrates 35 years in SA

2nd November 2001 This year, materials-handling company Condra Cranes & Hoists will celebrate 35 years of success in South Africa. 

Crane supplied to water project

2nd November 2001 As one of the contractors of the Injaka dam project undertaken by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf), South African crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes & Hoists has secured a contract for the supply of a 20-t portal crane with a ton auxiliary hoist, Condra MD Josef Kleiner... 

High-lifts experts secure order for R3,5-million

2nd November 2001 High-lift specialist Condra Cranes & Hoists has made inroads into Lesotho, securing an order worth R3,5-million for service cranes, reports Marc Camillo Kleiner of the materials-handling firm. 

Local hoists meet global standards

2nd November 2001 The latest SH range is offering global standards in hoists, reports Condra Cranes & Hoists MD Josef Kleiner. 

Long-term partnerships assist firm

2nd November 2001 One of the companies that has assisted materials-handling firm Condra Cranes & Hoists to become successful is Powermite. 

Hoist supplied to foundry

2nd November 2001 Earlier this year local materials-handling firm Condra Cranes won its first hoist installation to supply Western Cape DaimlerChrysler subsidiary Atlantis Foundries. 

Germany the top route for logistics provider

By: Zonika Botha     2nd November 2001 Well-known freight-forwarding and logistics and supply-chain management company, Exel Supply Chain Services, formerly known as MSA Global Logistics, has been operating in South Africa for the past 17 years. 

Frank Reid, Babcock Plant & Equipment 

12th October 2001 Frank Reid Babcock Plant & Equipment 

Product authenticator helps fight fraud

By: Laura Franz     28th September 2001 Financial losses to government – in the form of tax revenue – and industry – which not only loses sales, but suffers damage to its brand image – as a result of smuggling, product adulteration, parallel importing and counterfeiting are estimated to be some 6% to 10% of the... 

New management for lifting firm

By: Deborah Spicer     21st September 2001 The majority shareholders of materials-handling firm,Toco, are again the managers of the company after the Walls consortium bought out the banking consortium shareholding acquired when debt was restructured into equity under previous management. 

Smarter logistical solutions developed

By: Karel Smrcka     21st September 2001 Space exploration has resulted in a number of new products. DaimlerChrysler Aerospace has compiled experiences that are now being implemented in industrial down-to-earth environments. 

Scot-Rack

31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

Firms must work together to win, say the experts

24th August 2001 South African industries, such as their Australian, New Zealand and Argentinean counterparts, will have to learn to collaborate more closely if they intend developing effective supply-chain management models to become more competitive in the international markets. 

Crane gives paper producer a lift

24th August 2001 Johannesburg firm Johnson Crane Hire has completed a contract for the lifting of an oxygen reactor into position in two sections for Mondi in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, where the company is involved in the delignification process on site. 

South African high growth area for access equipment

24th August 2001 There are three types of powered access equipment – the scissor lift, the boom lift, and the portable personnel lift. Although aerial access work platforms are not true materials-handling tools like forklifts, their main purpose is one of lifting operator and materials into position at... 

Phones packaged for security

24th August 2001 Shrinkage along the supply-chain is not unique to South Africa. It is, however, extremely prevalent where small-sized, high-value goods are being handled. 

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