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Materials Handling News

Mark Kaplan

5th July 2002 Mark Kaplan 

Hydraulic excavator a first for Southern Africa

28th June 2002 The first Hitachi ZX 850 BEH hydraulic excavator in Southern Africa was recently purchased by Alpha Plant & Services, a plant hire company from Gauteng. 

Company tackles Africa's multiplying supply chains

By: candice haase     14th June 2002 The expansion of operations by local companies seeking business opportunities beyond South Africa’s borders further into the African continent are facilitated by DNA Micor Projects, the Johannesburg-based project management specialist of JSE Securities Exchange-listed company DNA Supply... 

Container terminal contracts anticipated

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The cargo-handling industry is waiting for the issue of tenders by the National Ports Authority (NPA) for the supply of equipment for Durban harbour’s container terminal. 

'Giraffe' put to work at Namibian port

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 A new harbour mobile crane was recently handed over to the Namibian Port Authority at a ceremony at Luderitz, a small harbour town on the shores of the skeleton coast of Namibia. 

Innovations galore at industrial fair

By: Karel Smrcka     7th June 2002 Rarely have so many new technical products and processes or innovative services been launched at the world’s largest industrial fair than at Hanover Fair 2002, which took place in April, where some 6 926 exhibitors showcased their latest advances. 

Geared motor with special features

31st May 2002 Electric motor manufacturer SEW Eurodrive has developed the Movi-Switch, a geared motor with integrated switching and protection functions, designed for space-saving and quick project planning because of the simple controls involved. 

Tractors fast-track the sucrose race

31st May 2002 Kwazulu-Natal sugar mills now reward growers for their cane’s freshness and recoverable sucrose value, underscoring the fact that each season is a race against time and the unnecessary handling of cut cane. 

Army transporter gives rough roads a caning

31st May 2002 A bright transport idea developed for use by the British Army has turned up in the South African sugar industry. 

Logistics sector facing a crisis

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st May 2002 The logistics service provider (LSP) market within South Africa is approaching a state of crisis. 

'Flexible' valve gains popularity in materials-handling sector

17th May 2002 The ease of operation, efficiency and simplicity of the Mucon Iris diaphragm valve, available in South Africa from Mucon, continues to gain popularity in the country’s materials handling applications. 

Boost for airline's cargo-handling turn-around time

10th May 2002 The cargo division of South African Airways, with the Psion Teklogix Narrowband solution, significantly increased its contribution to the airline's profit through improved efficiency, better use of assets and streamlining of systems to provide improved customer service. 

R2m ceramic technology debuts in South Africa

By: vanessa vasques     3rd May 2002 Specialist manufacturer of high-density and alumina ceramics Multotec Wear Linings, part of the Multotec group, based in Kempton Park, is using technology and equipment reportedly never seen before in South Africa to maintain its position as a leader in the wear linings and protection industry. 

Logistics firm takes big truck delivery

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd May 2002 International industrial brand-management company Barloworld’s logistics arm, has taken delivery of a fleet of 22 Actros truck tractors from DaimlerChrysler, that will be put to use at PPC’s cement factory in Dwaalboom, near Rustenburg. 

System enables SA manufacturers to manage vendor performance

19th April 2002 Manufacturers who want to ensure they meet customer expectations on cost, quality and delivery, need to do more than implement internal systems to improve their own efficiencies. 

Navy promises local support

By: Keith Campbell     19th April 2002 THE South African Navy (SAN) is planning to make more extensive use of South African industry to support its fleet in the coming years and decades. 

SA manufacturer takes lead in front end loader market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     12th April 2002 Richards Bay company Bell Equipment has established itself, for the first time, as the front-end loader market leader for 2001 in South Africa. 

Desmond Equipment SA

12th April 2002 Desmond Equipment SA is a South African original equipment manufacturer of the Dezzi brand of earthmoving equipment and industrial and agricultural transport equipment. 

Ship repair (port project)

12th April 2002 Name of the project and location Ship repair facility project, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Project description The scope of the project has not yet been finalised. It could be a dry-dock or just a ship repair facility, but is planned to cater for all vessel sizes mainly bigger... 

Supply-chain management outsourcing still pays

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Automotive manufacturers operate in a competitive environment and are constantly trying to spend more time concentrating on their core competencies, which is no longer just about manufacturing, but also the design and marketing of their specific automotive brand. 

Belting products for local bread-makers

8th March 2002 As the exclusive distributor for Charles Walker conveyor belting in Southern Africa, Bearing Man, of Durban, has a range of belting products designed for the bread manufacturing industry. 

Citrus processor expands material-handling capacity

8th March 2002 Efficient operation of Letaba Citrus Processors' enterprise in Tzaneen has been simplified through its relationship with Criterion Equipment, a local materials-handling supplier, reports manager Trevor Dunlop. 

SA cranes for Moz aluminium smelter

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 Local crane specialist, Toco South Africa has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract to supply the cranes for the Mozal II project, in Mozambique. 

SA to get pharmaceutical drug-dispensing system

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 A technologically-advanced innovation that will assist in the distribution and dispensing of prescription drugs at the pharmacy level, is due to be introduced to South Africa in the second half of this year. 

Local crane supplier in Austrian buy-out

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 Local Crane supplier Magon Cranes is now fully owned by the Austrian Palfinger group of companies. 

SMS logistics for SMEs

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 In an effort to ensure that business between large organisations and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) remains as efficient as possible and utilises the latest technology, logistics-technology provider, Log-Tek has developed a unique short message service (SMS) application. 

Enterprise systems fail logistics

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 Big enterprise systems may well be considered as the ‘con job’ of the turn of the century, believes Logsitics Systems CEO Martin Bailey. 

Logistics needs 'ownership' to succeed

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 For effective logistics to exist in an organisation, someone needs to take “ownership” of it, states president of the Southern African Roundatable of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM) Mike Johnston. 

Call for review of SA’s materials-handling standards

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 Standards in the materials-handling industry need some serious attention if South Africa hopes to partake in the global marketplace, believes D.D.L Equipment MD Andrew Stewart. 

SA keeps up with First World supply-chain trends

By: marisa rodrigues     8th February 2002 By not owning traditional capital-intensive logistics assets, supply-chain management companies have the flexibility to adapt rapidly to clients’ needs and environmental changes. 

New captain at helm of materials-handling stalwart

8th February 2002 South African company Krupp Mining and Materials Handling is entering a new phase in its life now that it is headed up by with Klaus M 

SA supplier is agent for US conveyor

8th February 2002 Conveyor systems manufacturer the Jervis B. Webb Company, of the US, has appointed Bearing Man as its exclusive distributor throughout Southern Africa. 

Launch of new-generation dump-trucks in SA

8th February 2002 The South African launch of Bell Equipment Company’s fourth generation D-series range of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) places the Richards Bay-based original equipment manufacturer at the forefront of the world’s ADT industry. 

Electric hoist debuts

8th February 2002 Johannesburg-based Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s range of Black Bear electric hoists and trolleys, with enhanced safety features and low maintenance requirements, have lifting capacities between 500 kg and 10 t, in models with 220V, 380V and 525V power supply. 

Remote control of materials-handling locomotives

8th February 2002 Iscor Vanderbijlpark has appointed portable-radio remote control (PRRC) specialist Cattron-Theimeg to upgrade 15 of the original 34 PRRC systems installed by Cattron four years ago. 

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. 

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