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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Industry takes strain from increasing internal logistics costs

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Logistics and supply chain management company Imperial Logistics reports that rising internal logistics costs are a significant logistics challenge in South Africa and are constraining the country’s logistics competitiveness. 

Industry is challenged to reduce carbon footprint

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Logistics and supply chain management company Imperial Logistics reports that trucks account for about 5% of the global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The transport and logistics industry is being challenged to reduce this carbon footprint. 

Slow growth expected for freight forwarding industry 

By: Petronel Smit     29th January 2010 Global logistics company Kintetsu World Express (KWE) predicts a slow market growth of from 5% to 7% for the freightforwarding industry during 2010. The company does not expect the industry’s earnings to return to the high levels seen in 2007 and 2008, but believes that it will improve during 2010. 

Mobility solution aims 
to improve warehouse productivity

29th January 2010 Provider of integrated radio communications and information solutions Motorola has introduced a new rugged mobility solution that aims to improve the productivity of warehouse workers. 

Study identifies significant challenges in local supply chains

14th August 2009 Planning and forecasting is considered the single greatest challenge for supply chain management globally. This is reported in research body TerraNova Research’s independent and international study into the supply chain and logistics practices of emerging economies, the ‘Supply Chain Intelligence... 

Report delves into auto 
industry downfall

14th August 2009 Independent research body TerraNova Research reports in its ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report (SCIR) 2009’ that the inability of the automotive industry to be reactive and flexible to dramatic market shifts offers a partial explanation of why it has suffered profoundly from the global financial... 

Passenger hoists used in Gautrain project

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Distributor of tower cranes and lifting solutions SA French reports that six of its Torgar T1-10 passenger hoists are being used to convey personnel involved in the tunnelling sections of the Gautrain rapid rail link project. The hoists are the only viable means of getting workers to the shaft... 

Forecasting system improves accuracy

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Global logistics company Kintetsu World Express (KWE) South Africa is contracted to handle the catering logistics for airways company South African Airways (SAA) using a forecasting system. 

Logistics company receives supply chain awards

14th August 2009 Two Supply Chain Education Excellence Awards, which recognise organisations and individuals playing a key role in education and training within the supply chain sector of Southern Africa, have been awarded to logistics and supply chain management company Imperial Logistics. 

Portable stacker reduces time, cost and fuel consumption

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Bulk materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering Services, the sole distributor of Thor Global Enterprises’ telescopic portable stackers in South Africa, identifies portability and flexibility as two of the most significant benefits that the stacker offers terminals. 

Software optimises transport logistics

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Beverage producer and distributor South African Breweries (SAB) has contracted software development company Opsi Systems to power the production plants of its SAB Beer and Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) divisions, in South Africa, as well as their respective distribution depots, using the... 

Turnkey contract to relieve the rising demand for power

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 To relieve the rising demand for power, specialist service provider Vanguard is currently completing a turnkey contract to transport six 667-MVA single-phase power transformers and 15 133,3-MVA single-phase reactors and accessories from the Richards Bay harbour in KwaZulu-Natal, to various sites. 

New insulating covers developed

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Manufacturer of high-temperature solutions Insulcon has developed insulating covers to keep the temperature of food-in-transit consistent. 

Computer-controlled machine improves shaft production

By: Petronel Smit     14th August 2009 Manufacturer of conveyor rollers and conveyor structures Melco Conveyor Equipment reports that it has invested R6-million in a computer-controlled machine that manufactures shafts time efficiently and cost effectively. 

Paper merchant takes on new lift trucks

14th August 2009 Paper merchant Peters Papers has placed an order for Barloworld Handling’s Hyster lift trucks for its Gauteng distribution centre in Heriotdale, Johannesburg. 

New distributors for electric chain hoists

14th August 2009 Local manufacturer Condra Cranes & Hoists has been appointed the sole South African distributor of the Hitachi range of electric chain hoists. The contract will be effective from September. 

New forklift trucks enter the local market

14th August 2009 Fork-lift supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) reports that the increasing demand for narrower aisles, as the cost of space increases, has motivated the company to introduce the Bendi range of fork-lift trucks into the South African market. 

Manufacturer develops its first industrial three
dimensional sensor

14th August 2009 Sensor and control manufacturer ifm electronic has developed a photoelectric sensor, which provides reliable position detection in industrial applications such as conveying, packaging, material handling and automotive manufacturing. 

Materials handling conference heads for Gauteng

14th August 2009 World renowned academics and leaders in the field of belt conveying and materials handling, as well as South African experts, will be presenting papers on the latest research, design and technological advances in the belt conveyor industry at the 15th Beltcon conference, an international... 

Enviro-friendly electric chain hoist enhances safety

30th January 2009 Diversified engineering service provider Becker Engineering, part of the Becker group of companies, has launched a new environment-friendly Kito electric chain hoist, the ER2 series, which has lifting capacities of between 125 kg and 20 t. The new hoists deliver reliable operation, enhanced... 

Strategic planning to keep logistics company afloat in 2009

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 Through careful strategic planning and foresight, logistical solutions provider Barloworld Logistics is confident that it can remain profitable in 2009 and in the years to come, despite the global economic slowdown. 

Larger premises for crane manufacturer  

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 Crane manufacturer Condra has started out the new year at its new premises in Gosforth Park, following a decision to make an expansive move out of its old Elsburg location toward the end of last year. 

Supply-chain fraud on the increase

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 International fraud detection specialist Kroll says in its 2008 report, that at every step along the supply chain, opportunities for fraud exist, ranging from simple theft through to large scale misrepresentation of inventory assets. It notes that as firms expand across borders and multiply their... 

Four conveying solutions set in motion

30th January 2009 Miniveyor Africa has received four substantial orders for its portable conveying solutions. 

Road freight set for bumpy ride in 2009

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 A number of serious challenges face the logistics industry in the year ahead, with ever-increasing costs being the most severe of those, says the Road Freight Association (RFA) technical operations officer Gavin Kelly. 

Lifting equipment company weathers market storm

30th January 2009 Lifting equipment distributor SA French CEO Quentin van Breda says that the company has managed to keep pricing on its tower crane and telehandler ranges competitive, in spite of massive fluctuations in the exchange rate and steel price increases. 

Company invests in container handler

30th January 2009 Cargo and container management company South African Container Depots (SACD Freight), a member of the BidVest group of companies, has invested in a new container handler at its Durban operation. 

Logistics solutions provided for glass manufacturer

30th January 2009 Logistics solutions company Stöcklin AG has been awarded the contract to build a distribution centre that could handle vast quantities of bottle for UK bottle manufacturer Quinn Glass. 

Modular trailer enables Gautrain carriage transport

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2009 Specialist heavy lifting and transportation company Vanguard has been awarded the contract, by transport asset manufacturer Bombardier, a subcontractor to Bombela, to transport the carriages and locomotives to site for the Gautrain project. 

Freight demand model quantifies SA freight flows

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 The Stellenbosch University Centre for Supply Chain Management’s Department of Logistics has developed a freight demand model for Transnet to quantify all commodity freight flows in Southern Africa. 

SA docking company receives European distributorship

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Docking equipment manufacturer Dock Design and Layout (DDL) Equipment has been awarded the southern Africa distributorship of the largest docking equipment manufacturers in Europe, Crawford Solutions. 

Narrow-aisle solution enters SA market

15th August 2008 Local warehousing company and Hyster dealer Barloworld Handling is importing a very narrow aisle (VNA) man-up turret truck capable of working at heights of almost six storeys. This is the highest lift truck in its class ever sold into the Southern African market. 

Manufacturer designs screen machine for iron-ore producer

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 Vibratory screens and feeders manufacturer Joest, has secured the full scope of supply in the crushing and screen building, which involves granulated ore separating into multiple grades by particle size, at iron-ore producer Kumba's Sishen Expansion Project (SEP), reports the company. 

Maritime cluster to unify Durban maritime industry

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 The economic development unit of the eThekwini Municipality is currently facilitating the development of a maritime cluster that will engage key industry stakeholders, in implementing corrective measures towards a competitive maritime logistics industry. 

Logistics company announces BEE deal

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 Diversified industrial and logistics company Barloworld has announced the details of its black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal, which is valued at R2,4-billion. 

Machine rental on the rise

15th August 2008 Lifting solutions and tower cranes distributor, SA French, has experienced a sharp increase in equipment rental demand, reports the company.  

Belt fastener reduces downtime

15th August 2008 The use of a belt fastening mechanism is the most simple solution to the safety hazards that a broken conveyor belt presents, reports process equipment manufacturer Multotec. 

Partnership produces new chemical container

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 Specialised transportation and logistics company Cargo Carriers has announced a new partnership contract with polyurethane manufacturer, Industrial Urethanes, which involved the design and build of a bespoke container for the transport of chemical compounds. 

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