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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Heavy lifting operation completed successfully

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th August 2008 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Vanguard has successfully completed the transportation of engine blocks of two ships to a harbour in Cape Town, after the after the engine blocks were repaired at the workshop of diesel and natural gas to engine manufacturer, Wärtsilä, reports Vanguard... 

Sponsorship ensures logistics survey continuation

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Leading logistics and supply chain management service provider Imperial Logistics is sponsoring the fourth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) State of Logistics survey in South Africa. 

SA-Canada partnership supports global expansion

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Engineering company ELB Engineering Services has introduced Thor Global Enterprises to the market as its newest technology partner. 

Materials handling, logistics industry sees rise in robotics investment 

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Global power and automation technology group ABB says there has been an increase in the use of robotic systems in warehouses, and logistics and distribution centres. 

Order book grows for local crane and hoist company

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 Crane and hoist company Condra's order book is expanding with about R20-million worth of contracts received during July alone. 

Rail freight losing share to road haulage

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th August 2008 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) July 2008 South Africa Economic Survey states that the rail freight market is its losing market share to road haulage, as more than 80% of the increase in freight traffic between 2003 and 2005 was captured by road. 

Flat-deck trailers make for logistics challenges

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 The transportation of high cube containers on flat deck trailers has created challenges in the materials handling and logistics industry, says docking equipment manufacturer DDL Equipment (Pty) Ltd CEO Andrew Stewart. 

Crane management technology launches in South Africa

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 Time-of-flight (TOF) technology, designed by German sensor intelligence company SICK to provide greater efficiency, security, and automation in port and crane operations, has been widely used in the international industry, and is now available to the South African market, reports local supplier... 

Inexperienced vendors give RFID a bad name - Institute

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been used in the international logistics industry for more than ten years, and has been embraced in general industry. However, application of the system by inexperienced vendors or suppliers has given the technology a bad name, says RFID Institute South... 

Custom-developed process streamlines bulk supply chains

1st February 2008 Supply chain improvement company Crickmay, offers its service to companies wishing to increase margins and reduce risks in their bulk supply chains, the company tells Engineering News. 

SA industry a priority for European lifting equiment company

1st February 2008 The current boom in the South African construction sector, and the fledgling local economy, owing largely to a global commodity boom, continually entices international companies, such as European construction lifting equipment company, Potain, part of the Manitowoc group, which considers South... 

Impact beds protect conveyors

1st February 2008 Materials Handling & Logistics organisations are able to reduce production losses and down time through the use of shock-absorbing dynamic impact beds mounted underneath a conveyor belt reports Oscillating Systems Technology Africa (OST Africa), part of the Bearing Man Group.  

Reach stacker enhances container handling operations

1st February 2008 Road freight and storage specialist Bell Trucking has added a 45 t Hyster reach stacker to its materials handling equipment to enhance its container handling operations, reports the company. 

Local company transports 8-t tanks for Tanzanian brewery upgrade

1st February 2008 Logistics company Vanguard has completed the transportation of eight tanks, each weighing eight tonnes, on behalf of Tanzania Breweries from Johannesburg to Richards Bay for shipping to Tanzania for Tanzania Breweries, part of SABMiller.  

Tried-and-tested software devices to serve local logistics industry

1st February 2008 Frequency drives and data loggers are widely used in the European materials handling industry, and local crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes reports that it is investigating the potential of the software for the South African materials handling and logistics industry. 

SA logistics industry rated among world’s best

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 The South African logistics industry has been rated among the best performers in the global context, according to a report by the World Bank on logistics performance and competiveness, says CSIR Built Environment acting executive director Hans Ittmann.  

Local particle board plant nears completion

By: Sylvester Haskins     1st February 2008 The installation of a 200 t drying drum and the construction of an energy plant for particle board and laminate manufacturer PG Bison in Ugie, Cape Town, has been completed by heavy lifting and logistics company Vanguard, after the company was awarded the large scale project in January last year.  

New fund part of Barloworld's transformation package

By: Dennis Ndaba     19th October 2007 In its quest to foster broad based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE), over and above its corporate social investments projects, industrial group Barloworld has launched Barloworld Siyakhula, a small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development initiative with an initial capitalisation of... 

Logistics offers the biggest longer-term growth potential, says Barloworld chief

By: Dennis Ndaba     31st August 2007 Barloworld is in line with or ahead of expectations in terms of executing strategic actions announced at its annual general meeting in January, CE Clive Thomson said during the Barloworld media site visit last week. 

Barloworld says it is well advanced with empowerment for its SA units

By: Dennis Ndaba     31st August 2007 Industrial group Barloworld, which has come in for heavy criticism over a perceived lack of urgency regarding empowerment and transformation, says it is positioning itself to be an industry leader on both fronts. 

Electronic age improves logistics efficiencies

By: Guy Copans     17th August 2007 Software development company Opsi Systems director David Lubinsky says that the use of computer programmes in logistics efficiency offer companies an edge, as a human load planner's efficiency cannot compare with a computer's efficiency. 

Move enhances cable manufacturer's technology offering

17th August 2007 African cable manufacturer, Aberdare Cables, introduced a new benchmark in warehousing when it moved into a new purpose-built centralised distribution centre in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg late last year, says the company. 

Longer conveyor belts make for smoother ride

17th August 2007 Specialists in fibre papermaking equipment and technology Metso Engineering, offers cable belt conveyors, that, unlike conventional conveyors, where the energy required to convey material is directly worked into the tension in the belt that supports or carries the material being transported, use... 

Dock levellers bridge the distribution chain gap

By: Guy Copans     17th August 2007 Dock equipment supplier DDL Equipment MD Andrew Stewart says that dock levellers are underrated equipment in the materials-handling sector. 

New 44-t handler for Durban harbour

17th August 2007 Cargo and container handling supplier South African Container Depots (SACD) has added another 44 t Hyster full container handler from Barloworld Equipment Handling to its fleet at Durban Harbour, owing to increased work volumes. 

Case skid steer loaders offer efficiency, reduced maintenance

17th August 2007 Equipment supplier CSE Equipment Company, has a range of case skid steer loaders, available exclusively in Southern Africa from, which are designed for full efficiency, reduced maintenance and extended service life in diverse materials handling applications, says the company. 

Two new cranes for Mopani copper mine

17th August 2007 EC Mining of Zambia is to install two Condra Class-Three portal cranes as part of the comprehensive modernisation programme currently under way at Mopani Copper Mines' (MCM's) Mufulira metallurgical complex. 

Ultralow chain hoist enters the market

17th August 2007 Consulting engineers Becker Engineering's Kito ER electric chain hoists include the ultra low headroom Sher series that are designed for expanding effective lifting heights. 

Company offers range of branded belting products

17th August 2007 Local company Bearing Man's specialist belting division, Belting Solutions, distributes a comprehensive range of quality branded belting products and related accessories, for bulk materials handling applications in diverse industries including sewage treatment plants. 

Articulated dump trucks to tackle SA plant hire skills need

17th August 2007 Two Articulated Dump Truck plant hire simulators have been commissioned to be built for Services Sector Education Training Authority (Seta) under the governance of the Contractors Plant Hire Association to tackle the need for plant hire skills in South Africa. Thorough Tec, a South African... 

Manufacturer values locally produced machines, parts

By: Guy Copans     17th August 2007 Bulk materials, handling plant and equipment manufacturer Osborn engineered products, is one of the few companies that still manufactures a full range of materials-handling machines locally, says marketing director Martin Botha. 

Unusual debt finance assists executive�s entry into logistics

17th August 2007 Black economic-empowerment (BEE) company Sawina Logistics, whose trucks and trailers move bulk products and steel along the easiest routes possible, was aguire in February last year by South African Airways (SAA) human resources director Viwe Mlenzan. Mlenzan bought 100% of the company's... 

Technology offers real-time visibility for the supply chain

By: Guy Copans     17th August 2007 Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) allows companies to trace goods accurately and efficiently throughout the supply chain, providing automated identification and tracking of items throughout a supply chain, providing real time visibility, and reducing errors in the logistics... 

Tailored fleet scheduling system designed for forest-to-mill haulage operation

17th August 2007 CargoSolutions, the supply chain division of transportation, supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers, was commissioned by Buhle Betfu Carriers, Sappi�s haulage contractor, to design a tailored fleet scheduling system for their forest-to-mill haulage operation. 

Materials-handling company completes move to new facility

17th August 2007 Bulk materials system supplier Martin Engineering South Africa, formerly Scorpio Conveyor Product, has relocated to a new facility in Witbank, Mpumalanga. 

Trucks acquired to meet logistics demand

17th August 2007 South African sorghum beer producer, United National Breweries (UNB), has taken delivery of 22 Hyster Fortens lift trucks from Barloworld Equipment Handling to assist in meeting the demands of its highly-paced logistics and distribution operation. 

Chute supplier secures order for Khumani iron-ore mine

17th August 2007 Chute supplier Weba Chute Systems has secured a R1,5-million order for its patented Weba Chute System for Assmang's Khumani iron-ore mine, formerly known as the Bruce King Mokaning (BKM) project. 

Civil contractor grows its Manitou fleet

17th August 2007 Durability was the main attraction that set in motion the procurement of several Manitou rough terrain forklifts by Northern Cape civil works company Poort Benton, the company says. 

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