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Materials Handling News

E-commerce boosts logistics sector

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 By the end of the year, smaller companies will be able to buy their logistics solutions requirements from big business, says Log-Tek marketing director Max Batinti. 

European class crane for Zim iron producer

     24th August 2001 A South African company is to break new ground by manufacturing an overhead crane to specifications previously met only by European manufacturers. 

Excavators help repair flood damage

     24th August 2001 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry has ordered four new excavators from earthmoving machinery supplier Hitachi. 

Firm partners with parent on Turkish contract

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 The contract for the design, manufacture and delivery of the R205-million materials-handling portion of the Iskenderum powerstation in Turkey has led to project management firms Koch SA and Koch Germany working together for the first time under one roof, contract manager Des Hein tells the... 

Firm racks up 50 years in industry

     24th August 2001 Manufacturer of storage and materials-handling products Braziers of Maritzburg has designed supplied and installed quality racking, shelving, mezzanine floors and conveyor systems for more than 50 years. 

Firm upgrades logistics, distribution network

     24th August 2001 Recognising that to retain its positions as one of the market leaders in its field it needed a total upgrade of the entire logistics, storage and distribution network, Nampak Tissue proposed a change-over to a smaller standardised pallet size which would enable benefits in distribution efficiencies. 

Firm wins contract to supply 31 trucks

     24th August 2001 The supply of materials-handling equipment for Makro stores throughout the country has been awarded to Goscor Lift Truck Company, a division of Goscor Industrial Corporation. 

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. 

Gap between real and virtual remains

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 The merging of real business processes and the opportunities posed by technology to business are the challenges faced by companies in South Africa at present, says immediate past president of the Southern African Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management Mike Johnston. 

Lighter conveyor parts available

     24th August 2001 To better meet the real needs of conveyor belt users, Goodyear has developed a number of abrasion resistant cover components, aimed at reducing the cost per ton of product conveyed. 

Loaders supplied to beef producer

     24th August 2001 Supplier of beef and related products in South Africa Karan Beef has purchased three 963 EG series Bobcat loaders from distributors, Bobcat South Africa, a division of Consolidated Rock Machinery. 

Local expansion

     24th August 2001 Manufacturers and suppliers of belt conveyor components and equipment, Continental Meco has expanded its local operations to spearhead a drive into Sub-Saharan markets and diversify into different industry sectors. 

Machines keep auto warehouse on the move

     24th August 2001 South African automotive company, the Ford Motor Company, is using Jungheinrich machines to keep its parts warehouse on the move. 

New air-hoist for food sector

     24th August 2001 A new corrosion resistant air hoist for use in the food industry has been designed by Ingersoll-Rand. 

New cash-and-carry stores open

     24th August 2001 Building company Cashbuild has added five new stores to their existing supply chain and more are in the pipeline. The most recent was opened in Meadowlands, Gauteng, in June this year. 

New excavator joins plant-hire company

     24th August 2001 Specialist earthmoving plant hire company Transcavators has taken delivery of a new generation Volvo EC210 excavator from Babcock Equipment for use in a range of the company’s applications. 

New loader shipped to St Helena

     24th August 2001 Materials-Handling equipment supplier Liebherr Africa’s Cape Town branch has executed the order for the supply of a Liebherr LR 632 tracked loader to the Public Works Department on St Helena island. 

New management system for medicine firm

     24th August 2001 International enterprise and supply-chain solutions provider JD Edwards has supplied Kinesis Logistics with what is believed to be one of the largest supply-chain management systems ever installed in South Africa. 

New projects elevate materials-handling

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 The South African materials-handling sector has been experiencing sustained improvements over the last 18 months, says South African Institute of Materials-Handling (SAIMH) national chairperson Mike Baker. 

No end to logistics' tumultuous growth

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 Experiencing exuberant growth, the South African logistics industry is in a state of chaos at present, says Industrial Logistic Systems MD Martin Bailey. 

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. 

SA/Belgian joint venture concluded

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 Southern Africa’s Beacon Dawes Crane Hire, part of the JSE-listed logistics company Super group, has concluded a joint venture agreement with the Belgium firm Sarens group. 

Selecting UPS makes logistics important

     24th August 2001 The issue of logistics has become a serious consideration when selecting a power protection solution. 

Sophisticated sorter now available in SA

     24th August 2001 A year after adding the MikroSort mining system to its range of materials handling equipment, IMS Engineering (IMS-E) is on the verge of finalising major applications for this opto-electronic sorting system. 

South African first for software company

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 In a South African first, software development company Opsi Systems has set up a completely automatic remote vehicle routing and scheduling system to be used for the deliveries of Pick ‘n Pay’s home shopping orders, company director David Lubinsky tells Engineering News. 

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... 

Namibia's gamma ray telescope nears the end

     20th July 2001 Construction on the four gammaray telescopes near Gamsberg, in Namibia, is nearing completion. 

Malawi buys SA graders

     29th June 2001 Engineering equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment has struck a deal to sell 30 graders to the Malawi government at a cost of $5-million, or about R40-million. 

Siberia, where sales turnover could double yearly, says Day

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Barloworld 

R10,4-million distribution centre finished

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Racking and shelving installation completed 

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Racks, shelves and pallets installed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

R17m equipment deal for smelter

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The last delivery of a R17,5-million equipment deal to Billiton’s Bayside aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, has been completed by Barloworld Handling. 

Innovative air-belt conveyor system

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sugar refiner Tongaat-Hulett contracted Hoksas & Craven, along with Cargill & Associates, to carry out the design, manufacture and installation of an air-belt conveyor system to replace the existing conventional system at its refinery in Durban. 

IT to improve cement-producer logistics

By: System Author     20th October 2000 The first phase of Kwazulu-Natal cement manufacturing and distribution company NPC Eagle Cement’s R13-million information technology business management system changeover project will be completed by the end of the year. 

Bulk-handling companies feeling the pinch

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

Rocky road to the New Economy

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

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