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Materials Handling News

Plastic modular conveyor belts offer advantages

23rd August 2002 Engineering firm Bearing Man’s power transmission chain division distributes the Eurobelt range of plastic modular conveyor belts, providing support for efficient and safe conveying of industrial and food products. 

Warning sounded against a tendency to neglect logistics

23rd August 2002 The tendency within the manufacturing industry has been to neglect warehousing and distribution logistics in favour of the production process, often resulting in an illogical, random storage system. 

Maintenance costs can be reduced, says company

23rd August 2002 High wear at transfer points escalates maintenance expenditure on a mine dramatically, and yet, according to Werner Baller of Weba Chute Systems, this is one of the areas where solutions are readily available. 

Company employs five new haulers

23rd August 2002 Airport ground handling company Swissport Cargo has acquired five Dezzi H60 haulers from Barloworld Handling for its operation at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Crane specialist branches into Moz

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 International materials-handling specialist Demag Cranes and Components of South Africa has been awarded a multimillion rand contract for the full plant crane maintenance at the Mozal I as well as the Mozal II smelter expansion project. 

Development around City Deep and Kaserne refocused

23rd August 2002 The Gauteng Provincial Government’s Blue IQ initiative announced the refocusing of its development efforts in the City Deep and Kaserne area. 

Distribution centre's racking contract awarded

23rd August 2002 A multimillion rand racking contract for two of Tibbett & Britten’s distribution centres, both in Boksburg, Gauteng, has been awarded to Braziers. 

Govt value chains need attention

By: Riaan de Lange     16th August 2002 Over recent years numerous articles have been written, and are still being published on issues pertaining to a company’s value chain and providing suggestions on its improvement. Yet one of the areas, which seem to have escaped attention, is government’s value chain. 

Supplier hub to speed up Gauteng's auto logistics

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 July saw the establishment of the Automotive Supplier Park in Pretoria – reportedly the first of its kind in Africa – which forms part of the Gauteng Automotive hub. 

Continuous improvement but without retrenchment

By: Marius Roodt     2nd August 2002 Competitiveness improvement is what the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is succeeding in developing. 

Motors drive world-class fruit-packaging plant

By: vanessa vasques     26th July 2002 The need to keep up with international standards and have sophisticated fruit packaging plants has lead to a R500 000 contract for Bonfiglioli Power Transmission’s Nelspruit branch to supply geared motors to the Alicedale Packhouse project. 

Grip chains expedite packaging handling

12th July 2002 Durban-based Bearing Man’s power transmission division distributes a range of high performance Tsubaki chains designed specifically for the packaging industry. 

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. 

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