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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. 

Malawi plans to redevelop airport

     24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

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... 

Europeans back Gauteng train ahead of investor conference

     23rd August 2001 European train operators are impressed with Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa's high-speed rail project and are convinced that it will be economically viable. 

Johannesburg International Airport extensions, Gauteng

     22nd August 2001 Four tenders have been received for the construction of exit roads and bridges at Johannesburg International Airport in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

Jo'burg airport docking-bay contract soon

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th August 2001 The winning bidder for the last major contract for the wide-bodied aircraft docking bay to be installed at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) by year-end will be announced in early September, Engineering News has been told. 

Where is the systems planning?

     10th August 2001 I have noted with irritation and agitation the increasing number of large advertising boards that are being put up along our freeways. 

DTI cuts tyre-imports red tape

     9th August 2001 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has heeded persistent complaints by the Tyre Dealers' Association (TDA) and promised to issue their delayed import permits immediately. 

Cheap approach pays off

     3rd August 2001 While South African Airways’ (SAA’s) former CE Coleman Andrews was spending hundreds of millions on consultants such as Bain & Co, SAA’s sister organisation, Spoornet, was being far more frugal. And, what’s more, it appears as if the rail corporation is getting much more... 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

     3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Union welcomes new rail-restructuring mood

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2001 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which believes the intended concessioning of rail parastatal Spoornet’s cash cows – CoalLink and Orex – will deal a body blow to the country’s railway system, says it is “happy that the government is... 

Coega has merit as trans-shipment hub – study

     2nd August 2001 An independent study by Stellenbosch-based Maritime Education Research and Information Technology (Merit) has found that the Port of Ngqura is viable without the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and that South Africa needs a deepwater container facility at the port. 

Bullet train from airport to Sandton in 12 minutes

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Imagine travelling from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Sandton in twelve minutes. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

     27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

Kruger Park rebuilds to resist floods

By: Laura Franz     27th July 2001 Reconstruction of the worst flood damage to the Kruger National Park (KNP) in 50 years has reached the halfway mark, reports Sebastian Mathews of Umbono Management Consultants, which is overseeing the project. 

Taxi hub opens May

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 By the end of May next year, 100 000 taxi and bus commuters will pass through what will be Johannesburg’s largest transport-cum-trading hub. 

Namibia's gamma ray telescope nears the end

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

Airport buys docking bay

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2001 German materials-handling and lifting systems company Pfaff-silberblau International has clinched a R5,5-million contract to supply lifting equipment for an aircraft-maintenance dock to be installed at Johannesburg International Airport by mid-September. 

SA's civil aviation sector flies into stormy weather

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 The South African civil aviation industry is being severely buffeted by forces beyond its control, such as fuel prices and exchange rates, as well as factors which are changeable, like regulations and policy. 

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