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Market leader sees growth in demand

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 An important part of any vehicle manufacturer’s business is predicting correctly how much product demand there will be and then catering for that demand. 

Wheel-bearing kits available

31st August 2001 Bearing manufacturer Bearing Man, one of the largest distributors of Timken bearings throughout Southern Africa, now has a range of Timken MileMate wheel bearing kits that are designed and manufactured to increase truck and trailer uptime. 

Scot-Rack

31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

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. 

Concessioning of port operations set for next year

24th August 2001 Government hopes to start concessioning port operations in the first quarter of next year. 

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. 

Crane gives paper producer a lift

24th August 2001 Johannesburg firm Johnson Crane Hire has completed a contract for the lifting of an oxygen reactor into position in two sections for Mondi in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, where the company is involved in the delignification process on site. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Bee wins R2,4bn contract

24th August 2001 Empowerment company Glenrand MIB has been awarded the contract to supply risk management and insurance broking services to Super Group’s fleet management and full maintenance lease arm, Super Fleet, a contract worth R2,4-billion to manage the City of Johannesburg’s transport fleet. 

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. 

Selecting UPS makes logistics important

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

Data interchange creates value

24th August 2001 Local company Collaborative Xchange provides South African supply-chain communities with the ability to interchange information across disparate information technology systems, allowing visibility of the supply-chain as a whole. 

'Intelligent' conveyor for pharmaceutical firm

24th August 2001 Conveyor component and sub-system manufacturer, Interroll South Africa has completed delivery with a partner for the supply of ‘intelligent’ conveyors for leading pharmaceutical company International Health Care Distribution. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Dutch conveyor now in SA

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th August 2001 Materials-handling company Bateman has been granted a licence by Netherlands Dunlop-Enerka Becker to design, supply and market the Enerka-Becker conveyor it was announced at the Beltcon conference in Randburg, Gauteng earlier this month. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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