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Predictive Maintenance

4 Warehouse Management Made Easy

27 Reducing Costs and Increasing Uptime

Barcoding, Labelling, Scanning & RFID 6 Latest Vision Sensors 7 The Growing Importance of Increased Traceability

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9 New Regional Centre

Race Team 10 Moving Across Europe

Student Winners 12 Rising to the Challenge

Insurance 14 Are Importers and Exporters Covered?

Climate Risks

29 Market Forum

Endorsing Bodies

17 About Half on Board

Packaging 19 Three New Carton-erecting Machines

Report-Back 20 22 25

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Warehouse Management Made Easy For several retail and wholesale enterprises in South Africa, warehouse operations are still carried out on paper, often resulting in issues such as storage locations not being indicated properly, or errors in order pickup and product re-sorting.


y depending solely on the expert skills of personnel, many companies also face high logistics and payroll costs with inconsistent results, plus stock write-offs owing to loss or miscounts during inventory. If you’re company is facing any of these warehouse management challenges, then it’s likely that you’ll need to adopt barcoding technology automation to help boost efficiency.

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Goods receiving simplicity

In a warehouse that has several zones and labelled storage cells on-shelf, barcodes on incoming


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stock can be read quickly and easily using the Falcon X3, and boxes placed swiftly in the storage cells. These may be indicated by the system or chosen by the operator, who can then confirm all actions taken by scanning the barcodes on the storage cells. This enables complete ‘goods storage’ receipt reports after initial inventory procedures are performed plus, when required, creation of the most efficient routes for workers in the warehouse and random inventory operations. For instance, once orders are received and confirmed, the automation system can distribute pick-up tasks among the operators, who retrieve the products from their storage cells. This activity doesn’t require any specific knowledge about the goods’ characteristics, nor visual identification of the products.


The operator simply receives the storage cell number of the ordered item, as well as the item number and its quantity. The appropriate action is performed and confirmed by scanning the corresponding barcode with the Falcon X3 mobile computer. The mobile computer then transmits the information to be stored in the accounting


system. This data assists in creating warehouse performance reports and implementing personnel motivation programmes. To ensure information in the accounting system is accurate, the warehouse manager can plan random inventory checks of the cells in any area of the warehouse at any time.

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To ensure information in the accounting system is accurate, the warehouse manager can plan random inventory checks of the cells in any area of the warehouse at any time By implementing the Falcon X3 mobile computer in an automation system, a company can significantly optimise warehouse operations and increase transparency. Operators can register stock with 100% accuracy and trace their actions. Each action is registered in the system in realtime, allowing all operators to track ongoing work in the warehouse at any time during the work day. This helps solve problems that may occur during goods delivery to customers. Kemtek, www.kemtek.co.za

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Latest Vision Sensors While still in its infancy, visual inspection and profiling systems are fast becoming accepted as global best practice in process inspection and quality control.


n example is the IV Series Vision Sensor which is programmed with customised parameters that correlate, for example, with the material thickness or the presence of a barcode. The CCD scanner head, the heart of the sensor, compares the object being tested with the preset parameters by means of a visual inspection process.

Generally someone with no experience with vision systems can find their way around the software and start programming it within 30 minutes When an object fails to match these parameters, the manufacturing process is able to react accordingly and an operator is alerted.


Rob Howes is technical sales manager at Peter Jones Electronic Equipment

Early detection

“A significant benefit of vision sensors is that they provide in-process quality assurance, which means that errors and irregularities are detected earlier along the production line, reducing the possibility of repeated inconsistency in production,” says Rob Howes, technical sales manager at Peter Jones, local distributor of the sensor, and part of the Actom Group. The vision sensors can test up to 99 inspection windows simultaneously, which not only improves the response time dramatically, but also helps to remove the element of human error in quality testing. “Older in-process detection systems had an array of different sensors, with one sensor responsible for detecting a particular feature of a product. This could amount to detection systems having as many as up to 80 different sensors,” Rob elaborates.

Little experience

Therefore the development of a single-sensor vision sensor has resulted in significant cost-savings. “Generally someone with no experience with vision systems can find their way around the software and start programming it within 30 minutes,” he highlights.

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The Growing Importance of Increased Traceability The Internet of Things is still relatively new to process manufacturing so things aren’t going to happen overnight. But there are companies out there that are leading the charge, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry which needs to prepare for the EU Falsified Medicines Directive that is expected to go live in 2018.


he technologies that will enable pharma companies to meet this directive are crucial, particularly around traceability, and 2016 will be the year that they study and acquire these technologies to ensure that they can be rolled out across the global supply chain in time. The collection of data via sensors and scales is not new to the process industry. In fact, companies that run asset-intensive processes at really large-scale have been doing it for decades. But, historically, this ability to collect data has come with a big price tag. The Internet of Things heralds a new age for an increased level of traceability, one that is no longer the realm of larger companies but opens the door for smaller businesses.

For example, a robot that picks customer orders will decide on the most efficient route and make product allocation priorities in the case of a shortage Now everything has some sort of sensor and can be traced, from forklift trucks to storage locations, pallets to trucks. “Roughly 25% of our customers are collecting transactional data today. I predict that this number will increase to around 80% in the next five years because of the increase in availability of this technology and a decreased entry cost,” says Jakob Björklund, industry director for process manufacturing at IFS.

The Robot Revolution

Smart machines, or robots as they’re more commonly known, are increasingly working their way into the process industry, and expected to

Jakob Björklund, Industry Director for Process Manufacturing at IFS

perform many routine tasks in manufacturing and warehousing. Gartner predicts that by 2018, 50% of the fastest growing companies will have fewer employees than smart machines. “I’m not just talking about the machines that you see building cars in adverts. “I’m talking about smart machines that are highly autonomous and able to make their own decisions. For example, a robot that picks customer orders will decide on the most efficient route and make product allocation priorities in the case of a shortage,” he adds.


Today, these decisions are carried out by humans, often on the basis of a recommendation from the WMS or ERP system. “Companies are already starting to experiment and we will see wider adoption of smart machines in 2016. This adoption will also lead to changes in ERP solutions as well. Interfaces will change, they will need to deal with more transactional data and above all, they will provide information necessary to make decisions rather than making the decisions within the ERP. With widespread adoption continuing to grow, 2016 will be a year where process manufacturers increase their investment in smart machines to achieve efficiencies. However, the complexity of supply chains and manufacturing processes means that widespread adoption across the value chain will take longer than 12 months. Customers will demand high-level product traceSupply Chain Today

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ability in a growing number of industries. “I have a particular interest in the rise of adoption in public cloud services as a platform to manage the data produced by traceability. By this I mean providing consumers with the ability to scan the barcode on their sirloin steak at the supermarket and track its journey from the farm to the supermarket shelf.

By this I mean providing consumers with the ability to scan the barcode on their sirloin steak at the supermarket and track its journey from the farm to the supermarket shelf “This is only possible through traceability in the supply chain – from the manufacturer who will register the goods which are then picked up by the transport company that can log weight, miles driven and even the temperature of the vehicle, to the shop that registers arrival and logs it into its system.

Closer than you think

“This level of traceability is becoming increasingly important for food manufacturers for whom brand

reliability is absolutely crucial. Ever since the well-known horse meat scandal that impacted the food industry a few years ago, these companies will do everything to ensure that the product they sell is absolutely perfect. “Widespread roll-out of this level of traceability is still a little way off but not by a million miles, so companies will need to spend 2016 putting a strategy in place for the deployment of this technology,” Jakob concludes. Idea Engineers, Renee Conradie Tel: (011) 803-0030 Email: renee@ideaengineers.co.za www.ideaengineers.co.za

Truck Tyres? Rubber Floors! Envirobuild, KwaZulu-Natal’s first manufacturer of eco-friendly rubber flooring for commercial, industrial and residential use, has launched an extensive range of rubber paving tiles and bricks made from recycled truck tyres. A joint venture between entrepreneur Jaco Snyman, carpeting and flooring giant Van Dyck and Hammarsdalebased Mathe Group, Envirobuild will produce a high quality product that is suitable for the local market and export. Jaco Snyman, managing director of Envirobuild, says, “There is very little high quality flooring of this nature produced locally, so there is definitely a market for it. We are the first company to produce eco-friendly rubber flooring in KwaZulu-Natal and one of very few in South Africa.” Jan says that rubber flooring is also suitable for industry and warehousing as it is able to withstand impacts as well as high footfall and the movement of heavy equipment such as hoists and forklifts. Van Dyck Carpets www.vandyckcarpets.com


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New Regional Centre Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), along with its brand divisions Daimler Trucks & Buses and Mercedes-Benz Vans, has opened a Regional Centre Southern Africa (RCSA) in Pretoria.


CSA will be responsible for Daimler’s full commercial vehicles portfolio in the region, from the full offering of Mercedes-Benz Vans, heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses as well as the Fuso trucks and buses. The centre will be in charge of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Improved external prospects and domestic policy improvements will support gradually stronger growth rates from 2017, with the regional average back up to more than 4.5% annually during 2018-2020 “By opening our new regional centre, we are able to respond even faster to our commercial vehicle customers and their requirements. This will help us to further tap the growth potential of this emerging region,” says Dr. Wolfgang of Daimler AG. Kobus van Zyl, Executive Director: Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa adds, “Having a stronger presence in the southern African markets means that we are able to react faster and be in touch more frequently with our commercial vehicles customers and the various general distributors in the respective countries.”

Long-term potential

ler’s commercial vehicles. In line with the global outlook, the region is facing a tough economic cycle but is still expected to grow at a rate of 3.75% in 2016. Improved external prospects and domestic policy improvements will support gradually stronger growth rates from 2017, with the regional average back up to more than 4.5% annually during 2018-2020. Moreover, southern Africa possesses large reserves of untapped natural commodities such as copper, oil and gas. In 2015, Daimler sold approximately 5 500 trucks and buses in the region. The Regional Centre Southern Africa is the third of six around the world. Recently, the Regional Centre for East, Central, and West Africa started its operations based in Nairobi, Kenya. The first Regional Centre was opened in Dubai in October 2015 and similar bases will follow for South Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America within the next few months. In the past, Daimler had managed these regions primarily from its group headquarters in Stuttgart. Further decentralisation will keep the business even more in tune with the market. Mercedes-Benz SA, Sibusiso Mkwanazi Tel: (012) 673-6864 Email: sibusiso.mkwanazi@ daimler.com

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Moving Across Europe Volvo Trucks was recently announced as an official supplier of trucks and haulage to the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. The partnership will see McLaren-Honda take delivery of a brand new fleet of 24 stateof-the-art Volvo FH Series trucks for the duration of the four-year agreement to provide essential transport solutions and logistics support for both race team and hospitality operations.


he McLaren-Honda team will campaign the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with arguably the best driver pairing in the sport: world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. They will drive the McLaren-Honda MP4-31.

The vehicle also features independent suspension using rack and pinion steering: features which have previously only been available in passenger cars The 24 Volvo FH 13-litre, 540hp trucks will comprise of three different specifications, including standard height, extra low, and top of the range, to cater for the ever-changing logistics requirements of the team at grand prix locations all over Europe.


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Independent suspension

The technology used on the exclusive flagship truck is inspired by the racing world, and is the first time that a heavy goods vehicle has used its celebrated I-Shift automated gearbox matched to the new Dual Clutch, offering unrivalled driveability in its class. The vehicle also features independent suspension using rack and pinion steering: features which have previously only been available in passenger cars. McLaren-Honda will benefit from transport solutions that offer fuel-efficient, torquestrong performance, responsive engines and comfortable cabs. The


Volvo FH Series boasts the latest I-See gradient technology that can save fuel, and engines that meet the Euro-6 emissions standard, therefore reducing environmental impact in line with the team’s status as the only Formula 1 operation to be awarded the FIA Institute’s Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence.

Unique safety systems

The FH Series is also the world’s safest Volvo product, equipped with unique safety systems including the strongest-ever Volvo cab, driver support systems, redesigned aerodynamic mirrors, improved instrument display and dynamic headlights. Jonathan Neale, COO of McLaren Technology Group, says, “Away from the racing circuit, managing freight and logistics for a Formula 1 team presents a huge challenge in itself. Transporting McLaren-Honda’s entire race team operations across Europe in an efficient, reliable and, most importantly, safe manner is no mean feat.


“Like McLaren, Volvo Trucks prides itself

on an enviable heritage in its field. They have been in operation for more than 80 years and built an impressive reputation for strong, reliable and economical transport products. “We are looking forward to receiving the first trucks from the new Volvo FH fleet from April onwards, and working with Volvo Trucks to refine our logistics solutions as the relationship progresses.”

Transporting McLaren-Honda’s entire race team operations across Europe in an efficient, reliable and, most importantly, safe manner is no mean feat According to Mike Corcoran, Commercial Director at Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland, “We are extremely proud to have been selected as a supplier by McLaren-Honda. Our two companies share a number of values - particularly so in terms of our approach to quality and innovation, and we are both very much leaders in the use of technology. “We are both winners in the race to find technological solutions to a very different set of transport challenges: McLaren on the track, and Volvo Trucks on the roads and highways of the world.” McLaren www.mclaren.com/formula1 Volvo, www.volvo.com

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Rising to the Challenge The University of Stellenbosch was named the winner of the 2015 PneuDrive Challenge, after submitting its concept of the innovative BottleBot – an automated solution that enables micro-breweries to transport empty beer bottles to a capping machine with greater efficiency.


he annual PneuDrive challenge aims to provide mechanical, electrical and mechatronic students with the opportunity to combine theory with the latest drive engineering technology. The 2015 theme was revolutionising the food and beverage industry. The Stellenbosch team – consisting of Reghardt Pretorius, Johannes Leuvennink, Madeli du Toit, Josua Blom and Jean Swart – has won a ten-day, all-expenses-paid trip to the European headquarters of lead sponsors, Sew-Eurodrive and SMC Pneumatics.

BottleBot concept

The Stellenbosch University team visited local micro beer

brewery Stellenbrau, and analysed a specific problem: the need for an efficient, inexpensive and automated application for transporting empty beer bottles to the capping machine. Micro-breweries do not always have the capital to invest in expensive equipment, and often rely on rudimentary means of solving problems. Stellenbrau relies on manual labour for most of its operations. The solution proposed by the team aims to improve and add value to the company by allowing better utilisation of labour, and improvements in time and efficiency, by automating the process of transporting empty beer bottles onto a capping machine. BottleBot has a low energy consumption of 24.474 kWh per year, and can be controlled by a smart phone or tablet device. The BottleBot

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can increase efficiency and accuracy through complete automation and elimination of human error and contamination.

to separate liquid waste from solid waste on brewery floors without assistance. This team was also the recipient of the ‘Innovation Prize’.

One cycle involves picking up 12 bottles on one side of the production line and placing it onto the capping machine on the opposite side. The duration of one cycle is a minimum of eight seconds. The BottleBot’s retail price will be significantly lower than the price of similar products available on the market, meaning that the initial purchase cost of the solution will be fully covered within two-and-a-half years.

In addition to creating these genius inventions, the participating PneuDrive Challenge teams were also expected to come up with a concept design and a business case, which involves cost analyses and the feasibility of companies using their designs. PneuDrive Challenge, www.pneudrive.co.za

Potato game-changer

The runner-up prize went the University of the Witwatersrand’s (WITS) team, for its ‘Potato Game Changer’ concept, which transforms waste into usable energy at a potato chip factory. This project proposes that a system using anaerobic digestion be employed to dispose of the solid waste and clean the waste water while producing a useful by-product in the form of biogas. This biogas can be used to supplement any existing system in the heating of the chip cookers to reduce energy costs.

Students needed to design a gamechanger for the food and beverage industry in 2015

Autonomous warehouse floor cleaner

Third place went to another WITS team, for its ‘Autonomous Warehouse Floor Cleaner’ concept, involving an autonomous cleaner which is able

The Stellenbosch team

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Are Importers and Exporters Covered? A long-accepted trend by transporters has been to arrange for insurance of the cargo through freight forwarders, typically all risks insurance as the freight forwarders’ liability is limited in terms of their standard trading conditions.

Most clients who insure through forwarders are not aware what they are covered for, which is at the heart of the issue


owever, recent claims trends have shown that such cover is usually inadequate especially for more specialised cargo. With so many players in the transport chain, it can be difficult to prove who is responsible for a cargo mishap, highlighting the need to purchase a separate cargo insurance policy that is specifically designed to cover the nature of goods in transit. According to Jeffry Butt, Marine Manager at Aon South Africa, importers and exporters are accepting insurance quotations from freight forwarders (FF) where the complex issue of risk is reduced to a mere line item and Rand value, without a clear understanding of the nature of cargo and risk exposure. In fact, in many instances, traders have no idea of what they are covered for, relinquish-

ing any responsibility thinking that the forwarder has it covered.

Absolute necessity

“Under South African legislation a client has the right under the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS) act to be properly informed and advised of the insurance cover given and to be provided with a policy document noting the rates, terms and conditions related to the levied premium. A good place to start is to ask the transporter, clearing or forwarding agent to provide their FAIS licence as issued by the FSB,” says Jeffry. A single shipping container can contain items that are valued on average between R5 – R20 million,

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which is why it is crucial to put the potential risk of loss into perspective. A comprehensive needs analysis by a qualified broker is an absolute necessity to establish what an importer or exporter needs and that adequate cover is provided and all potential risks have been identified.

Role of the broker

“The process wasn’t legislated prior to 2003,” says Jeffry. “Because freight forwarders dealt with the cargo and were involved with the logistics of shipment, it made sense to offer insurance cover as well. The problem, however, lies in the fact that this offering moved freight forwarders out of their primary business specialisation, meaning that forwarders were fulfilling the role of a broker without having the expertise, approved training and understanding of this complex subject. “Although this practice is now addressed by the FSB with the implementation of FAIS and the RE qualification requirements, the depth and quality of cover provided is still very much ‘cut and paste’ with little consideration given to the risks of specialised cargo.”

Impractical solution

To comply with regulations, freight forwarders are currently adopting a common practice of having a limited number of key individuals and representatives who are FAIS licensed. “It is however not a practical solution due to the limited number of

qualified individuals who are not able to advise the volume of clients with the best suited cover and technical detail that is required to achieve a well-rounded insurance solution,” Jeffry warns. “Generally operators opt for insurance that covers ‘all risks’, thinking that they are protected for every event; not realising that ‘all risks’ cover only provides insurance cover for unforeseen or accidental events not excluded by the policy. “An example is an importer who is shipping a container of meat, the chance of the cooling system failing in the container for no apparent reason is not an unforeseen event, it is something that needs to form part of a contingency plan and is therefore not covered under ‘all risks’ insurance,” illustrates Jeffry.

No surprises

“Every possible aspect of risk needs to be considered, whether you are shipping project specific items that are crucial to the completion of a plant/ factory with a time deadline or perishable items that require a specialised storage environment.

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“Protection against loss of profits as a result of an insured peril, for example, is necessary in the event of an incident that could leave clients at the mercy of circumstances that are well beyond their control; affecting their finances and leaving their reputation in tatters,” says Jeffry. Aon South Africa, www.aon.co.za


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About Half on Board Following the historic international deal agreed at the UN climate conference, COP21, and the news from Davos that climate change is the world’s most impactful risk, companies such as Dell, Unilever and Walmart are establishing the extent to which impending climate regulation will impact their business. However, half their key suppliers fail to respond to requests for climate information, hindering efforts to understand and manage climate risk.


s a result, CDP, (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), together with BSR (a global non-profit organisation), embarked on the largest ever study of climate data from suppliers and their corporate customers. The COP21 Paris agreement requires global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to reduce to net zero well before the end of the century. With supply chains responsible for up to four times the GHGs of a company’s direct operations, they house sizable regulatory risk but also present ample opportunity for businesses to lower emissions.

75 multinationals representing over US$2 trillion in procurement spend worked with CDP which sought data from 7 879 key suppliers on their carbon emissions and climate risk strategies. Information was received from 4 005 suppliers, meaning 49% failed to fulfill their customers’ requests, creating a substantial blind-spot for those preparing for a carbon constrained world.

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Inevitable transition

Paul Simpson, chief executive officer of CDP says’ “The science and the policy have never been clearer. Greenhouse gas emissions must decrease to net zero as early as possible in the second half of the century. Companies have a vital role to play in implementing the Paris agreement. Those that are unable to do so, risk being the losers from this inevitable transition.” Analysis of the suppliers that have disclosed, demonstrates the scale of risk now facing companies: close to three quarters (72%) state that climate change presents risks that could significantly impact their business operations, revenue or expenditure. The majority (64%) of suppliers specifically identify climate regulation as a risk, with the most commonly cited consequences being fuel, energy and carbon taxes.

Spreading the message

Despite the high perception of climate related risk, less than half (45%) the participating suppliers have set a target to reduce their emissions and just one third (34%) have lowered their GHGs in the past reporting year.

Repeat participants achieve an average of US$1.5 million in annual savings for each carbon cutting project, compared with first time disclosers, who average annual savings of US$900 000 per initiative Aron Cramer, president and CEO of BSR says, “Collaboration between companies and their suppliers is crucial when it comes to understanding climate risks and opportunities and is key to building inclusive, resilient, and transparent global supply chains. “We believe there is a great opportunity to be captured if the millions of suppliers not yet reporting follow the lead of those who are. Widening the circle of reports will spread the message further, wider and deeper, with decisive action that aids business, climate, and public health.”

Procurement decisions

The new study, which includes commentary from McKinsey & Company, suggests that carbon emissions and climate management are increasingly factored into procurement decisions and are disrupting established supplier-based business models.

L’Oréal, for example, works with CDP to create supplier climate scorecards that can be easily understood in the purchasing department. The Coca-Cola Company and Lego Group are both experimenting with incentives and training for suppliers that will improve climate performance and generate shared value. The climate performance of suppliers that disclose to CDP improves with time. Those that have participated in CDP’s supply chain programme for at least the past three years demonstrate a more robust approach to climate management than those disclosing for the first time. For example, around three quarters of the 1 850 repeat participants have climate risk management procedures in place and are actively reducing emissions. Fewer than half of the 1 258 first time disclosers can claim these advantages, clearly demonstrating that measurement and disclosure lead to better management.

Cleaning house

Regular disclosers are also better at realising financial benefits. Repeat participants achieve an average of US$1.5 million in annual savings for each carbon cutting project, compared with first time disclosers, who average annual savings of US$900 000 per initiative. The report goes on to note various ways that purchasing organisations can improve the climate performance and risk management of suppliers. The solutions included are scalable, and CDP has seen US Federal Government participation in its programme as national administrations look to set their own supply chains in order. To enable multinationals to benchmark their performance and drive improvements, CDP will this year score companies on the management of carbon and climate change across their supply chains, with results to be published in the 2017 supply chain report. CDP, www.cdp.net BSR, www.bsr.org

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Three New Carton-erecting Machines Three new carton erecting machines, custom-designed by DS Smith in France, have been delivered to Neopak. Branded as ‘Neotechnik’, they more than double the speed of erecting cartons, reduce glue by up to 40% and save changeover times by as much as 90%. “They’re the first-of-a-kind in Africa and will improve Neopak’s competitiveness in the agriculture sector,” says Clyde Barendilla, national development manager for Agriculture.


epending on the volumes involved, the company can place a machine in the farmer’s packing shed as a permanent fixture and train the workers who will operate it, or it can provide a mobile machine that comes with a Neopak operator.

This equipment is incredibly flexible and can erect up to 18 different types of cartons. Seasonal demand

Once all the packing is complete, Neopak uplifts and services the machine before putting it back in the field. The machines are moved around according to seasonal demand and form part of a much larger fleet that is available nationwide. When the first ‘Neotechnik’ machines arrived in South Africa, they were immediately delivered to

the Karsten Group in Upington in the Northern Cape, where they were installed and commissioned, taking three days per machine. Operator training was also provided.

Huge time savings

At the Karsten Group, the machines are being used to erect three different types of grape cartons and punnets, namely a 9kg, a 5kg and a 4.5kg. All of them have open tops and tri-corners. However, this equipment is incredibly flexible and can erect up to 18 different types of cartons. All the changeover parts are integrated into the mechanics of the machine, so there are no complications or loose ends. The resultant time savings are a huge advantage, especially when handling fresh produce. At the same time, a hot melt system and applicator breaks up the line of glue and saves up to 40% on gluing lines. Neopak, www.neopak.co.za

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Propak Africa 2016 Innovation plays an important role in the packaging industry that is largely driven by consumer demand. Propak Africa 2016 showcased the latest state-of-the-art equipment as well as a vast array of machinery, auxiliary products and services. “Supply Chain Today” visited the show. From a one-stop shop of punnets, trays and lidding film for fresh cut produce, convenience and ready meals, to new generation net weigh-filling valves, there was plenty of innovation on show at Propak Africa.

Dave Smart of Teraoka.

We are no longer speaking to our consumers by just giving them what the regulations require. We are going above and beyond Says Dr Fru Nche, head of Innovation at Tiger Brands, “While certain elements of packaging remain traditional, new technologies are coming

to the fore in a constant stream, mostly driven by the needs of the consumer. Many packaged products on the retail shelves are largely as a result of the collective food processing, packaging, plastics, print and labelling industries. “Consumers are demanding transparency and they want relevant information. Packaging has to cater to these changing needs and demands. Long gone are the days where the regulatory information on the product is sufficient. We are no longer speaking to our consumers by just giving them what the regulations require. We are going above and beyond,” he says. “Consumers are engaging with the packaging far Says Joshua Low, Propak Africa’s Event Director,“Exhibitor numbers grew substantially to 620 exhibitors from 450 exhibitors in 2013. This also included a substantial increase in the number of international exhibitors. There were 20 countries at the show, including the UK, France, India, Taiwan, Turkey as well as an Italian pavilion and Chinese exhibitors, to mention just a few.” Plans are already in place to grow the event even further, adds Joshua. “For the 2019 event we will expand on the profile of the show covering the cradle-to-grave process from raw materials/ ingredients and components to


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more intelligently than ever before. Packaging has become a pivotal component in the sale of products changing the way that people interact with containers.”

Out of the box Several companies use the Propak Africa trade show as a platform to launch new products and showcase innovation, such as Fontana SA which launched its new Easy Twist 29/25 closures and preforms, the first of its kind in the South African market, while Pyrotec displayed two operational lines, using the latest software.

GEA GEA highlighted their process solutions and components for sophisticated production processes across a wide range of industries. Their applications include customised solutions for the following industries: food, beverages, dairy farming, dairy processing, land-based transportation, pharma, chemical, marine, leisure, sport and utilities.


Armcor Africa, a subsidiary of the global leaders

in thermal transfer ribbon technology, showcased their general application as well as niche transfer ribbons at this year’s exhibition.

The continent does not have to work through 50 years of development but can simply leapfrog to implementing the newest and latest innovations According to Roland Pinz, general manager at Armcor Africa, visitors were looking for consistency in quality and supply, as well as cost-effective prices. “We also found that end-users and resellers are looking for fit-for-purpose thermal transfer ribbons that produce barcode labels where the properties match specific applications, such as chemical resistant labels for oil drums or durable water-resistant labels for goods in transit on ships. Roland says that the company is set for expansion in the next quarter to meet the demands for quality thermal transfer ribbons in the African market. “We will be installing an additional ribbon slitter at our Boksburg factory to meet increased demand, as well as employing an operations

printing, transport, logistics and warehousing and emphasising the recycling element.” Camille Tricoire, senior trade advisor for Business France, described the quality of visitors to the French Pavilion stands as being ‘exceptional’ with some of the exhibitors having generated very good leads that would result in contracts being signed soon. “The show has been great exposure for our French exhibitors. When we booked for the show we had 10 stands and then requested 4 more stands – so in 2019, we’ll hopefully be even bigger!” Supply Chain Today

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manager to ensure that our quality and service levels continue to meet international standards.”


We were impressed with TracePack which introduced yellow non-pigmented ink, a first of its kind. Manufacturers who use conventional yellow pigmented ink can save substantial costs by purchasing a standard Mondo printer as opposed to a pigmented printer. This ink is more stable and less temperamental than traditional pigmented ink and the fact that it can run in a standard printer is a huge cost saving. Bosch Packaging Technology launched its new system for the efficient and flexible packaging

of biscuits and crackers on edge for the southern African market. The packaging machine, designed to help manufacturers meet the increasing market demand for biscuit wrapping together with premium product quality, was one of the major drawcards on the trade show floor. “Working closely with our customers in southern Africa, we are seeing increasing demand for full-line automation to address growing market needs and evolving consumer demands,” says Steffen Manke, general manager, Bosch Packaging Technology SA. Dave Smart of Teraoka agrees that automation, as a concept, continues to gain traction in Africa.

How To Go About Setting Up In Africa Ralph von Veh, managing director of MPACT, says opportunities in Africa are increasing thanks to demand being driven by increased consumer markets, but the continent comes with risks.

present is high as the opportunities are just too good to ignore. There are three factors currently in Africa driving the growth in the packaging sector.

“It can be a very difficult operating environment for corporates that have strict governance procedures in place. Despite concerns around supply chain, infrastructure and logistics there are the ongoing issues with corruption and bribery that can hamper one’s operations significantly.”

“First and foremost is the urbanisation of the continent, resulting in tremendous growth in the number of consumers. The second factor is the large number of youth coming into the market with expandable income and thirdly, the general increase of per capita income in Africa,” he explains.

But, he says, motivation for investing in Africa at

Too good to pass up

Rob Morris, group executive: Africa for Nampak,

As consumers increase, Africa is going to require more efficient packaging processes.


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“The efficiencies gained in the supply chain are the driving force behind the continued move to automate which is why we are on a concerted drive to grow our market reach on the continent.” Interroll launched a new modular conveyor platform at Propak, and Corrie Janse van Rensburg, sales representative says that there’s a lot of interest from African visitors for the latest in technologies and innovations. “There is also a lot of focus on efficiency in Africa including increased demand for energy efficient systems.”

High-end solutions

Fru of Tiger Brands backs up this sentiment by saying, “The continent does not have to work

through 50 years of development but can simply leapfrog to implementing the newest and latest innovations. ”Servicing the African market will require manufacturers to look carefully at differing consumer needs. High end packaging solutions will become the norm rather than cheap and easy solutions,” he predicts. “Manufacturers who want to take a leading position in Africa should therefore be investing in delivering novel packaging applications in these developing African markets.” Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery Leatitia van Straten, Tel: (011) 835-1565 Email: leatitiavs@specialised.com www.propakafrica.co.za

says finding a local partner on the ground is one way of overcoming some of the challenges that Africa poses. “Identifying the right partner is probably the most difficult aspect, but once you have someone in place, operations become significantly easier. And I would highly recommend finding such a partner even if there is no legislative requirement to do so.

To scale

“For example, in Angola, you are not obligated to have a local partner but without one, trading successfully is very difficult.” Collaborating with brand owners is another way of entering the continent’s markets. “Many brand owners are already established in the various countries. They can offer a packaging company the backing necessary to establish a plant,” says Rob. “It’s a far easier option than going in blind and trying to build a market from scratch. We have seen success in having partners and working with people on the ground.” Nampak has made a big impact in Africa and managed to grow their footprint significantly. “Packaging is all about scale and our experience shows that scale is vital when taking on an ‘African’ endeavour. Cost is another factor that can impact on operations in Africa. “Because of the enormous costs involved in purchasing, installing and commissioning capital equipment, a good model is to manufacture in one country in Africa and export to the various other African countries where you intend to establish a footprint. It is initially probably a more profitable option,” he advises. Then there are some packaging companies who have taken the bull by the horns and have up to 15 operational plants in African countries. “It comes down to having the broader knowledge necessary as to how a country operates along with the right partner,” says Rob. “Other than doing enough homework on the markets and having local partners in place, finding reliable ethical suppliers is just as important. This applies across the supply chian. If something is

Packaging will continue to see an increase in Africa thanks to more per capital income and ongoing urbanisation.

cheap in Africa, you need to know you will get cheap service along with it. Reliable, ethical and dependable suppliers is thus key to successful operations,” he concludes. Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery Leatitia van Straten, Tel: (011) 835-1565 Email: leatitiavs@specialised.com www.propakafrica.co.za

The Stats In 2014 the South African packaging industry alone contributed a whopping R79-billion to the economy. It’s a figure that has grown year on year as more goods are sold to more people thus requiring more packaging. According to Statistics SA, the country’s food and beverages industry increased by 9.2% to R4bn in September last year compared with the year before. The picture is even rosier through Africa. The International Monetary Fund predicts growth of 6,5% per annum over the next 5 years in East and West Africa, putting the two regions on a par with mainland China and emerging Asia. Supply Chain Today

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A “Green” Option Saving costs and attracting more consumers are two of the driving forces behind a more eco-responsible approach, says Steve Claus, advisory services manager for Fostplus, who shared some insights at the ProPak Conference, attended by “Supply Chain Today.”

In Europe one of the most valuable lessons learnt has been that there must be an extended producer responsibility (EPR) programme to really affect any real environmental change.”

This, in simple terms, means that producers remain responsible for the packaging of their products even in the post-consumer stage of the product life. So a company producing yogurt is responsible for the end-of-life treatment of every single yogurt container rather than the consumer of the yogurt. “In Europe there are different models that allow for extended user responsibility from an operational and financial point of view,” explains Steve. “But you cannot just copy a European model and transplant it into Africa. The European model is a good yardstick and guide to best practices and lessons learnt, but it needs to be adapted to local conditions.”

Working together

He says one thing African manufacturers and producers should consider is an integrated and coordinated approach. With the waste hierarchy in Africa very different from that of Europe, Steve highlights that it will be important for the local supply chain to develop its own structure, policies and systems, but a combined effort will probably see far better results than trying to approach it from an individual company perspective.

So a company producing yogurt is responsible for the end-of-life treatment of every single yogurt container rather than the consumer of the yogurt In Europe the effects of EPR has seen a definite move towards more eco-friendly packaging being introduced. “Prevention has become the key driver. To avoid having too much waste at the end of the packaging lifecycle, waste prevention programmes have been introduced while recycling has also become the norm. In this regard the bare minimum is nowadays disposed of at landfills in Europe where exceptionally high environmental targets are being set.” It is accepted that at least 75% of all packaging waste must be recycled by 2030 with a target to reduce landfills to a maximum of only 10% of all waste, also by 2030. “To effectively introduce these kind of targets,

The environment is becoming a major focus in the packaging industry.

the right legislative environment is also required. This entire process to a green, more eco-friendly and eco-responsible environment does take time, however,” Steven warns. “Europe has taken 20 years to get where it is today. In Africa this process is really only starting and so there is still much that has to be put in place to ensure good environmentally sustainable programmes.”

Saving money

Not only are consumers demanding better packaging that is environmentally friendly but, from a pure business perspective, there are major savings that can be affected. Reducing excess packaging and introducing more biodegradable and recyclable packaging does save money. Smaller shipments that cost less to transport allow for better supply chains all round. From using lighter and more degradable cardboard to protect goods, to introducing containers that can be used again and again, the focus on sustainability in the supply chain is here to stay. Sustainable sources, material optimisation as well as designing for recycling and composting are ensuring that change is being affected. Fost Plus, Steve Claus, Email: fostplus@fostplus.be www.fostplus.be

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redictive maintenance platforms rely on sensors that monitor the performance of a particular component or piece of equipment. However, predictive maintenance solutions take this a step further. They combine the data with other information (such as weather patterns or traffic congestion patterns), and build a complete picture of when a component starts to under-perform, or to break-down, for example.

Collecting the data is often the simple part. Where the real work begins is in building the analytics layer that deals with the so-called ‘four Vs’ of data: Volume, Velocity, Variety, and Veracity (authenticity) This information can be used to create a strong indication of when a similar problem is likely to re-occur. As the age-old adage confirms: ‘forewarned is forearmed’. In fact, we can describe maintenance approaches on a spectrum, showing five levels of maturity:

1 2 3 4 5

Reactive: waiting for something to break before it is fixed. This approach comes with the obvious drawback of high costs and a strong likelihood of downtime. Preventative: routine check-ups and scheduled replacements (for example, a fleet operator may check all the vehicle engines in its fleet). Predictive/condition-based: refining the preventative approach (for example, checking all the engines that are over two years old). Proactive: as you gather historical data and gain intelligence, you can start predicting the circumstances under which equipment may fail. Reliability-driven: this is a fully optimised state – the ‘holy grail’ of predictive maintenance – where the processes are in-place to prevent the causes of equipment failure as far as possible, and therefore minimise the need for ongoing maintenance.

Collecting the data is often the simple part. Where the real work begins is in building the analytics layer that deals with the so-called ‘four Vs’ of data: Volume, Velocity, Variety, and Verac-

Martin Vergunst, Business Solutions Executive at T-Systems South Africa

ity (authenticity). Producing actionable insights requires the organisation to record the historical information – that under certain conditions (a certain gradient, or temperature, or loading factor, for example) a piece of equipment is liable to fail – and then using it to alert the team that similar conditions are about to occur. This is a prime example of transforming data into knowledge.

Because it is now more targeted and condition-based, the actual process of maintenance becomes less costly Rapid introduction

Progressing through the abovementioned spectrum means moving from a state of understanding what happened, to why it happened, to knowing when it will happen again, to preventing it from happening at all. By preventing failures or breakdowns, uptime is increased, the risks of contractual penalties associated with downtime is reduced, customer satisfaction is improved, and brand reputation is enhanced. Because it is now more targeted and condition-based, the actual process of maintenance becomes less costly. The good news is that it does not necessarily require a multi-year, hugely complex and costly exercise to get started. Predictive maintenance platforms delivered as a dynamic, virtual service can be introduced rapidly with minimal upfront costs. They also benefit from being highly scalable, centrally-managed, and continually enhanced, to capitalise on the latest advancements in data science. T-Systems Tel: (011) 266-0266

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Shoring up Fuel Supply feasible. Therefore, the company was forced to increase its storage capacity on the land that it was already leasing. In addition to the expansion project at Farewell-King site, Vopak has plans to replace tanks at its Fynn site at Island View. Tanks that presently have a total of 9 000 cbm capacity will be replaced with petroleum tanks with 64 000 cbm capacity for distribution locally and through the NMPP.

Dick Meurs, Division President EMEA at Vopak; Erik Kleine, Managing Director of Vopak South Africa; Simphiwe Mehlomakulu, Chairman of Vopak SA’s BEE partner, Reatile and Frits Eulderink, Chief Operating Officer of Royal Vopak NV

Independent tank storage provider Vopak SA, and Reatile Chemicals, took into operation the first phase of their strategic expansion programme in Durban, late last year. Vopak South Africa’s decision to increase and enhance its fuel storage capacity at its Durban Island View operations came in 2012 in the wake of SA’s decision to realise Transnet’s New Multi-Product Pipeline (NMPP) between Durban and Gauteng.

The NMPP is designed to service the transport needs of refined petroleum products such as petrol, diesel and jet fuel along the Durban-Gauteng corridor. The coastal end of the NMPP is adjacent to Vopak’s Island View tank farm, thus enabling easy flow of fuel from the port via tanks into the pipeline. However, land availability in the Port of Durban is limited and the lateral expansion of Vopak South Africa’s facilities at the Farewell-King site was not

Back in Control

At Lesedi near Heidelberg which is the inland terminus of the NMPP, the company is conducting a feasibility study to construct a terminal. At Richards Bay, Vopak is conducting a feasibility study for the construction of a multiproduct chemicals terminal, which would also include a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility. The Reatile Group was founded by Simphiwe Mehlomakulu and Sizwe Hopa in 2003. With their extensive knowledge and expertise in the energy, mining and chemical sectors, they have been an invaluable partner for Vopak’s expansion in South Africa. Vopak South Africa www.vopak.com

destination fleets by providing drivers with a complete list of stops in a single screen. It can be programmed to automatically alert managers when the vehicle has arrived at the predefined stop. In addition to real-time tracking of driver location, the solution provides two-way communication between a manager and each vehicle in the fleet using Garmin hardware. Fleet managers can now send customised, or pre-defined, text messages to prompt the driver to complete a job instruction.

The Skygistics Garmin FMI (Fleet Managers Interface) integrates tracking, navigation and driver communication software that utilises Garmin Personal Navigation Devices as its interface, providing managers with complete control of their fleets. By incorporating cellular and satellite services, the system ensures real-time

fleet management and network coverage for local and cross-border applications. Managers are able to predefine routes for each vehicle and receive real-time alerts should the driver deviate from the defined route. ETAs are updated every two minutes, allowing managers to make accurate logistics schedules. The solution also addresses multiple-

“Every message can be tracked with an audit trial,” says Henry Smith, sales and marketing executive, Skygistics. “This allows managers to monitor which messages have been delivered, read and actioned according to the instructions”. Fleet managers can track the exact time and location when/where each message was read. Skygistics, Henry Smith Tel: (012) 682-1607 Email: Henry.Smith@skygistics.com www.skygistics.com

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Critical to E-tailing Traditionally, Courier Express Parcel (CEP) delivery suppliers simply delivered documents and parcels. Due to the limited service offerings, companies were often forced to use multiple service providers to meet their diverse and constantly changing supply chain requirements. As such, for a long time, CEP deliveries were an important but expensive and niche offering, to cater for “emergency” deliveries.

With the evolution of the all-in-one CEP delivery partner, businesses now have access to turnkey business solutions that transcend simple parcel deliveries and, instead, deliver a multi-dimensional competitive advantage for many companies. SkyNet has just added over 2 000 retail delivery points to its network, which is already Southern Africa’s widest. The rapid growth of e-tail and the fact that both adults work in the majority of homes delivered to, have created a need to reduce costs for e-tailers. This has made the counter pick-up or dropoff at a safe and local retail outlet an attractive and cost-effective solution. SkyNet can literally deliver with double the convenience, at half the cost. The service levels these new delivery channels provide give e-tailers a competitive advantage in what is becoming a dog-eat-dog market, with price and convenience the

Expansion and Diversification Antonio J. Silva Transportes e Logistica (AJS), Angola’s full-service solutions and logistics company for the transportation industry, has announced its stellar highlights from 2015 and plans for 2016 that further the company’s goals of investing in the Angolan economy by continuing AJS’ history of development and diversification that was exemplified in the past year.

Herman Evert, Managing Director of SkyNet South Africa

differentiators, especially if warehouse management and complete integration from a visibility point of view, can be added to the offering. New age CEP solution providers have seen the gap and have set themselves up to provide e-commerce businesses with flexible warehousing, stock holding and control, and order fulfilment encompassing picking, assembling, packing and distribution, to provide holistic and meaningful value to this burgeoning sector. Such a one-stop solution improves responsiveness by reducing turnaround times, and also decreases costs. SkyNet, www.skynet.co.za

Luis Silva, CEO/Managing Director of AJS says, “In the past year, our company sought regional and industrial expansion, keeping with our goals to reach out to more areas in need of our company’s services and products along with diversifying by going beyond the transportation sector, entering into the fuel/renewable energy, and paper goods industries along with truck manufacturing. “In 2016, our plans will go even further by strengthening our position as Angola’s leading transportation company, solidifying our investment in the oil and gas sector, and starting our renewable energy production business, creating an investment fund for renewable energy.” Antonio J. Silva Lda Transportes Logistica (AJS), http://www.ajs.co.ao/pt/

Knowledge is Key In the wake of new regulations, Wilhelmsen Ships Services (WSS) says bulk owners and operators must pay as much attention to the products used to clean their cargo holds as the holds themselves. The company is urging firms to heed details included in the revised Marpol Annex V Resolution MEPC.201(62), relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, which came into force on 1 January 2016. A key element is the Annex ‘garbage regulation’, stipulating that discharge of garbage into the sea is prohibited, unless specifically allowed, and that every discharge must be noted in a vessel’s Garbage Record Book. As part of this, cleaning agents, additives and residue contained in cargo holds should not be discharged to sea, unless it can be proven these substances are classified as not harmful to the marine environment (HME). “Ship-owners must ensure compliance,


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and must have access to the necessary products and knowledge to do so,” comments Jan Fredrik Bjorge, Product Marketing Manager Cleaning Solutions WSS.

of proof that cleaning agents and additives are not HME lies with the vessel, and that they are under an obligation to provide evidence to Port State Control authorities upon inspection.

“Operators need to be aware of how the combination of their cargoes and the products used to clean cargo holds impacts upon their suitability to be discharged to sea. Cargo residues and the products used to clean cargo holds must be declared as HME, otherwise the wash water has to be discharged at a port reception facility.”

In conclusion, Jan says, “The penalties for non-compliance are stringent and claiming a lack of knowledge is no excuse. We suggest ship-owners and operators choose suppliers and products they know they can trust. New regulations needn’t be a concern if you select the right partners to work with.”

The regulation states that the burden

Wilhelmsen Ships Service www.wilhelmsen.com/shipsservice


Not the Only Option In tough economic times when cash can be a rare commodity, buying new forklifts is certainly not always the only option. Smith Power Equipment (SPE) has shown that buying secondhand, refurbished forklifts is certainly a viable alternative. Dewald Walters, managing director of project management and fabrication company, WPPS, recently bought two Kipor 2.5 diesel forklifts that had done about 4 000 and 8 000 hours

APC Storage Solutions SA has introduced the Mecalux integrated safety pin, or locking mechanism, for connector systems on racking beams. The mechanism is attached permanently to racking beams and cannot be removed accidently or by malicious intent, ensuring enhanced lasting stability and safety in all APC Storage Solutions SA racking installations. The safety locking mechanism forms part of the rack end plate. As a permanent fixture, it cannot be lost like its predecessor could, cannot be accidently knocked out, and once the installation is assembled, it cannot be extracted without completely dismantling the beam. “Its operation is simplistic, yet effective,” explains Ettienne Meyburgh, General Manager KZN Region and Automation,

WPPS MD Dewald Walters with operators Richard Kgala and Nako Tolo in the two refurbished forklifts from Smith Power.

respectively and were refurbished by the SPE team.

has become one of the most popular forklifts around.

“From the word go SPE delivered an exceptional service making the transaction not only a lucrative one for me, but also a pleasure,” he says.

“The fact that both forklifts have worked almost non-stop for about 1 000 hours each since we acquired them, is testament to the excellent job of refurbishment that SPE did as well as to the overall quality of the Kipor product,” Dewald concludes.

The Kipor 2.5 ton diesel forklift is one of the flagship machines in the Kipor range. With its advanced streamlined design, solid, sturdy frame and its suspended and moveable seat, which provides comfort for the operator, it

Smith Power Equipment, Robert Keir Tel: (011) 284-2000 Email: mail@smithpower.co.za

APC Storage Solutions SA. “The new safety pin is welded onto the beam where the previous safety clip was attached, so that on installation the beam slides easily into place. “The safety pin has a spring within its barrel which slides against the upright and is pushed back. Once the beam is in place, the pin shoots back into place, safely securing the now connected beam. Removing the beam is just as easy, the safety pin is released by pulling back on it, enabling easy beam dismantling while the safety pin remains in place.” APC Storage Solutions SA Ettienne Meyburg Tel: 082 490 3309 Email: ettienne.meyburgh@apcgroup.co.za www.apcstoragesolutions.co.za

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Local Plant Nearing 100 Mark in Exports FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA has registered 90 units built locally for export into Africa. Africa truck dealers who traditionally placed their orders on FAW China, are moving their orders to originate out of South Africa, owing to the shorter lead time for delivery, the high levels of quality from the South African plant, and the reduced cost of sourcing FAW vehicles on the same continent.

Cheng Zhang, marketing and strategy manager for FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA, explains, “There are many advantages of sourcing FAW products from our South African base, the most important being time-to-market in the Africa countries, and of course for the SACD and AU, the added advantage which comes from the import/export duty agreements.”

buyer can save complete vehicle import duty from 25% to 40%. Another advantage of importing through FAW locally, is that customers can get their vehicles within 30 days of order, much sooner than from China, which normally requires three months between order placement and delivery. FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA www.faw.co.za

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Customs Preferred Trader Status In recent years the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has embarked on a risk-based approach to managing and enforcing customs compliance, with the aim of being able to spend more time and resources in high-risk areas and on high-risk clients. For this approach to work, SARS has identified trusted SARS clients (importers and exporters) with the required systems and controls in place to ensure a high level of compliance. These trusted SARS clients have been given a preferred trader accreditation. Detlev Duve, managing director of Dachser SA says, “At Dachser, it was essential for us to be approved as a SARS Preferred Trader, with a beneficial risk rating in SARS‘ profiling processes. This has resulted in expedited clearances and movement of product. With our preferred trader status as well as customs officers on our staff; our knowledge and experience of customs makes us a trusted partner.” The new Customs Acts, implemented in 2015, increases the focus on compliance and the role of preferred traders. Duve points out a number of benefits to being a preferred trader. “In order to ensure that your product passes through customs quickly, effectively and with compliance, it is important to ensure that your companies’ logistics provider is a SARS preferred trader.” Dachser, Tel: (011) 396-1113 www.dachser.com

Cloud-Based Warehouse Management Following a rigorous evaluation process, Brands Africa has chosen Cquential’s warehouse management solution (WMS) to run its extensive warehouse facility. Brands Africa is a distributor of FMCG products to the Central African Region. Based in Zimbabwe, the company represents both local and international firms with strong brands providing leverage and recognition in these emerging markets. Brands Africa CEO, Peter Tselentis, reveals the company engaged the services of an external supply chain consultant to assist with the process of finding a suitable WMS. “We appreciated Cquential’s pragmatic and open approach that included advising us to take a phased approach to roll out as opposed to implementing the comprehensive solution in one go, thereby giving us better control and change management ability. This high-

lighted Cquential’s real understanding of effecting change in an operational environment.” He confirms that the implementation of the Cquential solution will improve stock accuracy, enhance customer service and result in dramatic reduction in order turnaround times. “It was refreshing to have advice from a potential supplier that was utterly focused on deploying the right solution for our company and the most successful roll-out methodology,” adds Peter. Cquential WMS is the only cloud-based WMS that has been completely developed in South Africa and is uniquely positioned to leverage what is happening in supply chain with the global trend towards a move to cloud. Cquential Solutions Tel: (011) 236-4360 Email: info@cquential.com www.cquential.com

Port Security System Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has introduced a state-of-the-art port security system valued at R843 million to safeguard customer cargo, port users, as well as Transnet’s own port assets, staff and contractors. Phumuzi Sigasa, head of TNPA’s port security portfolio says, “In conformance with regulations and our own Integrated Security Management Systems - Security Strategy Plan, we are rolling out an upgraded security system across our eight South African commercial ports and our head office in Johannesburg. CCTV is but one aspect of our broader

integrated technological security system which encompasses technology, skills, systems and procedures.” The CCTV system will be integrated between all port sites and the head office to give a bird’s eye view of the port security environment. It comprises 2 100 high definition cameras across the various sites, as well as long range cameras to monitor all port channel entrances and outer anchorages. The newly-renovated control room located at the Port of Durban boasts state-ofthe-art video walls for added visibility across the port. Vehicle security within

the port perimeters will be enhanced through licence plate recognition. The system will also facilitate increased night visibility through thermal imaging that can detect heat emitted by objects or bodies, especially in low visibility areas and through smoke, fog and haze. Some of the most common security incidents in South African ports can include stowaways, theft of cargo and damage or theft of assets owned by Transnet and other port users. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Tel: (011) 351-9013 www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net

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GDP Growth of 4.5 Trillion Urbanisation, mobility, infrastructure, natural resources, telecommunications investments and inter-regional trade are just a few of the untapped opportunities making Africa the last growth frontier. The continent is set to become the second fastest growing region by 2025, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $4.5 trillion. In a new video, Mega Trends in Africa, Frost & Sullivan experts and C-level executives note that Africa is the only continent that has the potential to achieve double digit economic growth within the next decade. It is expected that close to half of the continent’s population will live in large cities and that 58% of its working age population (15–64) will exist in 2025. If this trend continues for the next 20 years, Africa will have the highest labor population surpassing both China and India. “The growth rates promised by Africa are second to that of South East Asia at the moment”, notes Hendrik Malan, operations director at Frost & Sullivan Africa. “The big advantage that Africa does have, believe it or not, is the lack of infrastructure and the lack of legacy systems which allows us to leapfrog technologies and leverage growth much sooner than, for instance, South East Asia.”


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Some of the key trends revealed in the Mega Trends in Africa analysis: • Africa will have tremendous market potential for firms that are operating in the digital currency space. By the end of 2015, there will be 12 million Bitcoin wallets in Africa and nearly one-third of Kenyans will be using a Bitcoin wallet. • Online retail will grow significantly in the next 5 years and will account for nearly 7% of total retail sales in Africa in 2025. Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, and Kenya are emerging as the top markets for online retailing in Africa. • Energy demand will grow to 930.4 MTOE in 2025, which is more than double the current demand. The mining and minerals industry will be the bulk consumers of energy by 2025. Africa will grow from its current nascent stage to an emerging renewable energy hub with a substantial compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% by 2025 • Africa’s trade volume is likely to grow threefold by 2030. East Africa is projected to have the highest growth

in trade volume, driven by improved transportation infrastructure. The Proposed Free Trade Area (T-FTA) between South African Development Community (SADC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and East African Community (EAC) is expected to drive imports by an average of 60% by 2020. Frost & Sullivan Africa, Samantha James, Tel: (021) 680-3574 Email: Samantha.james@frost.com www.frost.com


Shedding Weight “A key element for our customer, SPH Transport Services based in Cape Town, who specialise in the transport of meat and fish nationally, was increasing the payload to 14 tons on a MAN 25.280 chassis, so we needed to do our sums carefully,” says Serco managing director, Clinton Holcroft. “We looked at the reinforcing in the roof, how we drill and tap the meat rails into the steel. We put more reinforcing in the floor, so we could save on the weight of the sub-frame, and

incorporated lighter engineered beams for the side wall, which didn’t weigh as much as the meranti wood we used previously.” The end result was an impressive weight saving of just over 700kgs on an 8.5m body. Serco built three of the meat hangers for the client and after achieving the required payload, was awarded an order for another two vehicles in September. Serco (Pty) Ltd, Clinton Holcroft Tel: (031) 508-1000

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The newly built SPH Transport Services vehicle.

Smart Conveying Systems High-quality key products are pivotal to achieving top-notch overall performance, especially for sophisticated logistics systems. Roller conveyors can be used to speed up, slow down or accumulate products of various sizes and shapes, allowing these types of systems to operate as “rolling warehouses”. For instance, they can be used for tyres of different weights and sizes. Interroll’s roller drive, which consists of a brushless 24V AC drive integrated into a conveyor roll, is suitable for various types of conveying systems. The basic purpose of the drive is to allow decentralisation and modularisation of zero-pressure accumulation conveyors. The company’s

roller drives allow materials to flow steadily and efficiently, feature low energy consumption and environmental impact, reduced maintenance and cut operating costs. Interoll, Email: media@interroll.com www.interroll.com

Arno Rabie, Managing Director of UK package innovation marketing strategists, Smooth HIP Ltd, says: “There seems to be a lack of innovation management across packaging companies in South Africa, that needs to be addressed if the companies are to compete more successfully and become more profitable for brands. They need to cast aside their traditional and rather old values, in particular, keeping in line with traditional marketing and brand managers creative team objectives, and break out. The packaging innovation can become key to marketing strategy.” Resultant from his recent visit to South Africa, Arno is now in the position of bringing this vital information in-house to both the project and research and development teams in packaging manufacturing companies and brands. He says that the key legislation with regards to EU packaging constraints for South Africa also has an impact, and that South African manufacturers have to stay updated with EU legislation, otherwise it can cost them dearly. “To impact and survive on international markets and become key world players, I want to demonstrate to South African packaging companies precisely how that they can do this and subsequently increase their bottom lines.” Smooth HIP, Arno Rabie Email: support@smoothhip.com www.smoothhip.com

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The transport and logistics business demands unique insurance cover that addresses every aspect of freight and transport risk. MiWay cover is designed to give peace of mind to both short and long haul transport operators across multiple risk areas.

but always recommends full comprehensive cover to ensure all possible risks are covered. He notes that it is essential to cover the transport company’s assets, loss or damage to third parties’ goods, and have sufficient liability limits.

Mornè Stoltz, MiWay Head of Business Insurance, explains that the company offers standard and perils based cover,

“Many vehicles spend a large part of the day travelling, increasing the risk of an incident happening. By keeping

Cloud Platform Provider Terra Technology announced it has selected Dell Inc. to deliver cloud-based supply chain planning and optimisation solutions. Terra’s software-as-aservice offering makes purchasing and implementing demand sensing, multi-enterprise inventory optimisation and transportation forecasting solutions faster and easier than ever, with low upfront costs. The platform is secure, reliable, resilient and scalable. The cloud services are SSAE16 SOC 1 and SOC 2, Type 1 certified for Security and Availability and comply with all leading security regulations including COBIT, PCI, HIPAA, SOX and ISO 27002. Its enterprise-class infrastructure includes the latest generation server network, storage, hypervisor and software components; and all aspects of the physical and logical infrastructure are redundant through the use of technologies like clustering, RAID, stacking and high-availability pairing.

to dedicated routes on a fixed timetable, it makes vehicles prime targets. Vehicle claims are the most frequent, while goods in transit claims can be the most expensive. Often vehicles are found abandoned following a theft or hijacking with the items the vehicle was carrying, having been stolen. Our business vehicle product is supported by a goods in transit policy to address these risks,” he says. Mornè notes that liability insurance should not be overlooked either. “This covers the insured for injuries and/or loss to third parties where the insured can be held legally liable in the case of negligence.” MiWay, Tel: (011) 990-0296, www.miway.co.za

Multi-Temperature Foods Sector Barloworld Logistics has expanded its service offering into multi-temperature foods logistics through acquiring 100% of KLL Distributors, and a controlling share in Aspen Logistic Services. KLL is a multi-temperature secondary storage and distribution provider in South Africa, mainly serving the convenience sector and top-end retailers. Aspen Logistic Services is a primary refrigerated road transport service provider operating a state-ofthe-art fleet, comprising in excess of 120 truck and trailer combinations nationally and cross-border.

“These acquisitions are in line with our strategy of servicing a growing market need for multi-temperature, multi-product, multi-principal and multi-drop network solutions,” says Steve Ford, CEO, Barloworld Logistics. “The two deals will enable Barloworld Logistics to scale for growth in this sector, leverage our capabilities and offer more holistic supply chain solutions to a broader customer base - thereby extracting greater value for the market,” adds Gavin Wilson, Executive, Barloworld Logistics. Barloworld Logistics, Tel: (011) 286-1500, www.barloworld-logistics.com

“Many of our customers see the cloud as strategic,” says Robert F. Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology. “It simplifies the procurement process, lowers investment risk and allows businesses to quickly benefit from new applications without having to compete internally for additional IT resources. By outsourcing the burden of routine patching and replacement of server architecture, companies can focus incremental IT resources on more value-added activities.” Terra Technology, terratechnology.com


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From left: Gustaf Oschman (KLL), Francois van Rensburg (Managing Executive Barloworld Logistics) and Gavin Wilson (Executive Barloworld Logistics).

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Truck drivers, particularly those who are involved in long-haul transport, face long, lonely hours on the road, often spending days at a time in their truck and sleeping on the side of the road or at truck stops. They are frequently away from their families and must stay awake and alert at all times while driving. This increasingly leads to the use of alcohol and/or drugs as a coping mechanism. The difficulty here is that substance abuse of any type can severely impair a person’s ability to properly operate equipment and vehicles. Alcohol is one of the primary culprits, but drug use, particularly of stimulants, is a growing problem which, when mixed with alcohol consumption, can have devastating consequences. Alcohol is known to reduce concentration and slow reaction time, which are both dangerous factors on the road. In fact, statistics indicate that the likelihood of having an accident increases proportionally with alcohol consumption. At the previous 0.080% legal drink-drive limit, the probability of having an accident is four to five times that of a sober person.

At the 0.12% level it is 12 to 13 times and at the 0.160% level, the increased chance is around 30 times. A person weighing 100kg person could reach these levels after consuming 4, 6 or 8 beers respectively, and someone who weighs less would reach them more quickly. Central to a substance abuse programme is the use of accurate, reliable and easily calibrated Breath Alcohol Detectors in a variety of testing scenarios. These include random testing, whereby individuals are tested at random in a non-discriminatory manner before commencing work, after an accident or incident, and on reasonable suspicion of intoxication. Breathalysers can also be used for on-going monitoring of employees undergoing rehabilitation, of follow-up testing on employees who have previously transgressed, and for compulsory testing of drivers who should always be tested before going on shift. For employers, a substance abuse control centre can reduce losses as a result of common alcohol-related problems. Incidents of accident, sickness and absenteeism can be reduced, high employee turnover rates can be reduced,

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and medical care costs can be lowered. Employees will exhibit improved judgement and decision-making ability, along with enhanced morale and motivation. There is often also a reduction experienced in chronic lateness and violence. Additionally, insurance premiums can be kept to reasonable levels, and company image improved, if alcohol abuse can be reduced. ALCO-Safe, Rhys Evans, Tel: (012) 343-8114 Email: rhys@alcosafe.co.za

High-bay Positioning ContiTech has developed a new technology for the lift drive of rack feeders. This patented system can be used to position goods in high-bay warehouses quickly and precisely. At the heart of the development is a Synchrodrive timing belt. It is particularly long-lasting, lowmaintenance, and does not require lubrication. With the further-developed Synchrodrive belt, up to five metric tons can be lifted. ContiTech AG, www.contitech.de

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Given the Go-ahead Construction of the R3,5 billion Clairwood Logistics Park began in the first quarter of 2016, creating much-needed employment and business opportunities within the South Durban Basin. The park is located on the site of the former Clairwood Race Course. Fortress Income Fund (FIF) intends developing approximately 350 000 square metres of warehousing with the remainder becoming paved yards to service the facilities. The development will also include an eight hectare wetland which will be fully rehabilitated.

“The Clairwood Logistics Park will not only meet growing demand for A grade logistics and distribution facilities in the south of Durban, but also improve the livelihoods of surrounding communities through job creation,” says Nico Prinsloo, FIF’s Development Manager. The new facility is expected to create an estimated 18 900 jobs during the fouryear construction period and more than 4 600 permanent jobs after completion in December 2020. The development comes at a time when South Africa is facing significant job losses that will

add to an already high unemployment rate as the economy slows. The site is strategically located and is the last remaining flatland available for development in South Durban. It is just 11,2 kilometres from the existing container terminal entrance and 3,5 kilometres from the site set aside for the Durban Dig Out port. Fortress Income Fund Nico Prinsloo Tel: (011) 612-7500 www.fortressfund.co.za

Entering the African Market Consumer spending by a fast-growing middle class is as important a growth driver for Africa as mineral and resource demand, according to a new survey of global logistics executives. In the survey, which is part of the 2016 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, industry executives rank South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana as the most promising markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Poor infrastructure, lack of power generation and corruption continue to pose the most risk to African economies, according to the more than 1 100 executives responding to the survey. Despite recent growth and surging foreign investment, Sub-Saharan Africa remains a challenging frontier for

many. Only 21.2% of logistics industry executives surveyed said their companies have operations there. Another 12.7% said they are in the planning stages to enter African markets. More than 43% said they have no plans to set up in Africa. “The results show a serious disconnect between the perception of the market and actual opportunities. These are some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Africa’s requirement for logistics services and supply chain expertise is huge and growing every day. At the same time, many of the companies that need logistics to enter the market don’t know how to get started in Africa or aren’t willing to


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take the risk,” says Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa. “The market is open for first movers who can navigate risk and nurture African talent. The opportunity is for those seeking to build long-term, sustainable businesses that bring world-class practices and adapt to local conditions.” The leading markets in Sub-Saharan Africa are South Africa and Nigeria. South Africa has Africa’s most advanced logistics industry and transport infrastructure, but its economy has been hobbled by chronic power shortages, slumping commodity prices, a plunging currency and labour unrest. Agility www.Agility.com

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