Farming hygiene practices can help protect agricultural value chain

Despite the pandemic and a contraction in some sectors within agriculture, 2020 was a good year for the South African agricultural sector which experienced a 13.1% annual GDP growth rate, according to the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Production. [https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/for-south-african-agriculture-2020-was-a-very-good-year-2021-03-16]           While red meat, poultry, milk and potato producers were sitting on stockpiles as a result of the shutdown of sit-down restaurants, the citrus industry exported record volumes following a surge in demand.   “The food supply chain is under constant threat of disease or contamination…

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SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

SAPICS (The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management in Southern Africa) has reinforced its commitment to the development of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) with a training and support programme geared towards boosting SMMEs by building their skills in the important area of supply chain management.   When it comes to reaping the benefits of supply chain optimisation – including efficiency enhancements and cost savings – SMMEs are being left behind because they lack the necessary skills and resources, according to SAPICS.   “SMMEs have a crucial role to…

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SUSTAINABILITY MUST FOCUS ON ECONOMICS, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY

In his best-selling business book, “Cannibals with Forks”, author and sustainability expert John Elkington stresses that businesses seeking long term success must take a three-pronged approach by focusing on profitability, environmental considerations and social issues.   This holistic approach to sustainability was a prevailing theme at the recent Sustainability Summit Africa 2021, Africa’s first ever-continent-wide sustainability event hosted by Smart Procurement World. More than 800 procurement professionals from 25 countries attended the summit, which featured renowned local and international speakers. They highlighted the critical role that sustainable procurement must play…

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Be Monsoon Ready with KBL’s Flood-Control Autoprime Pump Unit

Mumbai, 31st May 2021: The Autoprime pump sets of Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) is among the most preferred and ideal solutions for prompt dewatering or flood-control or wastewater management. This high-capacity, mobile flood-control and inland water-management unit is vastly used for dewatering the flood-affected areas in India and abroad during flood-like situations in monsoons. Water logging in cities, towns and many other areas, during monsoon is a grave concern as it not only affects business operations, resulting into economic loss, but also brings public movement to a stand-still and sometimes…

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Learning From Data-Driven Disruptors Before It’s Too Late

Businesses threatened by data-driven disruptors need to adopt a similarly disruptive mind-set to ensure they stay relevant to their customers. During the past 12 months we’ve all become noticeably more reliant on data and technology in almost everything we do, with investments in data, technology and digital transformation estimated to top US$4 trillion within the past year alone. But it’s the combination of data, insight and analytics that’s the cornerstone for the top performers, which rely on it to inform their decisions, shape their strategy and drive their speed to market and…

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State-owned company rents over 170 units from Kwikspace

Kwikspace has successfully supplied more than 170 parkhomes to one of South Africa’s largest state-owned companies in a 24-month rental contract. The state owned company required temporary, parkhomes and dependable structures that suited its various operational requirements at sites nation-wide. Following a thorough regional tender process, Kwikspace was awarded the contract to supply specified buildings to all of the customer’s regions countrywide, barring one.   A range of 100 parkhomes three metres wide with varying lengths of  3, 6, 9 and 12 metres,  7m x 7m and 2.4m x 6m…

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Mitigating Manufacturing Downtime and Failure with Smart Services

Martin van Zyl, Segment Leader, Consumer Packaged Goods at Schneider Electric By design, critical industrial equipment provides exceptional longevity coupled with robust quality features that allow manufacturing facilities to run optimally and more importantly, continuously. Very often, little thought is given to the realistic lifespan of this critical equipment, which often results in failures producing catastrophic consequences.   Complacency accompanies the failure to maintain and upgrade equipment. Throw into the mix critical equipment such as generators and uninterrupted power supplies (UPSs) that are operating without sufficient monitoring and the manufacturing…

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Ford and Hilti Extend Partnership with Fleet of 80 Ranger Pickups

Hilti South Africa adds to its business fleet and now has 80 2.2 XL Double Cab Rangers Ford South Africa’s dedicated Ranger Support Teams provide exceptional customer experience The Ranger’s efficient engine helps Hilti achieve its goal of sustainability and reducing carbon emissions globally PRETORIA, South Africa, 14 May 2021 – Fifteen new Ford Ranger XL models painted in Ford’s Colorado Red have been added to Hilti South Africa’s fleet as part of a partnership extension that was announced in May. These eye-catching Ford Rangers, driven by Hilti’s reps, will…

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FAW TRUCKS IS BUILDING A BRIGHT FUTURE ON ITS RICH LOCAL HISTORY

  Johannesburg – 14 May 2021 – Over the past 27 years, FAW Trucks have grown from humble beginnings to a multi-million rand business with a strong local manufacturing presence, renowned for its quality products and ability to cater to the unique needs of South African commercial vehicle buyers. Continuously strengthening its foothold in the local market and regularly outperforming its major competitors in the sales stakes, it is testament to what can be achieved through determination, commitment and a clear vision for the future. That initial vision came from…

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Digitising Agriculture with SICK’s 3D Environment Monitoring Sensors

SICK Automation is leading the agricultural digitisation era (Farming 4.0), with its visual perception solutions for mobile agricultural machines and harvesting robots. Called Visionary Snapshot Cameras, the range is tailored for 3D environment monitoring, allowing mobile equipment to navigate, increase safety and enhance production processes. Visionary technology from SICK inherent in these cameras make them the ideal solution for a vast range of agricultural applications. They help decrease downtime with their collision avoidance capability when turning, manoeuvring and reversing mobile equipment, and by navigating autonomous agricultural machines during fieldwork. They…

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