5 August 2013BMW South Africa has expanded its export programme to facilitate increased production and will export its BMW 3 Series from Maputo in Mozambique, in addition to shipping from the Durban port.“BMW South Africa has increased its production output with the introduction of a third shift, which was implemented towards the end of last year,” BMW South Africa managing director, Bodo Donauer, said in a statement last week.“Our overall annual production figure will increase from around 50 000 units per year to more than 80 000 units in 2013.The number of vehicles exported from South Africa will also more than double from 33 000 units to over 70 000 vehicles per year.“In line with this increase in volumes, we have had to look carefully at our export logistics and using Maputo in conjunction with our existing export supply chain in Durban makes sound business sense,” Donauer said.About 14 000 vehicles will be exported from the Maputo car terminal each year. Exports through Durban will also increase by approximately 20 000 vehicles – an increase of over 60% on current levels.“We have aligned our service offering of road freight logistics, clearing and forwarding and terminal services with the customs requirements of South Africa and Mozambique to provide an integrated process from the BMW vehicle distribution centre in Rosslyn to on-board the vessel in Maputo,” said Group Business Development executive at Grindrod Freight Services, Walter Grindrod.Grindrod is responsible for BMW South Africa’s road freight logistics, as well as serving as the private operator of the Maputo car terminal concession.“We have run trials to test the system and are confident the export route is sound. Going forward, we expect two shipments per month to take place with these export vehicles destined for markets in Japan and other parts of the East,” Grindrod said.Transport and logistics have long presented a challenge for South African automotive manufacturers, and the use of the Maputo terminal is envisaged to improve existing supply-chain corridors.“To play on a world stage, we need to ensure we are competitive in all elements of the manufacturing process including supply chain and logistics,” Donauer said.“The decision to use Maputo is the first step in ensuring the development of a robust, well thought out and competitive logistics network, which includes access via multiple SADC [Southern African Development Community] ports and can easily incorporate sea, rail and road freight.“The idea of a southern African development community is the ultimate vision for the type of supply chain needed to fully service South African manufacturers,” he said.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On display at this year’s Farm Science Review, the Geringhoff Truflex Razor combine header brings the unique care of draper technology with the immense flexibility needed in today’s modern farming. In addition to a foot of flex travel on each wing, the reel has three sections, giving higher visibility from the operator’s perspective when compared with most reels — split down the middle — obstructing the view of the driver. Those are some of the offerings that Geringhoff’s Scott Brown says sets the Truflex Razor apart from other’s on the market, detailed in this video ahead of next week’s Farm Science Review where equipment of all kinds is on display.
Motion Graphics in Smoke – AU MasterClass:The first Smoke MasterClass I am especially fond of, well, because I am presenting it (shameless plug).If you ever need to create motion graphics for your projects, including 3D graphics, then Smoke works quite well. I breakdown and show you a few examples and some tips and tricks I have discovered and used in my own Smoke projects.In this free Smoke training I’ll show you how to…Create “glassy” 3D Text with reflection and refraction.Importing and Texturing 3D Models from VideoCopilot’s Element 3D Model Packs.Breakdown of actual on-air jobsCreate better animations with keyframes based on sounds and using Motion Paths in Smoke.I’d love to hear your comments on the presentation. So feel free to comment below or on the Autodesk site.Preview Video:Using 3D Objects in Smoke -AU MasterClass:Michael (Pants) Sands an award winning visual effects artist. Before joining Post Asylum in 2008, Sands held positions as a motion designer, 3D animator, VFX supervisor and editor for several studios, including Post Op, Pony Productions, and Fresh Produce. Michael breaks down a commercial he worked on for Hasbro and illustrates how to build and animate a Rubik’s Cube in Smoke’s Action.Preview Video:Color Management and Color Workflows in Flame Premium – AU MasterClass:Now, I know this is a Smoke blog, but because Autodesk Smoke shares many of it’s workflows with Flame this MasterClass is also worth checking out. It goes over Color Management, gamma vs gamut, HDR Images, Smoke/Flame workflows for video, film and CG. An explanation of the new ACES workflow is also shown.The class is presented by Cédric Lejeune a workflow specialist for high-end VFX and digital cinema. Cédric sets production pipelines and trains people all around the world. He’s an Autodesk Certified Instructor on Lustre, member of the DKU (Discreet Knowledge Unit) and a color science instructor at the International Colorist Academy.Preview Video:It’s great that Autodesk provides these MasterClasses to explore more advanced workflows and effects for their products. The beginner videos are great to get started, but the more advanced classes really highlights the power of the tools. It’s great that working professionals can provide their time and talents. I personally was honored to be asked to contribute and hope that the class is well received.You need to register for the Autodesk AREA site to see the videos, it’s free, and there is a lot of good info. Also the site hosts a revamped community forum for user-to-user and even user-to -Autodesk communication. Autodesk has released Smoke and Flame training for free via their Autodesk University MasterClass Online Program. Check them out for some excellent instruction from working professionals using Smoke & Flame.
A “Prachar Rath”, flagged off by Agriculture Minister Lal Chand Kataria on Wednesday, will promote organic and zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) among the farmers in Rajasthan to reduce agricultural input costs, encourage the use of bio-fertilisers, replace pesticides with traditional material and give tips for preparation of indigenous seeds.Flagging off the chariot at a public hearing event here, Mr. Kataria said the progressive farmers would be associated in large numbers with the drive which would continue till November 9. “Groups of farmers will visit the villages to generate awareness about the methods to increase agricultural production with innovative methods,” he said.Noted agriculturist Subhash Palekar, who has pushed for adoption of ZBNF, will train the farmers at a six-day-long camp beginning on September 24 at Sewar in Bharatpur district. This will be the first-ever training camp devoted to natural farming organised in the State.Mr. Kataria said the excessive use of chemicals was damaging the land’s fertility and adversely affecting people’s health. “The Prachar Rath’s dialogue with the farmers will apprise them of the benefits of using organic manure, vermicompost, crop residues and organic waste, while the weed, disease and pest control can be achieved through bio-materials and crop rotation.”The Union government’s Economic Survey of 2018-19 had advocated ZBNF as a “lucrative livelihood option” for small farmers. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had mentioned the method in her Budget speech as one of the innovative models through which the farmers’ income could be doubled by 2022.About 2,000 farmers have got themselves registered for the Sewar camp, where the research on forest vegetation as well as the techniques for natural growth of trees, based on Mr. Palekar’s “zero budget approach” to chemical-free farming involving manures and agro-ecology, will be highlighted.Sita Ram Gupta, executive director of Bharatpur-based Lupin Foundation, which is organising the camp, said that the exhibitions on beekeeping, manufacturing of ‘tulsi mala’ and fashion designing would be held during the event. Students of agricultural and veterinary colleges and researchers are also expected to participate in the camp.