Machinery and Equipment
Machinery is, quite literally, the fundamental driver of a wide variety of sectors. From small gear wheels to complete industrial filling units and wind turbines, machinery and equipment ensures smooth production in a diverse range of industries.
Imperial understands the challenges and pressures faced by manufacturers when it comes ensuring the efficient, uninterrupted operation of machinery, and on the suppliers of equipment and spare parts. There are often high investment costs for the machines; but many of these also have a very long serviceable life. During this time, manufacturers must maintain stock of spare parts, so that the equipment – and production – does not come to a halt. If production comes to a standstill because of a faulty part, the consequences can be dire. Downtime can quickly cost a fortune. In addition to the financial consequences, reputations, relationships and service levels are compromised.
Multiple users, multiple benefits
We assume responsibility for the complete logistics along the supply chain, including handling the spare parts logistics and the reverse logistics for our clients in the machinery and equipment sector. Rapid response times, constant availability around the clock (365 days a year), and global distribution services are the core elements of our spare parts logistics operations. Thanks to the design of our spare parts warehouses as multi-user bases, we can combine these services for our customers, and deliver significant cost benefits.
In addition to spare parts logistics, Imperial is also the partner of choice for heavy-duty and project logistics, construction site logistics and the management of transport operations to the sites where components will be installed.
Comprehensive solutions for spare parts logistics
Our capabilities in the machinery and equipment sector encompass shipping and road transportation, warehousing and distribution management. We utilise state of the art push boats and offer road transportation solutions to supply raw materials to factories and to move bulk commodities. Coastal shipping is also undertaken. Our solutions include freight forwarding for project loads.
Our warehousing and distribution management experience and expertise includes stock optimisation, logistics monitoring and benchmark systems, as well as global networking of warehouse stocks. We handle customs services and the origin of goods, and undertake order picking and sequencing for our machinery and equipment clients. We leverage expansive warehouse space for our clients in this sector. A total of 120 000 m2of machinery, equipment and spare parts warehousing is available at three well-located sites in Germany.
Enhancing our broad capabilities in this sector are our value-add logistics solutions, which include packing, sub-assembly and packaging, personnel services, production supplies, disposal services and industrial moves.
Mining and Manufacturing
Imperial is an established supply chain and logistics leader in the manufacturing and mining sectors in both Africa and internationally.
Our international capabilities encompass the specialised manufacturing of cement, glass, paper, board, steel and metals. Our mining industry solutions are focused predominately on mining activities in Southern Africa, where Imperial provides intermodal transportation solutions for bulk commodities like chrome and magnesium into manufacturing facilities.
We offer local distribution, line haul and warehousing solutions, and are committed to customising our capabilities and investing in specialised assets and resources to drive our manufacturing industry clients’ competitiveness. Our road transportation management solutions leverage a broad variety of vehicle types and configurations, depending on the most efficient and cost effective solution for each manufacturing client. These include tautliners, flat-beds, flat-beds with cranes, skeletal trailers for containers and step-deck trailers. Specialised trailers have been developed to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of glass products, and include vehicles that are equipped with air suspension and fixed glass racking.
In our long-established partnership with a leading glass manufacturer, for example, we invested in customised vehicles to boost carrying capacity from the industry standard to an exceptional 76 pallets, to contain costs and enhance service levels for our client.
We provide cross-border solutions into Southern African Development Community (SADC) territories for many South African based manufacturers. Our warehouse management capabilities include various warehousing options, including dedicated facilities, the on-site management of clients’ own warehouses and multi-tenant warehousing.
We leverage an expansive network of warehouses that are strategically located in South Africa’s main centres and across Europe.
In the international manufacturing arena, Imperial has been specialising in steel logistics since 1991, and is today a leader in the steel market in Europe. We handle more than 12 million tonnes of steel annually in Europe, and our specialised facilities include more than 18 steel logistics sites in Germany alone.
In South America, Imperial major manufacturing contracts include a partnership with a prominent global steel manufacturer. Our customised solutions include transporting iron ore 2 400km down Paraná River, from central Brazil through Paraguay to a steel mill in Argentina.
Our integrated manufacturing logistics solutions enable us to provide clients with efficient logistics modules for supplying the production line and disposing of waste before, during and after the production process. We supply clients’ assembly lines punctually and reliably, either just in time or just in sequence, depending on the client’s specific needs. We can also take over responsibility for the manufactured goods, in order to supply them in line with the desired warehouse or distribution concept. In the international steel and power station sectors, Imperial specialises in the disposal of ancillary and waste products for our clients.
Our manufacturing logistics solutions are complemented by quality checks, packaging operations and even module assembly work.
In the Southern African mining sector, Imperial transportation management solutions are delivered by our asset based and asset-light business units, which utilise a broad range of tipper vehicle configurations. The world’s leading mining houses rely on our efficient, agile solutions to move large volumes of bulk commodities. Because of our unique, asset light model, we can deliver flexible, customised solutions that are not constrained by owned assets. This versatile, risk-mitigating approach means that we can ramp up our capacity or adapt our approach at any time to meet our mining clients’ needs. It means that we can source even the most specialised resources for our clients as and when they are required. Even in the most testing economic environments, it enables us to constantly add value to our clients’ supply chains, drive their competitiveness and influence their profitability.
Our long standing and established relationships with leading players in the mining and manufacturing markets are testament to our matchless solutions in these spheres, where many of our partnerships go back two decades.