QMASTOR announced today that its subsidiary QMASTOR Africa has signed a four year contract with the Barberry Group. The contract covers the licensing of QMASTOR’s Pit to Port software including the provision of project services as well as maintenance and support. The Barberry Group will use the software to extend the range of logistics services it can offer to its rapidly expanding client base.

Initially QMASTOR’s Pit to Port will be used to provide a total supply chain management solution for both of Coal of Africa’s Mooiplaats and Vele coal projects as well as for all of Barberry’s logistics customers. Pit to Port is a decision support system that enables the Barberry Group to manage, plan and optimise bulk commodity tonnage and quality across the supply chain, providing a clear view of export and domestic operations.

In making the announcement Marc Ramsay, regional manager Africa, said: “Barberry Group has an impressive list of customers who will benefit enormously from QMASTOR’s Pit to Port software. The evaluation process over the last three months has been thorough and we expect that the Barberry Group will roll this out to its clients including Coal of Africa, Anglo Coal and Noble Resources over the coming months.”

Mr Ramsay added: “It is this ability to respond quickly and efficiently to client needs that has made QMASTOR a leader in bulk material solutions. With our existing relationships with companies such as Assmang and now the Barberry Group we are continuing to build a strong pipeline of interest on the African continent.”

Anand Moodliar, group chief executive, Barberry Group, said: “We were immediately taken with QMASTOR’s logistics capabilities. In coal logistics, the focus is on maximising use of all parts of the supply chain. As the railways operate under a shared user system it is critical to have a total picture and to understand the different flows. We are confident that our partnership with QMASTOR will allow the Barberry Group to lower logistic costs for our clients, improving both their margins and profitability.”