Specialised Logistics

When a break-down means that a vessel needs a spare part in a hurry, it makes a massive difference to deal with an organisation with expertise.

Clearing and Forwarding

We specialise in facilitating international trade in both air and sea imports and exports to offer a more comprehensive suite of freight forwarding solutions.


HOYER, the international logistics company, is one of the worldwide market leaders in moving liquids by road, rail and sea.

Warehousing Operations

With a warehousing capacity of 28 000sqm and access to additional warehouse space, GAC Laser offers value-add packing, palletising , labeling...

Oil and Gas

Years of Experience has given GAC Laser an insight into exactly how each piece of equipment within the Oil & Gas Industry should be handled...

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GAC Laser Specialised Logistics were tasked with halding all the logistical requirement around Rheinmetal Denel Defence Day held at the Overberg Test Range in Arniston, Western Cape. It is a showcase event held every five years to demonstrate the firepower of its munitions range, along with several specialised land vehicles, mounted artillery guns, helicopters and missile capabilities.

Specialised Logistics was responsible for the movement by road, of explosives, ammunition, artillery vehciles and large artillery equipment from Kimberly to Arniston. It was an operation that required regional police escorts, compliance with national traffic authorities and abnormal load regulations, and constant monitoring and reporting - all within a very strict time line.

Once on site, in very rugged terrain, GAC Laser supervised the sensitive offloading of all cargo as well as the build of a weapons storage facility, a fully funcitonal field hospital and a mess tent at the Denel Test Site. The build also required the erection of two pavillions in the town to host the 450 delegates including dignitaries from 54 countires over the three days.

After the final explosion it was back to work for the Nico Troostheide and his team, who managed to dismantle, pack, load and safely transport all the equipment to the Denel facilities in Pretoria ahead of schedule. A significant achievement and another successful operation by the GAC Laser Specialised Logistics team.


WHERE: GAC Laser is well positioned in Walmer, approximately 3km from the airport and 6km from the Port Elizabeth Port.



GAC Laser began operations in PE in October 2014 with a very resourceful team of two. Tara and Claudia hit the ground running with project work for the University of Port Elizabeth which was immediately followed by preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race. It required customs inspections, the time sensitive movement of cardo for the first stop over in Cape Town and the subsequent export of containers to the third stop over point in Sanyo, China.

Work is currently underway on an Oil and Gas project for the refurbishment of the Maersk Deliverer - an oil and gas rigger. The preparation has been extensive and the project will run for a 45 day period. It is a significant project and will benchmark GAC's capabilities and strengths in PE.

The PE branch, 8 months on, has grown to a team of four: Tara Ackerman in Business Development, Claudia Temlett as Operations Manager, Heather Wakeford in her capacity as Import/Export Controller in Air and Sea and finally Johnathan Crozier, GAC Laser Driver.

"We at GAC Port Elizabeth are striving for excellence and hope to grow the branch from strenght to strnegth," said Claudia.


GAC Laser has built a dynamic and successful sales team over recent years, and in recognition of the team's achievements it was fitting to begin the year by acknowledging and celebrating their successers and lay the groundwork for the yeah ahead. This took place at the Inaugural GAC Laser Sales Conference held in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The theme for the 2015 Sales Conference was "The difference is you", it is an attitude that is carried throughout the business. Ryan Sutherland, the national sales and marketing executive said "People makes good companies great and with the team we have assembled over the past couple of years, weare certainly primed for successes both in the short and long term.

The conference was atteneded by senior management, sales, service and trade managers and the first day saw them all participating in a day of team building exercises followed by a very entertaining karaoke everning - none of the party should consider a change career at this stage, I am led to believe!

Day two began with the introduction of the Big 5 Transformation plan by the Group CEO Iain Johnson. He detailed how these 5 business aims could be perfected to ensure that GAC Laser remained committed to a truly customer led approach, which in turn would ensure their continued success. Hilton Eachus from DPD Laser also atended and spoke about the growing eCommerce market and how the businesses could aligh themselves to better serve and meet the needs of their jount customer base. The remainder of the day 2 into day 3 continued with professional sales training from industry leading experts - ensuring the team had the tools and confidence to meet the exciting challanges that lay ahead.

The final evening was dedicated to celebrating and rewarding the efforts of the 2014 top sales performers within the business, most notably, Gary Cooley, who received the Rookie of the year Award, Anita Janse van Rensberg, Nicole Neuwenhuys and Gareth Cooley each receiving the Million Rand Club Award, Anel van der Hever who received the Acheiving Sales Target Award and finally Nicole Nieuwehuys who received the Top Sales Achiever Award. We wish them, and all their colleagues congratulations and continued success.


South Africa has an abundance of renewable energy sources, with solar and wind power having the greatest potential. The South African Wind Energy Association reports that wind power has the potential to generate 62% of South Africa's current energy needs, with the Western and Eastern Cape having the most optimal conditions. These resources were larely untapped until 2012, when the government actually began exploring and inviting private investors to produce renewable and cleaners sources of electricity for the national grid.

GAC Laser has played a part in these iniatives particulary in their relationship with Vestas Wind Systems. Vestas supplied the turbines for the 66MW Hopefield Wind Farm in the Western Cape - one of the projects approved in the initial Renable Energy Independant Power Producer Procurement Programme. GAC Laser supported Vestas in the customs clearance of their first farm and had subsequently been involved in the reverse logistics: re-exporting 121 forty foot containers as well as in excess of 2000 tons of break buld material, transported from wind farms to export ports.

This is likely to be an ongoing relationship for many years to come, as Vestas have been awarded a further 4 of the 7 wind farms in Round 4 of the Department of Energy's Renewable Energy Programme. To-date, Vestas have secured 35% of the total wind farm supply, with their closest competitor having around 16% of the market.