Logistics & Materials Handling https://logisticsmagazine.com.au Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:21:06 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.1 Linx Cargo Care to operate Enfield Intermodal Terminal https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/linx-cargo-care-to-operate-enfield-intermodal-terminal/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/linx-cargo-care-to-operate-enfield-intermodal-terminal/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:21:06 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=33650 Continue reading Linx Cargo Care to operate Enfield Intermodal Terminal ]]> Logistics infrastructure company Linx Cargo Care Group has successfully bid to operate the Enfield Intermodal Terminal in Western Sydney, which is currently operated by Aurizon.

Linx will lease and operate the NSW Ports–owned, 15.1-hectare intermodal terminal located 18km from Port Botany, west of Sydney.

Linx will operate a port shuttle service between Enfield and Port Botany to reduce traffic congestion in Sydney, ahead of a forecasted increase of 400 per cent in truck traffic in the Port Botany area by 2030.

“Given the forecast for such a significant increase in road and rail congestion across Sydney over the next decade or so, Linx is committed to working closely with the New South Wales state government to develop an effective and achievable solution that will reduce the impact of increased freight movements across the city,” said Anthony Jones, CEO, Linx Cargo Care Group. “Linx has been building its rail capabilities for the past year in readiness for an opportunity like this.”

He added that part of the solution could include the duplication of the freight rail line between Port Botany and the interstate corridor mainline.

The Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre includes the intermodal terminal, warehousing, and buildings with vacant land for the development of rail-related warehousing, freight forwarding, IMEX (Import and Export), transport and distribution facilities.

“Linx is currently working closely with NSW Ports to support the development of a freight hub on the land surrounding the Enfield Intermodal Terminal,” added Jones.

Marika Calfas, CEO, NSW Ports, said one of NSW Ports’ key objectives is increasing the number of containers moved by rail to and from Port Botany.

“Linx are well placed to expand the intermodal and rail services at the Enfield ILC and grow the rail mode share to and from Australia’s premier port,” she said.

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New VIC facility for CTI Logistics https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/new-vic-facility-for-cti-logistics/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/new-vic-facility-for-cti-logistics/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:32:43 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=33632 Continue reading New VIC facility for CTI Logistics ]]> Western Australia–based company CTI Logistics has moved its Laverton North presence to a new 15,228sqm distribution centre in West Park Industrial Estate in Truganina, west of Melbourne.

The facility comprises a 14,758sqm warehouse and a 470sqm office.

The company’s warehouse was jointly developed alongside a new purpose-built distribution centre for tile and stone importer National Tiles. Frasers Property Australia, the property group behind the West Park Industrial Estate, reports that the combined end value of the facilities is $33.5 million.

Anthony Maugeri, General Manager – Southern Region, Frasers Property Australia, said: “This deal further supports our strategy to create prime A-grade speculative facilities in select undersupplied markets near major infrastructure nodes. We have a strong track record in leasing these types of buildings to blue-chip tenants on long-term leases.

“CTI has been in operation for over 40 years. The new facility will help the business service their growing customer base across Australia and will also offer significant operational efficiencies.”

Companies located in West Park Industrial Estate include CEVA Logistics, Schenker, Toll, Goodyear, Mitre 10 and Australia Post.

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VTA, RFNSW advise operators on infrastructure surcharge hike https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/vta-rfnsw-advise-operators-on-infrastructure-surcharge-hike/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/vta-rfnsw-advise-operators-on-infrastructure-surcharge-hike/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:40:17 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=33628 Continue reading VTA, RFNSW advise operators on infrastructure surcharge hike ]]> Stevedore Patrick recently advised road and rail freight operators of plans to increase infrastructure surcharges at its terminals from 12 March.

The new rates are as follow:

Melbourne: $47.50 per box
Sydney: $41.10 per box
Brisbane: $38.25 per box
Fremantle: $7.50 per box

The increases will apply to both road and rail transport operators for full import and export container movements at the terminals, and will be “subject to an annual review,” with any price change to apply from 1 July 2018.

Road operators will continue to be invoiced electronically via 1-Stop.

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has written to members to urge them to pass on infrastructure surcharge increases, saying ultimately consumers must bear the brunt of supply-chain cost increases.

“Operators continue to face unprecedented increases to infrastructure and road-user charges in and around the Port of Melbourne,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson.

“It is vital these and other cost-of-business increases are absorbed through the supply chain for freight businesses to remain sustainable and viable in a competitive trading environment,” he said.

“The VTA has long argued that consumers need to understand that price increases brought about by higher business and transactional costs will ultimately have to be passed on to them because businesses already operating to tight margins will go out of business if they try and absorb the costs,” said Anderson. “Consumers are the ultimate benefactors from receiving goods delivered by the transport industry, and therefore they need to be subjected to the same price increases operators and other participants in the supply chain are required to take on.”

Road Freight New South Wales CEO Simon O’Hara has responded to the fee hikes, calling for oversight, accountability and transparency to guide the actions of stevedores.

“Patrick’s infrastructure surcharge has gone from zero to $25.45 to $41.10 in less than a year,” he said. “That’s a massive increase with little justification.”

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Construction begins on new Fujitsu DC in NSW https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/construction-begins-on-new-fujitsu-dc-in-nsw/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/construction-begins-on-new-fujitsu-dc-in-nsw/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:28:51 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=33621 Continue reading Construction begins on new Fujitsu DC in NSW ]]> Industrial builder Vaughan Constructions has begun work on the new Australian headquarters and distribution centre of air-conditioner manufacturer Fujitsu General Australia.

The five-star Green Star energy–rated development is being built in Eastern Creek in Western Sydney, New South Wales.

The 11,093sqm facility will house Fujitsu General Australia’s head office, 8,500sqm distribution warehouse and the company’s support service, Fujitsu General Assist.

“The development will provide space and resource for Fujitsu General’s continued growth in the air-conditioning market,” said Philip Perham, Managing Director, Fujitsu General Australia.

“The building design has a five-star Green Star rating and follows the company’s sustainability philosophy, to ensure we continue to safeguard a rich natural environment for future generations.”

Andrew Noble, Managing Director of Vaughan Constructions, added: “This pivotal piece of infrastructure will not only support the operational needs of Fujitsu General, but provides a superior work environment with exceptional staff facilities.”

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Fujitsu General has signed a ten-year lease from site landlord Jacfin, who appointed Vaughan Constructions for the multimillion-dollar development.

Vaughan Constructions and Fujitsu General consulted Sydney-based design firm ODCM on the design concept for the facility, which is expected to be completed in December 2018.

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(L–R) Ray Waterhouse (Jacfin), Priscilla Waterhouse (Jacfin), Philip Perham (Fujitsu General Australia), Mark Taylor (Fujitsu General Australia) and Andrew Noble (Vaughan Constructions) at the sod-turning ceremony on 15 February 2018.

(L–R) Ray Waterhouse (Jacfin), Priscilla Waterhouse (Jacfin), Philip Perham (Fujitsu General Australia), Mark Taylor (Fujitsu General Australia) and Andrew Noble (Vaughan Constructions) at the sod-turning ceremony on 15 February 2018.

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Linfox to be “first mover” on electric vehicle technology: Peter Fox https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/linfox-to-be-first-mover-on-electric-vehicle-technology-peter-fox/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/linfox-to-be-first-mover-on-electric-vehicle-technology-peter-fox/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:28:18 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=33612 Continue reading Linfox to be “first mover” on electric vehicle technology: Peter Fox ]]> Peter Fox, Chairman of Australian logistics company Linfox, has shared his thoughts on the viability of electric trucks in Australia in an interview with The Australian Financial Review.

Fox noted that while he is keen on electric trucks, the company will wait until highways are equipped with charging stations before upgrading its fuel-powered fleet.

“We can’t update 7,000 vehicles in one day and make them more electric,” he said. “And if I did, I would have charging stations – it’s a great concept, but it’s going to have a slow uptake.”

Fox told the newspaper that electric vehicles have “a part to play in the future,” and that Linfox is conducting its own tests of electric trucks.

“Given we’re a leader in our industry, where there’s innovation, we will be the first mover,” he said – adding that the logistic company expects to see electric small trucks and vans in operation in the next couple of years.

Fox also shared his belief that the Government should not offer subsidies on electric vehicles to incentivise people to use them, though acknowledged that there was logic in charging older trucks more to use roads, since they produce higher amounts of carbon emissions.

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