After more than 11-months of construction, Toyota Australia has officially opened its largest and newest parts warehouse in Western Sydney. The Toyota Parts Centre NSW (TPC) is located on a 6.4 hectare site close to a network of motorways and major arterial roads at Kemps Creek, New South Wales. The TPC will house more than 128,000 parts and will ship approximately 27,000 parts daily. It features more than 50,000m2 of total work area and class-leading safety and technology, including low rack storage systems, which will provide a safer and more efficient workplace as employees will no longer need to work at heights to reach parts. It will also include full separation of man and machine to build in safety, as well as the first use of a fleet of autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIV) to reduce manual carrying of parts. The TPC was officially opened at a special event attended by the Honourable Shayne Mallard, MLC; Councillor Ross Fowler OAM, Mayor of Penrith as well as senior executives from Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan and Toyota Australia. Speaking at the event, Toyota Australia President and CEO, Matthew Callachor said the project had a goal to be the best global Toyota warehouse in safety, efficiency and sustainability. “Our commitment, as a mobility company, is to address the environmental challenges that we face, and to contribute to an ever-better society,” Mr Callachor said. “Embracing green building solutions, cutting CO2 emissions and utilising alternative fuel sources go hand-in-hand with our production plans for new vehicles. “We are already the leader in fuel-saving hybrid technology and we plan to introduce at least five new hybrid vehicles to our range by mid-2020, including the next generation RAV4 next year,” he said. As part of Toyota Australia’s plans to reduce the TPC site to zero emissions by 2020, 2,200 solar panels were installed on the warehouse roof earlier this year. So far, they’ve generated 556,000 kWh or enough energy to power 125 four-person households. The power generated so far – before the building even became operational – has prevented more than 477 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Other environmental features built into the site include rainwater tanks for irrigation and toilets, as well as energy efficient LED sensor lights. The building is cleverly positioned at a specific angle to ensure maximum natural cooling, effectively reducing air-conditioning costs. For the first time outside of Japan, Toyota Australia will be trialling the use of hydrogen powered Toyota Material Handling fuel cell electric forklifts, with a long-term goal of being able to generate hydrogen on site in the future. Read more:
CEVA Logistics has appointed Milton Tadeau Pimenta as Managing Director of its Australia and New Zealand cluster. Currently head of Contract Logistics in South America for the company, Pimenta will take up his position in January 2019, reporting directly to CEO, Xavier Urbain. He takes over from Carlos Velez Rodriguez who is leaving CEVA to pursue other career opportunities but who will work with Pimenta to ensure a smooth handover. Pimenta joined CEVA 17 years ago and is a results driven, performance-focused team leader with a wealth of experience across both Freight Management and Contract Logistics. He has previously lived in both Australia and Asia and has extensive knowledge of the industry there. Speaking about Pimenta’s promotion to his new role Urbain said: “Milton is a very astute operator with an energetic, commercial mind. He is a true team motivator who is ideally placed to lead the Australia & New Zealand cluster in the next step of its development. I also want to thank Carlos for his valuable contribution in the turnaround of the business there and for developing one of the most impressive Contract Logistics campuses we have in the CEVA world”. Read more:
Australia’s total goods and services exports have reached a record $401 billion for the first time, bolstered by strong export growth to China. International Trade in Goods and Services data for 2017-18, released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, demonstrates the ongoing strength of Australia’s overall trade performance, reinforcing the Turnbull Government’s commitment to open trade and investment. The figures confirm the value of Australian exports reached a new high of $401 billion in 2017-18, the first time annual exports have exceeded $400 billion. Australia’s annual trade surplus was $6.3 billion over the same period. These record exports were fuelled by increased resources exports including LNG, coal and iron ore, while meat and wool exports also rose. Machinery, other manufactures and gold also increased over the past year. Importantly, the data reveals Australian exports to China, our largest trading partner, grew by 11 per cent in 2017-18, exceeding the $100 billion mark for the first time to reach $105 billion, reflecting the benefits provided by the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Australia’s exports to Japan rose by 16.4 per cent to $48.2 billion over 2017-18; exports to ASEAN countries grew by 16.1 per cent to $32.7 billion and exports to India grew 7 per cent to $16.1 billion. The figures highlight Australia’s global reputation as a premier tourism and study destination, with a record 9 million overseas travellers visiting Australia in 2017-18, helping to generate more than $85 billion in services export income, a 4.5 per cent increase on the previous year.
New figures released today by the Australian Institute of Company Directors show that more women than men have been appointed to ASX 200 boards in the first quarter of 2018. This marks the first time that female appointments to ASX 200 boards have exceeded male appointments since the AICD began tracking monthly appointment rates. Of the 56 appointments to ASX 200 boards in the first three months of the year, 52% have been women. This compares to 33% female appointments in the first quarter of 2017 and 44% over the first quarter of 2016. AICD Chairman Elizabeth Proust AO welcomed the figures but warned against complacency. “When it comes to increasing gender diversity on Australia’s largest boards, we know that it’s never been a supply problem, it’s been a demand problem,” she said. “What today’s figures hopefully show is that, finally, we are seeing the demand. “Research shows that one woman alone does not do enough to achieve the full benefits of diversity and rather that three women, or 30% for most boards, is where the magic happens. “Importantly, today’s figures aren’t a sign that it’s time to take the foot of the brake. We will only reach our target of 30% female representation across ASX 200 boards by the end of this year if the female appointment rate remains strong. “Greater gender diversity on our boards is crucial to the future of good governance in this country.” Related stories:
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has praised the Infrastructure Priority List released by Infrastructure Australia (IA) last week. The list confirms an ongoing need for investment in freight infrastructure projects that will enhance supply chain efficiency and safety, ensuring Australia remains internationally competitive. “As an industry leader, ALC has always been among IA’s most enthusiastic supporters, because we have long believed that the best way to ensure effective infrastructure investment is for an independent umpire to make evidence-based assessments of projects, which can then be used by governments to inform decision-making,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff. “The release of the 2018 Infrastructure Priority List comes at a crucial moment, as the Commonwealth continues to develop the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy – an initiative which is again included as a high priority initiative on this year’s list,” continued Michael. The key freight initiatives identified in the list are:
the Sydney Gateway connecting WestConnex to Port Botany & Sydney Airport;
the Port Botany Freight Rail Duplication to boost port efficiency;
the Chullora Junction upgrade to enhance Sydney’s freight rail network;
Preserving the corridor for the Western Sydney Airport fuel pipeline;
Preserving the corridor for Western Sydney Freight Line and Intermodal Terminal access;
Improving connection between Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway and CityLink;
Inland Rail and a dedicated freight rail connection to the Port of Brisbane; and
Implementation of the Advanced Train Management System on the ARTC network.
Mike Gallacher, CEO of Ports Australia, has told the Australian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities that government must show leadership in addressing the freight imbalance to deal with the future freight task. “Figures show that the country’s freight task is set to double and that our current and future spend on roads and rail will not be adequate to meet the requirement of the incoming freight tsunami,” said Gallacher. “Over the last 25 years domestic sea freight has grown by one per cent, where rail has grown by 210 per cent and road, 61 per cent. “For a maritime nation with over 70 ports strategically located right around our country, each with road and rail access, each with maritime related industry nearby, in either a capital city or regional town, a continuation of this imbalance surely is not in our national interest. “Ports are intrinsically linked to our prosperity, ensuring that the gateways to Australia’s economy are healthy and vibrant is only a good thing for all Australia.”
Truck manufacturer Scania launched new models for the Australian road transport industry in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Wednesday night. Representing the equivalent of $3 billion in research and development, the new range is more than a collection of new cabs, as almost every element of the entire mechanical underpinnings has been examined and improved to deliver a more driver-centric, safer and fuel-efficient truck. Half a million kilometres of testing with local fleets in the months leading up to this week’s launch concentrated on the trucks’ abilities to handle the uniquely Australian conditions of climate, distance, heavy loads, and even dust. Advances in Scania’s aerodynamic design have resulted in an improvement in fuel efficiency of two per cent, and an additional three per cent has been achieved through technical improvements in the drivelines. Scania officials were adamant that the combined five per cent reduction in fuel consumption rates should be expected only as the minimum, and in some instances the local pre-production models have delivered significantly better results. Australia is the first market in the Southern Hemisphere to have the Scania Next Generation Truck launched, and the first deliveries of production models are expected from July this year. A new seven-litre six-cylinder engine in 220hp, 250hp and 280hp will be available in the Scania P-Range, and the five- and six-cylinder larger engines have all been subjected to significant development. The V8 engines also feature improvements to deliver better fuel and maintenance savings, and will be available in 520hp and 620hp in Euro-5 configuration and 520hp, 580hp, 650hp, and the top output 730hp in Euro-6 emission ratings. Scania continues to be at the forefront of utilising the benefits of electronic connectivity, with more than 310,000 trucks worldwide (including 3,000 already in Australia) connected, to maximise efficiencies. “We believe safe and smart transport can be a ‘game changer’ for sustainability in the transport sector,” said Mikael Jansson, Managing Director of Scania Australia. “Our brand vision, as expressed by the elements of the Next Generation Scania launch, not only sets us apart from our rivals but also shows our long-term commitment and vision for the transport industry.” Image credit: Peter Shields
In his opening remarks to the Victorian Transport Association’s (VTA) annual State Conference, CEO Peter Anderson called for the introduction of a Victorian Freight Authority to advise Government on the requirements of the transport and logistics industries. Anderson noted that the VTA has been advocating for policy that supports operators to be successful in business, whether it be new road, rail and port infrastructure to streamline the freight task, or new ways of operating to create efficiencies for various participants in the supply chain. “An example of this is our advocacy for a Victorian Freight Authority to provide government with the perspective of the transport industry when it comes to decisions impacting planning and development, roads and infrastructure, user charges, the environment, and other public policy matters,’ he said. “The requirements of operators need to be factored early on in decisions being made by regulators and legislators, which is why are pushing for the creation of an authority like this to ensure your unique needs are being looked after.” He added that business cost increases seen across the supply-chain industry over the past 12 months have been felt especially by road transport operators. “We’ve had infrastructure surcharge increases from all the stevedores in Melbourne and elsewhere around the country, road charges are increasing exponentially whether it be fuel and excises, registration, insurance and tolls, and the threat of industrial action throughout many sectors of the economy is arguably the greatest it’s been for a long time, as we saw over Christmas at Webb Dock,” Anderson said. “Indeed, the possibility of future super unions like we’ve seen with the merger of the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) and MUA (Maritime Union of Australia) could have far-reaching negative impacts on employers and supply chains nationally. “In year’s gone past, operators would typically wear the increases rather than risk losing business to competitors. We need to shift this attitude and educate not only customers, but consumers as well, that increases in costs are going to be passed on through the supply chain, and ultimately to the end-users of the goods transported by operators.” Without such action, he noted, operators may not have cost recovery increases accepted and will therefore go under, “which is not good for anyone.” In his speech, Anderson also shared that the VTA’s community outreach efforts have been well received. “We are getting closer to a really encouraging outcome with resident groups in the inner west of Melbourne near the port who for some time have been concerned about the impacts of heavy-vehicle movements,” he said. “We’re working on a solution that will create a range of improvements and set new standards for driver training, instruction and vehicle emissions, and ultimately create better harmony between passenger and commercial road users.”
Delivery network Fastway Couriers has celebrated reaching 25 years of operation in Australia. The milestone was recognised at the company’s annual convention, held this year in Uluru, Northern Territory. “Fastway Couriers is delighted to be celebrating its 25-year anniversary in Australia, and what better place to celebrate than Australia’s iconic Uluru?” said Peter Lipinski, CEO, Fastway Couriers Australia. “Our annual conference is a time to reflect on the success of the past year, and this year we are so pleased to be celebrating a successful 25 years of distribution here in Australia.” Fastway Couriers was established in New Zealand in 1983, launched in Australia in 1993, and was named Australia’s fastest growing private company in 1998 by BRW Magazine. The company now has over 800 franchisees now across Australia, of a total over 1,500, and and was purchased by international courier and logistics company Aramex in January 2016. “The transport and delivery industry has changed dramatically over the past 25 years,” said Lipinski. “The first Fastway van in Australia distributed in a world pre-smartphone technology and internet, in a market made up predominately of business-to-business customers. “The rise of online shopping in the past five years has completely transformed our industry. The rapidly growing appetite of Australian consumers for online shopping and the expectation of round-the-clock convenience has underpinned the development of a number of innovative new technologies to help future proof our business and franchisees and delight every customer at the door.”
The 2017 Tmall Global Annual Consumers Report has revealed Australia has moved into third spot, on the list of importer countries into China, on Alibaba’s business-to-consumer (B2C) platform. This is up from fourth spot in 2016. Led by strong demand from Chinese consumers for Australia’s health and nutrition supplements, baby products and milk powder, Australia ranked behind only Japan and the United States, and ahead of Germany and South Korea. Managing Director of Alibaba Group, Australia and New Zealand Maggie Zhou said: “Since opening our ANZ headquarters in Melbourne last year, we have worked harder than ever to support the success of Australian businesses in China. These incredible results for Australian merchants demonstrate that we are succeeding in our mission to make it easier for local businesses to do business anywhere. “With 515 million annual active consumers now using our China retail marketplaces the opportunity for Australian businesses remains enormous, and we are excited to be part of the China journey for even more local brands in 2018.” The 2017 Tmall Global Annual Consumers Report was jointly published by Tmall Global and CBNData, a big data-based business research and integrated marketing communications strategy platform. Elsewhere, it found that Chinese post-millennials have become the main purchasing power for imported products, with content and emotional interaction becoming a major factor in driving consumers’ decisions when buying imported products. The report highlighted that people born in the 1990s have now become the biggest spenders on imported products, which come from a more diverse range of countries and are consumed more frequently throughout the year. Tmall Global sustained its position as the largest B2C e-commerce platform for imported products in China, with a market share of 27.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017. There is still significant untapped potential in this sector, with the report estimating annual growth of 20 per cent in transaction volume and a market scale of RMB620 billion by 2019.