Chevin Fleet Solutions has announced the appointment of thirteen new team members across Australia, Europe and North America. Laura Jones, joining as financial controller, will be responsible for managing the company’s accounts across the entire global operation. Darren Trueman, Neil Robinson, Michael Kowalewicz and Cristian Tobol have been appointed as software developers alongside product developers Arun Purewal, Sam Hufton, Athanasios Kaloudis. Bringing young talent into the team, Alex Bright and Jay Smith take on the roles of IT apprentice developers. Chris Cooper has joined as a junior business analyst and Simon Haley as a Project Manager. Audrey Guillet joins the marketing team as Marketing Executive on a six-month internship from France. Audrey’s role will support communications activity across the company’s French operation. “We are very fortunate in being able to bring onboard such experience to the team. The company is entering another exciting growth phase following recent contract wins and these new appointments will support the existing teams in helping drive the business forward. I am delighted to welcome them to the team,” Ashley Sowerby, Managing Director, said.
Loscam, a provider of returnable package handling solutions, is partnering with National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia and Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand to launch the #LoscamPinkPallet Campaign for the second year in a row. Loscam ANZ was reportedly thrilled with the support the program gained last year and foresees the #LoscamPinkPallet Campaign being an annual initiative. Pink pallets started circulating across Loscam’s pooling network in Australia and New Zealand on Monday, 2 October. Customers will be asked to take a picture with members of their team and their product in front of the pink pallets, and send the image through to firstname.lastname@example.org. For each image received, the Loscam will donate A$100 or NZ$100 for the first registration of each Pink Pallet and $10 for each subsequent registration, to the Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia or New Zealand. In support of this year’s campaign, Loscam has designed a mini pink pallet and pen, with all profits to be donated to the Foundations. “I have been delighted with the incredible success of the Pink Pallet Campaign and how the initiative resonated with our customers and staff far and wide,” said Daniel Bunnett, Executive Vice President – Australia and New Zealand, Loscam. “With the addition of miniature pallets and pens, we look forward to raising a record amount for this fantastic cause.”
The transport and storage sector is struggling to maintain any consistent levels of business confidence according to the quarterly Sensis Business Index, which takes the pulse of Australian small to medium businesses. The latest results show that confidence dropped by 11 points in the most recently studied quarter, taking the net balance to +24, 20 points below the national result. This is the only industry sector displaying a negative balance for profitability expectations. The survey found that support for the Federal Government among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has fallen into negative territory and to the lowest level since Malcolm Turnbull took over as Prime Minister. The net balance fell four points this quarter (from +2 to -2). The score is calculated by comparing the number of SMEs that feel supported by the Federal Government’s policies (14 per cent) to the number that do not feel supported (16 per cent). Sensis CEO John Allan commented, “After Malcolm Turnbull took over as Prime Minister in 2015 we saw confidence in the Government rise, with businesses telling us they were optimistic about the change. “Since then the Government’s approval rating has fallen nine points and is 20 points lower than the highest score we saw under Tony Abbott, following the pro-business Federal budget of 2015. To find a lower score we need to go back to the March 2015 survey, which was taken after Tony Abbott had survived a leadership spill. “While perceptions of the economy remain strong, less than one in seven businesses have faith in the Government’s policies, with the biggest concerns being excessive bureaucracy and red tape, as well as there being too much of a focus on the interests of big business,” he said.
Transport and logistics company Lindsay Australia has continued its two-decade relationship with Toyota after recently moving in to a new, purpose-built warehouse and refurbishing an existing facility at Brisbane’s Rocklea markets. Lindsay Australia recently consolidated three separate sites into its new 11,000m2 combined head office, cold storage, workshop, warehouse and transport facility in Acacia Ridge. In the process it added a new fleet of 10 Raymond 8410 pallet trucks, three Toyota 8FBE three-wheel counterbalance forklifts and two BT RRE reach trucks to its existing Toyota warehouse equipment fleet. In addition to the new Acacia Ridge facility Lindsay Transport recently moved into and refurbished an existing fresh produce warehouse at the nearby Brisbane markets in Rocklea, and the adoption of Toyota’s fast charge technology for its Toyota battery-electric forklifts enabled it to establish its own fumigation room. “We have the only temperature-controlled DAFF-accredited facility that includes fumigation,” Bob McMillan, General Manager, Lindsay Fresh Logistics. “The opportunity came about when we no longer needed a designated battery charging area, enabling this footprint to be used for fumigation.” TMHA corporate account customer manager Dave Bartlett said Lindsay Transport now takes advantage of fast charging in short periods of downtime rather than having to charge its forklifts for eight hours each night. “The forklifts can be charged in period as short as 10 minutes when they’re not in use,” Bartlett said. “This relatively new type of charging technology means you can effectively get 10 hours of battery life rather than seven, and being able to set up their own fumigation facility means they can work much more efficiently while saving a lot of time and money.”
Road Freight New South Wales (RFNSW) has called on the ACCC to investigate the new infrastructure surcharge to be introduced on 17 April 2017 by DP World at its Sydney terminal. The surcharge will be $21.16 per container and will apply to all full containers received or delivered via road or rail at the Sydney Terminal. Simon O’Hara, General Manager, RFNSW called on the ACCC’s Rod Sims in a letter to investigate whether DPW Australia misused its substantial market power under s46 of the Competition and Consumer ACT (CCA), engaged in unconscionable conduct under ss 20 or 21 of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), or imposed the infrastructure surcharge in an unfair and discriminatory manner, including under the new small business unfair contract terms law. “Our members are extremely concerned about DP World’s unilateral decision, which was announced without any consultation with industry,” said O’Hara. “There has been no discussion or input from carriers, just a one-page letter warning carriers that their ongoing access to the Sydney terminal is contingent on them paying up. “DPWA has failed to justify why it’s imposing the extra levy on carriers, spinning it as an ‘infrastructure surcharge’ We have no understanding as to how they reached this decision, and given they have not consulted with industry, we still do not understand their rationale,” he said. O’Hara said that the decision was anti-competitive, discriminatory and unfair. “Carriers will be charged through the One-Stop Vehicle Booking System and RFNSW is calling on DP World to outline specific billing and payment procedures for carriers and how they compare with rail operators at the port. We are concerned that carriers, yet again, will be disadvantaged,” said O’Hara. “The fact that the Infrastructure Surcharge applies only to laden containers arriving by road and rail is discriminatory and to the detriment of road and rail companies that do not have the ability to change stevedores in response to the price increases. “That is, the infrastructure surcharge will not apply to the repositioning of empty containers by shipping lines, which contributes substantially to the total container movements conducted by DPWA and the use of the various capital equipment sought to be covered by the Infrastructure Surcharge,” he said. “DP World demands payment in seven days, and ongoing access to their terminals is conditional on paying on time. Yet, transport operators will only be able to recoup the costs based on their customers’ terms [in] 30 days, or in many cases longer.” O’Hara said that RFNSW would also take up the surcharge with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell AO.
Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been commissioned to install an air cargo centre at the international London Heathrow Airport. International Airlines Group (IAG) issued the contract for IAG’s subsidiary British Airways. Siemens is equipping a complete new cargo terminal, allowing the airline to profit from a substantial expansion of the existing air cargo capacities and an optimisation of complex cargo processes. The centre will contain with a’ fast-track facility’ – capable of processing particularly urgent air cargo in only 45 minutes. “With our many years of experience and our in-depth knowledge of air cargo logistics, we will be able to help IAG strengthen their competitive position,” said Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics. “We are proud to have held our ground for years as a major player in the highly contested air cargo business,” added Sarah Coulson, Head of Strategy and Business Development, IAG Cargo.” Premium solutions such as the ability to process air cargo at short notice will help us to successfully keep ahead of the competition.” In order to enable fast cargo handling, Siemens has developed a streamlined operational concept which avoids long distances and supports optimal use of the area with a surface measuring just 11,30sqm. Siemens will install a sophisticated system consisting of four elevating transfer vehicles (ETVs) and four transfer vehicles (TVs). The scope of delivery also includes three truck docks for loading and unloading, and four conveyor lines for build-up and breakdown. The air cargo centre with a throughput of 135,000 tons per year will have over 110 positions for unit load devices (ULDs). Siemens will also deliver 54 special cold storage and deep-freeze rooms for perishable goods.
Austrian crane manufacturer Hans Künz GmbH, and laser-based sensor manufacturer LASE have announced the successful implementation of a new application on two crane systems at the Intermodal Terminal WienCont in Vienna, Austria – the LaseLCPS-2D (Load Collision Prevention System). Using the laser measurement system, containers can be picked safely, quietly – due to a lack of collisions – and dropped ‘softly’. The facility is one of the biggest container terminals for inland ports in Europe, where approximately 200,000 containers are handled annually. Primarily WienCont put a high emphasis on the soft landing function of the crane driver assistance system. This function is activated while the load is being hoisted, and it ensures the container drops without any wear, as well as with noticeably reduced noise pollution.
The system comprises two 2D laser scanners from the LASE 2000D-Series that provide highly precise 2D profiles to the measurement software. The laser scanners are mounted under the crane trolley in order to generate a scan area in both trolley directions. While driving over the container stacks, a current height profile of the containers is created immediately. Simultaneously, the laser scanners measure the height of the load – spreader with or without container. In the case of a finished container being moved, the relative distance between the objects is ascertained by the relative position measurement. Thus the measurement system can control the hoist so that the spreader on a container or a container on a container, wagon or truck can be dropped ‘gently’, preventing collisions. A 3D version of the application software is also available, for use with 3D scanners on RMG, RTG and STS cranes.
Danielle Green, the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, has launched the Portland Industrial Land Strategy, with a $150,000 contribution from the Victorian Government. The strategy has identified land for future industrial development in the Portland region to 2050, and follows years of industrial zoning issues in Portland, with substantial amounts of industrially zoned land unable to be used because of proximity to sensitive areas, such as housing and schools. The strategy has now defined and analysed appropriate sites for industrial use and has produced an investment prospectus for the zones identified as ready for development. Recommendations have also been given on action to deal with inappropriately zoned industrial areas. A statement issued by Green asserts that the Industrial Land Strategy presents opportunity for new businesses to establish themselves in Portland, particularly those servicing the Port along the supply chain, including freight, timber, mineral sands and truck maintenance. “The Port is critical to the local economy, and many businesses supporting the Port will be able to establish or expand now that the zoning issues have been addressed,” the release stated. “There is now a way forward to attract new manufacturers and service industries to Portland which will accelerate the growth and employment opportunities of the city,” added Green.
Port Otago Ltd has placed an order with Cargotec-owned cargo handling solutions provider Kalmar for an ESC350 and an ESC450 to add to their all-Kalmar straddle carrier fleet, replacing two CSC models. “Improved economy, performance, reliability, and safety are key facets of this purchasing decision, and the Port welcomes any developments in Straddle Carrier design that reflect genuine safety improvements,” said Bob Smillie, Maintenance Manager, Port Otago Ltd. “The Port is currently conducting a detailed analysis of Kalmar’s HSC350 Hybrid, a design that is expected to be a leading contender for future Straddle Carrier replacement decisions.” John Nash, General Manager, Kalmar Port Cranes added, “Port Otago Ltd operates in a pristine area of New Zealand, taking pride in environmental conservation while undertaking their operations. Kalmar therefore focuses on providing solutions to support their operations while maintaining environmental sustainability. Together we are exploring hybrid technology options for Port Otago – a solution with reductions across noise, fuel consumption and emissions.” Delivery and commissioning of the straddle carriers is expected to take place in August 2017.
With the pharmaceutical packaging market set to be worth $80 billion by 2020, it’s big business. According to the team behind processing and packaging trade exhibition Auspack, there are six big emerging trends to keep an eye on as we move into 2017. First, plastic bottles use is on the up. With the decline of glass pharmaceutical bottles, plastic bottles are quickly becoming the most popular pharmaceutical container globally and sales are estimated to hit $20.6 billion by 2020. The second trend to keep an eye on is the continued growth of blister packaging. It is expected to soon become the second best-selling pharmaceutical packaging, thanks to the growing popularity of unit dose formats and built-in track-and-trace technology. Use of pouches is reducing in the pharmaceutical industry due to their limited use, though they are gaining ground in other markets. Market research firm Freedonia has predicted that prefillable syringes will become the fastest growing aseptic packaging type, with growth of 11 per cent per year. Brands will continue to search for the balance between impactful and earth-friendly branding. The market for OTC pharmaceuticals is highly competitive so, for brand owners, packaging has to provide maximum shelf impact and include eco-friendly options to cater for environment-conscious consumers The final trend expected is a surge in serialisation. With regulation requirements set to get more stringent, pharmaceutical manufacturers are stepping up their serialisation strategies and, for processors wanting to export to overseas markets, it’s never been more important. Auspack 2017 will take place 7–10 March at Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park. Find out more on the Auspack website.