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Growth drives the opening of new TMHA Adelaide facility

The Toyota Material Handling Australia national head office and branch management team attending the opening of the new facility in Gepps Cross, South Australia.

The ongoing growth of Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA)’s Adelaide branch was a primary reason for it to recently move from its former site to a brand new, 12,000m2 facility in Gepps Cross, South Australia.
The state-of-the art facility was opened in May and visitors in attendance included South Australian Government Treasurer the Hon Rob Lucas MLC, TMHA chairman Toshi Nakazawa and president & CEO, Steve Takacs.
TMHA general manager – Branch Operations South Hamish Harper said in his time with the branch he has watched it move from strength to strength. “We worked in the old facility for over 25 years and have been GM for the last 10, and in that time I have watched its steady growth,” said Mr Harper. “Growth in our people and growth in our product lines – our offering has vastly increased from what it was a decade ago, even a few years ago. The Adelaide branch has had the full line of TMHA products for years.”
Mr Harper said TMHA Adelaide’s growth has been tracked in market share. “We’ve gone from a mid-twenties market share ten years ago to our present market share, which is in the forties, so inevitably we required infrastructure to match increased demand.
“There were constraints on the volume we could put through our workshop before, but now we have vastly increased resources to meet growth in equipment sales and our rental and servicing requirements.”
The new facility dwarfs its predecessor’s 7,000m2 footprint and 4,000m2 building size, as Mr Harper explained: “Our new facility here in Gepps Cross has 1,000m2 of office space incorporating a new-unit showroom to showcase the vast breadth and depth of our product range, and a dedicated training facility,” he said.
“We also have a dedicated parts area with its own entrance. Parts are very important to our business and we needed to ensure easy accessibility for our parts customers.
“Our new state-of-the-art 5,000m2 workshop area, accompanied by another 6,000m2 of hardstand area for loading and unloading, is impressive – especially given it’s three times the size of our old workshop. That’s a huge difference for us. It gives us the ability to service over 4,000 forklifts that we have under service and rental.”
Additional features of the workshop include a new on-site spray booth, a wash-bay that uses recycled water, overhead gantry, and storage space for the branch’s short-term rental fleet. “We also have more workbays for our staff, which means we can work on our customers’ equipment more efficiently and, hopefully, return it quicker than ever before,” he said.
Mr Harper said further time savings have been gained by bringing the storage of new machines onto the same site as the pre-delivery workshop. “The former site operated two distinct buildings: one being the main facility where we had our sales force, undertook repairs, and our parts operation. The other was basically a pre-delivery facility for equipment such as forklifts.
“Now we have increased the speed of machine delivery by consolidating the two and bringing the storage of new machines onto the same site as the pre-delivery workshop.
“We now have only one workshop and all our other functionality is in the same envelope. Being able to have all services available under the one roof allows us to service our customers more efficiently and effectively.”
Customers will not have to travel far from the previous Cavan Road location to experience the benefits of the new facility. “Our new location in Matthews Road is only around the corner from our old facility, which is handy for our customers as they’ll have the general location familiarity.
“Matthews Road is off one of the main arterials in Gepps Cross, Wakefield Road, from where you can’t miss our new signage. We’re still twenty minutes’ drive from the city, right in the heart of Adelaide’s industrial area. It’s also a central location from which we can get to our customers for service requirements.”
After many years of planning, Mr Harper is thrilled to be in the now officially opened facility, along with his staff, whom he thanked for their contribution to the project, along with input from TMHA branches, nationally.
“We’re very excited to be here and seeing our new facility in action. Everything is modern, clean and new – as is befitting of Toyota Material Handling’s image and expected of a market leader.
“We have opened a facility that can meet all of the contemporary needs of our customers who demand not just a supplier of equipment but a full provider of systems and services. It’s a demonstration of our commitment to our customers and we think they will be very pleased with our new location and experience.
“We have lots of parking for customers and staff. Customers are enjoying our new amenities including a dedicated area where we can have a coffee with them and discuss their needs. It’s an enhanced customer experience.”

LOGOS buys 15.3ha Villawood site from Toll Group

LOGOS has exchanged contracts to acquire a 15.3-hectare infill development site in Villawood, Sydney from Toll Group, including a partial sale and leaseback agreement. The acquisition is due to settle in late 2019.
Located at 246 Miller Road, Villawood, the property has good access to Sydney’s key transport network, with five freeway entry points within 10km and existing entry to the South Sydney freight railway line.
The acquisition includes a partial leaseback to Toll over a portion of the site, with LOGOS to undertake upgrading works across the existing facilities. LOGOS plans to redevelop the remaining 11.3 hectares of the site into a logistics and intermodal estate on a speculative basis with an estimated on completion value of circa $200 million.
LOGOS’ head of Australia and New Zealand Darren Searle said: “The Villawood property acquisition is a new strategic infill development opportunity that will greatly benefit both intermodal and logistics operators.
“To capitalise on the property’s strategic location and the future infrastructure development in the area, we will look to develop intermodal and logistic facilities to service the strong demand we are seeing from our existing and new tenants in this area for modern, high quality facilities,” he said.
The NSW Government is investing circa $80 billion in infrastructure across western Sydney over the next four years, including the construction of the WestConnex and NorthConnex Motorways and upgrades to the area’s existing road systems under the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.
The acquisition also strengthens LOGOS’ relationship with Toll, with the Group having developed three facilities for the global logistics provider.
Mr Searle added: “We are pleased to be working with Toll on this strategic acquisition and look forward to enhancing their existing facilities for them within this this key industrial market”.

Toll to open ‘super depot’ on the Gold Coast

Hot on the heels of its $311m Bass Strait investment, the Toll Group has announced plans for a new multi-purpose super depot on the Gold Coast.
The 10,250sqm depot will bring together three existing sites into one operational hub, the first purpose-built integrated facility of its kind for Toll.
Toll Group managing director Michael Byrne was joined by developers LOGOS and Partners Group this morning to officially break ground on the site at Captain Cook Drive, Arundel.
Custom-built for Toll, the new super depot will bring together multiple freight services under one roof that are traditionally separated due to their operational requirements.
The outcome will be a seamless freight service to customers. From medical supplies, to fashion, food and machinery, will all be able to be delivered from the Gold Coast to Australia and the world.
Mr Byrne said this investment underlines economic confidence in the state and a strong belief in the future growth of Toll’s business.
“We have a strong vision for Queensland and Toll is making a substantial investment on the Gold Coast with this new state-of-the-art facility.”
Mr Byrne said while the new super depot will set the blueprint for how the company will build future integrated operations in Australia, it also takes the best learnings from other facilities that meet the highest safety standards.
“The new depot has been designed to provide the safest working environment for our people and customers,” Mr Byrne said.
“We’ve purposely limited the interactions between pedestrians and forklifts, customer collections will now be separated from operations, and operational traffic will flow in one direction, which means no reversing and less risk.”
Mr Byrne said the site at Arundel on the Gold Coast had been chosen to provide the optimal location to minimise distance and time travelled between the depot and customers.
With its immediate access to major arterial routes throughout southeast Queensland, Arundel is ideally positioned to enable Toll to service its diverse range of customers from retail to mining to agriculture.
Toll will employ over 120 Gold Coast locals at the new facility. Construction including internal fit-out of conveyor and sortation systems is scheduled for completion by end April 2019.
Toll’s three existing sites, at Molendinar, Arundel and Burleigh Heads will stagger their relocation until the end of July 2019.
 

Logistics land by the millions: $500m capacity launched

LOGOS announced the development of this purpose built warehouse distribution facilities at the Prestons Logistics Estate, Sydney for Toll Group in 2016.

Industrial real estate financing firm LOGOS is establishing a new ‘core / core plus’ venture, LOGOS Australia Logistics Portfolio (LALP) with a leading Australian investor.
The strategy of LALP is focused on acquiring and owning high-quality core and core plus logistics facilities in prime industrial markets, predominantly along Australia’s eastern seaboard. It will initially have approximately A$500 million of investment capacity. LOGOS says it has identified a strong pipeline of acquisition opportunities and the significant commitment reflects LOGOS’ and its investment partner’s confidence in the opportunities available and performance of the logistics market in Australia.
Joint managing director of LOGOS Trent Iliffe said: “We are pleased to be partnering with a leading Australian investor on this new venture. We will be looking to acquire existing assets and aggregate a premium portfolio with long leases to high quality tenants, with value-adding upside.”
Joint managing director of LOGOS John Marsh said: “The Australian logistics market has continued to deliver solid returns over the past three, five and ten years and we expect this performance to continue, with the sector experiencing strong demand driven by trade flows and growth in online retailing.
“Given Australia’s growing exposure to online retailing, and our experience across a number of Asian markets that have experienced significant online retail growth, we’re excited to be able to bring our learnings from these markets and adapt them to Australia’s growth story,” he said.
LOGOS now has A$4 billion of equity commitments to 14 ventures across its five regions with target assets under management of over A$9 billion.
 
 

Toll takes to Somerton

The Somerton Logistics Centre.

The Somerton Logistics Centre.

Toll Holdings is set to become the anchor tenant of the $135 million Somerton Logistics Centre (SLC) in Melbourne.

The transport and logistics giant has signed a short-term lease contract with the centre at an annual cost of $1.7 million. Under the contract, which is one of the largest leases in the region this year, the company will rent units 1 and 2 on the property, reportedly to service Coles supermarkets.

The SLC, one of the biggest industrial property projects in Australia, occupies an area of around 125,000 sqm featuring eight warehouses.

SLC director Nigel Hunt said it was the second time that the centre worked with Toll and its anchoring at the site would have a positive impact on prospective tenants. 

“Having a big name gives other tenants confidence, and it also puts us in an active position in the industrial property sector. There’s nothing negative about it,” Mr Hunt said.

The Somerton Logistics Centre.

The 22-hectare site sits on the corner of Cooper Street and Hume Freeway, and has direct access to Melbourne’s airports and ports. 

Mr Hunt said there were three or four potential businesses currently negotiating lease agreements with the centre.

He said the centre had a small management team who could directly interact with tenants, which enabled it to provide properties at a cheaper price.

“We don’t charge for administration or management services, which results in a cost saving of $7-9 per sqm. When you think about the size of the space that they use, that’s a significant amount of saving,” he said. 

Toll’s contract with the SLC follows the announcement that it had rented a 27,000 sqm site at ING Industrial Fund’s warehouse facility in Sydney. 

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