Queensland company Shipping Container Pools proves the benefits of recycling and re-use right down to the certified refurbished Linde forklift at the heart of its operations.
Millions of Australians saw the company’s approach demonstrated when TV program The Block featured one of its above-ground pools made from a repurposed shipping container.
That marked the current high point for a family business that began as a joint project when Johannes Roux combined his pool building experience with architecture student son Jonavan’s exploration of shipping containers as building elements.
“We’ve moved to larger premises three times and our output has grown from one shipping container pool per fortnight to now dispatching seven each week,” says Jonavan Roux, explaining how the Linde forklift became an essential asset for the business. Saving time on a budget
“We began with an old 2.5-tonne used forklift and a tilt-tray truck to handle the shipping containers we convert,” says Jonavan. “Now we are using a gantry crane and a refurbished Linde H70D 396 seven-tonne diesel forklift at our Coolum Beach factory.
“The original method took a day per container, but now with our Linde forklift, one man can accomplish what we need to do in ten minutes, including lowering the access stairs and fibreglass shells into positions.”
Shipping Container Pools contacted Linde with a view to acquiring a used forklift with 2.4-metre tynes and seven-tonne lift capacity after observing a neighbouring business’s successful use of Linde equipment. Certified refurbished quality
The company took delivery of the Linde seven-tonne diesel forklift sourced from the Silver level of Linde’s Certified Refurbished Forklift program. Its condition was covered by comprehensive pre-delivery preparation including forklift mast, carriage and hydraulics tested to forklift manufacturer’s specification, steer axle checked and set to forklift manufacturer’s specification, hour-meter function tested and a complete repaint to the forklift’s original colours.
The full forklift truck history was made available and the truck was also covered by a warranty of six months or 500 hours parts and labour.
“The Linde has been in service with us for nine months,” Jonavan says. “It is a perfect fit for our growing business. Obviously the purchase price was attractive, but it also has all the capability that we need. It is in use every day, constantly running up and down the production area and it has never let us down. Engineered for durability and performance
Standard features of the Linde H70D 396 seven-tonne diesel forklift that contribute to its popularity, whether new or refurbished, include hydrostatic drive, the Linde Protector Frame with an enclosed, robot-welded chassis for maximum durability and protection of components.
Linde twin drive pedals create fast and smooth travel direction changes without constantly moving feet from one pedal to the other and short pedal travel eliminates strain on ankles or legs. Mini levers for all mast functions are mounted on an adjustable armrest allowing precise and effortless fingertip control of all hydraulic functions for safe, efficient load handling.
The Linde Truck Control system creates high reliability resulting from duplicated monitoring systems and automatic control of engine speed determined by the load carried. It is enclosed in sealed modules for protection against dust and dirt. First impressions prove correct
“We couldn’t believe it when it arrived from Linde,” says Jonavan. “It looked completely new throughout, and not just the paintwork. The handover was very professional and so we could put it to work immediately.
“Various operators get onto it throughout the day. They all love it and have commented on how good it is in areas such as the controls and the drive system.
“We see this as an investment which will serve us well for several years to come. At the rate we are growing we are probably going to need a similar one from Linde within the next year. Based on our experience we believe it has been a bargain.”
Pallet pooling solution specialist Loscam has joined multimodal trade event MEGATRANS2018 as both a Supporting Sponsor and exhibitor.
Loscam provides returnable packaging solutions and equipment used to store and move products through supply chains, with its innovative pooling system making it a unique service provider in the Australian industry.
Sponsoring the multimodal trade show’s Logistics and Materials Handling Networking Lounge, Loscam is helping to facilitate business-to-business connections and networking during the event.
Built on a reputation for excellence in customer service, innovation and tailored solutions in Asia Pacific, Loscam is well placed to join other leading businesses in the Australian and international supply chains at MEGATRANS2018 next May.
SCF, one of Australia’s largest container providers, will exhibit at multi-modal supply chain event MEGATRANS2018, which takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May 2018.
SCF specialises in new and used container hire, sales and design.
The company supplies the Australian transport, resources, construction, defence and chemical storage industries, and manages more than 13,000 containers throughout Australia as well as a depot network spanning Australia’s major cities including Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Karratha, Perth and Sydney.
SCF’s product range spans tanks, containers for site storage, accommodation and intermodal equipment, including refrigeration, side doors, pallet wide and high cube containers.
SCF joins the diverse list of exhibitors signed up for the show who cover everything from transport, logistics, warehousing solutions, materials handling, infrastructure and more.
Pallet racking and shelving provider Safer Storage Systems has partnered with storage solutions provider Dexion Australia and signed on to become a Dexion Supply Centre.
Safer Storage Systems is one of the first to sign the new look Dexion Supply Centre agreement, which is currently being rolled out across Australia.
The company has adopted the Dexion branding and will now be known as Dexion Solutions.
“This new partnership sees two powerhouses in the industry join forces to deliver the very best product and service for customers,” said Matt Bell, Managing Director, Safer Storage Systems. “Dexion has world-class engineering capabilities and we are excited to be able to add the quality product range to our robust business offering.”
With a growing Key Accounts team to manage on-going requirements for customers, such as Reece and Bunnings, as well as experienced installation crews and project managers, Safer Storage Systems is equipped to offer comprehensive storage solutions for the industrial and commercial industries, Dexion said in a statement.
Khurshed Mirza, CEO, Dexion Australiasia, added, “Our partnership with Dexion Solutions further enhances our commitment to provide our customers with superior service and support. We are stronger together.”
Loscam’s executive and regional management team, together with over 100 valued guests, gathered at Erskine Park Sydney for the pallet pooling company’s latest depot opening.
Located at the arterial roads of the M4 and the M7, the facility is expected to enhance operating efficiency, including immediate improvement in truck loading/unloading turnaround, repair capabilities and flexibility.
Occupying a total area of 4.18 hectare, the 4,400m2 depot expands Loscam’s local repair capacity by more than 50 per cent and offers storage capacity exceeding 280,000 pallets.
The facility features a segregated plastics wash bay supported by a rainwater catchment system, an eco-friendly 600m2 office and LED lighting throughout.
Erskine Park is Loscam’s second new facility opened in Australia this year, after the Richland depot in Brisbane in July.
“This key investment further strengthens Loscam Australia’s capability to serve our growing customer base and product range,” said Daniel Bunnett, Executive Vice President of Australia & New Zealand, Loscam. “It also allows us to meet the quality expectations of the market as our customers embrace more automation within their warehouse operations.”
Sirin Limpaitoon, President of Loscam, added: “This new depot has two main objectives – first and foremost, to enhance Loscam’s support to our value customers with development and changes in the supply chain; and second, incorporate environmental friendly elements into each part of our operations. It’s also a solid proof our continuous investment in infrastructure to support the growth of our Australian business.”
Global supply-chain logistics company Brambles, which operates primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands, has published its Sustainability Review for the 2017 Financial Year.
Brambles operates a circular business model, specialising in the sharing and reuse of unit load equipment including more than 590 million pallets, crates and containers. In FY17, customers’ use of CHEP and IFCO platforms saved 1.6 million trees, 2.5 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions and 1.4 million metric tonnes of solid waste, the report stated. Transport collaboration projects with over 200 customers initiated by Brambles also removed 64.7 million empty truck kilometres from the world’s supply chains.
In FY17, 99.1 per cent of the timber used by CHEP came from certified sources, and Brambles also eliminated plastic waste and raw material costs by recycling 22,600 tonnes of end-of-life plastic materials into new CHEP plastic pallets and IFCO reusable plastic crates. Brambles operations also achieved a 7.8 per cent reduction in carbon emissions per unit and 14.3 per cent of the electricity it consumed came from renewable sources.
“This has been another fantastic year for sustainability at Brambles, in which we have continued our excellent progress towards our 2020 goals,” said Juan Jose Freijo, Head of Global Sustainability, Brambles. “These achievements are only possible thanks to the end-to-end collaboration between our employees and our customers worldwide.
“Our commitment to sustainability is at the very heart of everything we do. Through the successful combination of our circular, ‘share and reuse’ business model, global scale and supply chain expertise, we are able to reduce operating costs and demand for natural resources, both in our own company and across the world’s supply chains.”
The Australian Pallet Survey 2017 was conducted in May-June 2017 as an online survey. It was supplemented by industry consultations that provided additional insights to the survey questions. 81 Australian businesses responded to this survey, which was deployed through several industry peak bodies.
The pallet is viewed as a necessary piece of equipment with little intrinsic value in relation to the product supply chain. Despite the indication that companies have incurred significant costs through their inability to control and manage pallet usage, they view the device as ‘a necessary evil’ rather than part of the value chain of the product.
This view may be challenged if the trends in pallets identified in this report continue. Key influences will be the cost of the pallet, the whole-of-supply-chain planning for the product, increasing automation in distribution and the insertion of technology to track and trace assets as well as product.
Cost is the prevailing concern of pallet users who rent or buy pallets. The ability to meet customer requirements, strength of the pallets, durability and rack-ability were the further ranked considerations.
Pallet pooling dominates in Australia, globally the most mature pallet market, with two thirds of survey respondents using rental pallets, enjoying flexibility and avoiding the responsibility associated with ownership of the assets. 80 percent of pallets represented in the survey are used in open distribution systems, with product sourced from and supplied to multiple parties.
The survey featured a section on the usage, benefits and issues related to plastic pallets in Australia. Hygiene and avoidance of contamination were primary factors influencing this choice of pallet. Rack-ability and strength were concerns expressed in relation to the use of plastic. 22 per cent of surveyed businesses expected to increase their use of plastic pallets in the ensuing two years, driven by customer requirements and regulatory mandates related to the product and workplace safety.
Diversity in pallet sizes is a trend identified. Logistics service providers are finding handling of this variety of sizes a challenge in transport and storage. This issue will need to be addressed as the growth of import pallets, retailer-configured pallets and warehouse automation create a wider array of pallet types.
It is evident from this research that pallet control is a significant challenge for the pallet owner, renter and supplier. Despite considerable cost and effort, the lack of control is resulting in further cost and frustration. It is also evident that companies that have no account with the leasing pools are benefitting from a supply of pallets that are accruing daily rental fees for the supplier and/or transporter of the pallet. While there are technologies available to track and trace the pallet, these have proven too expensive to date to implement. It is unclear whether this is a false economy, given the costs associated with lost pallet inventory and as the technologies become more common. The Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics appreciates the time given by respondents to support this research.
Pallet equipment pooling company Loscam has opened its new Brisbane Pallet Repair facility, located in the new Richlands industrial park.
More than 120 dignitaries, customers, suppliers, executive team members and many of the ANZ regional team gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, also celebrating the fact that the opening of the facility has coincided with the company’s 75th anniversary.
“It was a day which signified China Merchants Loscam’s continuous strategic focus on growth in the region,” the company said in a statement. “This new facility allows significant expansion of repair and storage capacity for the state and is complimented with brand new machinery.
“This investment is critical in ensuring Loscam’s continued support to the expanding local customer base and to meet the growing expectations around quality and product diversity.”
Daniel Bunnett, Executive Vice President, Loscam – Australia and New Zealand, stated his appreciation for the team’s contribution and the support of parent company China Merchants Group (CMG).
“There is an enormous amount of work which goes into driving a Greenfield site development,” he said. “The effort from the local team in driving the market-share gain and then leading this development has been first rate. I would also like to acknowledge our parent company in China Merchants Group who continues to invest in the long-term strategic future for the region.”
Linda Tsui, Executive Vice President – Finance, Loscam, delivered a speech on behalf of Zhao Huxiang, Loscam Chairman and Vice Chairman, CMG.
“This new Richlands facility is further strong evidence of China Merchants’ ongoing support to Loscam,” she said.
“Another example of our commitment to take a new lead and give it a new definition to the logistic industry in the Australian market place. It is not only to better serve, but to offer a brand new experience.”
Guests were given a tour of the new repair line and facility and its automation and significant safety initiatives.
Silk Contract Logistics has secured a six-year lease on a 20,337m2 warehouse and office facility at Frasers Property Australia’s West Park Industrial Estate in Derrimut, Victoria.
The warehouse features LED lighting, pallet racking, drive-around B-double access, eight recessed docks and four loading bays, The Australian Financial Review (AFR) reports.
The logistics company will service two new food manufacturing customers at the site, and its neighbours will include Australia Post, CEVA Logistics and Austrans.
“The Melbourne industrial leasing market for quality assets is robust, particularly for enquiries from logistics and manufacturing companies,” said Chamoun Malki, General Manager – Investment Property, Frasers.
International freight forwarding firm Rohlig Logistics has opened a new 6,000m2 warehouse in Sydney.
The new warehouse is equipped with the latest in warehousing and logistics technology, including a sunken dock with a seven-metre in-ground hoist capable of handling 14 tonnes of airfreight. Additionally, the facility will be able to handle up to 4,000 pallet spaces, covering from warehousing and freight, to contract logistics.
“Our research and development team are always looking at new processes and technologies that can streamline our operations, deliver cost savings and efficiency, while also adding value for customers,” said Hany Amer, Managing Director, Rohlig Australia. “The sunken dock, for example, means we are able to cope with much bigger loads and offer more services than any of our competitors.”
This new addition to the organisation’s operations is the latest in a line of improvements to facilities in Brisbane, Melbourne, Freemantle and Adelaide, following the launch of a small parcel service last year and a new customs consulting service.