SCLAA Trade Visit to China, Port of Guangzhou SCLAA China

Last chance to join China trade visit

There’s only four days left to register for the SCLAA Trade Visit to China, taking place from 30 July to 10 August 2019.
The Australia-China Supply Chain & Logistics Alliance was set up by Australian International Trade Association (AITA)and the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) on 23 November 2018. The alliance aims to promote cooperation in supply chain & logistics between Australia and China by providing a series of services including exhibition, conference, forum, training program.
The Supply Chain & Logistic Association Australia’s Trade Visit is a special event for Australia-China Supply Chain & Logistics Alliance, where you will participate in the following activities:

  • Belt & Road Australia China Logistic and Supply Chain Alliance 2019 welcoming dinner, China-Australia & NZ Trade Forum & Networking Dinner, Beijing.
  • AU & NZ Quality Export Base Promotion & Matching Forums in Beijing, Tianjin and other locations.
  • Belt and Road Economic and Trade Cooperation Summit.
  • Xining City Development & Investment Fair in Xining, Qinghai.

These are annual events in China in the sector of supply chain and logistics, especially organised by SCLAA and AITA to provide a unique opportunity for the alliance members to further engage with the China supply chain & logistics industry, from business groups to governments and NGO. It also provides a chance for those leading enterprises to display, promote and integrate with the China market.

  • Meet the key governments, NGO and companies (including ports site visit) in each location.
  • Visit the Australian and NZ embassies and other related organisations.
  • Business networking and matchmaking in the Forum & Networking Dinner in Beijing and other forums in various locations.
  • Visit three port cities in China.

Download all information and a copy of the itinerary here.
 

VISA Logistics company to optimise supply chain performance

Logistics company to optimise supply chain performance

VISA Global Logistics has selected the Manhattan Active SCALE Solution to be deployed throughout its warehouses in Australia and New Zealand. The technology will allow VISA Global Logistics to provide its customers with improved real-time inventory visibility and transparency throughout its supply chain.
One of Australia’s largest privately-owned international freight forwarding companies, VISA Global Logistics is under pressure from its customers to be more flexible, to supply to more channels from a single source of inventory and to do so faster and cheaper. The company realised it needed state-of-the-art systems to meet these business needs.
VISA Global Logistics selected Manhattan Active SCALE for its flexibility and scalability in the face of constantly shifting supply chain demands and opportunities. SCALE uses advanced, proprietary algorithms to organise and optimise logistics operations and offers VISA Global a significant upgrade in terms of delivering mission-critical information in real time.
“There is an increased customer demand for live and valid accurate data, especially in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. SCALE gives our customers a dashboard of their KPI and access to all of their relevant information in a user-friendly platform,” said national warehouse manager at VISA Global Logistics Tony Baxter.
Managing director of Australia and New Zealand for Manhattan Associates Raghav Sibal commented: “With customer expectations around speed of delivery and transparency continually increasing, the pressure is on logistics providers to improve the efficiency and visibility of their operations. Manhattan Active SCALE will offer VISA Global Logistics the flexibility and scalability needed to support the company’s growth. This fully managed cloud product will also help them improve their overall customer experience and get goods to consumers faster.”

Dematic First wooden electric conveyor 1922.

Dematic celebrates 200th anniversary

Dematic’s first wooden electric conveyor in 1922.

Warehouse equipment and automation company Dematic is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The company’s origins date back to 1819 when Mechanische Werkstätten Harkort & Co was founded and produced the first steam-powered crane.
“Innovation is at the core of what we do,” said Hasan Dandashly, president and CEO, Dematic. “As our business grows in an increasingly digital world, we are focused on designing and implementing equipment combining the latest advancements in software, robotics and mechatronics to drive optimal performance. By focusing on the long-term needs of our customers, our innovative products have enabled us to be a market leader for not only decades, but centuries.”
Dematic’s recent past traces back to 1995 when Mannesmann Demag, the world’s first complete supplier of intralogistics was formed. Ten years later, Dematic GmbH & Co. KG was established as its own enterprise focusing on automated storage for small parts. From cranes to a global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services, Dematic has always remained at the forefront of the industry by focusing on the future.

Dematic Truck Loader 1960
Dematic’s truck Loader from 1960.

Dematic’s history in Australia and New Zealand began in 1966 when Colby Engineering was first set up, providing adjustable pallet racking. The company has continued to grow and evolve through various business transitions: from Colby to Mannesmann to Siemens to Dematic. Out of respect for its long heritage as an Australian manufacturer, and strong recognition in the market, the Colby name continues today as Dematic’s storage equipment brand.
Some of Dematic’s greatest innovations include the world’s first hanging conveyor (1930s), its storage and retrieval machines (1950s), the world’s first fully automated warehouse (1962), Dematic Multishuttle, the company’s ground-breaking mini-load handling system (2006), and the integrated software platform the Dematic iQ Software Portfolio (2018).
“Although our products provide great value, it’s really the people of Dematic that make the difference,” said Mr Dandashly. “Each employee plays a crucial role in Dematic’s history and we continue to be guided by our values of courage, collaboration, integrity and excellence. I look forward to more success in the next 200 years.”
Dematic's grocery conveyor from the 1950s.
Dematic’s grocery conveyor from the 1950s.

Kaufland Australia has celebrated commencing construction of its distribution centre in Mickleham, Victoria.

German supermarket Kaufland to build mega-DC in Victoria

Kaufland Australia has celebrated commencing construction of its distribution centre in Mickleham, Victoria. The facility, with a total projected investment of $255 million, will utilise state-of-the-art technologies across automation, sustainability and efficiency, and create 600 new jobs for the area.
In a joint sod turning, Kaufland Australia directors Maximilian Wiedmann and Patrick Bezner thanked Hume City Council for its work ensuring the distribution centre met all planning and approval requirements.
“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us achieve this exciting milestone. To Hume City Council and to Merrifield Business Park, we are very grateful and proud to be standing alongside you today,” Mr Wiedmann said.
On completion, Kaufland’s distribution centre will have more than 117,000 square metres of building area and 130 loading docks.
“Australia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and we are excited to grow with it. Our distribution centre will be the beating heart of our supply chain and will ensure we provide an uncompromising quality food store for our customers,” Mr Wiedmann said.
In March 2019, Kaufland Australia announced the approval of its first three stores in Victoria at Dandenong, Epping and Chirnside Park. Kaufland Australia has also received planning approval for two sites in South Australia.

City of Sydney green concrete road trial

Sydney road drives world-first green concrete trial

Concrete made using industrial waste from coal-fired power stations and steel manufacturing is being used in a world-first green roads trial in Sydney.
The City of Sydney is putting the environmentally friendly building product to the test on a busy inner-city street, replacing a 30 metre section of roadway on Wyndham Street in Alexandria.
To test the green concrete’s durability, the City has laid 15 metres traditional concrete and 15 metres of Geopolymer concrete, a sustainable blend of concrete and recycled materials.
As a major road leading to Sydney Airport, the high traffic volume provides the perfect conditions for the trial.
Nine sensors have been positioned under the concrete to monitor and compare how the Geopolymer concrete performs.
UNSW Sydney researchers and the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) will then use results from the trial to create the first set of industry guidelines for Geopolymer concrete.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was committed to finding new ways to lower carbon emissions.
“I’m proud that the City of Sydney was Australia’s first carbon-neutral local government and that we’re continuing to take significant steps to reduce our carbon footprint,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Projects like this Geopolymer trial can result in new products that make a real difference in slashing carbon emissions.
“Local governments are responsible for maintaining local roads, so if we can purchase more environmentally sustainable materials, we can fight climate change and provide quality infrastructure for our community.
“With 70 per cent of the concrete produced today going into pavements and footpaths, there’s great potential to further lower emissions from our operations.
“We’re continually working with concrete suppliers to reduce the amount of pollution and greenhouse gases emitted during the production of concrete for our local roads, and we already use sustainable green concrete for all our footway renewal works – which adds up to 25,000m2 per year.”
Made from fly ash and blast furnace slag, Geopolymer generates just 300 kilograms of CO2 per tonne of cement, compared to the 900 kilograms from traditional cement production – saving the equivalent of the electricity used by an average household every two weeks.
Research has been undertaken since the 1990s into geopolymer, but it’s only now that it is being explored as a product that is not only better for the environment, but also commercially viable.
The low-CO2 concrete has the potential to put the 400 million cubic tonnes of globally documented waste from the coal and steel industries to good use.  Whilst a small amount is currently used in construction, much of it is currently stored on site.
UNSW Sydney researchers will monitor the road performance for up to five years. Professor Stephen Foster, Head of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the CRCLCL project leader and describes the trial as “a huge step forward”.
“This trial will help drive step-change in the industry. Many concrete companies are already doing a lot to change, but this trial really gives it another push,” Professor Foster said.
“While we’ll monitor the road performance for up to five years, a lot of the data collected in the first three to twelve months of this world-first trial will be used to confirm our models and strengthen our predictions.
“Concrete contributes seven per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions and in 2018 the world produced about 4.1 billion tonnes of cement, which contributed about 3.5 billion tonnes of CO2.
“Alternative, low-CO2 concrete materials offer potential benefits in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with conventional concrete.
“This trial is important because we need demonstration projects to accurately assess the performance of Geopolymer over time so that there can be broader uptake.”
Industry partner Craig Heidrich, executive director of the Australian Iron and Steel Association and Ash Development Association, said the benefits of the trial will be far-reaching.
“Our collaboration with organisations such as the City of Sydney and the publication of the research findings will further de-mystify and promote the use of Geopolymer concrete in construction.
“Geopolymer concrete has great engineering properties. It is a durable, high-performance product that has a low carbon footprint when used in construction,” Mr Heidrich said.
“It’s a fundamental tenet in business that you need to be constantly innovating and investing into new technologies. This trial will provide real examples of Geopolymer concrete use that we can all use.”
Associate Professor of Sustainability Research at UNSW Dr Tommy Wiedmann said if all concrete produced in one year was Geopolymer instead of traditional concrete, this would save 12,000 kiloton CO2 per year.
 

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