Amazon’s anticipated robotics fulfilment centre in Western Sydney is set to be complete by the end of the year.
The centre – which is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the largest warehouse to ever be built in Australia – was confirmed as being on track for completion for an end of year reveal.
Located at Goodman and Brickworks’ Oakdale West Industrial Estate, the warehouse will span 200,000 sqm across four levels – the equivalent of Chadstone Shopping Centre or 24 rugby league fields.
So far, more than 1400 people have worked on the construction of the site to complete the buildings shell with 300 additional contractors commencing tomorrow to begin installing the conveyer belt and robotics equipment.
Around 13,500 tonnes of Australian steel has been used to construct the frame, and was erected using 200,000 nuts and bolts.
Once fully operational, the fulfilment centre will house up to 11 million items and be equipped with the most advanced Amazon Robotics technology on the market.
It will also create more than 1500 jobs for people to work alongside the advanced robotics, where robots will help move pods of inventory to increase efficiency while also saving space and allowing for 50 per cent more items to be stowed per square metre.
Amazon Australia Director of Operations Craig Fuller said the centre would be the fifth of its kind and would double their operational footprint in Australia.
“Utilising advanced technology, the robotics will enhance the efficiency of our operations as well as the safety of our associates, helping to support our Amazonians as they pick, pack and ship the millions of items housed within the fulfilment centre to customers around the country,” he said.
The robotics facility will be Amazon’s second fulfilment centre in Western Sydney and their fifth in Australia.