Centurion buys rival to expand heavy haulage capacity

Independent transport and logistics company, Centurion has purchased the entire heavy haulage trailing fleet of McAleese Limited.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, will complement Centurion’s existing heavy haulage business and make it the largest heavy haulage service provider in Australia, says the company.
Through the transaction the Perth-based company has also entered into an agreement on premises giving it a foothold in the heavy haulage market across four states – Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. Centurion’s intent is to be fully operational by January 2017.
Centurion Chief Executive Justin Cardaci said the purchase of the McAleese fleet was strategically sound, aligned with the company’s strength in the resources sector and provided Centurion with a unique opportunity to expand.
“As a well-established and trusted Western Australian company, with more than 45 years’ experience in the transport and logistics arena, including heavy haulage, we have the capability to run a successful national business,” Cardaci said. “Centurion is a financially strong and stable business that understands the industry. This asset purchase will give us the platform to access new markets and grow our business nationally.”
Cardaci said the company wanted to continue servicing existing and previous McAleese customers under the Centurion banner, targeting industries nationally that depend on the reliable and safe movement of large equipment, including mining, energy, infrastructure and construction.
“McAleese heavy haulage was once a highly successful business in its own right and we believe once we have transitioned these assets to Centurion there is plenty of scope to re-establish this success,” says Cardaci. “We have appointed former McAleese part owner Keith Price, who successfully ran the business until it listed, to be in charge of Centurion’s heavy haulage operation.”

Stanton promises better speed of service for Truckline

Phillip Stanton has been appointed Truckline’s new National Operations Manager and he plans to modernise behind-the-scenes procedures for the company’s spare parts systems to deliver better speed and service for trucking customers.
“My goal is to strengthen the way our branches are supported from the back end, which will help our front line staff really deliver on our customers’ expectations,” says Stanton. “We understand time is money – our customers’ trucks need to be on the road, not in the workshop. When they need a part they know they can count on us regardless if their truck is American, European or Japanese.
“We have more than 25,000 products in stock, and more than 80% of our inventory is held in our branches, which means we lead the industry in parts availability. But I believe we can do even better.”
Truckline is a Queensland-based retailer of aftermarket truck, trailer and on-road diesel vehicles parts. The company has a national network of stores and two parts distribution centres, one in QLD and a new one in WA opening in January 2017.
Stanton, who was appointed on 4 October 2016, has more than three decades of experience across small domestic and large multi-national automotive and heavy equipment OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) dealerships.
Truckline’s National Manager Mick Henderson says that in previous roles Stanton has been instrumental in warehouse and system design and implementation from the ground up, achieving four-figure growth as a result of his meticulous approach.
“Phil is a high achiever and a stayer – in the past 25 years he’s been at senior management level with just two companies in the automotive industry,” says Henderson. “That gives him a deep understanding of how to best optimise a business with very stable foundation like Truckline. Phill’s expertise in inventory management and warehouse operation is instrumental in helping us build long term relationships with our customers. During the company’s 60 years servicing the Australian trucking industry, we have built a reputation of always finding the right quality part, at the right price, as fast as possible for our customers.”

Maintenance-free filling system for big bags

Haver & Boecker Australia has released the latest version of its Elementra big bag filling system, responding to demand from the construction, chemicals and foodstuffs industries for a precision weight, maintenance-free, customisable and operator-friendly packaging system for loose bulk materials.
The new Elementra EGF features Haver & Boecker’s MEC 4.0 weighing system, which not only serves as a scale but a configurable control point for the complete packing system. It delivers ideal weights and ensures that product is never wasted.
The filling spout can be sealed with an inflatable sleeve and a counter-pressure ring, providing a completely sealed-off product path for cleaner filling without product loss.
The EGF’s greatest technical innovation is its double-belt drive that replaces the mechanical chain drive. Engineered from a special plastic, the new drive prevents machine stoppages by reducing wear and removing the need for greasing – a key advantage for the food industry to avoid contamination from lubricants. It also meets explosion protection standards.
Another feature of the revamped system is its improved modularity, which allows manufacturers of to customise a solution to meet their requirements.
The design enables easy expansion, integration with existing production and packing lines, and the configuration of different dosing units. Modular components include filling spouts that can be swiveled, different dosing units, inflatable sleeves, hooks (rigid, rotatable or replaceable, instead of a carrying arm), movable filling head or conveyor unit, vibration base and conveying system.
To provide optimum, intuitive operation the system is equipped with a large touchscreen panel which displays all functions and diagnostics with just the touch of a finger. The system can be equipped with the Haver quattro Monitoring System for constant online transmission of performance data.
All variants of the Haver filling technology were tested by machine builders and have proven themselves in dusty and harsh operating conditions. The ELEMENTRA EGF big bag filling system can fill all large packages – independent of size, material and design.

Aus ranked 34 out of 140 for global connections

DHL has released the fourth edition of its Global Connectedness Index (GCI), a detailed analysis of the state of globalisation around the world, which has ranked Australia 34th out of 140 countries.
The 2016 report shows that global connectedness, measured by cross-border flows of trade, capital, information and people, surpassed its 2007 pre-crisis peak during 2014. In 2015, globalisation’s post-crisis expansion slowed, but the data indicate that it did not go into reverse. Currently available evidence suggests that the world was about eight per cent more connected in 2015 than in 2005.
The information pillar – measured by international internet traffic, telephone call minutes and trade in printed publications – showed the strongest growth over the reporting period (2013-2015). The gains in capital and people flows have been more modest, while the decline in the proportion of goods traded across borders – which began in 2012 – accelerated in 2015.
“Globalisation has served as the world’s engine of progress over the past half century,” commented Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel. “The GCI documents that globalisation has finally recovered from the financial crisis, but faces an uncertain future. It is imperative that policymakers and business leaders support an environment in which globalisation can continue to flourish and improve the lives of citizens around the world.”
“Advanced economies are about four times as deeply integrated into international capital flows, five times as much on people flows, and nine times with respect to information flows,” says globalisation expert Pankaj Ghemawat, who helped research the report. The GCI also notes that if emerging economies become more similar to advanced economies in terms of their connectedness levels, this would provide a powerful boost to overall connectedness.
The 2016 edition also documents a rising proportion of internet traffic crossing national borders, even as international trade and information flows lag their potential. “This underscores the tremendous headroom available for international e-commerce to boost business activity and expand the options available to consumers around the world,” says Jürgen Gerdes, CEO Post – eCommerce – Parcel, Deutsche Post DHL Group.
In addition to a comprehensive overview on the state of globalisation, the 2016 report also provides detailed insights into the connectedness of individual countries and regions. The index ranks countries on their depth (intensity of international flows) and breadth (geographical distribution of flows), which combine for an overall connectedness score between 0 and 100. The Netherlands retained its top rank as the world’s most connected country and Europe is once again the world’s most connected region.
All but two of the top 10 most globalised countries in the world are located in Europe, with Singapore and the United Arab Emirates as the standouts. North America is the second most globally connected region and leads on the capital and information pillars, with the United States as the most connected country in the Americas.

Kion completes Dematic acquisition

Materials handling company, the Kion Group, has completed its $2.1 billion dollar (A$2.86 billion) acquisition of automation and supply chain optimisation specialist Dematic earlier this month.
With the acquisition, the Kion Group will now feature a suite of products ranging from forklift trucks to AS/RS solutions.
“The transaction brings together the world’s most profitable manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse technology with one of the largest and fastest-growing warehouse automation and software solutions providers. Our combined global presence, intelligent and tailored material handling as well as comprehensive automation and software technology solutions, plus now more than 30,000 dedicated and highly skilled employees will enable us to deliver even more value for our customers,” said Gordon Riske, chief executive officer of the Kion Group, upon the completion of the deal.
The new Dematic operating unit will be led by John Baysore, previously CEO of Dematic North America, who will hold the role of president and chief executive officer.
“At Dematic, we are proud to move forward as part of the Kion Group, which even better positions us to assist our customers with supply chain performance,” Baysore said. He also added that the newly established solution portfolio gives customers the ability to accommodate their ever changing business requirements.
With Baysore’s appointment also comes the departure of CEO of Dematic, Ulf Henriksson with whom Riske thanked “for leading a smooth closing process over the last several months.”
In the newly created role of executive vice president international, Jeff Moss will head up Dematic’s international business outside North America, which will be a key focus for expansion.

Grant established for small businesses

Parcel courier and freight reseller, Pack & Send, has launched the inaugural Pack & Send Small Business Logistics Grant, giving Australian small businesses an opportunity to turbo-charge their growth plans.
ABS figures reveal that Australia is home to more than 2.1 million small businesses employing 4.7 million Australians, making this segment a key driver of economic activity.
With cash flow, marketing and prioritising time among the key challenges small business owners face, the grant aims to take the organisation and cost of courier and freight services off the hands of business owners, letting them get on with creating, thinking and innovating.
The winning small business will receive a prize package that includes $10,000 worth of parcel and freight services, a three-month business mentorship with Hannah Staples, co-founder of Peppermint Grove Australia and a Pack & Send account manager to provide parcel courier and freighting advice.
The grant is open to Australian small businesses that currently use a postal, courier or freight provider to operate their business. Businesses will need to tell Pack & Send why they should win the grant and how it will take their business to the next level.
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including:

  • Hannah Staples, co-founder of Peppermint Grove Australia
  • Kellie Rakich and Alexandra Lyons, co-founders of Ankalia Textiles
  • Michael Paul, CEO of Pack & Send
  • David Scicluna, Pack & Send Franchisee of the Year 2016

Businesses can enter their business at www.packsend.com.au/small-business-logistics-grant. Applications are now open until Friday, 23 December 2016 and the winner will be announced in March 2017.

Cut To Size Plastics named finalist

Cut To Size Plastics has been recognised in the innovative technology category of the 2016 Bulk Handling Awards for its split plummer blocks. These blocs are designed for maintenance tasks where production and process staff want to minimise disruptions to production caused by bearing replacement and traditional bearing failure.
The awards, to be held at Doltone House in Sydney on November 24th, recognise the innovative, efficient and safe technologies in the bulk handling industry.
Light, easily handled and self-lubricating spilt blocks can be precision-machined from polyurethane and other engineering-grade plastics for diverse materials handling applications, often involving machinery with multiple bearings and shafts inline where it would be costly to close down the entire line for removal and installation of heavier and more complex bearings.
“Often engineering grade polyurethane bearings, with a shore hardness of 75D, provide an excellent interim solution that saves time and money, while in other situations they provide a highly cost-effective long life solution,” says Pat Flood, NSW Manager of Cut To Size Plastics.
Polyurethane split plummer  blocks – which are designed for quick removal and installation – provide advantages that traditional bearings do not, including:

  • Light weight for speed and OHS benefits
  • Self-lubricating for production security and time savings
  • Wear improvements
  • Tear and weather resistance
  • Heat and cold resistance
  • Lower operating costs
  • Long life
  • Noise abatement
  • Capable of working in extreme wash-down applications
  • More sanitary

In addition to split plummer blocks, the company engineers a wide diversity of machinery components and Hercules brand load and slip bearings used by industries ranging from architecture and construction to production and process engineering, manufacturing and materials engineering, mining and energy, timber, paper and primary product processing, food and beverage, agricultural product processing, water and waste water.

Australian parcel shipping up by almost 10 per cent

Pitney Bowes has unveiled the Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, an annual report that measures both volume and spend for business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-business and consumer consigned shipments with weight up to 31.5 kg (70 lbs). It covers 12 markets – Australia, Japan, India, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Norway and Sweden.
Based on proprietary and published data, the Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index states that the Australian parcel shipping market grew by 8.8 per cent in volume and 8.2 per cent in spend at AU$9.6 billion – the most growth in the Asia-Pacific region in 2015. Australia’s growth rate topped the largest parcel shipping market in the Index, as U.S. parcel shipping volumes grew 3.6 per cent in 2015. Japan, the second largest parcel market in the Index, saw parcel volume dip by 1.7 per cent, despite the parcel shipping spend in Japan increasing by 2.6 per cent to ¥2,480 billion.
Overall, the Index reported 31 billion parcels shipped in 2015 in the markets studied, which is up 2.9 per cent compared    to 2014. Furthermore, the Index forecasts parcel shipping volume to grow annually at 5 to 7 per cent for a total increase of 20 per cent by 2018, with cross border shipping leading the way.
Globally, the parcel shipping market is being driven by growth in ecommerce, with an increasing number of online shoppers around the world. According to the latest Pitney Bowes Global Online Shopping Survey, Australians are global leaders when it comes to online shopping:

  • 88 per cent of Australians shop online with almost half (47 per cent) shopping online monthly.
  • 86 per cent of Australians purchased products online from retailers in a different country within the last year – second only to Singapore.
  • 78 per cent of Australians bought online cross-border in the last month and the last year – the most in the world.

“The growth of ecommerce and the expansion of parcel shippers in our market has led to increasing complexity for businesses of all sizes,” said Stephen Darracott, Country Manager, Pitney Bowes Australia and New Zealand.  “In Australia, ecommerce retailers and SMBs in particular have a strong shipping opportunity and will continue to see growth in shipping volume and spend. In the next few years, technology will be key to combatting the complexity that comes with so many carrier choices, different service levels, and 24/7 tracking. Up and coming technologies like cloud-based multi-carrier shipping platforms will be crucial in helping businesses of all sizes to maximise efficiency, optimise parcel shipping operations and deliver the best possible customer experience.”
During the busy holiday shopping and shipping season, accurate and precise shipping is paramount for businesses around the world. The Pitney Bowes Global Online Shopping Survey2 found almost half of global shoppers reported some type of challenge with their online holiday orders in 2015. Shipping issues such as the wrong address, lost items or tracking inaccuracies made up more than half of those issues. While Australia did better than the global average, 32 per cent indicated that they experienced shipping-related challenges when shopping online during the 2015 holiday season.

Ramco opens headquarters in Melbourne

Ramco Systems has opened new offices in Melbourne which will double as the Oceania Headquarters for the company.
It was also announced at the opening that SeaRoad Holdings, SeaRoad Shipping and SeaRoad Logistics’ parent group, have chosen to engage with Ramco Logistics Suite.
Since its launch in Australia in 2012, Ramco has seen a record growth in business, with this market contributing 11 per cent to the overall revenue in FY 2016. The strategic decision to focus on two key offerings – Global Payroll and Logistics as an Industry vertical – has helped the region yield good results.
“The appetite of Australian businesses to adopt disruptive technologies and test new waters has been a key driver behind Ramco’s growth in the region,” says P.R. Venketrama Raja, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Ramco Systems. “We have been able to win the trust of some of the largest conglomerates and business houses and are thrilled by the progress made.”
Ramco intends to work with the Government aimed at transforming Victoria into a pivotal business destination in the Asia Pacific.
With notable recent business pick-ups like GMK Logistics in Australia, AAI Philippines and Nationwide Couriers in Malaysia, Ramco has seen rapid growth in the logistics domain.
SeaRoad, an Australian integrated transport and logistics service provider, will replace its legacy system with an integrated suite from Ramco. This will cover transport management, fleet management, warehouse management, Hub management, logistics command center, customer and Vendor contracting, finance and accounting and human capital management including Australia payroll.
By integrating Ramco Logistics Suite, SeaRoad will experience seamless transactions across its business divisions ensuring better visibility and streamlined operations. In addition, with the inclusion of workforce via Mobility and electronic integration with Customers and Suppliers, all audiences of SeaRoad will be addressed under a single platform.
The logistics services industry is the backbone of global supply chains and is expected to integrate and support complex processes in real-time, using future-ready technologies. Addressing the need, Ramco Systems built a logistics solution, an integrated, end-to-end, cloud-based platform targeted at third-party logistics firms, freight forwarding companies, and courier firms among others.

Konecranes receives $280 million notice of intent

Konecranes has received a Notice of Intent to Award Contracts (the Award) from the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) in the USA.
The Award includes the provision of 86 Automated Stacking Cranes or Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes, which are available throughout Australasia, to be delivered in phases between 2018 and 2020, with a total contract value in excess of EUR 200 million (over AUD $280 million).
The Virginia Port Authority intends to award two separate contracts, once approved by their board of commissioners. The first involves 60 Automated Stacking Cranes for Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and the second involves 26 Automated Stacking Cranes for Virginia International Gateway (VIG).
The Konecranes ASC system offers valuable advantages in an ever-more automated industry, including high performance, reliability, accuracy, low operating costs and low energy consumption.
“Konecranes ARMGs have a light, intelligent steel structure. When this is combined with our Active Load Control (ALC) technology, the cranes deliver fast, accurate container stacking over a range of real world conditions,” says Ms Cindy Shi, Marketing Manager – Ports, Konecranes Asia Pacific, which includes Australia and New Zealand.
Konecranes ARMG cranes are part of a range of container handling equipment offered by Konecranes, including Automated Rubber Tyre Gantry (ARTG) cranes, RTG cranes, RMG cranes, Ship-to-shore Gantry (STS) cranes and straddle carriers.

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