Australian airports fitted with high-tech x-rays for US-bound cargo

Ground-handling company dnata Australia has invested $1.5 million to install five state-of-the-art x-ray machines in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide, in keeping with the mandated Piece Level Screening requirements for cargo consignments to the United States.
The new infrastructure has been put in place at the airports dnata operates in ready for the 1 July deadline. Along with changes to cargo screening that have been imposed by the Office of Transport Security (OTS) in conjunction with the US Transport Security Administration (TSA), dnata has identified improvements in operating procedures and provided training for their staff to ensure compliance with the increased security measures.
All cargo that passes through dnata’s facilities across Australia travelling to the US – either on a direct flight or via another airport – will be subject to the screening requirements.
The changes in cargo screening will impact airline carriers and the extended freight forwarding community, and dnata has been “working closely with customers, government authorities and other cargo terminal operators to ensure that the processes that are being evaluated are not only the most safe in the industry but also efficient and supported by our customers,” the company said in a press release.

ALC cautions against passenger traffic on Inland Rail

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has spoken out against suggestions of route changes along the length of the Inland Rail to incorporate passenger rail, noting that the planned alignment of the Inland Rail project must be maintained to give certainty to industry and ensure the travel times forecast in the business case can be realised.
“The Inland Rail Route was surveyed and planned seven years ago, in 2010,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC. “The business case for Inland Rail was developed based on that route.
“Moreover, other organisations have made investment decisions about locating new freight infrastructure based upon that route. This includes projects such as InterLinkSQ’s intermodal facility, which is already under construction near Toowoomba.
“To alter the planned route now would retrospectively penalise those investors, undermine the business case and risk yet more delay to a project that has already been decades in development.”
Kilgariff added that more effective long-term planning is critical for improving the efficiency of Australia’s supply chains and freight networks.
“It’s important to remember that Inland Rail is about establishing a port-to-port freight rail link from Melbourne to Brisbane, with a journey time of less than 24 hours – some 10 hours faster than the current rail route through Sydney,” he said.
“We can’t afford to lose sight of that unambiguous objective by beginning to debate passenger rail links to regional airports. Frankly, that is not what Inland Rail is about.”
Such discussion, he added, would cause further delays to a project that has been planned for decades.
“The last thing our industry and the national economy can afford is further delay to the Inland Rail project because of speculative discussions about altering the route or incorporating passenger services,” he said.
“Such delays will do nothing to deliver the clear economic benefits of Inland Rail, and will simply undermine investor and industry confidence.”

Virgin Atlantic Cargo launches Melbourne-HK route

From 5 July, Virgin Atlantic Cargo will be adding a new Melbourne–Hong Kong route, to be operated by its partner, Virgin Australia, The Loadstar reports.
There will be five A330-200 flights per week once the route is launched, with each offering 14 tonnes of cargo capacity.
All cargo space on the flights will be sold by Virgin Atlantic Cargo as an extension of the long-haul international sales contract it has with Virgin Australia.
John Lloyd, Managing Director, Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said, “This is great news for our customers because it really opens up the Australia–Hong Kong–Australia market in addition to the services we already offer with Virgin Australia that connect Australia and the US west coast.
“Hong Kong is an important and growing market for companies in Australia, with over 21.5 million kilograms of air cargo moving from Melbourne to Hong Kong alone in 2016.
“We are confident of winning a good share of this business and also see great potential to grow volumes into Melbourne from Hong Kong and London.”

Finalists announced for Women in Industry 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Women in Industry Awards are in, and some fantastic candidates have been put forward. All nominees have been reviewed and our panel of judges has narrowed down finalists in all categories. Below is the list of those in contention. Congratulations to those who have made the final. We look forward to seeing you all at the event on 22 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Social Leader of the Year
This category recognises those individuals who have significantly effected positive change within their local or regional community.
Sue Anne Ware – University of Newcastle
Beverly Williams – Automotive Centre of Excellence Bendigo Kangan Institute
Amy Wells – Boral Australia
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Emma Bebe – ABB Australia
Susan McAllen – CSR
Nancy Crawford – BlueScope Flat Steel Products
Rising Star of the Year – proudly sponsored by Atlas Copco Compressors
Recognition for individuals who show significant promise within their chosen industry or who have reached new goals at the start of their career.
Sarah Jensen – CSR
Hannah Stewart – Stows Waste Management
Clare Dring – Fulton Hogan
Ella Baker – CSR
Victoria Zhorina – Schmitz Cargobull Australia
Zoe Bull – Cummins South Pacific
Bhavna Pandian – Eaton
Catherine Crumpton-Pratt – CSR
Nancy Crawford – BlueScope Flat Steel Products
Michaela Craft – BOC
Business Development Manager of the Year – proudly sponsored by ABB Australia
This category seeks out Business Development Managers who have created new growth opportunities which allowed their organisation to expand and generate greater revenue.
Mireille Saylav – Admiral Seating Pty Ltd
Christine Nasymth – CSR
Shelley Hyslop – ATOM
Renee McGinty – CSR
Industry Advocacy Award
Recognition of individuals who have helped shape a positive view of their industry and/or helped to create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting
Glenda Bennington – Boral Australia
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Corinna Unger – Sole Trader
Emma Bebe – ABB Australia
Najwa Khoury – CSR
Karen Stanton – HTA
Alice Mabin – Al Mabin
Safety Advocacy Award – proudly sponsored by BOC
Safety is of utmost concern and this category highlights those individuals working actively to improve safety for their industry.
Sarah Averill – CSR
Christine Morgan – Smarter Safety
Alanna Ball – Women in Safety
Tracie Dickenson – Daryl Dickenson Transport
Elizabeth Valentine – Gippsland Water
Rachel Gangur – CSR
Catherine King – ABB Australia
Kimberlie Smart – Formula Chemicals (NSW)
Sharon Smith – CSR
Katrina Burns – SCT Logistics
Samantha Gates – Orrcon Steel
Mentor of the Year – proudly sponsored by CSR Lightweight Solutions
This category recognises those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to developing female talent within their organisation and wider industry.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting
Beverly Williams – Automotive Centre of Excellence Bendigo Kangan Institute
Jessica Barber – Austral Bricks (WA)
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Christine Morris – Joy Global/Komatsu Mining Corp.
Nishmin Hallam – Taylor Thomson Whitting
Excellence in Manufacturing
This category recognises an individual who has thought ‘outside the box’ to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.
Mireille Saylav – Admiral Seating
Gabby Montagnese – New Age Caravans
Paola Tornatore – CSR
Lisa Lamb – Seqirus
Angela Housmann – Frosty Boy Australia
Karen Stanton – HTA
Kimberlie Smart – Formula Chemicals (NSW)
Excellence in Mining – proudly sponsored by MMD Australia
This category recognises individuals who have made a positive contribution to one of the many facets of the mining industry.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Fiona Berkin – Morris Corporation
Christine Morris – Joy Global/Komatsu Mining Corp
Excellence in Engineering – proudly sponsored by Cummins South Pacific
This award recognises an individual who has shown leadership in engineering, technological excellence and innovation.
Gita Pendharkar – RMIT
Nishmin Hallam – Taylor Thomson Whitting
Nirupa Chander – ABB Australia
Philippa Craft – BOC
Shardie Johns –  ABB Australia
Excellence in Road Transport – proudly sponsored by NatRoad
This category recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve and positively impact the Australian road transport industry.
Pam McMillan – Transport Women Australia
Melanie Cosgrove – SRV Road Freight Services
Kellie Boland – Boland Transport Services
Maggie Welsh – Welsh Freight Services
Julie Russell – Russell Transport
Elizabeth Valentine – Gippsland Water
Cate Hull – FreightExchange
Alice Mabin – Al Mabin
Kristine Alleva – AcQuum Consulting
Katrina Burns – SCT Logistics
Zeba Mohammed – BOC
Sarah Rosales – Hino Motor Sales Australia

A Private Port – The outlook for Australian logistics

This article first appeared in the February/March 2017 issue of Logistics & Materials Handling
The privatisation of the Port of Melbourne in late 2016 will have major economic and infrastructural implications for the city, Victoria and the country for the next half-century. For the region’s logistics industry, it will be anything but business as usual.
Australia’s largest container and general cargo port, the Port of Melbourne, was recently leased for 50 years to a private syndicate, the Lonsdale Consortium. Victoria’s logistics industry is set to benefit from massive investment by the new owners to improve the Port’s efficiency and increase its capacity.
The deal follows the privatisation of the east coast’s other major marine transport hubs, the ports of Brisbane, Botany Bay, Kembla and Newcastle, in recent years. The Victorian gateway handles the bulk of Australia’s freight task and, as such, the agreement will impact the region’s logistics industry at every level, in the region and across the country.
The successful bidders secured the lease in September 2016 in a deal worth $9.7 billion, and promptly took control of the Port of Melbourne on 31 October. Having expected to settle around the $7 billion mark, the Victorian Government was pleased with the result, vowing to invest the money on improving the region’s transportation links. Along with an additional, expected-though-disputed 15 per cent top up from the Federal Government under the asset recycling agreement, Victoria’s $11 billion windfall will have massive implications for its trade, transport and infrastructure ambitions.
Several projects have already been earmarked for investment with the proceeds of the sale, each aimed at relieving transport woes around the region. Lease proceeds going to the Victorian Transport Fund will be allocated to improved rail and vehicular access to the Port and the removal of 50 of the area’s worst level crossings to ease urban traffic congestion. Also to receive funds is a major urban rail project, Melbourne Metro, designed to ease commuter congestion on highways, and the ‘Western Distributor’, a five-kilometre toll road to link the West Gate Freeway at Yarraville in Melbourne with CityLink at Docklands, allegedly taking 6,000 trucks per day off the West Gate Bridge.
At the time of the sale, ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff voiced his support for major investment in logistics infrastructure. “Infrastructure Australia has predicted the volume of containerised trade going through our ports and airports will increase by 165 per cent from 2011 to 2031,” he said. “This significant growth underscores a need for all governments, including Victoria, to invest in appropriate national infrastructure to ensure our landside infrastructure can keep pace with waterside growth.
“Now is the time to get Victoria’s supply chains right by investing in the State’s logistics infrastructure to maximise the Port’s future potential.”
Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria, has given assurances that the money obtained from the lease sale will directly benefit road users, and commercial vehicles in particular. “The Victorian Government is already working to take thousands of trucks off the West Gate Bridge and to the Port of Melbourne by a new dedicated road link, easing congestion for city-bound traffic,” he wrote in an official release. He has, however, already expressed concerns over funding and the politics of progress after the Federal Government refused to offer the full 15 per-cent asset recycling scheme top-up payment. Nonetheless, it would appear that, at least for the near future and the current government, the coffers are full and investment is possible.
On the other side of the transaction, the Lonsdale Consortium, comprising the Future Fund, QIC, Global Infrastructure Partners and OMERS, has secured a valuable deal. For their money, they have gained control over Australia’s largest and busiest container, automotive and general cargo port, and the 3,000 vessels that visit each year handling 36 per cent of the country’s container trade.
In addition, the deal specifies that the State will be required to pay compensation if a second container port in the region is constructed within the 15 years of the lease’s commencement.
Some observers worry that in order to recoup their cash, the Consortium will hike up fees and rents as soon as an agreed 15-year fee freeze period has expired, resulting in a loss for the Port’s users and, indirectly, consumers. ANL Container Line Managing Director John Lines warned at the time of the sale that port users and the broader Victorian community would soon feel the squeeze. “Port and other State asset privatisations are a tax by stealth which will be paid over decades to come,” he told Lloyd’s List Australia. “If we look at the numbers for Melbourne and do some very simple calculations, the Port made EBIT in 2014–15 of $121 million which at the sale price of $9.7 billion for a 50-year lease, is $195 million per year just to get their money back, let alone make a good investment return. So the only way is up for prices. There is some comfort in the 15-year price cap in the lease agreement but after that, for another 35 years, it will be open slather…and we will all be paying dearly for it.”
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA), meanwhile, has advocated the private lease, welcoming the infrastructure improvements to come as a result. “The VTA played a significant role in the process behind leasing the Port of Melbourne, through numerous submissions, appearances before the Upper House lease inquiry and advocating for transport projects lease proceeds,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson. “The windfall from the lease will fund projects through the Victorian Transport Fund, such as strengthening roads and bridges to accommodate high productivity freight vehicles.
“It was also notable that through our efforts, the legislation was modified to address the major concerns we had about protections at the port, giving operators certainty against excessive price hikes.”
As the Lonsdale Consortium and Victorian Government congratulate themselves on a job well done, thoughts must move to the realities of a privatised Port for the thousands who pass through it each day.
In return for the anticipated rise in fees, port users will ideally benefit from the spoils of a transition from state ownership to private management, including increased efficiency, faster decision- and change-making powers thanks to a less bureaucratic system and investment in facilities.
In reaction to a once-popular opinion favouring government intervention, Harvard Professor of Economics, Andrei Schleifer, stated in his much-cited 1998 paper State Versus Private Ownership that capitalism limited by government regulation – not socialism – should be the answer. “Private ownership should generally be preferred to public ownership when the incentives to innovate and to contain costs must be strong,” he wrote. “Many of the concerns that private firms fail to address ‘social goals’ can be addressed through government contracting and regulation, without resort to government ownership.” Schleifer’s vision, however, relies on the absence of monopoly, a fact that the Lonsdale Consortium’s contenders for the lease will now be keenly aware of, though the Victorian Government will retain responsibility for some aspects of port business – notably safety and environmental regulation.
According to former ports boss Michal Frydrych, while privatisation or leasing of terminals and port operations can be beneficial, selling or leasing entire ports can lead to serious abuse of power. “I have always operated on the premise that ports are vital to development of countries and should play a supporting role to the rest of the economy,” he wrote. “We cannot have expensive ports with limiting power over other port developments. We need ports in correct places, practical and managed by port people.
“Ports are far too important to be used for quick cash to be used to build bridges that should have been built anyway.”
The privatisation of the Port may lead to an increased cost of business for its users, with owners pursuing profitability and shareholder interests. Already it seems likely that a levy introduced by the Victorian Government in 2012 to improve infrastructure around the port and increase supply chain efficiency, the ‘Port Licence Fee’, will continue to be collected beyond its original projected end date of 2022. Peter Van Duyn, Maritime Logistics Expert at the Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics at Victoria University, warned in late 2016 that the ‘temporary’ charge is likely to be collected until the end of the lease agreement. “The Port Licence Fee, which currently contributes approximately $80 million per year to the Port’s coffers and is CPI indexed…was originally meant to be levied for a duration of about 10 years, or until it had raised $1 billion,” he wrote. “It looks like importers and exporters are now stuck with this fee for the next 50 years.”
There are big changes ahead for the Port of Melbourne. Over the next 50 years, the Lonsdale Consortium will be responsible for the success, or failure, of Australia’s most important port and its many dependents. So far, many promises have been made, but it shall soon become clear whether the Lonsdale Consortium will deliver, or if the people of Victoria are being taken for a ride.
Air logistics – outlook
The Port of Melbourne lease is not likely to have a dramatic, direct impact on the region’s air logistics industry. Indirectly, though, it is sure to benefit from the upgrade projects and investment in other parts of the region, with shorter Port-to-airport times thanks to reduced road congestion, the construction of dedicated freight routes and the reduction of commuter traffic if a metro system is developed. Additionally, with members of the Lonsdale Consortium holding stakes in Melbourne Airport, the region’s air cargo hub may well figure in the group’s long-term vision for Victorian logistics.
Marine logistics – outlook
Set to benefit most from improved efficiencies in processes in the Port of Melbourne, marine logistics is also positioned to take the brunt of added fees. With no second container port in the area to help deal with the projected doubling of freight volume in the next decade, and with a 15-year block on the construction of a new one, the Port of Melbourne will continue to face the massive task alone, with some operators worrying they will be at the mercy of the owners’ management, rules and fees. ANL Container Line Managing Director, John Lines, expressed serious concerns about the privatisation, for example: “Ports are big, lumpy bits of vital infrastructure for each region and, being a natural monopoly, are best owned by the state. The prices paid to cash-strapped governments are no doubt attractive but these prices can only be recouped by the purchaser by increased flows or increased prices and only one of these, prices, is under their control,” he says. “These extra costs will flow through the whole economy.”
Rail logistics – outlook
Rail logistics are set to benefit from the privatisation of the Port of Melbourne, both directly and indirectly. Russell Smith, Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), part of the winning Lonsdale Consortium, advised at the time of purchase that the group has plans to use its experience in managing port and rail assets to make the rail logistics chain from regional NSW and Victoria into the Port more efficient and pricing more competitive with other ports. “GIP looks forward to bringing to bear our strong port and rail industry expertise to drive forward the efficiency and capacity of the Port of Melbourne and focus on the necessary transformational change in the road/rail mix servicing the freight task,” he commented.
Some proceeds from the sale are to be directed towards developing better rail infrastructure in anticipation of growing freight volume. At the time of the purchase, ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff, commented on the importance of investment in road and rail infrastructure linking the port to the wider transport network, including the development of an inter-modal terminal. “This includes an appropriate investment of the $58 million set aside for the port rail shuttle, which has been on hold while the port lease transaction was finalised,” he said. “Investment must incorporate all modes of transport, including short-haul rail, which needs to play a greater role into the future as our ports continue to move greater numbers of containers each year.”
Road logistics – outlook
If planned infrastructure developments come to fruition, fleets will benefit from better port access and traffic conditions, avoiding the overloaded West Gate Bridge thanks to the ‘Western Distributor’ project. “An appropriately regulated port, supported by efficient road and rail links, is vital to sustaining the Victorian economy and driving productivity improvement across the supply chain,” said ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff. Beyond the port, improved infrastructure in the region funded by the sale will contribute to more efficient journeys, directly through the removal of level crossings, and indirectly by getting cars off the road and people onto a city-wide metro system.
Sources: Lloyd’s List Australia, Shleifer, A. (1998) ‘State Versus Private Ownership’. Ferrier Hodgson (2014) Transport and Logistics Insights: The road ahead. AFR (2016) Record $11b Port of Melbourne sale rides infrastructure boom. Infrastructure Victoria (2016) Advice…on options to secure Victoria’s future ports capacity.
 

Broadspectrum CPO named Asia-Pacific CPO of The Year

Broadspectrum Chief Procurement Officer Kevin McCafferty has been credited with flipping the old perception of procurement as a back-room entity on its head, by introducing a value-based approach to procurement and dramatically transforming the function into a customer-oriented, bottom-line focused team.
McCafferty’s achievements in consistently achieving both financial and operational objectives were recently celebrated at the CPO Forum Gala awards, hosted by procurement consultancy The Faculty.
Overseeing a procurement spend of $1.8 billion, Kevin McCafferty, Executive General Manager – Procurement, Australia and New Zealand, won the 2017 CPO of the Year award, after significantly increasing spend under management and delivering over $50 million EDITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) benefits, against an initial target of $30 million.
“Since joining two years ago, Kevin has made a significant difference to the procurement function within Broadspectrum,” said Vince Nicoletti, Chief Financial Officer, Broadspectrum. “His strong transformational change leadership has seen the area move to a more strategic function within the business, which is now delivering bottom-line results and benefits.”
“Kevin and team have also driven commercialisation of procurement and supply chain services into Broadspectrum’s contracts with clients.”
McCafferty said, “What I discovered when I first started this role was that the approach to procurement was very inward-facing, while the rest of the organisation was focused primarily on the customer. This difference in our focus represented a lack of alignment, so my priority has been to change the thinking across the three teams under procurement’s umbrella.”
View a 60-second interview with McCafferty below.

Melbourne’s second port to be built – in 2055

Infrastructure Victoria has made recommendations to the Andrews government that Melbourne’s second major container port should be built near Werribee, but not for another 40 years, The Age reports.
The suggested site, Bay West, is located between Werribee and Point Wilson, though Infrastructure Victoria notes that it will not be needed until container traffic outgrows capacity at the Port of Melbourne, estimated to happen by 2055.
The port’s container terminal would offshore a four-kilometre industrial island connected via a 1.5-kilometre road and rail bridge.
Road and rail links would need to be established across Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant, a protected site for birdlife.
Infrastructure Australia decided to remove another contender from the running, the Port of Hastings in the south-east of Melbourne, due to to the estimated $5 billion cost of connecting it to Melbourne’s rail network via the Pakenham-Cranbourne line, and the risk of increasing shipping traffic in the ecologically delicate Western Port.
The advisory body did add that the Port of Hastings could perform a supporting role, dealing with shipping of non-containerised goods.
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) welcomed Infrastructure Victoria’s advice on securing Victoria’s future ports capacity.
“[The] ALC provided a submission to Infrastructure Victoria which stated that the Port of Melbourne should be able to operate as efficiently as possible for as long as possible,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff.
“[The] ALC will continue to advocate that the recent lease of the Port of Melbourne should ensure it has an operational life of 50 years. Significant long-term investments made by those in the freight logistics industry must be respected and supported by all governments.
“The fact that a second container port has been mooted for operation post-2055, should not prevent much-needed infrastructure, such as the port rail shuttle, from being planned, financed and built as soon as practicable,” he added.
“We also look forward to the Victorian Government’s response to Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy, which incorporated practical measures such as protecting freight precincts, improving rail access at the Port of Melbourne and progressing the Western Interstate freight terminal.”

Awards and conference celebrate Women In Industry

The Women In Industry Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional women who have achieved success through their invaluable leadership, innovation and commitment to their sector.
New for 2017, the awards event will be joined by an all-day conference. Speakers at the conference include Jennifer Conley from the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, Lyn George from AUSTENG and Kirsty Liddicoat from BHP Billiton.
In focus on the day will be emerging industrial trends, success drivers and strategic change, and afternoon break-out sessions will give attendees the chance to join peers and get in-depth insight into industry-specific issues.
The conference will be a great learning, sharing and networking opportunity for attendees, whatever their gender!
The awards ceremony will celebrate outstanding individuals in 10 categories:

  • Social Leader of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Business Development Manager of the Year
  • Industry Advocacy Award
  • Safety Advocacy Award
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Excellence in Manufacturing
  • Excellence in Mining
  • Excellence in Engineering
  • Excellence in Road Transport

The deadline for nominations for each of the ten categories has been extended to 12 May, so make sure you get your vote in quickly.
“The Women In Industry Awards are always such a fantastic opportunity to recognise those who have gone above and beyond in their industry,” said Events Manager, Lauren Winterbottom. “This year, the conference will provide an extra opportunity to appreciate the expertise, influence and results that women are contributing to Australia’s industrial scene.
“We’ve been impressed with the calibre of the women put forward for awards this year and, due to a high volume of last-minute submissions, have decided to extend the deadline from Sunday 30 April  to Friday 12 May to make sure no one misses out.”
The conference will take place 9.00am to 5.00pm, Thursday 22 June 2017, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The awards evening will then kick off at 7.00pm at Peninsula, Central Pier Shed 14, Docklands.
See more details and buy tickets for both events on the Women In Industry website.

Nichiyu Forklifts gets a new home in Australia

ISS ProRack has launched the new Australian home of Nichiyu Electric Forklifts, both in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong South, and online.
Nichiyu developed the first electric forklift in Japan in 1937 and Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Co Ltd now owns 65% of UniCarriers which, according to Bloomberg, positions the company as the third-biggest lift truck manufacturer, behind Toyota and KION Group.
The newly appointed National Manager for Nichiyu Electric Forklifts – Australia, Gary Hodge, welcomed the partnership.
“Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Co Ltd is committed to growth of the Australian market not just though the best technology but also excellence in customer service. As a recognised electric forklift innovator, we are thrilled to be represented by an Australian business like ISS ProRack. We look forward to continuing to supply products that will support ISS ProRack and their customers on the path to local and export success,” said Hodge.
 

New $440 million logistics hub opens in VIC

On Tuesday 11 April Wade Noonan, Minister for Industry and Employment, officially opened Drystone Estate – a 95-hectare industrial precinct that supports the likes of Target, Woolworths, The Reject Shop, Laverton Cold Storage, Rand Transport and Couriers Please.
The site is located 20km from Melbourne’s CBD, and sits close to the Western Ring Road, the West Gate Freeway and the Princes Highway.
The Victorian supply chain and logistics sector is worth $21 billion to the state’s economy each year – or seven per cent of the state’s Gross State Product – and employs 260,000 people state wide. The industrial estate is expected to create jobs for 1,200 people.
“Melbourne is the city of choice for major logistics and supply chain companies to do business,” said Noonan.
“This massive precinct will accommodate some of the biggest names in retail, and create more than a thousand jobs – which is great news for the city’s west.”

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