Container expert SCF signs on for MEGATRANS2018

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.

Sutton Tools honoured by Business Victoria

Sutton Tools has been named Manufacturer of The Year in the Large Business category of Business Victoria’s 2017 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards. The family owned, VIC-based company operates an international distribution centre that deploys modern radiofrequency scanning technology and automated stock replacement systems, permitting accurate stock control of more than 20,000 SKUs.
Sponsored by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the awards were presented recently at the Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2017 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony staged by Business Victoria.
The 2017 theme of ‘Growing Advanced Manufacturing’ recognised outstanding achievements by Victorian businesses and individuals who uphold a high standard of excellence in Victorian manufacturing.
Judging parameters included advancements in technology, manufacturing techniques, rate of growth and application of Lean manufacturing and adoption of best practice throughout the business. The selection panel comprised senior decision-makers from industry associations.
Presenting the Awards, the Hon Wade Noonan MP, Minister for Industry and Employment said, “These awards not only boost morale among workers, they open up export market opportunities and help grow trust among distributors and customers.”
“The selection panel recognises that today’s metalworking industry faces relentless challenges of producing product faster, better and cheaper than before. To achieve these goals, manufacturers need innovative technology and adopt world-class production processes and techniques.”
Sutton Tools Managing Director Peter Sutton said, ”Maintaining a commitment to investment has played a key role in our success in the global market. It is important to ensure our people, products and manufacturing techniques remain world class. That is why we have more than 80 staff members who are trained in Lean and hold a Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing.
“A major contributor to our success is our well-managed structured system which embraces all manufacturing processes from the floor up, driven with a continuous improvement policy that ensures our customers are completely satisfied with the quality of our products.”

Minerals Council calls foul on “anti-mining” diesel tax

Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson will today insist that the government keep diesel tax breaks for companies operating in remote locations.

Pearson will appear before a senate committee today to defend the fuel credits scheme that provides tax breaks for the use of diesel in off-road capacities.

He will also reject arguments that miners already receive significant subsidies, and say that any call to scrap the tax break is part of a “thinly disguised anti-mining agenda”.

Diesel is widely used in all segments of the mining industry to fuel generators, heavy machinery and light vehicles, especially in remote locations.

Tax paid on the diesel used in such situations is currently refunded to companies, a scheme that has been in place for about sixty years for industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, health services, construction, as well as arts and recreation.

The fuel tax credit was reduced by six cents a litre as part of the carbon tax to put a price on the carbon content in diesel, which will be replaced if the carbon tax is repealed.

“Every year, the Productivity Commission conducts an exhaustive analysis of industry assistance. In the most recent … review concluded that budget and tariff assistance to the mining industry was negligible,” Pearson said.

Pearson will tell the inquiry the Commission of Audit is timely because Australia faces a budget repair challenge.

“But equally we need to recognise that the means by which fiscal repair is achieved will have a major bearing on growth, investment and job creation,” Pearson said.

Scania launches new tipper and dog solution for the resources industry

Scania introduces a new turnkey tipper-and-dog configuration for the resources industry.

Supplied as a ready-built option, the tipper and dog combination features a Scania G 480 day cab and a large capacity tipper, pulling a 3-axle dog trailer. The powerful Scania G 480 features Scania’s fully automated (2-pedal) Opticruise gearchange system as well as the Scania Retarder for fuss-free braking.

The 3-axle dog trailer combination has the flexibility to operate with or without PBS – there are PBS permits in place to allow the vehicle to operate with higher Gross Combination Mass using 3, 4, 5 or 6-axle PBS dog trailers.

Scania tipper-and-dog combinations are aimed at the national fleets of resources management companies across Australia. Scania’s new tipper and dog solution features a cab-over configuration that provides improved visibility and manoeuvrability in on-site work, reducing the risk of damage to the front left corner of the vehicle.

According to Scania National Fleet Manager, Steven Alberse, Scania is a very popular choice as a used purchase with owner/drivers of tipper-and-dog combinations because they appreciate the comfort and quietness of the Scania cab, while the cab-over configuration makes driving these vehicles more wieldy on-road, as well as on-site.

Scania has identified a number of high profile fleets in the resources industry where the demonstrator vehicle will be placed to gauge their reaction. Scania is confident that the new tipper-and-dog will deliver fuel efficiency benefits, offer a more comfortable and pleasant working environment, and maximise uptime for operators with their Maintenance and Repair Programmes.

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