Toyota opens new parts warehouse in Western Sydney

After more than 11-months of construction, Toyota Australia has officially opened its largest and newest parts warehouse in Western Sydney.
The Toyota Parts Centre NSW (TPC) is located on a 6.4 hectare site close to a network of motorways and major arterial roads at Kemps Creek, New South Wales.
The TPC will house more than 128,000 parts and will ship approximately 27,000 parts daily.
It features more than 50,000m2 of total work area and class-leading safety and technology, including low-rack storage systems, which will provide a safer and more efficient workplace as employees will no longer need to work at heights to reach parts.
It will also include full separation of man and machine to build in safety, as well as the first use of a fleet of autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIV) to reduce manual carrying of parts.
Toyota Australia President and CEO Matthew Callachor said the project had a goal to be the best global Toyota warehouse in safety, efficiency and sustainability.
“Our commitment, as a mobility company, is to address the environmental challenges that we face, and to contribute to an ever-better society,” Mr Callachor said.
“Embracing green building solutions, cutting CO2 emissions and utilising alternative fuel sources go hand-in-hand with our production plans for new vehicles.
“We are already the leader in fuel-saving hybrid technology and we plan to introduce at least five new hybrid vehicles to our range by mid-2020, including the next generation RAV4 next year,” he said.

As part of Toyota Australia’s plans to reduce the TPC site to zero emissions by 2020, 2,200 solar panels were installed on the warehouse roof earlier this year.
So far, they’ve generated 556,000 kWh or enough energy to power 125 four-person households.
The power generated so far – before the building even became operational – has prevented more than 477 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.
Other environmental features built into the site include rainwater tanks for irrigation and toilets, as well as energy efficient LED sensor lights.
The building is cleverly positioned at a specific angle to ensure maximum natural cooling, effectively reducing air-conditioning costs.
For the first time outside of Japan, Toyota Australia will be trialling the use of hydrogen powered Toyota Material Handling fuel cell electric forklifts, with a long-term goal of being able to generate hydrogen on site in the future.

How e-commerce translates to property

Mirvac Group (Mirvac) has commenced construction on Building 3 at the Calibre industrial estate at Eastern Creek in Sydney, with the office and warehouse facility being delivered on a speculative basis.
The building offers a blend of functional warehousing and advanced specifications, allowing for operational efficiencies across office and warehouse spaces of between 6,000 to 20,000 square metres in size.
A key driver for the delivery of Building 3 is the increasing growth of e-commerce or ‘e-tailing’, a movement fuelling the uptake of industrial property in Australia.
Australia Post’s 2017 Inside Australian Online Shopping Report shows Australians spent $21.7 billion shopping online in 2016, an increase of 10.4 per cent compared to 2015. The research also found that growth in online spending outperformed bricks-and-mortar retail by 6.9 per cent.
Development director office and industrial at Mirvac Fabian Nager said e-commerce is driving demand for industrial assets in Western Sydney and influencing a change in the requirements of those facilities.
“Industrial leasing activity to retail tenants within Western Sydney is tracking at approximately double the ten-year average since the beginning of 2016. As demand rises for online goods and services among the Australian population, e-commerce businesses are looking to secure strategically located, functional and flexible warehouses to improve operational efficiencies and future proof their businesses.
“Building 3 has been designed for the evolving nature of the industry, with a focus on occupier amenity and enabling the use of current and future logistics technology. We have included a number of key future-proofing initiatives, such as concrete floors that are capable of supporting nine-tonne point loads, and a 20-metre cantilevered awning spanning the length of the building that will  maximise all-weather functionality.”
Research from Colliers International shows e-commerce currently represents 40 per cent of the online retail market and has been consistently increasing over the past 12 months.
National director of industrial at Colliers Gavin Bishop said the trend is driving the need for flexible warehouse requirements, as speed and scale are paramount to a business’ success.
“Design considerations for modern industrial estates must include an increased use of robotic and mobile automation, greater cubic capacity, and a quality indoor working environment.
“Online sales in Australia are thriving. The current demand for fast-moving, online retailing is driving a new level of sophistication in industrial facilities that are in close proximity to key infrastructure, with technology, high levels of amenity and advanced operational specifications.”
Building 3 will be available from December 2017.

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