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DB Schenker in Australia opens logistics centre in Ipswich, Queensland

DB Schenker in Australia officially opened its largest Australian supply chain and warehouse facility at the Redbank Motorway Estate in Ipswich, Queensland, which has created 70 new jobs for the region this week.

The German head-quartered company, completing its 50 year anniversary last year in Australia, will spend over $40 million over the next decade on the 85,000sqm site which has warehouse coverage of 31,500sqm.

The Redbank site, on the south-western outskirts of Brisbane, will handle more than 5,200 container movements a year transporting brown and white goods as well as consumer products to wholesale and retail locations across Australia.

Ron Koehler, CEO, Schenker Australia Pty. Ltd, said the new centre would play a significant role in meeting the growing demand for the company’s supply chain services including container and truck unloading, receiving, storage, pick & pack, despatch and distribution along with inventory management.

“With significant growth in our domestic operations we needed to expand beyond our Brisbane Airport footprint and open a second facility to service Queensland,” Mr Koehler said.

“We considered over 40 sites from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, before deciding on this location given the commitment of the City of Ipswich to work collaboratively and effectively with us to create efficiency for business and jobs for the local community.”

“It is also attractive given the Federal Government’s recent commitment to infrastructure investment in the region, including major road works and the development of a heavy rail line from the Port of Brisbane through to Toowoomba.”

Mr Koehler said the move would not only enhance the company’s ability to further improve its operations for clients –but also provide an important boost to the Ipswich community through job creation and its traineeship program.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed DB Schenker’s commitment to the region and said it would bring a wide variety of job skills and opportunities.“The city is growing a steady rate. The current population of 180,000 will more than double to 460,000 in less than 20 years.

With this significant growth it is important that new jobs are created close to where people live. On behalf of the city I want to thank DB Schenker for their significant investment and for backing the future of Ipswich.”Mr Koehler said the traineeship program was our second for the company and a program which could be expanded across the country to help enhance the availability of skilled workers in logistics.

“We worked with My Freight Career, as their training organisation, the local Ipswich Council; and various Job Search Agencies to offer a five week pre-vocational course offering combined classroom learning and on-site work experience to participants who were unemployed or unskilled in the logistics industry,” he said.

“At the end of the course, we offered 23 of the participants a two-year traineeship, in which they are employed on a full time basis. They will achieve a Certificate III qualification in Warehousing Operations upon completion and are now being trained in a variety of roles in logistics.”

He said the new facility, the company’s 20th and which brings the combined national capacity to more than 216,000sqm, has several unique features including the ability to further expand.

“The size of the site allows us to have our own incorporated container yard as well as having seven-pallet high storage and opportunity to increase our warehouse by a further 15,000sqm,” Mr Kohler said. “We are also able to incorporate the latest in environmental management systems and eco-friendly building techniques for a facility of this type as part of our global commitment to reduce our carbon emissions by 18 per cent of 2013 levels by 2020.”As part of this, our Redbank facilities include provision for a 1MW solar array on the roof, off-peak timing for forklift battery recharging, LED lighting to reduce power consumption, Integrated Building Management Systems and rain water harvesting that feeds into the brown water of our facility as well as irrigation systems.”

Last modified: 22.08.2014

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