July 23, 2014:Australia's largest mover of freight, Toll Group, has opened the doors to its new A$170 million express facility, the largest express parcel freight depot in Australia.
The Minister for Industry, the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, joined Toll Group Managing Director Brian Kruger and Toll IPEC Executive General Manager Rodney Johnston to officially open the new facility today in Bungarribee north west of Sydney.
The 53,000 square metre facility, custom-built for Toll on an 18-hectare site has been designed for market leading express road freight business Toll IPEC.
Mr Kruger said the suburb of Bungarribee, 37 kilometres north west of Sydney's CBD, with its immediate access to major arterial routes was an ideal location to allow Toll to service its diverse range of customers.
The facility features state-of-the-art design and planning with close proximity to the key transport routes to service Sydney and the rest of Australia.
Mr Johnston said that while the new depot incorporates the latest equipment with a focus on customer centricity, its key design features are those related to safety.
"The facility allows for greater segregation of forklifts and pedestrians, reducing the need to share space on the floor," Mr Johnston said. "The entire facility has a much stronger traffic management plan than in previous depots, due to key design initiatives relating to freight profile, truck type and traffic flow. This will help us to maintain our capacity at peak times.
"For our freight handlers, the chutes have been redesigned to allow for easier lifting and manoeuvring. And lastly, we have implemented scissor-lifts to prevent injuries while unloading pallets."
In addition to increasing safety through a range of state of the art features, the facility provides the capacity for Toll IPEC to grow with the changing needs of its customers and better manage high volume work periods, boosting parcel sorting capacity to an unprecedented 35,000 parcels an hour.
"The selection of this site was not an accident – it is a testament to the hard work of some of the best minds in the logistics industry," said Mr Kruger. "This facility itself is key to consolidating Toll's position as a leading provider of logistics services and in growing our extensive national distribution network over the next 20 years and beyond."
Mr Kruger said he was looking forward to seeing the new facility play a significant role in the local and national economy.
"This new facility will be home to around 600 employees – currently spread across four sites in Moorebank, Homebush and Bankstown – and provides the ability to grow these numbers as capacity increases.
"In this site's construction phase, more than 200 full-time equivalent jobs have been created and I congratulate and thank everyone who has been a part of building this impressive facility."
Toll Group is the Asia Pacific region's leading provider of transport and logistics, employing more than 45,000 people across some 1,200 locations in more than 50 countries. Toll's specialist logistics capabilities incorporate a range of sectors including defence & government, industrial, manufacturing, mining & resources, retail and automotive.