Loscam opens pallet repair facility in Melbourne

Loscam opens new $20 million pallet repair facility and depot in Melbourne’s west

December 6, 2011

A new $20 million state-of-the-art, purpose-built pallet repair facility and depot in Melbourne’s west has been officially opened today.

Opened by the Chairman of China Merchants Group Dr Fu Yuning, and Wyndham City Mayor Cr Kim McAliney, it is the largest facility of its kind for Loscam and the first major capital expenditure in the business since it was acquired by China Merchants Group in 2010.

Located at Truganina on 31,500sqm, the repair facility provides undercover capability of 6,000sqm and also includes a 300sqm office building.

In addition to the new jobs created directly on-site, the facility is further investment in the western Melbourne transport and logistics hub, and positions Loscam for future growth as it connects with the vast array of businesses locating in the area.

Loscam CEO Mark Daniel says the depot now alleviates the demands of repairs on facilities outside Victoria, leaving more opportunity for new business growth in those markets.

"With the increasing amount of industry moving into the area west of Melbourne, we see this as a fantastic opportunity for continued growth in the business," he says.

The purpose-built facility has incorporated a number of innovative technologies which will lower the repair unit cost and add a number of additional efficiencies.

The new depot means less double handling and a more economically and environmentally friendly process.

Daniel says safety and environmental features were paramount in the design of the facility.

"The new repair equipment, for example, is expected to use 40 percent less electricity, and the layout ensures maximum efficiency of space and traffic flow," he says.

"Plus we have incorporated rainwater harvest, bio retention and tri-lighting combined with translucent roof sheeting which considerably reduces lighting consumption.

"With the capacity for up to 11 repair lines and 250,000 pallet intakes, the state-of-the-art facility will be a flagship for Australia and will set a precedent for future depots planned for the business across Asia."

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