Northline pens major deal with Rio Tinto

Northline wins major contract to transport more than 5,000 tonnes of freight each year for Rio Tinto

Northline pens major deal with Rio Tinto
Northline pens major deal with Rio Tinto
August 27, 2013

Transport and logistics outfit Northline has won a major contract with Rio Tinto to transport freight for the miner’s bauxite operation in Queensland.

Northline will haul more than 5,000 tonnes of goods – from printer cartridges to large pieces of earthmoving machinery – from around the country for Rio Tinto Alcan’s Weipa bauxite mine located on the Cape York Peninsula.

Northline says the freight will be transported to its Cairns depot and then to the mine site using a local barge contractor.

"This new contract will utilise our full distribution network through which we’re able to offer economies of scale and apply technologies to reduce costs and increase productivity for Rio Tinto," Northline CEO Craige Whitton says.

"Northline now operates a network of 12 strategically located depots in six states with a strong presence in northern Australia including two depots in North Queensland, four in the Northern Territory and one in North Western Australia."

Northline says Rio will rely on the transporter’s track and trace system to monitor freight 24 hours a day.

Northline is celebrating 30 years in business this year, and the company says it is continuing to build upon its standing as one of Australia’s largest privately-owned and fastest growing logistics operations.

"The industry is going through significant structural change and we see that as an opportunity for us," Whitton says.

"We have a modern fleet, we have harnessed technology for efficiency and safety at every opportunity and our team is firmly focussed on customer service and achieving business excellence."

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