Schenker goes big in Ipswich with new facility

Transport infrastructure spending helped sway logistics firm’s choice of location

Schenker goes big in Ipswich with new facility
DB Schenker Asia Pacific CEO Jochen Thewes, Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale, DB Schenker Australia CEO Ron Koehler and DB Schenker regional operations manager Kip Sandercock


DB Schenker has officially opened its largest Australian supply chain and warehouse facility at the Redbank Motorway Estate at Ipswich.

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.

The German headquartered global company will spend over $40 million over the next decade on the 85,000 square metre site that has warehouse coverage of 31,500sqm.

DB Schenker Australia CEO Ron Koehler says the new centre would play an important 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," Koehler adds.

"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."

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