SCT and TWE hail Penfield facility expansion

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has officially opened its expanded warehouse and distribution facility at Penfield, South Australia.

SCT and TWE hail Penfield facility expansion
Helen Mifsud of SCT Property, Steve Cleaver of Toll’s beverages arm, TWE’s David Alpen, federal trade minister Simon Birmingham, SCT Group’s Carolyn Smith, SA trade minister David Ridgway and SCT’s Matt Eryurek


Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has officially opened its expanded warehouse and distribution facility at Penfield, South Australia.

Federal minister for trade, tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham was joined by the South Australian trade, tourism and investment minister David Ridgway, TWE supply chain services director David Alpen and other industry guests, for a tour of the new facility, which has links to intermodal operator SCT and transport and logistics firm Toll Group.

This event also included an SCT export-import operational intermodal tour, for industry guests including Port of Melbourne, shipping lines, TWE and SCT executives

 "This site has been in operation since 2014," SCT general manager ports development Matt Eryurek notes.

"Each year, we move 10,000 export boxes via Flinders Port and Port of Melbourne."

Eryurek points out that the facility:

  • has an 800 metre by 40 metre foot print
  •  hasincreased container handling ability
  • is capable of holding up to 1,200 TEU
  • has 48 reefer points for refrigerated container temperature control capability
  • enjoys improved local road infrastructure to facilitate road train access.

"SCT has over 50 ha of additional undeveloped land at its Penfield estate that is available for businesses to take advantage of direct rail access to the Port of Adelaide and interstate distribution," he adds.

"TWE and CUB, in locating at this site, have taken advantage of centralised freight connectivity for their business, particularly with other Australian ports.

"There are opportunities to establish national and regional distribution centres at the SCT Intermodal Hub – Penfield.

"Treasury Wines Estates is a valued business partner and as SCT Group we will continue to innovate new solutions to help them move their product anywhere around Australia or to port via rail."

Read how SCT expanded in Qld’s strategic Bromelton intermodal hub, here

On officially opened the new facility, Birmingham congratulates TWE and SCT for the investment and their ongoing commitment to South Australia’s wine industry.

"This expansion of the Treasury Wine Estates Penfield operation underscores the recent strong growth of Australian wine exports, which last year saw 60 per cent of exports originating from South Australia," Birmingham says.

He notes such efforts are supported by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11), which will see tariffs on Australian wine exports into Canada dropping to zero from December 30.

"The more market opportunities our wine producers have, the more confidence they will have to invest in their operations and grow their businesses, which is good for our economy and helps to create jobs," Birmingham says.

"This facility is a vote of confidence in the future of the Australia wine industry and I congratulate TWE for demonstrating its commitment and investing in South Australia and the national wine industry."

Warming to the theme, Alpen sees the facility as priming TWE for long-term growth

"In order to take advantage of the opportunity in TWE’s export markets, the expansion of the Penfield dedicated wine distribution and logistics facility will help TWE in future-proofing our business," he sys.

"The new facility will be dedicated to the domestic market, which will free up capacity in the existing facility to become a dedicated export facility.

 "The Intermodal hub provides TWE with access to the rail network that then runs straight in to Flinders Terminal and is the most efficient and effective way to export our wine.

"The hub also allows us to consolidate our domestic finished product ready to ship directly to our valued customers. 

"The Penfield facility will include considerable freight infrastructure to reduce double handling and ensure the most productive utilisation of resources."

Ridgway also welcomes TWEs’ expanded operations, which he sees as due to have positive flow-on effects for the wider industry.

"This major expansion represents a significant vote of confidence in the state's economy and has the capacity to bring considerable tangible benefits – and additional jobs – to a number of businesses in the supply chain,'' Ridgway says.

According to TWE deputy chief operating officer Tim Ford, the strategic relationships between TWE and its partners have played a critical role in the development of the expanded Penfield warehouse facility.

"The SCT Group, who own the land and invested in these buildings, and the Toll Group, who designed the interior layout and undertake our domestic and export wine warehousing and distribution operations, understand our business and have worked closely with us to ensure this building was completed on time, within budget and to our specifications. It’s been an outstanding commitment to the task, by all involved," Ford says.

The facility is due to be fully operational inext month.

It aims to deliver greater efficiency in TWE’s container packing operations and domestic distribution functions, and help accommodate the global demand for TWE’s premium wine exports to over 70 countries around the globe.

One of the key benefits of the location of TWE’s Penfield warehouse and distribution facility is its proximity to major road, rail and shipping routes," the company says.


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