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SCT Group begins constructing new WA refrigeration facility

SCT Group has announced the new 9,000 sqm facility in response to freight and supply chain issues in WA

The SCT Group is celebrating a milestone in a special way, with the announcement that its property arm has begun building a new refrigeration facility in Forrestfield, Western Australia.

While SCT is celebrating its 50th year in business after being established in 1974 by Peter Smith, the brand is combining reflection with innovation and growth.

As a large rail freight forwarder of food and beverage into WA that involves more than 400 local employees, SCT will extend this with the new facility.

“This investment is part of our growth strategy and commitment to assist the WA market with supply chain resilience to compensate for the deteriorating rail network and more extreme weather events,” SCT managing director Geoff Smith says.

The new facility boasts a total building area of 9,000 sqm and features the latest temperature control technology supporting freezer, chiller and ambient facilities to ensure sufficient product comes into WA.

The new facility will also drive opportunities for WA companies to send a broader product range to the eastern seaboard.

It will facilitate 50,000 additional pallets of freight to and from WA, utilising the lowest-emission freight option for the journey.

The site is part of SCT taking a proactive approach on behalf of its WA customer base to address recent weather disruptions across the rail network that have cut off supply lines between east and west, and emptied supermarket shelves.

“It’s a devastating occurrence for our customers, our company and our employees who live and breathe these challenges on a daily basis,” SCT WA state manager Matthew Carruthers says.

“This investment at Forrestfield is a small but significant step to managing these disruptions, but more needs to be done.”

Smith says SCT remains conscious of the impacts of recent rail network outages on the WA public, particularly when it comes to supermarkets and grocery items.

“We continue to seek a dialogue with the WA government on the steps that can be taken to address these issues, which will require a larger commitment to the WA freight and logistics sector by both the private sector and government stakeholders,” Smith says.

As evidenced by its latest investment, SCT stands ready to play its part in making the flow of freight to and from Western Australia more cost effective and secure.

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