Qube Hold­ings has hailed the open­ing of the NSW distri­bu­tion cen­tre for Mazda Aus­tralia at the Minto in­ter­modal hub in south-west Syd­ney

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QUBE HOLD­INGS has hailed the open­ing of the NSW distri­bu­tion cen­tre for Mazda Aus­tralia at the Minto in­ter­modal hub in south-west Syd­ney.

Qube is hang­ing out the ‘no-va­cancy’ sign at the newly opened $25 mil­lion fa­cil­ity on Cul­ver­ston Road at the 30-hectare site that also in­cor­po­rates Ceva Lo­gis­tics, Dial a Tow and Prix Car as key tenants.

Mazda Aus­tralia com­mit­ted to a 107,000-square-me­tre fa­cil­ity with Qube. There is ap­prox­i­mately 74,000sqm un­der hail-nets and 4,000sqm un­der roof pro­vid­ing se­cure space for 3,200 cars.

“The es­tate at Minto of­fers Mazda a strate­gic lo­ca­tion with su­pe­rior ac­cess to mo­tor­way con­nec­tions in­clud­ing the M5, M7 and Hume High­way. Qube has in­vested in this site to meet re­quire­ments of the car im­port, stor­age and distri­bu­tion mar­ket,” Qube in­fra­struc­ture and prop­erty di­rec­tor Greg Pauline says.

The news comes not long af­ter the lo­gis­tics gi­ant says it has signed a deal with Kal­mar and Navis, part of the Fin­nish freight equip­ment sup­plier Car­gotec, for ma­chin­ery and soft­ware for the first stage of au­toma­tion of the Moore­bank Lo­gis­tics Park (MLP).

Kal­mar will be­gin de­liv­ery of its lat­est tech­nol­ogy cranes and au­toshut­tles in the sec­ond half of next year, with fully au­to­mated op­er­a­tions ex­pected to be es­tab­lished across the Moore­bank fa­cil­ity by 2022.

The pro­cure­ment agree­ment is worth ap­prox­i­mately $125 mil­lion with pro­gres­sive pay­ments over the de­liv­ery pe­riod.

Kal­mar will sup­ply au­to­mated stack­ing cranes, rail mounted gantry cranes, a fleet of low-emis­sion hy­brid au­toshut­tles and the com­puter soft­ware to han­dle all con­tainer­ised freight on the site.

The staged de­liv­ery and com­mis­sion­ing of Kal­mar’s OneTer­mi­nal so­lu­tion tech­nol­ogy will see it be­come the first fully au­to­mated in­ter­modal ter­mi­nal for con­tainer­ised freight in the world, Qube states.

At full ca­pac­ity, the Moore­bank in­ter­modal fa­cil­ity will han­dle more than one mil­lion TEU of freight to and from Port Botany by rail in­stead of road, tak­ing thou­sands of truck trips off Syd­ney’s road net­work ev­ery day. The com­pany sees the Kal­mar agree­ment as a mile­stone in its am­bi­tion to trans­form the han­dling of con­tainer­ised freight in Aus­tralia.

“We have said many times that Moore­bank is a game changer for the im­port-ex­port sup­ply chain and sign­ing this con­tract with Kal­mar is a crit­i­cally im­por­tant step to­wards achiev­ing that goal,” Qube MD Mau­rice James says.

“The ef­fi­cien­cies and re­li­a­bil­ity we can of­fer to our cus­tomers along with the pro­duc­tiv­ity and safety ben­e­fits that come with this tech­nol­ogy are enor­mous.

“It is pleas­ing to be part­ner­ing with the world lead­ers in the cargo han­dling au­toma­tion to de­liver ... a world first for the con­tainer­ised freight in­dus­try.”

Pro­cure­ment of the lat­est lowe­mis­sion au­to­mated tech­nol­ogy aligns with Qube’s ex­ist­ing com­mit­ments to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce car­bon emis­sions un­der a loan fa­cil­ity with the Clean En­ergy Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion.

“Through the in­cor­po­ra­tion of low- emis­sion au­to­mated equip­ment, re­new­able en­ergy sources on site, and re­mov­ing thou­sands of truck trips daily from the road net­work, the Moore­bank Lo­gis­tics Park is ex­pected to re­duce emis­sions by 110,000 tCO2e per an­num,” Qube says.

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