Germany’s DB Schenker opens A$8.5m logistics centre in Australia

08 Oct 2013

DB Schenker has opened a state-of-the-art distribution centre in Melbourne, an investment of A$8.5 million as the German logistics company marks 50 years in Australia.

The new logistics centre, in the Melbourne suburb of Altona, was built to cut costs and carbon emissions.

It harvests rainwater and uses low-emission T5 lighting, which Schenker Australia Chief Executive Ron Koehler said would save money on utilities, energy and lighting replacement parts.

“We’ve made a serious commitment worldwide to being a more sustainable company and this is just one more step we’re taking,” Schenker Australia Chief Executive Ron Koehler said.

The 18,000-square-meter logistics centre is near major roads and port facilities. It operates eight recessed docks and has a 2000-square-metre awning, which allows transport and logistics operations to co-exist safely on the same site.

Victoria’s Public Roads and Transport Minister, the Honourable Terry Mulder, applauded the logistics facility.

“The technological innovation used in this new Schenker Australia facility demonstrates great initiative that will deliver a more sustainable freight and logistics service for its customers,” Mr Mulder said, according to trade news website Supply Chain Review.

DB Schenker, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, is the world’s second largest transport and logistics service provider. Schenker Australia employs 1200 people. It provides freight forwarding, contract logistics services and supply chain management, national distribution and customs clearance services. Its customers include the international automotive industry and its suppliers, aerospace, entertainment electronics, retail and healthcare.