DB Schenker announces the opening of a new $8.5m distribution centre in Altona.
The Schenker Australia facility, opened by Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Roads, Terry Mulder is a specially adapted eco-friendly building doing its part in reducing CO2 emissions.
Eco-friendly features in the new logistics distribution centre include low emission T5 lighting, an innovation that is expected to save emissions equivalent to the output of 13 residential homes annually, in addition to rainwater harvesting.
Schenker Australia CEO Ron Koehler explains that the T5 fluorescent lighting installed at Altona is one of the smartest options around as an alternative to LEDs, offering comparable energy savings and low cost replacement parts. The new facility would also harvest rainwater to deliver significant savings similar to one of the company’s other centres in Tullamarine.
Minister for Roads Terry Mulder applauded the state-of-the-art facility and said supporting innovation and growth for the freight and logistics sector is a high priority for the Government. He added working with industry to deliver more sustainable businesses is one of the key themes of the Coalition Government's recently released Victorian freight and logistics plan.
According to Mr Koehler, Schenker Australia has consolidated two other distribution facilities at Sunshine to make a significantly larger Distribution Centre that allows for growth and is located closer to major roads and port facilities. At optimum operation it will employ 30 staff, including some locally-sourced casual positions.
Altona becomes the fifth largest site in the Schenker Australia network. The 18,000m² logistics centre operates eight recessed docks and a 2,000m² awning, allowing transport and logistics operations to co-exist on the one site safely and efficiently.
Schenker Australia is the local arm of DB Schenker, the world’s second largest transportation and logistics service provider based on sales and performance. The company is in its 51st year of Australian operations.