STEGBAR has been known throughout Australia for over 50 years as the people who make windows and doors. Today the company, which is Australia-wide, not only makes timber windows and doors, but has added aluminium windows, doors, shower screens and built-in robes as part of its range.
Stegbar's Rowville plant employs more than 280 people in Melbourne, and is the manufacturing centre for the company's timber window, mirrors, and door range. From here they supply product to all the other Stegbar plants across the country.
Some five to six years ago, Andrew Denny, the company's purchasing manager, was faced with the serious problem of getting product to other Stegbar plants without having the shipments damaged.
“Basically, we had four or five shipments in a row where the product was damaged and we had to write it off," explained Andrew. "We were looking at a $4,000 to $5,000 loss, and at that time, had been sending out doors shrink-wrapped by rail.
“We called in a couple of logistics companies and somebody gave us the name of Loscam , who suggested we look at its Gpak units, and the solution they suggested has been used ever since.
'We had some initial teething problems, but Loscam's representative came out and we worked through them, and within a fortnight, we had the problem solved.
“It was a learning curve and the decision was taken not to use rail, which was a good move. Since then, we haven't had a claim, so Loscam's Gpak modules ended a series of issues we had. They have created a ‘set-and-forget' operation for us."
Stegbar financial controller Rod Borlase said the doors were supported by blow-up bags, which made them fit securely inside the Gpak containers.
"We use Loscam's G3 modules. We can fit 28 doors into each container. Once the Gpaks get to the other end, they are dehired.
“I am keen to look at the stock control system, Hire Management System, Loscam has and get that up and running here."
Another benefit mentioned by Andrew, was the elimination of packaging waste.
"Stegbar has always prided itself on being an environmentally-friendly company," he said. "One of the issues we had was the amount of polywrap and cardboard used as protection that ended up as waste at other plants. Using Gpaks has reduced this problem dramatically. The only poly we use now is for over-size doors that don't fit the containers."
One of the people at the transportation coalface is storeman Carry McDonald. Carry said from his point of view the Gpaks had eliminated damage in transit.