WHILE Western Australia has a big reputation in the resources area, one of the great secondary industry success stories, has been that of Kailis & France, a Perth-based food company.
In the highly-competitive food manufacturing sector, Kailis & France is Australia's biggest contract manufacturer, supplying prepared and frozen meals, soups, sauces, and coated products to airlines, retail outlets and restaurants in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
With more than 1500 different ingredients being used to make its 300 varying products, good logistics and warehousing is critical to ensure a smooth flow in and out of its manufacturing premises.
Gary Lloyd, the company's executive manager supply chain, said Kailis & France had been a Loscam customer since its inception.
“They provide us with plastic pallets and bins used to house the raw materials we use in manufacture," explained Gary.
“We also provide these bins to our suppliers. We would have somewhere in the order of 4500 plastic pallets on account with Loscam, and the support and service we get from state manager Barry Watson and his staff is very good,” he said.
“For us, hygiene is a prime consideration, and Loscam ensures that after use, all the pallets we use are washed and cleaned. Wooden pallets are a 'no-no' because of the products we make, and we can't afford to have any of them near our operation. We also advise our suppliers to supply us on Loscam plastic pallets as well."
Food ingredients come to the busy plant from all over, and are stored in the factory on plastic pallets.
After manufacturing, the finished products are initially stored again on plastic pallets, and then taken to a third party provider who transfers the products on to wooden pallets, where they are dispatched to markets in Australia or overseas.
“We use Loscam's HMS system for pallet control and find it good," Gary said, "and Loscam's new innovation, Loscam On Line, allows us to have access to our account 24/7, reducing the risk of lost equipment or unnecessary hire charges.
“We have mapped out a pretty aggressive growth strategy over the next three years, and we envisage that we will be doubling our production requirements."