LEADING Australian pipe fittings manufacturer, Philmac , has relocated its warehouse and distribution centres in Brisbane and Sydney to larger, more modern premises to more efficiently service growing demand from customers.
The two developments are part of a systematic upgrade of all Philmac's storage and distribution facilities in Australia - a project that is being undertaken over a three-year period.
It follows the relocation of Philmac's Melbourne warehouse from Clayton to Dandenong two years ago.
"The goal of these warehouse upgrades is to improve customer service through better supply, quicker turnaround and increased productivity," said Philmac General Manager - Sales and Distribution, Mal Brown.
"Philmac is about to embark on a period of rapid growth and expansion and we want to ensure our Australian facilities will be able to amply cater for our changing needs.
"As such, we are strategically positioning ourselves in new premises that will not only provide the extra capacity we need for storage, but also improve processes and productivity.
"In addition, the new warehouses will enable us to conduct comprehensive product training on site."
Philmac moved its Sydney distribution centre from Peakhurst to Weatherill Park earlier this year and relocated its Brisbane centre from Acacia Ridge to Wacol in August.
"Both new facilities are much larger, better designed and equipped and have the capacity to hold more stock, which will ensure quicker turnaround," said Mr Brown.
"Weatherill Park in particular is a hub for the transport industry and many of our major customers are located in the area, which is already proving beneficial in terms of improving customer relationships through greater accessibility."
In Adelaide, construction has started on a 4500sqm national distribution centre and customer sales centre adjacent to Philmac's manufacturing plant in Adelaide.
Mal Brown said Philmac was planning to upgrade its Perth distribution centre in 2006.
"We are positioning ourselves to maximise future growth and these new facilities will provide an excellent foundation from which to service growing demand for our products both locally and overseas,” he said.