Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has signalled its ongoing commitment to the Australian mining and construction equipment market, signing a long-term lease for a new purpose-built warehouse in Perth. The move will consolidate Sandvik’s Perth operations, with the new warehouse to be located at Roe Highway Logistics park, alongside a purpose-built workshop that was announced late last year.
Relocating both warehousing and workshop operations to Roe Highway Logistics Park will streamline Sandvik’s logistics process and will allow Sandvik to better service their Western Australian customers.
The warehouse will span 10,500 square metres with an additional 3,500 square metres of covered outdoor storage, supporting all weather operations and more better product protection.
According to Niels Reuvers, Sandvik Logistics Operations Manager in APAC, the purpose-built design of the new warhouse will result in numerous operational efficiencies as well as an opportunity to further sustainability initiatives and ensure ongoing compliance with recently obtained Australian Trusted Trader accreditation.
“We are aiming to streamline our operations through just-in-time delivery, faster in-bound processing and a higher level of dispatch accuracy due to warehouse automation. In addition, we are introducing new battery technology for the site and our materials handling system to make better use of the solar power we will be generating.”
Proximity to Perth Airport and transport providers, along with access to major arterial roads and proximity to customers, are among the factors that have attracted Sandvik to the Roe Highway Logistics Park. Mr Reuvers said:
“Positioning the warehouse and workshop alongside one another will increase internal synergies, alignment and cross-functional collaboration – providing the best support to all of our Australian customers. The additional capacity will support the growing demand for around-the-clock service, qualified engineers and genuine parts on demand.”
Sustainability high on Sandvik’s agenda
Kate Bills, Sustainable Business, Marketing & Communications Manager at Sandvik in APAC, says that Sandvik is committed to working towards achieving our long-term Sustainability goals for 2030 and our purpose-built warehouse incorporating numerous sustainability features is a clear demonstration of that.
“We’re aiming to halve our C02 footprint by 2030, so the new warehouse incorporates state-of-the-art design elements to help us achieve this such as solar panels, green concrete and the use of low carbon building materials”.
The site will also include best-practice water management, energy efficient lighting, natural ventilation, and rainwater harvesting. Miss Bills says:
“For Sandvik, as an engineering company with a strong base in research and development, sustainability is a major business opportunity. When we develop more efficient, safer, and more environmentally sounds solutions, we take an important step alongside our customers and suppliers towards a more sustainable future.”
“We’re excited to position ourselves at the Roe Highway Logistics Park, which will achieve carbon neutrality on development, making it Perth’s leading sustainable industrial estate.”
Judd Dyer, Director at Hesperia, added that as part of Roe Highway Logistics Park’s commitment to sustainability, a range of initiatives have been implemented across the design and functionality of the site. He said:
“Through sophisticated solar power technology, on-site water recycling, storm water management systems, low energy lighting and native tree planting across the estate, we are demonstrating it is possible to deliver carbon neutral projects on a large scale. We are also supporting our tenant’s independent sustainability goals by providing facilities purpose-built for their operations and optimised for efficiency.”
Sandvik’s purpose-built workshop is expected to be completed in September this year, whilst the new warehouse will be complete and fully operational early next year.