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CHEP opens new logistics center in Adelaide

CHEP opens new logistics center in Adelaide
CHEP opens new logistics center in Adelaide

South Australian freight industry players will be glad to know a new CHEP logistics center has opened in Adelaide. The 5.6-hectare facility will combine two existing centers to further support farmers, food manufacturers, producers, and winemakers. Developer Gibb Group built the facility for CHEP. 

Located in the Direk industrial area in Salisbury, Adelaide, the center will provide businesses with CHEP’s reusable timber, plastic pallets, recycle plastic containers, and plastic bins. The facility will also combine cutting-edge repair and automation technology and can repair about four million pallets and wash six million containers as well as bins annually. This will optimize the local supply chain and ensure high-quality supply. 

Key sectors in Salisbury are advanced manufacturing, retail and consumer services, food processing, product manufacturing, transport, and distribution.  The city of Salisbury has good transport and freight linkages. 

CHEP’s latest facility opening will boost supply chain efforts in Adelaide and allow economic growth for the community. The latest facility is the second development done by developer Gibb Group for CHEP. In 2020 Gibb Group delivered the CHEP Service Center in Kenwick, Western Australia. 

The Direk industrial area contributed half a billion dollars to the South Australian economy in 2020/2021. 

Regional logistics hub

Any transport and logistics firm will know time is of the essence when transporting goods. Logistics is all about getting your customer’s goods to them in a fast time. Businesses in the Direk industrial area and logistics companies with freight linkages through the area will be happy to know this facility can contribute to operational efficiencies. 

South Australia’s premier, Peter Malinauska, says this investment by CHEP is a testament to growth opportunities that businesses have identified. “Direk is fast becoming a regional logistics hub, well-connected to intermodal transport routes, delivering efficiencies and enhancing South Australia’s supply chain and logistics capabilities,” says Malinauska. 

CHEP’s general manager Renee Holbrook says the center will create seamless customer service. “The design is centered around creating an outstanding experience for our customers through advancements in product quality, faster service speeds, and availability of CHEP’s full suite of platforms, all delivered in the one convenient location,” says Holbrook. 

CHEP Australia 

The company’s history dates back to 1946. It has played an important role in allowing customers to move goods cost-effectively. Its pallets are shared and reused by companies worldwide. 

In March 2023, CHEP announced building had commenced in Brisbane that would serve as a timber repair and service center. Once built, the facility will give customers increased capacity and also allow faster vehicle turnaround for operations. 

About the author

Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.

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