DB Schenker unveils new Brisbane cold storage facility

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Leading logistics service provider DB Schenker has unveiled its new Eagle Farm freight forwarding facility at Trade Coast Central, Queensland, specifically to handle dry and perishable freight.

DB Schenker unveils new Brisbane cold storage facility
DB Schenker has recently expanded its Queensland presence with a new freight forwarding facility in Eagle Farm.

The new facility, situated 9km from Brisbane’s International Airport, will enable DB Schenker to complement its existing dry freight handling capabilities with the inclusion of 1,100 square-metres of cool rooms. 

The addition of the cool rooms will enable the company to handle the import and export of healthcare and perishables products including meat, seafood, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, confectionary and pharmaceutical and medical supplies.

Schenker Australia CEO Ron Koehler says the facility represents a $10 million investment over the next ten years and comprises a 2,500sqm warehouse and 800sqm office with integrated cold chain facilities including anteroom, ambient temperature room, chiller and freezer.

"In the past year there was around $4.5 billion of beef, other meat, wheat and vegetables exported out of Queensland alone," he says.

"We are now in a position to be able to better serve this sector, as well as other commodities that are imported and exported out of South East Queensland by both air and ocean."

Koehler adds the facility is able to hold 850 Australian Standard Pallets of stock in its ambient temperature room and 120 Australian Standard Pallets of stock in the chiller and freezer rooms.

"The facility has gained AQIS export accreditation for meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, plants and fruit and vegetables and is also well equipped for healthcare products," he says.

"Our state of the art Eagle Farm facility is also well positioned to cater for normal retrieval and handling activities for import and export air and ocean freight."

The Eagle Farm facility is the second Queensland facility to be unveiled by the German company this year, following the opening of a warehouse facility at the Redbank Motorway Estate in Ipswich.

DB Schenker says the new facility is strategically located adjacent to the airport and within close proximity to the cargo terminals as well as the main north-south arterial connecting Northern Rivers, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Burnet. 

Koehler says the facility incorporated the most recent energy saving technologies.

"One of the most important aspects is the 54 kilowatt roof mounted solar energy system that provides up to 30 per cent of the building’s electricity requirements.," he says.

"This solar energy system can be doubled as required as business in Queensland grows."

Some key features of DB Schenker’s new Eagle Farm facility include:

  • Insulated warehouse prepared for Healthcare/Perishables
  • Uprated 54kw solar energy system capable of expansion to 100kW
  • Integrated building management system controlling all functions including on site generator for consistent electricity supply to cool rooms
  • Latest in environmental engineering incorporated into building design including upgraded air conditioning, double glazed windows, LED lighting throughout, recycled water used where applicable.

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