Toll Logistics Opens $86M Queensland Freight Facility
Australia’s largest mover of freight, Toll Group, has opened the doors to its new $86 million facility, the largest pallets and oversize freight depot the company operates anywhere in the world.
The Premier of Queensland, the Hon. Campbell Newman MP, joined Toll Group Divisional Director Mal Grimmond to officially open the new facility today in Karawatha in Brisbane’s south.
The 43,600 square metre facility, custom-built for Toll on a 13-hectare site is the new national head office and depot for leading road transport business, Toll NQX, and also houses Toll’s dedicated fleet services and contract logistics businesses.
Premier Newman said the multi-million-dollar investment underlines economic confidence in the state.
“We are unashamedly pro-growth and pro-jobs for Queensland and we’re creating an environment where businesses can prosper,” Mr Newman said.
“We have a strong vision for Queensland and we will stick to our plan to ensure this state is the best in the country to do business in.”
While the new depot is more efficient and provides all sorts of benefits to employees and customers, the safety of the facility was a key feature in its design.
“The new depot has been designed to provide the absolute safest working environment for our people, which is essential in a labour-intensive industry such as transport and logistics,” Grimmond said.
“We’ve purposely limited the interactions between pedestrians and forklifts as much as possible, and our unprecedented 2,000 square metre dedicated heavy vehicle workshop highlights the importance Toll places on the safety of its truck fleet, the safety of the people who drive them, and the safety of the communities they drive through.
“It is Toll’s willingness and ability to invest in facilities like this that makes it the industry leader in safety.
“As the largest transport company in Australia, we also have a role to play in helping educate people to share the road more safely, and we take this responsibility extremely seriously.”
The suburb of Karawatha, 22 kilometres south of Brisbane’s CBD, with its immediate access to all major arterial routes throughout southeast Queensland was an ideal location to allow Toll to service its diverse range of customers.
Grimmond thanked the Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads, Brisbane City Council, Logan City Council, developer The GPT Group, architects Arqus, planners RPS, builders FDC Construction, security system provider Visium for their hard work in helping develop this landmark facility.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany