CEVA makes major investment in Australia and New Zealand
CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain companies, has announced construction of a new 166,000 square metre super site west of Melbourne in Australia which will be the centrepiece of CEVA’s growth plans in Australia and New Zealand.
Casey Fisher, Managing Director of CEVA in Australia and New Zealand, said: “This announcement showcases our intention to keep making substantial investments in property assets in Australia and New Zealand. Our new Truganina ‘super site’ builds on a range of other property developments we have underway in both countries, which will help us grow and keep meeting the growing needs of CEVA customers across diverse business sectors”
CEVA’s new, multi user facility in the rapidly growing and strategic Truganina area will include four warehouses with a combined footprint of over 72,000 square metre hardstand areas of some 76,500 square metres (comprising a 17,500 square metres loading and staging area for car carrying operations and a 59,000 square metre external storage and manoeuvring area), an awning area of 15,600 square metres and a combined office workspace area of 2,000 square metres, with surrounding land.
As the largest CEVA facility in Australia, it is ideally located to support industrial, automotive and consumer and retail customers through its excellent access to Melbourne’s road and rail network, the Port of Melbourne and Melbourne International Airport.
“I am very excited about this investment which will further boost our growth plans in Australia and New Zealand, and the competitive, multimodal advantage this will enable us to offer our customers.” Fisher said. “As well as Truganina, we are adding to our extensive existing network of sites with a new and almost-complete 30,000 sq m car carrying and international freight management site at Pinkenba in Queensland, a 5,500 sq m extension to our Auckland facility in New Zealand, a new 34,000 sq m Contract Logistics and international freight multi user facility at Hazelmere in Western Australia and plans are at an advanced stage to build a bespoke car carrying facility, also in Western Australia.”
All CEVA’s new and extended facilities in Australia and New Zealand will incorporate state of the art technology and process initiatives, including continuous loading docks and dock levellers, hail netting (at car carrying facilities), environmental design, integrated IT solutions, advanced racking, traffic management and material handling equipment, and flexible, modern workspaces for employees.
CEVA, one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, designs and implements industry leading solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies. Approximately 42,000 employees in more than 170 countries are dedicated to delivering effective and robust supply chain solutions across a variety of sectors where CEVA applies its operational expertise to provide best-in-class services across its integrated network.
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Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.