The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd and long-standing customer Autocare announce the expansion of Autocare’s finished vehicle logistics services to the Port West estate, where more jobs and cost efficiencies will be realised for Australia’s automotive industry.
Part of LINX Cargo Care Group, Autocare has leased the 100,000m2 property from the Port of Brisbane, plus a further 50,000m2 to cater for future growth, under a 10-year agreement that will complement its current facilities across the water on Fisherman Islands.
The new storage facility will enable Autocare to process an additional 5,500 motor vehicles per annum close to the wharf, which will reduce storage costs, create local jobs and improve delivery times to dealerships.
Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said the Autocare facility would include large pavement areas, eight hectares of hail mesh and a washbay facility, all delivered by the Port’s property team with civil construction group BMD.
“The Port of Brisbane and Autocare already have a productive commercial relationship dating back to 2006,” Mr Cummins said.
“Their facilities on Fisherman Islands will now be complimented by this massive expansion in the Port West estate, giving Autocare more flexibility for their operations in close proximity to the wharves and terminals where their vehicles arrive.
“The Port West estate has become one of the most sought after industrial addresses in south-east Queensland, so to have signed a deal of this magnitude with one of our key customers is extremely pleasing.
“Following a suite of deals in the in the past 18 months, the Port has welcomed Stora Enso, Queensland Glass, Steelforce and now Autocare to Port West.
“There is still significant interest in Port West given its supreme logistical advantages close to the Port of Brisbane quayline and all major road networks, as well as the tailored, professional approach offered by the Port’s Property team.”
Autocare Chief Executive Officer Victor Tello thanked the Port of Brisbane for its support of Autocare to enhance its service delivery in the biggest capital city port in Australia.
“Expanding Autocare’s finished vehicle logistics services to the Port West estate means we increase our support for the local economy while providing our national customers with secure handling, cost savings and improved transit times,” Victor said.
“The Australian automotive industry will benefit from the extra storage and processing options our world-class facility will offer, which combines location and advances in technology to deliver high quality, reliable vehicle handling solutions.
“Managing more than 1,000,000 vehicle movements per annum and processing more than 600,000, Autocare values what we do for our customers and our people, and we are excited to embark on this opportunity to enhance our business right in the heart of Brisbane.”
About Port of Brisbane
Port of Brisbane is Australia’s most diverse cargo port and a key economic gateway driving Queensland’s trade growth. Every year, almost $50 billion in trade is handled through the port including 95% of Queensland’s international container trade and approximately 50% of the State’s agricultural exports. Located adjacent to Moreton Bay at the mouth of the Brisbane River, the Port of Brisbane is also Australia’s largest port, with further room to grow. The Port’s 1800 hectare footprint comprises 7,700 metres of quayline, 30 operating berths, and 646 hectares of environmental buffer zones. Port of Brisbane is managed and developed by Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) under a 99-year lease from the Queensland Government.
About LINX Cargo Care Group
LINX Cargo Care Group brings together the capabilities of four market-leading operations built on over 100 years of port and logistics experience. Together, LINX, Autocare, C3 and Geelong Port employs more than 3,800 highly-skilled professionals in 60 sites across Australia and New Zealand. The Group services a diverse range of industries right across the region, from Agriculture, oil and gas, aluminium and automotive to marine, mining and resources, food and beverage and forestry. Every year, the LINX Cargo Care group of companies handles more than 11 million tonnes of bulk products, almost 2 million tonnes of steel and more than 30 million logs. They also transport more than 1 million new vehicles across Australia from shore to door and process more than 500,000 vehicles for many of the region’s largest fleet operators. Owned by global alternative asset manager Brookfield and its investment partners (GIC, bcIMC, QIA), LINX Cargo Care Group has the regional capabilities and global connections to develop innovative, integrated supply chain solutions with sustainable growth opportunities. See LINX Cargo Care Group’s website.
About Brookfield Asset Management
Brookfield is a leading global infrastructure company with over 100 years of owning and operating assets with a focus on property, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity across North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Brookfield owns and operates a portfolio of mixed-use terminals handling over 170 million tonnes of cargo per annum, and an integrated logistics provider, which collectively comprise three landlord ports and logistics operations across Australia, US, Brazil and Europe.
Part of LINX Cargo Care Group, Autocare is Australia’s premier provider of shore-to-door services to the automotive industry. With a proud history spanning almost 60 years, Autocare is the leading provider of Finished Vehicle Logistics in the Australian automotive market. Our national car carrying capability and integrated network of Vehicle Distribution Centres (VDC), Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) and storage facilities, enables us to handle more than 1,000,000 vehicle movements, and process more than 600,000 vehicles, per annum. We also have storage capacity for more than 80,000 vehicles nationally. Autocare operates world-class facilities and delivers innovative IT solutions which set the benchmark in the Australian automotive logistics industry and allow us to work with our clients to ensure seamless movement of their vehicles. Read more about Autocare.