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[post_date] => 2019-07-01 13:05:13
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[post_content] => Schütz has had a busy start to 2019, opening new production facilities in Australia and China to capitalise on market growth. In Australia, Schültz has had a longstanding presence in Perth and Melbourne, but industrial packaging needs to be produced close to the centres of demand and the north and east of the country has so far been under-represented. The large investment in Yatala, south of Brisbane, is designed to provide clients in Queensland and New South Wales with sustainable packaging and related services, in addition to offering significantly increased supply reliability and flexibility.
The new facility is strategically located between Brisbane and the city of Gold Coast, both of which are economic hubs for Australia. Brisbane port is only 40 minutes away from the new site, the border into New South Wales is a mere 50 km away and the region hosts excellent road and rail transport. This new production plant will significantly optimise the supply chain for regional customers – both economically and ecologically. Shorter transport routes for the delivery of new intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and the collection of empty containers will save time, lower costs and reduce CO2
Aside from the prime location to cater to Shütz’s growing number of clients, the new 19,000-m2
site includes state-of-the-art facilities for the production of new IBCs, high-capacity storage and logistics facilities and equipment that provides the highest quality IBC and drum reconditioning. Production at the site also includes the IBC product lines MX, SX and the reconditioning of the G2 110-litre drum for agricultural chemical use.
One of the main driving factors for Schütz to invest in this region is the increasing popularity of its Ecobulk and Recobulk IBCs through the Schütz Ticket Service. The existing facility in Melbourne has been running this system over the last few years. Empty Ecobulks are collected and reconditioned in compliance with globally uniform process standards at the advanced facilities. All components that come into contact with the filling product, such as inner bottles, fittings and screw caps, are replaced with brand-new components to ensure quality. All reclaimed plastic recyclate is used for the production of new pallets and corner guards. At the end of the process, the result is a Recobulk IBC that corresponds fully in terms of safety and quality to an Ecobulk with the same standard specification.
Mirroring the regional expansion in Australia, a new Schütz facility has opened in Foshan, China. Alongside Shanghai and Tianjin, the new Foshan site is the third Schütz production location in the country. Having had a presence in China since 2005, continuous investments and growth have allowed Schütz to develop a greater regional footprint along the Chinese coastline.
Logistically, the spread of these three facilities is important as it provides excellent coverage for the growing customer base and a great deal of flexibility in logistics for supplying clients with quality Schütz products. It provides Schütz with the opportunity to service a greater spread of businesses and source new clients with improved logistical solutions.
Schütz has been monitoring the recent economic growth in China and believes there is still more to come. This recent investment cements Schütz’s place in China, showing long-term commitment. Guangdong province, in which Foshan is located, is part of one of the most important economic centres for the nation and the wider Asian market, notably because it is close to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The transport connections in the province to the rest of China, an enormous market for chemical packaging, are excellent and will assist in reducing Schütz’s carbon footprint through improved logistical possibilities. Foshan is a primary location in the region as a commercial and industrial centre for pharmaceuticals and the automotive sector.
The new development in Foshan houses a 20,000-m2
high-tech plant and a state-of-the-art production building and adjoining office complex covering 9,500 m2
. The structures have been designed to achieve optimum internal logistics and play an important role in reaching wider Schütz plans for sustainability targets, notably short distances to customers and short distances within the plant.
A three-layer extrusion blow moulding machine has been installed in Foshan that complies with the latest and strictest standards. It produces both non-UN containers and IBCs with hazardous goods approval. While designing the Foshan plant, the corresponding requirements, such as maximum safety measures for absolute cleanliness, were taken into account. The Schütz Foodcert models for sensitive products in the food industry will in future also be part of the portfolio produced in Foshan and certification to industry standard FSSC 22000 is already underway.
[post_title] => Schütz: Asian expansion
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