DHL Global Forwarding has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 4,880-square-metre facility at Brisbane Airport.
The $17 million investment over the next ten years will house the largest international cold chain services in Brisbane.
Scheduled for opening early next year, the new facility will support general freight growth in Queensland.
“The expansion of our facilities at Brisbane airport reflects the tremendous growth in exports, especially perishable food,” said George Lawson, DHL Global Forwarding Australia Managing Director.
“Brisbane’s economy is predicted to surge by 2031 and with this new facility, we are ready to support our customers growth,” he said in a statement.
Strategically located at Brisbane airport, the facility offers air side access, the first and only freight forwarder to have such access, and is close to the Port of Brisbane.
The new facility is a five green star rating according to the Green Building Council of Australia, featuring solar panels, reusable batteries to power most of the warehouse operations, rainwater harvesting and EV charging stations.
Plans are also in the works to introduce carbon offsetting and insetting for a carbon neutral supply chain for customers.
“A lot of thought went into the design of the new operation. It will assist our customers trade efficiently. It is also a sustainable facility to help our customers achieve a greener supply chain,” Lawson added.
The facility is also designed to support employees.
Interactive screens together with a flexible workspace are designed to facilitate virtual and physical collaboration according to Lachlan Elliot, Station Manager – Queensland, DHL Global Forwarding Australia.
“We want this new facility to be a great place to work for our people,” he said.