Global supply-chain logistics expert CHEP invests in Malaysia, opens Asia’s newest service centre.
- Sets new benchmark for modern pallet repair facilities in Asia
- Incorporates largest indoor pallet storage area in the Asia Pacific region
- Features semi-automated repair lines with nail rollers for consistent quality
- Designed for operational efficiency and reduced truck turnaround times
CHEP, the world’s leading provider of pallet and container pooling solutions, has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to developing better supply chains in Malaysia with the opening of Asia’s newest and most advanced pallet service centre in the industrial hub of Kawasan Perindustrian Bukit Raja Klang, Malaysia.
The opening ceremony was officiated by the Chief Executive Officer of parent company Brambles Limited, Tom Gorman, together with the Head of Logistics of Nestlé Malaysia, David Martinez, members of CHEP’s Asian senior leadership team, and Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, HE Rod Smith PSM. They were joined at the event by supply chain leaders from local and international companies.
Commenting at the event, Mr Gorman said, “We are proud of CHEP’s longstanding presence in Malaysia and its role in providing supply-chain solutions that help our customers transport goods through their supply chains more safely, efficiently and sustainably. We know that supply-chain logistics is a key driver in trade and business worldwide, and its quality and efficiency has a direct impact on consumer experience.
“This service centre sets a new benchmark for modern pallet repair facilities in Asia and positions CHEP to better meet the growth demands of our customers in the region, many of whom are household names such as Nestlé, F&N, Coca-Cola, Mondelēz and Unilever,” Mr Gorman said.
Located close to major customers and main arterial roadways, the 126,000 sqft (11,700 sqm) Bukit Raja site replaces two former CHEP service centres and introduces a number of design and technology features that place it amongst the most advanced CHEP pallet service centres today.
The installation of G300 semi-automated repair lines, which also include nail rollers, helps ensure more consistent pallet quality and increased efficiency to improve the reliability and availability of pallets.
Separate unloading and loading bays – five for loading and six for unloading – results in a safer work environment for drivers and workers due to segregation of people and machines, faster truck turnaround times and better operational flow of pallets and trucks in the yard.
The largest indoor storage area for pallets in the Asia Pacific region provides protection from wet weather and further supports pallet quality.
In keeping with CHEP’s commitment to sustainability, the new site features energy-efficient lighting and an environmentally-friendly brush paint system that avoids paint waste residue.
The new site has been designed to support an additional 30 per cent increase in future pallet repair volumes and also incorporates CHEP Malaysia’s head office and support functions such as customer service.
CHEP Country Director, Malaysia & Singapore, Aravind Nair said, “Our people are committed to delivering consistent quality and reliable service to the businesses of Malaysia, to help reduce cost and minimise packaging waste. In establishing our new Bukit Raja service centre, we have benefited from the innovations and experience of Brambles’ and CHEP’s extensive global network, which includes over 850 service centres worldwide and the outsourced management of more than 500 million pallets, crates and containers.”
CHEP Malaysia was established in 1995. Through its longstanding global expertise in the pooling and management of unit-load equipment, such as pallets and containers, CHEP removes the management and cost burdens of owning that equipment and enables companies to create leaner and more flexible supply chains. This can have the flow on effect of lowering the overall cost of goods and helping to keep the supply chain and economy moving.