Toll unveils blueprint for $228m high-tech logistics hub in Singapore
- Five storey, 100,000 square metre ramp-up integrated warehouse near Tuas Port to offer state-of-the-art automated supply chain management
- One of Toll’s largest facility investments in Asia highlights its exciting future in the region
Toll Group, the Asia Pacific region’s leading provider of transport and logistics and a division of Japan Post, has unveiled its blueprint for Toll City – a 100,000 square metre Toll City logistics hub in Tuas, Singapore.
Set to become the logistics hub of choice in the Asia Pacific, the S$228m five-level, ramp-up facility will house state-of-the-art automation systems to improve productivity and operating efficiency for Toll and its customers in Singapore and in the region.
Guest-of-Honour, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Teo Ser Luck, joined Toll Global Logistics CEO Mr Chris Pearce and Chargé d'Affaires, Australian High Commission Mr Adrian Lochrin at a ceremony to mark the start of works today.
Mr Pearce said the development is a key part of Toll’s strategy to strengthen its presence in the region and to continue providing best-in-class supply chain solutions across different market sectors.
“The size and scope of this investment is a testament to Toll’s intent to achieve supply chain excellence in Asia Pacific for its customers,” Mr Pearce said.
“Toll City will redefine warehousing solution options for its customers through leading-edge technology and innovation in a world class facility. We will be ready to increase Toll’s productivity and meet warehousing capacity demand in a region that is set to become one of the largest economic blocs in the world.”
Some of the high-tech options being reviewed for the Toll City development include high-speed unit picking, voice picking and intelligent conveyor systems. The integrated transport and warehouse systems are complemented by energy-efficient initiatives including rain water harvesting and energy monitoring.
Singapore Economic Development Board Assistant Managing Director Mr Kelvin Wong, who also attended the ceremony, said the investment marks another significant milestone in Toll’s presence in Singapore.
“The success of Singapore as a world-leading logistics hub stems from the close collaborations with key industry players, such as Toll Group,” Mr Kelvin Wong said.
“Toll City demonstrates Singapore’s position as a strategic base for regional supply chain operations, as well as Toll Group’s commitment to set new benchmarks for Singapore’s logistics industry by creating solutions that drive productivity growth.”
Toll is focused on a program of continuous improvement to achieve operational excellence and create opportunities for employees to upgrade their skills – a program in line with Singapore’s vision for its country’s workforce.
In collaboration with the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), Toll has developed core and advanced training segments to meet the demands of Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’ vision.
As part of the move into Toll City, Toll will continue its work as a WDA in-house Approved Training Operation (ATO) which will provide a framework for reviewing the use of technology and automation to design the jobs of the future that attract more young and mature locals to the logistics industry.
Assistant Chief Executive Officer for JTC Corporation’s Cluster Group Ms Eunice Koh, said, “We congratulate Toll Group on the groundbreaking of its state-of-the-art logistics hub. Toll City represents next-generation warehousing facility that optimises land use and increases labour productivity. JTC will continue to work with industry players to support the development of facilities that aim to improve operational efficiency, thereby catalysing industry transformation.”
Mr Pearce said that the completion of Toll City in mid-2017will enhance Singapore’s position as a regional logistics hub and provide Toll’s customers access to greater flexibility and scalability in their supply chains.
Toll City’s proximity to road links to Malaysia and the growing Jurong region makes the facility an excellent land-sea interface for its customers. It also coincides with the planned 2020 completion of the Tuas Port which will consolidate all of Singapore’s container operations in one terminal and handle up to 65 million TEUs per year when fully operational.