Toll Intermodal and Cristal collaboration doubles supply chain capacity
Toll Intermodal, a leading freight transport solution provider, and Cristal Mining Australia have worked together to create a supply hub in Broken Hill that efficiently transports mineral products to Adelaide and doubles supply chain capacity – successfully positioning Cristal Mining Australia for its future growth.
And now, this successful collaboration has been further recognised with Cristal announced as the winner of for the Entrepreneurial Procurement Organisation of the Year at the 2016 Procurement and Supply Australasia Awards.
As one of the largest producers of titanium dioxide and titanium chemicals, Cristal Mining required a solution for its Broken Hill hub that would improve efficiencies and increase capacity to accommodate growth 15 years into the future.
The recognised solution was centred on longer and heavier trains to increase capacity. Toll Intermodal enabled this through infrastructure improvements, new multi-purpose equipment and improving the materials handling process.
The hard stand was expanded by 6000 metres2; the Broken Hill hub rail line was increased by over 400 metres; and by pre-loading containers to allow a new container-on container-off approach, together with more powerful and efficient material handling equipment, loading time reduced from 18 hours to five.
These simple and creative modifications have resulted in increasing the payload on every train by 40 per cent and a 30 per cent reduction in train paths – improving environmental impact with less fuel and carbon emissions.
And since the solution has been in operation, there have been zero safety incidents and injuries after more than a year.
Trevor Cameron, Asia Pacific Procurement Manager at Cristal praised the collaborative approach. “Instead of saying it couldn’t be done, Toll Intermodal worked with us to develop this entrepreneurial solution and meet our just-in-time logistics needs.”
Shaun Mooney, Executive General Manager at Toll Intermodal said, “At Toll, we work closely with our customers, such as Cristal, to understand their business needs. By leveraging our industry-leading capability and experience, we can design intelligent best-fit freight solutions that maximise efficiency and optimise outcomes”.
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