NSW research centre teams with global logistics company to focus on transport efficiency

1 June 2011

Australia's ICT research centre of excellence NICTA has joined forces with leading global logistics company DB Schenker - Europe's largest rail freight and land transport operator -to research productivity improvements in the transport and logistics sector.

Schenker Australia Pty Ltd, which belongs to Schenker AG, a privately held subsidiary of Germany's national railway company, will engage with NICTA as a partner and project collaborator in NICTA's Future Logistics Living Lab in Sydney.

Launched in February 2011 with the support of NSW Government, the Future Logistics Living Lab involves some of the world's leading scientists working together to address industry-identified bottlenecks and inefficiencies in transport and logistics.

NICTA and DB Schenker have identified a number of potential projects, including a study of software systems architecture for logistics, with a view to expanding the relationship to address other areas of mutual interest in the future.

NICTA's expertise in optimisation will aim to support the development of DB Schenker's complex fleet management, truck routing and warehousing processes. These techniques could help identify cost efficiencies and potentially lead to reductions in CO2 emissions.

NICTA will also assess the capacity of DB Schenker's IT systems and their ability to support continuity of business operations.

The CEO of Schenker Australia Pty Ltd, Ron Koehler, said: "This initial collaborative study with NICTA will help guide us with the continuing optimisation of our business strategy. Activities like capacity planning and system interoperability across the organisation are just two of the areas we will be addressing."

NICTA's Acting CEO Dr Phil Robertson said: "As a major supplier to the retail industry and manufacturer of consumer electronics products and whitegoods, DB Schenker has a large and valuable supply chain which i'm certain will benefit from NICTA's technical expertise."

The state-of-the-art Future Logistics Living Lab is based at NICTA's corporate headquarters at the Australia Technology Park in Sydney.

DB Schenker's head office is in nearby Alexandria.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the NSW Government welcomed world-class research organisation NICTA and global leader DB Schenker partnering on projects to improve industry outcomes in critical industries like freight, transport and logistics.

"It is especially exciting to see this deal being signed at CeBIT Australia, where Germany is our Partner Country this year," Mr Stoner said.

"The freight, transport and logistics industry is estimated to account for up to 5.2 per cent of New South Wales Gross State Product, equivalent to $19.5 billion per annum.

"This industry is particularly significant for our State due to our large population and the importance of our air and sea freight ports. The NSW Government welcomes innovation and collaboration that can make vital productivity improvements in the freight, transport and logistics industry, and for this reason we are very pleased to support NICTA and the Future Logistics Living Lab in this collaboration with DB Schenker."