- The new site will enhance the resilience of how important food supplies are carried around the country and around the world for more than half of all New Zealanders who reside in the ‘golden triangle’ of Waikato, Auckland, and Bay of Plenty.
- The site will be able to store 21,000 pallets of frozen and refrigerated products once it is completed.
Large cold storage project coming into operation at the end of 2023
With more than 16,000 square meters of fully convertible temperature-controlled space, the site will be able to store 21,000 pallets of frozen and refrigerated products once it is completed.
Maersk has signed a long-term ground leasing deal with Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) to construct the facility, which will open in late 2023. “Maersk’s decision to establish its new cold storage facility at Ruakura is a very significant enhancement to the New Zealand supply chain and how we link to the globe,” said Chris Joblin, Chief Executive of TGH. He also believed that the new site would enhance the resilience of how important food supplies are carried around the country and around the world for more than half of all New Zealanders who reside in the ‘golden triangle’ of Waikato, Auckland, and Bay of Plenty.
The new facility is next to the Ruakura Inland Port, which provides a seamless link to the Ports of Tauranga and Auckland, allowing it to better serve the North Island’s export districts as well as significant import markets.
Maersk claims that by connecting the state-of-the-art cold store to the depot and intermodal connections, it will be able to provide better logistics solutions for both import and export customers, meeting their growing demand for more efficient, tech-enabled, and temperature-controlled supply chains.
With a massive network connecting New Zealand to the world, Maersk will transform this cold storage facility into a supplier for both national and international supply chains. “We are confident it will allow us to be more adaptive and agile in our operations, allowing us to better respond to consumer demand with seasonal demand,” said a company representative.
“With the new facility, and its tight integration with Maersk’s logistics solutions, we’ll be able to provide more transparency and visibility for chilled cargoes, as well as assist customers in building more efficient and robust supply chains.”, said Tony Mildon, Maersk Oceania’s Head of Reefer.
Maersk also announced plans for a new Toronto distribution facility earlier this month to meet the growing demand for multimodal import and export goods in Canada.
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