The Andrews Labor Government today announced Dutch-based cold storage and logistics company NewCold will establish its Asia-Pacific Headquarters and a major automated cold storage warehouse in Truganina creating 127 full time jobs in Melbourne’s west.
NewCold is the latest addition to Victoria’s thriving food and beverage sector, which is leading the nation in both production and exports.
It will be the main tenant in the Agar Industrial Estate, a newly developed estate in the City of Melton, enabling further development and job creation in Truganina.
The Labor Government helped secure the Asia-Pacific Headquarters for Melbourne, working closely with NewCold and EMKC on planning and infrastructure issues.
Having secured the headquarters in Melbourne, the company anticipates its Truganina facility will be the first in a series of projects across the Asia-Pacific region and is exploring options for operations in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, as well as other locations in Australia.
Opening in 2017, NewCold’s facility will use high level automation and will create jobs in IT, engineering, software development and management.
The project will also bring new technology to Victoria with the company planning to use oxygen reduction fire safety technology.
In addition, NewCold adopts state of the art systems to significantly lower electricity consumption when compared with conventional cold storage warehouses.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan
“This is another vote of confidence for Victoria’s food and beverage sector and will create 127 full time jobs in Melbourne’s West.”
“This project is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing efforts to attract investments that create jobs across Melbourne and regional Victoria.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller
“Local jobs are just so important, the NewCold headquarters will bring economic opportunities and job creation in Truganina.”
Quotes attributable to Founder and Executive Vice President of NewCold Bram Hage
“We are delighted to announce that we have chosen Melbourne, Victoria as the home of NewCold’s Asia Pacific Headquarters and our first cold storage facility in the Southern Hemisphere.”
“Our Melbourne operations will play a critical role in driving NewCold’s expansion throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.”