Major IT distributor, Synnex Australia, has held a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of its forthcoming $45 million fully automated IT logistics centre on Parramatta Rd in Lidcombe.
The soil was turned at 12pm on 12/12/12, by Synnex A/NZ CEO, Kee Ong, Auburn City councillor, Le Lam, and Director, Business Advisory and Industry Development at NSW Trade and Investment, Paul Hogan.
A colourful ceremony preceding the ground-breaking focused around two traditional lions. After Ong signed the building construction contract with Kane Construction's Tony Isaacson, he dotted an eye on each lion to bring them to life.
With traditional band accompaniment, the lion dance culminated in a glitter burst. The soil was then turned and crackers lit to ward off evil spirits. The lions then paid respect to the four corners of the site, symbolising the four corners of the earth.
The site has a small entry in the annals of Australian history: Many years ago flying fortresses were built on it.
According to Ong, construction of the centre will create 100 full-time positions for the next three years. The development will also increase spending and stimulate economic activity in Western Sydney.
The new 10,613sqm centre will sit on 21,110sqm of land and is scheduled to begin operation in October 2013. Synnex's old centre is nearby on the corner of Parramatta Rd and Burnie Ave. The new complex will be Synnex's fourth warehouse adding to those in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Ong said at a time when many technology companies were either cutting costs or delaying projects, Synnex’s continual investment furthered its belief in focusing on the fundamentals of distribution.
The project had increased in cost from an initial $32 million spend to $45 million.
He said, “This investment can enhance our offering of state-of-the art comprehensive logistics infrastructure. In return, all our customers can benefit from our upgraded superior services and knowledgeable support in a higher efficient manner.”
Running on a combination of Oracle ERP software as well as in-house designed systems, the new warehouse will feature an electronic sorter that will manage the company’s 10,000 per day box moving and shipments, as well automated picking for bulky stock in the facility’s five storey-high towers, automated labelling and dispatch, and back-end automation.
Synnex Australia is a division of a Taiwanese-headquartered company, Synnex Technology International Corporation, the largest IT distribution company in the Asia-Pacific and the third largest worldwide.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office executive director, economic division, Dr Guann-Jyh-Lee, said the project represented the largest investment by a Taiwanese company in Australia this year.
He said ITC was the major industry in Taiwan.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, welcomed the start of construction of the new logistics centre.
“Such a large investment in infrastructure is a significant vote of confidence in the NSW economy and its potential for growth," he said.
Representatives of the project architects, construction partners and consultants, other VIPs, and Golden Thinking Limited, also witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony.