CONLINXX Part Of The POAL Family
After six years running its Inland Port in Wiri South Auckland, Ports of Auckland at the end of 2009 joined with logistics company NZL Group to establish a subsidiary company, CONLINXX, to take over the management of POAL's South Auckland facility.
The 70:30 POAL:NZL Joint Venture was formed to maximise the opportunities offered by the opening of the new rail exchange at Wiri early in 2010 and the launch of rail shuttles between Wiri and the seaport. On the formation of CONLINXX, Jens Madsen, POAL Managing Director said that POAL recognised it was time to unlock the potential of the Wiri facility ‘as a high performing freight hub for the benefit of the whole Supply Chain'.
NZL Group Director Ken Harris confirms that it was logical for NZL and Ports of Auckland to work together to create new, efficient Supply Chain options for shippers and carriers: "We've established our capabilities and credibility with Ports of Auckland over time, working with them on shuttle operations and at POAL's former East Tamaki Inland Port facility."
NZL brings to CONLINXX extensive logistics experience; its main activity is organising and managing large networks of carriers, that are designed to ensure safe and efficient delivery regardless of modes. "This is all about ensuring the right transport assets are efficiently utilised and that project based opportunities to improve efficiency in Supply Chains are identified. We have invested heavily in tools designed to make Supply Chains transparent and to link demand to carrier options."
Ken Harris says NZL loves to work with companies like POAL who are committed to improving New Zealand's Supply Chain. "In all our businesses, in our work with POAL and in our other Joint Ventures with Fonterra and Carter Holt Harvey, we have the tools to look across a range of transport options and to choose the efficient resource for the movement of the goods and, most importantly, to monitor and report the outcomes. With CONLINXX we have the same aim: to improve the efficiency of the Supply Chain between the Seaport and the POAL freight hub in Wiri in South Auckland. CONLINXX can do this for shippers - but equally, CONLINXX is brilliantly placed to work with carriers. Most good carriers are interested in delivering efficient solutions to their customers and CONLINXX delivers that opportunity".
Heading up CONLINXX as CEO, is experienced senior logistics expert Reinhold Goeschl who reports that CONLINXX fits well with the POAL operation where its role is expanding. "In addition to our running of the Wiri Freight Hub and the external shuttle between Wiri and the seaport, we have also recently won the tender to operate POAL's internal, inter-wharf, inter-terminal container shuttle service. We tendered for and won the contract up against other private contractors. We are very pleased as it's another feather in our cap" he says.
He says that CONLINXX represents one of Ports of Auckland's key priorities which is to further drive efficiencies in the Supply Chain . "For Ports of Auckland, CONLINXX is the vehicle that will deliver the benefits to the market. Our early focus has been on the development of effective relationships with the transport and freight forwarding industries as well as with importers and exporters. As a container logistics business, we are tasked with delivering increased value by ensuring that cargo moving between Wiri and the seaport is carried in the most efficient way whether that be by rail or by road. At the Wiri Freight Hub we are providing efficient and secure container storage, receival, delivery and handling processes around the clock, all supported by the Ports of Auckland electronic cargo management and information system".
Something of a Kiwi institution, the 100% New Zealand-owned NZL Group owes its 1949 Tauranga origins to NZ's early forestry industry. While forestry remained a mainstay for the NZL forerunner The NZ Lumber Company, NZL today works with many NZ industries. Its expansion has been steady with NZL now employing more than 300 staff and operating nationwide.
In 1992 the Company's name changed to NZL Group and in 2006, managers supported by several investors from within the NZ logistics industry, purchased the Company from P&O Ports. NZL today specialises in freight forwarding solutions for leading shippers, operates transport businesses, as well as container parks, 3pl and contract warehousing, marshalling and stevedoring.
NZL has other Supply Chain management Joint Ventures including one with Lodestar as Freight Manager for Carter Holt Harvey and it is also a partner with Fonterra and K&S Corporation in the Joint Venture logistics provider Dairy Transport Ltd.
File Ref: 2010 POAL Interconnect - September, Pages 10-11 CONLINXX & NZL Group