Swisslog receives order from Coca-Cola Amatil to build new Distribution Center in Auckland

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Coca-Cola Amatil, Coca-Cola's largest bottler in Asia-Pacific with headquarters in Sydney, Australia, has commissioned Swisslog as prime contractor for the planning and realization of an automated distribution center (DC) in Auckland, New Zealand. The new project in Auckland has a total order value for Swisslog of more than MCHF 30.

After the successful implementation by Swisslog of the first fully automated DC in Melbourne, Australia, Coca-Cola Amatil is continuing to invest in their distribution facilities by building a new automated DC in Auckland, New Zealand. The new facility will eliminate the costs for 5 external warehouses, reduce the working capital, increase the customer service and reduce heavy vehicle movements in the New Zealand region. The new DC is scheduled to start operation towards the end of 2007.

The new facility in Auckland, with space for approx. 35,000 pallets, will be built on the existing bottling site, where it will be connected to the bottling lines in different areas of the site. The DC will be controlled by Swisslog's standard software products, Warehouse Manager and Automation Manager/SPOC.

"The new distribution center will enable Coca-Cola Amatil to dramatically improve customer service by streamlining the entire distribution process as well as offering considerable cost savings" says George Adams, Coca-Cola Amatil's Managing Director of New Zealand and Fiji.

Swisslog is very proud of its partnership with CCA. Thereby, Swisslog is helping CCA to streamline its supply chain management by improving its distribution network, as Charles Teissonnire, President of Swisslog's Logistics Solutions Division, explains: "This is the first project for Swisslog in New Zealand and demonstrates the company's growth and strong position in the Asia-Pacific region.

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