Ceva Logistics is building a new 166,000 sq.m facility at Truganina, west of Melbourne, that will provide services for the automotive sector, including for the handling of finished vehicles.

It is the largest Ceva facility in Australia and is being described by the company as a ‘super site’. The company said it was ideally located to support the automotive, consumer, industrial and retail sectors.

The facility will include a 17,500 sq.m area for loading and staging finished vehicles as well as a 59,000 sq.m external storage and maneuvering area. The site will also have four warehouses with a combined footprint of over 72,000 sq.m.

With the majority of carmakers ending production in Australia in the next couple of years there is expected to be a lot of vehicle import handling, with Melbourne one of the main ports of entry for finished vehicles. Growth is also expected in the supply of aftermarket parts.

The Truganina site is one of a number of investments supporting the automotive sector that Ceva is making in Australia and New Zealand according to Casey Fisher, managing director of Ceva in Australia and New Zealand.

“As well as Truganina, we are adding to our extensive existing network of sites with a new and almost-complete 30,000 sq.m car carrying and international freight management site at Pinkenba in Queensland, a 5,500 sq.m extension to our Auckland facility in New Zealand, a new 34,000 sq. m contract logistics and international freight multi user facility at Hazelmere in Western Australia, and plans are at an advanced stage to build a bespoke car carrying facility, also in Western Australia.”

The company said that all of its facilities in the region would incorporate the latest technology and processes including continuous loading docks and dock levellers, as well as hail netting at car carrying facilities, amongst others measures.