Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Spt-Oct 2015 Contents "We have been in constant communication
with our counterparts with feedback and
alterations from our key Australian customers,"
Mr. Johnson said. "This feedback has been
taken onboard and has delivered a customised
Australian pallet racking solution that is designed
specifically for local Australian conditions."
Keeping Australian warehouses
safe and sound
Another example of this targeted product
development for the Australian market is the
commitment to warehouse safety through Stow's
'Safety Yellow, The Brighter Choice' program.
"We worked closely with the Belgium-based
research and development team, along with
the production department, to ensure it was
a seamless process to make this our default
product," said Mr Johnson.
"Stow's Safety Yellow enhances the visibility
of pallet racking in Australian warehouses,
therefore making the environment safer not only
for employees, but also simpler in the installation
process and for stored products as well," he said.
All of Stow's product range is engineered to the
highest global manufacturing standards, and
thus by default, also to Australian Standards.
"Product quality control is our highest
concern - every product is tested before
manufacturing using 'Mother Coil' testing, and
throughout the entire manufacturing process.
"Before the product is shipped, another final
quality check is completed that ensures our
product is of the highest quality and ensures
"Our manufacturing and engineering depart-
ments include dedicated product quality and
assurance inspectors, which add another level
of production quality and safety for consumers.
"Through these communication channels,
we ensure that all our storage products are
designed and manufactured to Australian
Standards," noted Mr Johnson.
The impact on the Australian market
Another key market advantage to this global
approach to pallet racking is the installation
design - Stow's collaboration ensures the
maximum storage space is achieved at the most
economical price point.
Due to the feedback from Stow Australia's
customers, constant product development and
modifications for the Australian marketplace
"This ensures the best, fully integrated and
customised storage solution for Australian
businesses at the most competitive prices,"
Mr Johnson said.
For more information call 13 STOW
(13 7869), email email@example.com,
or visit www.stowaustralia.com.au.
Stow has three production facilities
worldwide (Belgium, Karvina CZ and
Shanghai) that service all of Stow's
operations. Stow has also heavily invested
in these production facilities in the form
of automation, product control and
assurance tests and techniques as well as
in employee education.
Belgium manufacturing plant:
91,619m2 - 100,000 tonnes+
processed per year.
Part of Stow's global head office, the
manufacturing plant in Belgium was the first
production facility and has been servicing
Stow's growth and ongoing development.
Significant development, investment
in automated machinery and increased
footprint has allowed the Belgium plant to
stay cost effective.
A major area of investment in
this production facility has been the
introduction of automated production lines.
This has introduced a massive saving to
the overall cost of production, while also
ensuring the highest product quality.
Karvina manufacturing plant: 4,811m2
Stow's facility in Karvina in the Czech
Republic is used purely as a specialist
manufacturing plant for products such as
the Stow Atlas Shuttle.
Shanghai manufacturing plant:
42,393m2 - 24,000 tonnes+ processed
The Shanghai plant is one of the most
sophisticated and high-tech production
facilities in the pallet racking market.
The Shanghai facility boasts automated
production systems (profiling, painting and
welding), as well as in-house testing to
ensure product quality and assurance.
The manufacturing plant in Shanghai
boasts a sheet work department, profiling,
welding, beam, bracing and painting lines.
"This investment in the layout of the
production line was designed to optimise
product manufacturing time and save cost to
our customers," said Paul Johnson.
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