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Yusen building smart logistics hub in Singapore

Steve Rogerson
September 26, 2017

Japanese logistics company Yusen has broken ground on its new future-ready warehouse in Tuas, Singapore, and has commissioned Swisslog Autostore automated high-density storage and robotic order-picking technology.
The smart warehouse will be on its existing site and will contain Swisslog AutoStore, which has been installed in its current Tuas warehouse.
The warehouse will have a 1260 square metre floor area, which will expand its existing building from 2000 to 3500 cubic metres. This should increase throughput for receiving, sorting and put-away by 18 times
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by: Heng Chee How, deputy secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress and senior minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office; Kenji Mizushima, president and representative director of Yusen Logistics; Lee Check Poh, chief regional officer for the south Asia and Oceania region; Ng Kim Hung, managing director of Yusen Logistics Singapore; Lee Eng Keat, executive director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB); and Ma Ping Nee, group director of Jurong Town Corporation.
“We are transforming ourselves to get closer to our customers and helping them with challenges that they are facing,” said Ng Kim Hung. “With a vision to create sustainable growth for society, Yusen Logistics works towards driving productivity, space and operational efficiency by re-skilling our employees through partnership with educational institutions to be ready for the future and be equipped with the skills for automation. We strive to create better connections where we convert insights into actions to optimise their supply chain in the most effective and efficient way.”
Ready by early 2019, the three-storey ramp-up warehouse was designed and being built by Boustead Projects and offers seamless process integration with the existing building. Advanced robotic, RFID, vision recognition and autonomous technology will be installed and integrated with Swisslog Autostore to transform the conventional warehouse operation to smart data driven logistics operation.
“We are always applying insight, service quality and innovation to be the world's preferred supply chain logistics company,” said Mizushima. “This new warehouse in a strategic location is equipped with the most advanced technology. We will create sustainable growth for Singapore by providing high quality supply chain logistics service that will meet our customers' needs."
The warehouse comprises 20,000 square metres of storage area, with 36 loading bays and an 8000 square metre rooftop parking area for up to 100 trailers.
“Data driven operation provides the infrastructure for process customisation,” said Francis Kwa, head of contract logistics at Yusen Logistics Singapore. “The capabilities to provide customisable work processes mean Yusen Logistics can tailor specific services for the various industry verticals. This is a unique capability. Singapore is a global transportation hub with extensive trade links and market connectivity. Storage space with tailored quality, reliable and consistent value-added services provide competitive advantages to our customers who use Singapore as a regional distribution centre.”
Yusen Logistics’ vision of connecting people, businesses and communities to a better future, through logistics, focuses on providing customers with the Japanese Kaizen Culture of continuous improvement of work processes and efficiency. Embracing smart technology is a logical step from the Kaizen Culture.
“Singapore’s logistics industry has consistently been ranked among the world’s best, reinforcing our position as a global leading logistics hub,” said Lee Eng Keat. “EDB is excited to support the ambition of companies like Yusen Logistics, to catalyse enterprise-level transformation and improve productivity through innovation and greater adoption of automation. This will also translate into new professional roles and career pathways for Singaporeans, as well as the upskilling of rank-and-file jobs, building the necessary talent competencies to further the strengths and capabilities of the industry.”