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Thomas Foods rebuilds and futureproofs

Thursday, 10 June 2021 ( #1029 ) - Murray Bridge, SA, Australia
Thomas Foods International's new facility
Thomas Foods International's new facility
Leading Australian family-owned company Thomas Foods International is set to deploy Dematic automation at its new meat processing facility in Murray Bridge, South Australia. After its original processing plant was destroyed by fire in 2018, Thomas Foods International made a commitment to rebuild the plant "bigger, better and stronger". The new flagship facility, currently under construction, will offer a future-proof, fully optimised supply chain to service local and global demand for decades to come. As part of its plans to build the new facility to the highest industry standards in technology, efficiency, animal welfare, worker safety and environmental sustainability, Thomas Foods International has partnered with Dematic to deploy its Multishuttle Meat Buffer and Pallet AS/RS. The automated solution will streamline operations to facilitate the start of an advanced, self-sufficient local supply chain. "Our new Murray Bridge facility has been designed with a focus on efficiency and sustainability of which Dematic's advanced automation technology is a key component," says Nekta Nicolaou, group engineering manager at Thomas Foods International. With its capabilities to accommodate the meat industry - operating in both frozen and chilled environments - the Dematic Multishuttle Meat Buffer and AS/RS allows for the transfer of product cartons between aisles without the use of a traditional conveyor system, which increases overall flexibility and system throughput within Thomas Foods International facility. "With the current flood of demand for local product, this solution will improve Thomas Foods International's in-house operations by providing a high-performance order fulfilment and despatch processing system," says Soeren Schauki, business development manager at Dematic. "Even after the devastation of losing its previous facility, Thomas Foods International's ambition to transform the new facility has positioned them as a leader for innovation in the industry, now with a self-sufficient, sustainable and resilient supply chain." Construction and commissioning of the first stage of the new plant is expected to be a 24-month process, with the build reaching completion in late 2022.
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