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Adding to the bottom line

  • From the February 2019 issue.
Adding to the bottom line

Food solutions group, Turosi, switched from tandem to tri-axle trailers resulting in significant payload gains. This, coupled with Panus Oceania’s ability to rapidly deliver 15 new flat top trailers, led to Turosi modernising its Geelong-based chicken haulage fleet.

Turosi Pty Ltd was formed on 8 May 2018 when OSI International Foods (Aust) and Turi Foods completed a merger of their Australian operations, combining many decades of knowledge and expertise.

Turosi will continue to operate the chicken processing plants out of Thomastown and Geelong, Victoria while further processed products will continue to be manufactured at Broadmeadows, Victoria and Eagle Farm, Queensland, along with various farming operations in Victoria.

The new Panus fleet of 15 tri-axle trailers is based at the Geelong facility, carting live chickens from farms to Turosi’s processing plant in Geelong.

Though Turosi had originally considered refurbishing its existing fleet of 13 tandem-axle trailers, Panus undertook a cost-value analysis for the client and discovered that it would be more cost effective to replace the fleet with new trailers with a greater carrying capacity.

With six new 45ft flat top trailers already in stock and almost ready to go, Panus was enlisted to supply the new live chicken haulage fleet.

“We are now carrying close to 14 tonne of live chicken weight per trailer. The additional carrying capacity with the new trailers over our previous ones represents an increase of about one tonne per load. Typically we do 23 loads a day across the fleet. In this industry every kilo counts, so when you are doing this many loads in a day, the cost savings add up very quickly,” explains Don Heath, Operations Manager for the Geelong processing facility.

As the trailers needed to be suitable for carrying live chicken modules, Turosi required Panus to develop a suitable headboard and rear board for each of the trailers that enabled air-flow throughout the trailer.

“Panus was able to fabricate these according to our specifications and meet very strict animal welfare guidelines for the haulage of live chickens “explains Don.

He adds that Panus was very accommodating to the company’s needs. “They were able to deliver within the timeframe we needed and the drivers have been really happy with the new trailers too.”

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