Office and warehouse facility at Dakota Park, near Christchurch Airport

Confidence in the future of Christchurch and the growing trade strength of the South Island has been evidenced with the opening of SB Global Logistics’ new $10 million office and warehouse facility at Dakota Park, near Christchurch Airport.

The facility was officially opened on 27 November by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

The new 5000 square meter logistics facility brings all the company’s activities under one roof with extensive space on the 13,500 square meter site for further expansion. The facility has some unique features including office acoustics panels to reduce noise and harvested lighting for energy saving.

Established in 1990, SB Global Logistics’ investment in the new facility and the accompanying technology required in today’s increasingly sophisticated global supply chain reflects the great changes in the international freight forwarding and logistics markets in the last 20 years.

Steve Bateman, Director of SB Global Logistics, said that today’s market is not just about moving a pallet or container of product or items, but about the accessibility of information flows and the value added services that we provide to customers.

“Growth in International Freight Forwarding and Third Party Logistics today is systematic of the sophistication of global trade and also the continued emergence of huge markets such as India and China,” Mr Bateman said..

“For instance, e-commerce is forcing us to become more advanced in the way we do business. We have companies, sometimes selling individual units, requiring us to not only warehouse their products but sometimes conduct quality control, re-label, re-package and provide customised packaging

“One of the points that separate us from our competition is the unique and distinctive partnership we have with one of the world’s leading logistics provider DB Schenker. This relationship celebrates in 2015, twenty five years of doing business together in New Zealand and has had many highlights as our companies have worked together to build a professional and respected brand in the South Island Market.

Partnering with DB Schenker means SB Global Logistics can focus strongly on the local market yet still have access to international markets.

“This is not about growth in relation to the Christchurch rebuild, although there is a bit of that, it is about our genuine confidence in Christchurch and the South Island,” Mr Bateman added.

“There is a rapidly escalating demand for New Zealand perishable foods such as stone fruit, meat, dairy and fish, and SB Global Logistics will shortly be launching its new Cool Chain service which will be an investment in highly skilled people to handle the export needs of our New Zealand producers.”

“Schenker New Zealand remains excited at the continued growth of our long term partnership with SB Global Logistics. This new facility and future developments into the perishable market, demonstrates their commitment and gevity to not only the Christchurch market, but the DB Schenker network. Something we can both look forward to” said Mark Harrison Schenker New Zealand Managing Director.

Ron Koehler Schenker Australia CEO AU / NZ who presented his speech at the official opening said “We are extremely happy with our long standing partnership SB Global Logistics and 25 years is a testimony of our commitment to our mutual success. The new facility is outstanding and congratulations to Steve Bateman and his management team in their investment and vision for the future.”


Photo Left to Right: Ulf Barnard - Schenker Australia Director Ocean Freight AU/NZ, Ron Koehler - Schenker Australia CEO AU / NZ , John Key - Prime Minister of New Zealand, Stephen Bateman - SB Global Logistics Director, Anders Bergland - Schenker Australia CFO, Mark Harrison - Schenker New Zealand Managing Director