The largest warehouse ever built in Australia is officially open.
It is owned by Amazon Australia and covers 200,000 square metres, roughly the size of 24 rugby league pitches.
The new robotics site is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and can house up to 20 million smaller items sold on amazon.com.au including jewelry, books, electronics, pantry items and toys.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Western Sydney Minister Stuart Ayres and Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen cut the ribbon to officially open the Kemps Creek facility in western Sydney on Wednesday.
The four-story warehouse will create more than 1,500 jobs in the region.
Robotic readers will work in conjunction with Amazon team members by moving inventory modules to them, saving time and speeding up delivery to customers nationwide. The more efficient process will accommodate up to 40% more items.
Amazon Australia chief operating officer Craig Fuller said the opening of the first robotic fulfillment center was an important milestone for Amazon Australia.
Amazon Robotics Fulfillment Center (in numbers):
- the total area of the building is approximately 200,000 square meters – roughly the same area as Taronga Zoo and twice the area of Bondi Beach.
- It can hold up to 20 million items.
- Approximately 14 kilometers of advanced conveying equipment has been installed to move inventory and packages through the building.
- Approximately 2.5 kilometers of Amazon Robotics security fencing was used to create the robotics fields.
- The Amazon logo affixed near the top of the building’s exterior is approximately 9 meters long and 2.7 meters high.
- The overall land size of the site, including the parking lot and the building, is 150,000 square meters.
- About 4,000 workers participated in the construction and fitting out of the building.
- The building comprises 13,500 tonnes of Australian steel; 3,000 tons more steel than was used for the Sydney Olympic Park stadium.
- Over 200,000 nuts and bolts were used for the installation of the steel frame.