SSI Schaefer set to open Singapore’s largest automated cold storage

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  • SSI Schaefer and Tee Yih Jia Food Manufacturing will inaugurate Singapore’s largest automated rack-clad high-bay warehouse storage facility early next year
  • The fully automated cold storage will be inaugurated at Tee Yih Jia’s new $450-million production facility

Singapore-based warehouse and logistics solutions provider SSI Schaefer and frozen foods maker Tee Yih Jia Food Manufacturing Pte Ltd are launching Singapore’s largest automated rack-clad high-bay warehouse storage facility early next year.

SSI Schaefer in a release said the fully automated cold storage will be inaugurated at Tee Yih Jia’s new $450-million production facility, the Tee Yih Jia Food Hub, in Senoko, Singapore, in the first quarter of 2022.

The Tee Yih Jia facility will consist of three warehouses—two cold rooms and one ambient temperature dry store—and feature a rack-clad high-bay warehouse with an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) which allows the automated placement and retrieval of high-volume loads from Tee Yih Jia ‘s storage locations.

A rack-clad high-bay ware is a high-bay storage system designed not only to store goods but also to support the structure of the building. In other words, in these types of warehouses the racking is part of the structure of the building, as well as where unit loads are stored or stocked.

Tee Yih Jia ‘s food factory and warehouse storage facility sits on a land area of 40,000 square meters and spans more than 100,000 pallet positions of frozen storage racks. It is installed with fifteen SSI EXYZ cranes which are estimated to be able to move up to 300 pallets per hour with automation technology.

This cooperation comes as warehouse automation booms across the Asia-Pacific region. The region’s automated storage and retrieval system market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of about 10% between 2021 and 2026. This growth is prominent in the food and beverage (F&B) industry, as companies recognize the advantages provided by automated storage and retrieval systems and increase focus towards market adoption.

“Logistics automation has been on the uptrend for several years, and COVID-19 has only accelerated this trajectory. With F&B, pharmaceutical and eCommerce booming, cold chain operators and logistics service providers need to evolve their warehouses to support a strong, undisrupted supply chain,” said Xavier Perello Pairada, senior vice president at SSI Schaefer.

“As we move towards the next generation of smart logistics, APAC organizations must combine robotics and intelligence software to keep up with shifting market dynamics and meet current and future demands,” he added.

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