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LINX Cargo Care Group keeps mining materials moving

LINX working with MCS on innovative solutions for bulk materials loading in Kwinana, Western Australia.

A lot can be achieved by a company with more than 100 years’ experience and over 50 strategically-located sites across Australia. Australian Mining speaks with LINX Cargo Care Group about its all-encompassing capabilities across Australia.

LINX Cargo Care Group exists at a time when mining companies are increasingly relying on single pit-to-port providers for their logistical needs.

The company acknowledges that their mining clients have extensive distances to travel, need to use multiple modes of transport and must be mindful of time to increase productivity and manage costs.

LINX Cargo Care Group has gained the ability to overcome challenges unique to the mining sector, with 100 years of ports and logistics experience that precedes the current ownership.

LINX Cargo Care Group executive general manager – customer and business development Carlo Cutinelli says the group creates a no waste mentality when working with the mining industry.

“You’ve still got one person driving the truck, you’ve still got fuel being used, but you can move additional tonnes in that individual unit,” Cutinelli tells Australian Mining.

“We partner with mining companies through their changing needs, making sure they’re getting that last couple of tonnes in a shipment.”

Through LINX Cargo Care Group, mining companies can choose a pit-to-port solution that fulfils their core requirements, whether through rail, road, storage, bulk shipments or containerised options, through to the point of export.

LINX Cargo Care Group is today made up of five market-leading operations – LINX, Autocare Services, C3, GeelongPort and the recently-acquired Pederson Group. It was born through one of the largest takeovers in Australian history.

When Australian freight logistics company Asciano was taken over in 2016 and divested into three parts, LINX Cargo Care Group became one of the three companies owned by a group of co-investors led by global alternative asset manager Brookfield.

Together, they are helping drive the Australian economy through ports, rail, road/transport and forestry.

LINX Cargo Care Group has incomparable resources and experience that many can’t compete with. Its comprehensive solutions are reflective of its corporate culture, leveraging these collective strengths to deliver more to mining companies.

“We want to assist them from the back end, giving them what we believe is going to be the best supply chain solution that can get their projects over the line,” Cutinelli says.

LINX Cargo Care Group has a value proposition that it can put forward to customers who are trying to get their feasibility studies up, giving them the ability to compete with the larger players.

Its LINX business, for example, works with miners to find the right direction for their products, whether its rail, stevedoring and port services, or other logistics solutions (road transport, warehousing and ancillary services).

Mining companies can take advantage of LINX’s containerised solutions to transport smaller volume of concentrates, which can flexibly go on the road or rail.

The group’s Autocare Services business is also ready to accommodate the remoteness of mine sites, the size of Australia’s mining states, or the tyranny of distance.

Autocare Services supplies end-to-end vehicle fit-out solutions through its direct partnership with mining companies, or less directly though the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Custom fleet conversion vehicles fit-out by Autocare Services.

“Autocare can provide build options for a full minespec service vehicle, to preparing a straight forward pre-delivery inspection and everything in between,” Autocare services national manager, fleet conversion, David Allen says.

The Autocare Services business moves more than a million cars a year and has built facilities in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and several key regional locations.

Autocare Services also has its own processing facilities and transport arm, where the business manages quality and service from the moment the vehicles lands in Australia, through to hand over with the end user.

“Every vehicle we fit out has had careful consideration and product scrutiny to ensure it meets or exceeds our customers’ requirements,” Allen says.

“For example, the van shelving fit out products we supply are subject to computer simulated crash tests to conform their compliance with current Australian Design Rules and ensure the maximum safety for the end user, as well as the best outcomes for the life of the vehicle.

“We want to provide solutions for the customers and provide the supply chain from the wharf to the mine – a full service to eliminate transport costs and delay times to get them the best outcome.”

LINX group manager business development – Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Neil David agrees that a company has to be reliable, responsive and flexible – the three elements that the group embodies.

Without any of those, one will be impeded in their ability to operate a mine and attract unnecessary downtime, according to the manager, who has accumulated more than 30 years of industry experience.

“It’s also a career-long plea to the industry to engage with a logistics provider as early as possible,” David says.

David says though logistics is an important aspect of a mining operation, it is often a low priority among miners.

In fact, there is significant mine optimisation that might not necessarily be visible at the start, as mining operators are caught up in identifying the cost of their plant and the richness of their ore.

Logistics tasks are often seen as a small cost to miners. But without tackling these tasks early on, miners would design themselves and their mines out of the efficiency that a logistics provider is set to deliver, according to David.

“Logistic tasks truly become a key lifeline in and out of the site once an operation is up and running,” he concludes.

This article will also appear in the December edition of Australian Mining.

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