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BevChain Lion

BevChain partners with Lion on automation upgrade

January 7, 2020
By Alana House

BevChain is working to re-engineer Lion’s manufacturing site in Sydney’s inner west to be a leading automation game changer.

The site is adjacent to BevChain’s headquarters in Auburn.

“Unlocking real customer value requires sophisticated, best-practice supply chains that transform the way we all do business,” said President BevChain, Misha Shliapnikoff (below).

President BevChain, Misha Shliapnikoff

“The site was historically a traditional, largely manual warehouse operation, but the location was highly strategic for our key customer Lion.

“We often hear about automation being implemented into new, purpose-built greenfield facilities commonly located in outer suburbs, but with the Lion brewery co-located metres away, we took advantage of the existing site’s favourable position.”

Rather than embarking on a new build, the current site was best suited for repurpose and modernisation to create a leading-edge, sustainable automation solution.

“We are working closely with Lion and strategic automation suppliers to implement a new automated pallet storage and picking solution, set to dramatically increase capacity and realise substantial productivity gains,” added Shliapnikoff.

“It’s this type of dedicated ‘future proof’ focus that has gained the extended trust of our customer to make a long-term contract commitment.”

To minimise operational disruption, BevChain assisted Lion’s relocation to interim sites, allowing the automation equipment construction to shift into full force.

Among the benefits of the automation will be:

  • Storage utilisation increased by 55% in the same building footprint
  • Increased accuracy and speed of order fulfilment 
  • Efficient 24/7 customer operation
  • Enhanced workplace safety
  • Smooth and controlled process operation

BevChain is a valued Corporate Partner of the Drinks Association.