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TNT has plans for Kewdale site

LOGISTICS giant TNT is considering redeveloping its Kewdale site after recording strong growth in the WA market.

TNT chief executive James Wilson told Business News that WA had been a good performer for the global group, which had its start in Australia, prompting the company to re-evaluate its State headquarters.

Credited with turning around TNT in Europe and then doing the same with the Australian operations when he arrived here four years ago, Mr Wilson ruled out creating a special regional hub in WA, believing that investment in facilities would be dictated by the needs of clients.

“WA has been pretty good for us in the past two years,” he said.

“It is difficult to know in the future how much we can expand Perth as a hopping point into Asia.”

However, one of TNT’s businesses, Pallecon, was using Perth as a base for expansion into China, mainly because the people with appropriate skills were located in WA.

“Obviously we are quietly focused on expanding our share from the mining industry and that is a big international opportunity.”

But Mr Wilson said the company was likely to transform its Kewdale premises, a big site that already houses several different TNT operations.

“It is certainly the case that we have outgrown it,” he said.

“One site has two or three divisions and we keep talking about redeveloping it into one, more efficient centre.

“I think it is likely we will do that. It is a major investment, probably next year or the year after, to tailor it to our requirements.”

“We have some options that are being designed by our internal architects at the moment.”

Mr Wilson has reshaped TNT through various deals, from selling the non-core Sydney monorail to buying Ansett Air Freight.

He also has driven the company’s push into e-commerce, helping push the Australian business to a turnover of $1 billion, producing a profit of $100 million.

p James Wilson will be addressing the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon on

Thursday August 30.

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