Expansion plans for Caltex lubes business

Caltex has announced a $5m expansion of its national bulk lubricants storage and distribution network, including the construction of a new facility at Welshpool in Western Australia.

The lubricants, grease and coolants supplier is building the distribution centre and bulk storage facility in the Perth industrial suburb, it says, to ensure a dedicated supply chain for customers in WA.

Caltex also recently carried out about $2m of upgrades to its Brisbane facility, which remains the largest grease manufacturing and lubricants blending facility in Australia, according to the company.


Caltex is upgrading its Australian lube network

The supplier’s Newport bulk storage facility in Melbourne is also receiving a $1.5 million upgrade to make finished product available in bulk rather than made-to-order, ensuring the company can meet demand across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

National manager of business to business sales, Phil Amos, said the expansion activity was another clear signal of the company’s commitment to being Australia’s supplier of choice for lubricants, grease and coolants.

“The Welshpool facility will mainly be supplied with products from our Lytton manufacturing plant and supplemented by imports from Thailand and Singapore,” Amos said.

“The site will be capable of loading the full range of trucks, from small rigids to B-Doubles, ensuring efficient logistics arrangements for our customers, including the Pilbara and Goldfields based mining industries.

“Caltex is also investing in its back-end systems to improve customer service, including aspects such as ordering and invoicing.”