Kiwis tackle Oz baggage

By Stephen Gillam

Brisbane's airport is one of the busiest in Virgin Australia's network. Photo / Bloomberg
Brisbane's airport is one of the busiest in Virgin Australia's network. Photo / Bloomberg

A Kiwi baggage handling company has won two projects that will upgrade technology at Australian airports to meet the increasing needs of Virgin Australia.

In Brisbane, BCS Group will install seven aerobridges to help meet the expected passenger capacity expansion.

Brisbane's airport is one of the busiest in Virgin Australia's network, taking more than 145 flights every day, and is an important hub for regional and international connections.

Work has already begun and is expected to last 12 months.

BCS general manager Andrew Mauger said the Brisbane project would include its latest software technology, including its new Sym3 SCADA simulator.

The software allows airports to simulate a plane offloading and processing the baggage it can expect to deal with before anything is built.

The technology not only creates a three-dimensional view of the conveyor belts, diverters and carousels, but also gives operators a view of individual items moving through the system.

Mauger said the software includes advanced 3D technology and live tracking that allows an operator easier control to enhance productivity.

The company is also working on multiple projects in Perth.

Its technology is the preferred supplier at Perth Airport's Terminal 1 and will double the size of its baggage handling system to meet the growing requirements of Virgin Australia's domestic operations.

In the second project in Perth BCS will provide 14 new aerobridges and upgrade the Terminal 3 baggage handling system to improve its speed and efficiency.

The projects are part of Perth Airport's A$300 million ($348 million) expansion project that will cater for its expected growth.

Mauger said BCS had operations and maintenance personnel in almost every Australian airport.

"It's something our customers want and it fits with our philosophy of providing seamless service," he said.

"We provide the technology capability so our customers don't have to think about it, and they really like that."

The projects come at a good time for BCS, with its recent success in Malaysia.

Its Kuala Lumpur office has tripled its staff to 30 within less than a year of operation, and is involved with the $1.8 million terminal expansion at Kuala Lumpur Airport.

BCS is also looking to expand its Malaysian operations, having been granted access to the Multimedia Super Corridor economic zone by the Malaysian Government.

Spokesman Marc Michel said BCS's main point of difference was its advanced software technology that enhances client productivity for airports, airlines and freight companies.

The company makes its baggage handling systems in Mexico for the North American market and Malaysia for the Asian market, Michel said.

"Manufacturing commodity steel-based products in New Zealand makes no sense given our distance to our key focus markets in Asia [and] North and South America."

- NZ Herald

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