Inside Sydney’s Massive New Amazon Robotics Fulfilment Centre
Construction of Amazon’s massive new robotics fulfilment centre in Western Sydney is nearing completion.
The centre, located at Goodman and Brickworks’ Oakdale West Industrial Estate in Kemps Creek, is the largest warehouse ever built in Australia, spanning 200,000 square metres, across four stories, taking up roughly the same amount of land space as Taronga Zoo.
Over 4,000 workers have built the behemoth, with 14kms of conveyancing equipment and 2.5km of safety fencing fitted.
Over 13,500 tonne of Australian steel has been used in the construction; for comparison’s sake, Sydney Olympic Park Stadium used 10,500 tonne. Over 200,000 nuts and bolts were used for the structural frame alone.
37,000 yellow storage pods will house 20 million small items bought and ships every minute: electronics, books, groceries, toys and more, which will be shunted around the factory by hundreds of robotic drivers, who will bring the pods to human workers, who will fulfil the customer orders.
This process will save space, allowing for 50 per cent more items to be stowed per square metre.
“The opening of this site will double our operational footprint in Australia while creating more than 1,500 local jobs in Western Sydney, with the opportunity to work alongside advanced robotics to deliver the ultimate in service for customers,” said Craig Fuller, Director of Operations, Amazon Australia (pictured below).
“The introduction of robotics enables us to exponentially increase our capacity for storing inventory, providing additional opportunities for the thousands of small and medium sized Australian businesses we support, while increasing product selection and improving delivery speed for our customers around the country.”
Despite the title, Amazon Robotics FC will create over 1,500 jobs, across IT, HR and robotics professionals, as well as hundreds of factory workers, who will pick, pack and ship items to customers. Hiring has already started, with the majority of jobs opening with the factory, next year.
“We’re pleased to offer quality employment opportunities for people in Western Sydney in a safe and positive work environment, at a time when they are needed most,” Fuller explains.
“Along with specialised positions in areas like robotics, we have a range of roles that don’t require formal qualifications and provide an opportunity to work alongside advanced technology and build a career at Amazon. We’re excited to welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to our team in the new year.”