MALAYSIA: MASkargo makes major warehouse investment

Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) and Lodige Industries recently signed a multi-million ringgit agreement which the cargo carrier proclaimed “will redefine cutting-edge technology, elevating cargo handling system to a whole new level.” The Material Handling Control System (MHCS) enhancement project valued in excess of RM100 million (US$32.9 million) will be completed in five phases […]


Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) and Lodige Industries recently signed a multi-million ringgit agreement which the cargo carrier proclaimed “will redefine cutting-edge technology, elevating cargo handling system to a whole new level.” The Material Handling Control System (MHCS) enhancement project valued in excess of RM100 million (US$32.9 million) will be completed in five phases – Diagnosis, Design and Development; Initial Repair and Modifications; IT System Implementation; Refurbishment and finally Enhancement. The upgrading of the MHCS will accommodate MASkargo’s growth plans over the next 10 years. The Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC) was developed in 1998 to handle 650,000 tonnes of cargo per annum. Upon the completion of the project, it is expected that MASkargo will be able to handle up to 1 million tonnes of cargo per annum. “This project is not merely an expansion but also about redesigning how cargo will be handled in a more efficient and expedient manner to better serve our customers. The technology applied will also improve the handling of transhipment cargo,” said MASkargo managing director, Shahari Sulaiman. The refurbishment of the MHS Equipment and Control Systems will replace obsolete technologies; improve machine operations and design out recurring faults. The current IT system at the warehouse will be replaced with industry standards application technology and logistics philosophies. This project will also, in effect, redevelop ACC’s Operational Procedures to produce a fully integrated and efficient cargo handling system and operations which final objective is to drive out cost and drive up reliability. President of Lodige Industries Rudolph Lödige said: “A technically challenging project, our engineers designed a comprehensive and cost effective solution that meets MASkargo’s requirements to extend the life of the material handling system and dramatically improve its capacity. “We look forward to working with MASkargo to redevelop the ACC and help them achieve their long term objectives of becoming a major force in global air cargo handling.”