Through this partnership, we can offer our customers WWL’s factory-to-dealer solutions across WWL’s landbased services and supply chain management solutions linked with Armacup’s fast and safe ocean transportation.

As trade between Asia and Oceania continues to grow, WWL has strengthened its partnership with New Zealand’s Armacup, to offer customers a smooth and seamless transportation circle from Asia to Oceania and back.

Not all parts of the world are experiencing an economic downturn. While high demand in China for raw materials is making the mining industry in Australia thrive both the Australian and New Zealand markets are performing well and demand for new cars is high.

This has created a kind of “transportationcircle” of cars, buses, mining and construction equipment from China, South Korea and Japan to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands.The fastest growing segments are cars (especially those manufactured in China), utility vehicles, buses and high and heavyvehicles. As Australia’s mining industry continues to boom, so too are its agricultural and construction sectors.

To cover this transportation circle and move the vehicles efficiently from the factory to the dealer, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has partnered with New Zealand-based company Armacup. Thi allows WWL to offer customers express ocean transportation between Asia and Oceania as Armacup’s vessels call at strategic ports on short and regular intervals. Armacup initially started out as a freight forwarding company in 1984, focusing on transporting used cars from Japan to New Zealand. During the peak years, volumes reached 120,000 cars per annum. But later, this trade dropped to around 80,000 cars per year. Through its cooperation with WWL, Armacup has expanded its business scope and initiated the transportation of new cars from China as well.

“In China our vessels call at Shanghai and Tianjin where WWL has terminals that specialise in automotive, agricultural, construction and other rolling machinery,” says Mark Ching, Director of Armacup.

Armacup has a service from China, Japan and South Korea to Australia, New Zealand, Noumea (capital of New Caledonia) and on to other South Pacific islands forming an important link in WWL’s distribution network in the region. It uses modern Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) and Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) vessels offering a fast, reliable and safe service where the cargo is less likely to be exposed to damage due to less handling. Armacup’ sport-to-port service integrates seamlessly with WWL’s terminals and service centres onshore, providing customs clearance, pre-delivery inspection, storage, re-forwarding and inland transport. In addition, using RoRo when loading and discharging static breakbulk units, like power generation equipment or jet engines, reduces the risk of them getting damaged.

Armacup and WWL can also accommodate a range of high and heavy (H&H) cargo including wheel loaders, bulldozers, excavators and dump trucks.

“We use a range of special equipment at our terminals to load and unload everything from 380-tonne turbines and railcars to boats and yachts,” says Mike Slee,Head of Oceania Trade and Operations,WWL Australia.

The relationship between the two companies goes back more than 20 years and, in June 2010, WWL increased its share in Armacup from 25 to 50 percent. However, even though WWL holds 50 percent of Armacup’s shares they are still two independent companies running their own businesses.

“We act as Armacup’s agents in China and Australia. Through this partnership, we can offer our customers WWL’s factory-to-dealer solutions across WWL’s landbased services and supply chain management solutions linked with Armacup’s fast and safe ocean transportation service from North East Asia to Oceania,” says Christen Schreuder, WWL’s Head of Commercial in Asia.

As trade between Asia and Oceania continues to grow, WWL has strengthened its partnership with New Zealand’s Armacup, to offer customers a smooth and seamless transportation circle from Asia to Oceania and back.

Armacup
Established:
1984
Head office: Auckland, New Zealand
Business: Ocean transportation of cars, trucks and other rolling equipment. Armacup commissioned the first dedicated car carrier vessel in the Japan/NZtrade in 1989. The company established its own office in Japan in 2000. New trade routes have been established, including South Korea, Ireland, England,Fiji, Australia and South America


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