New High-Rise Facility Consolidates Logistics for CPI

The completion of the new CPI Group High-Rise facility at Wetherill Park was officially marked by a Galactic Event at which Mr. Carl Scully, NSW Minister for Roads, declared the facility officially open.

The event followed a '2001 Space' theme and was a spectacular occasion which allowed CPI, oneof Australia's leading diversified distributors, to demonstrate to customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees and directors the capabilities which it has put into place to take the business well into the future.

This facility is one of the largest automated pallet handling distribution centres in the country and features extensive use of RF devices as well as a fully automated high-rise storage and retrieval system serviced by four stacker cranes.

Controlling the operation of this purpose-built high-rise facility is the Warehouse Management System (WMS) supplied and installed by TallShips Solutions.

From the Beginning......

The formation of the CPI Group as we know it today is a remarkable evolution. From its beginning in 1977 in Melbourne and based on the vision and drive of its founders Peter Sajet and Daryl Lea, the company has grown from its start in a 4000 square foot warehouse in Melbourne into a $450 million public company.

The introduction of 'cut-to size paper....with a guaranteed 24 hour delivery', was an innovative service in the printing industry which resulted in the company's sales more than doubling in one year.

The development of the company involved many hours of devoted family effort and this continued with the expansion into NSW where the addition of two more enthusiastic partners in Ian Harry (now CEO of CPI Group Limited) and Denis Goodrem (now Managing Director of CPI Papers) soon saw the business flourish.

In 1985 the company expanded into Western Australia and Queensland and then into South Australia in 1987.

The company also began to diversify by introducing quality inks to its range in 1983, Mastertac (pressure sensitive sheets) in 1987 and speciality uncoated papers in 1989. The company went public with a float in 1992 and Daryl Lea was appointed Managing Director.