Case Studies

USG Boral

Boral plasterboard has been a consistent supporter of the Seafreight Loading Chassis (SLC) for many years. They have been using the SLC for some parts of their domestic supply chain for almost 10 years. However, it was with the recent merger of Boral Plasterboard and USG from America that the combined company, USG Boral, turned to the SLC for an efficient method of shipping their products to domestic and international markets.

In 2014 USG Boral launched their revolutionary, light weight plasterboard with an intention of using this new product to significantly grow their domestic and international market share. First objective was to embark on building a substantial foothold into a new export market - New Zealand.

From a supply chain point of view they needed a method of reliably shipping their plasterboard from their manufacturing plants in Australia to the major cities of New Zealand.  They needed a method of shipping that was cost effective as well as protecting their product so that it arrived in their new market dominated by the incumbent New Zealand operator in



pristine condition. USG Boral also needed to export some steel suspended ceiling products back to Australia from New Zealand. To meet these goals USG Boral turned to the SLC to support their export efforts in addition to already using the SLC for some of their shipments from Sydney to Perth.

Initially USG Boral leased a significant fleet of standard SLCs, but to meet their long-term objectives it was suggested that USG Boral should look at a whole new generation of SLCs that would be tailored to their requirements and represent a major leap forward in technology and productivity.

We are delighted to announce that USG Boral is the first of our customers to put the 3rd generation SLC into commercial service. This new model has several new features that provide USG Boral with critical productivity improvements.  These are:

  1. With a profile of only 100 mm the new SLC is only as high as a standard pallet in the container and therefore it provides initial cubic capacity to carry more of the light weight board that was previously possible.
  2. USG Boral’s version has no floor on it thereby saving critical tare weight compared to the older generation thus again enabling create payload capacity per container.
  3. This model has larger forklift tyne pockets designed to meet their specification 7 tonne forklifts thereby eliminating the need to hot swap forklifts and allowing several empty SLCs to be lifted and moved simultaneously leading to improved handling and storage productivity on site. 
  4. A new system to connect two 20 ft SLCs together for unloading plasterboards packs that are greater than 6 metres long while still retaining the flexibility of using a 20 ft rather than a 40 ft SLC. 
  5. Additional rollers to lower the centre point loading on the container floor and a superior distribution of the payload tonnage.
  6. Finally, the major improvement is a massive increase in return capacity associated with the new SLCs.  These SLCs can be returned in nests of 22 per 20 ft container dramatically reducing the per SLC return cost of the nested SLCs by as much as 40% which is a major cost reduction when looking at the operation cost of the SLC system.