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2015-10-05   Hong Kong

Expansion of Cathay Pacific Catering Services Facility (Phase 2)

Hong Kong, September 2015 - Cathay Pacific Catering Services (CPCS) has set a challenging goal in their development strategy for the next year. CPCS plans to boost its daily production capacity by 40%, which means producing over 140,000 meals and handling 310 flights every day.

A ground-breaking ceremony for a new facility adjacent to the current CPCS headquarters was held on 29th January 2015. Attending the ground-breaking ceremony were Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu and Director Corporate Development, and Chairman of CPCS, James Barrington, as well as main contractor representatives, material handling system provider Lödige Asia Ltd., airline customers, airport community members and business associates.

The new CPCS facility comprises four levels, including lower and upper ground levels, and is designed to produce an additional 40,000 meals and handle 120 extra flights daily. The construction is expected to wrap up in the first quarter of 2016 and the operation is expected to begin six months later.

"The significant investment made by CPCS demonstrates our commitment to supporting the future catering needs of Cathay Pacific and our interline customers," says General Manager CPCS Andy Wong.

Lödige Industries Group, a leading provider of material handling systems, has developed a compact storage and transportation system that will optimise material flows within the facility. Lödige will deliver Vertical Cart Buffer Towers with integrated chilling facilities, a high capacity bin transport and storage system with automatic loading and unloading of Vertical Bin Buffers and a Pallet Handling System. In addition, Lödige's integrated Image Recognition technology will remove the need for skilled operators in key areas of production, automatically identifying product as it leaves the ware wash facility and travels to storage.

As an integrator and manufacturer, Lödige Asia will deliver to CPCS's demanding requirements to guarantee efficient use of space, high throughput performance and outstanding reliability. The final acceptance of the system by CPCS is expected to be on July 2016.

Jeff Read, Managing Director of Lödige Asia said "This is the kind of project we enjoy delivering within Lödige. High expectations from the client, integration of new technology and delivery of high quality, well engineered equipment and systems. We are very pleased to be working for such a prestigious client as CPCS and look forward to future cooperation with them as their business continues to grow."

Cathay Pacific Catering Services | Lödige Industries
 Cathay Pacific Catering Services | Lödige Industries

Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Ltd (CPCS)
Cathay Pacific's wholly owned catering services division is an integral part of the airline's global operations. Drawing on over 48 years of experience in the business, CPCS caters to 43 international airlines serving Hong Kong, producing an average 75,000 meals a day and accounting for around 65% of the market. With a floor area of 50,400 square metres, the CPCS flight kitchen is Hong Kong's largest, and is also one of the world's most sophisticated. The business originated in the early 1960s with Air Caterers Limited, a successful joint venture between Swire and Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels of The Peninsula Hotel fame. The operation is now wholly owned by the airline. 

Lödige Asia Limited
As a specialist for logistics systems and lifts, Lödige Asia a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lödige Industries, has been bringing the strength of the Lödige Industries Group to Asia with local focus on its clients' needs. Lödige Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong and supported by its offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Sydney and Delhi, which makes us well placed to meet all material handling requirements throughout the region. In recent years Lödige Asia has delivered state-of-the-art logistics systems to MASkargo in Kuala Lumpur, ANA in Tokyo, Air China in Beijing, SCSC in Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok Flight Services in Bangkok, Celebi in Delhi, SATS in Singapore, AAT and Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong and others.