Lödige Industries has installed a fully automated air cargo terminal at Chengdu Tianfu International Airport.

Two elevating transfer vehicles with a five-level, three-directional automated ULD storage and handling system for 227 20-foot storage systems are the core of the terminal, ensuring smooth and efficient cargo flows.

Since operations started last year, Chengdu airport has grown strongly with capacity for 1.3 million tonnes of cargo and mail annually, and in phase two of the expansion, this will rise to 2.8 million tonnes with three additional runways being added.

In addition, Lödige Industries has also supplied Sichuan Airport Group with state-of-the-art equipment for the airport’s domestic cargo terminal and a special warehouse for hazardous goods and an express distribution centre.

It includes an international export goods supervision warehouse and in total, the contract provides ULD and pallet handling equipment for more than 83,000 square metres of cargo facilities.

A spokesperson for the construction department at Sichuan Airport Group, says, “Chengdu Tianfu has been one of the leading airports since the beginning of its operation and is in the process of becoming an integrated international transport hub connecting China with Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. Therefore, it was particularly important for us in the cargo area to get a state-of-the-art, efficient and absolutely reliable system that will grow with us in the coming years and offer us excellent throughput and turnaround times.”