Linfox – An Australian Success Story in India
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Lindsay Fox started business at 19 years of age with one truck in Melbourne in 1956. He delivered fuel in winter and soft drink in summer. The business grew with the addition of new vehicles, warehouses and a wide variety of leading customers. Today Linfox is Australia’s second largest privately owned company and has 22,000 people working in 10 countries. It operates more than 3.2 million square metres of warehousing and nearly 5,000 vehicles across 10 countries.
Lindsay Fox and the Fox family are involved in all facets of the Linfox Group of businesses. Lindsay’s son Peter is Chairman of the Linfox Group. Linfox is vigorously pursuing a sustainability strategy to reduce its rate of carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2015.
In September 2011, Australian Government commissioned a White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century to provide a national blueprint for Australia at a time of transformative economic growth and change in Asia, highlighting the urgency of the government to connect to Asia. According to a study eighty-five per cent of exports in value from Australia to India is resources based. However there is one non resource based company which has already found its niche and acceptance in Asia in general and India in particular. It is Linfox.
Linfox is one of the few Australian success stories in Asia and India. Linfox first entered Asia in 1984 with its China operations. Malaysia and Thailand followed in 1992. Since 2000, the company has expanded into Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and India in 2006.
Across the Asia Pacific region, Linfox Logistics provides logistics services and delivers more than 4.5 billion litres of fuels, more than 15 million pallets of goods to retailers.
Linfox Logistics is committed to growth throughout the Asia Pacific region, with particular focus on Asian markets and the expanding resources industry. More than 50 per cent of its employees now live and work in Asia.
In India Linfox sponsors Room to Read, India has a rapidly growing economy and after five years on the ground Linfox has established a strong presence, with customers including Hindustan Unilever, Tata BlueScope, Tata Steel and Asian Paints.
Linfox founder, Lindsay Fox was appointed co-chair of the newly formed Australia-India CEO’s Forum last year. Lindsay is joined by Mr Naveen Jindal, head of India’s Jindal Group and an Indian Member of Parliament. The Forum provides business guidance and advice to the Australian and Indian governments as they negotiate a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.
Linfox operates a fleet of 150 trucks transporting steel from Tata’s Jamshedpur site to its customers in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.
Employees in India have benefited from Linfox’s wide range of education and training options. For instance, a number of managers from various operations attended the Mount Eliza Business School’s management development program in Australia last year.
In India, Linfox offers its drivers free medical checks, coordinates blood bank donations and supports local charities. According to Linfox media team, “Linfox and Tata Steel jointly sponsor a project to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in drivers. HIV is a heightened risk in several occupations and over 60,000 drivers in India have been tested since the joint project began in June 2010.”