Making / a difference
It all started with one truck in Melbourne, Australia.
In 1956, Linfox founder, Lindsay Fox, started Linfox with one truck in Melbourne, Australia. Today, the Linfox Logistics business has grown to service 12 countries across the Asia Pacific region and is part of the broader Fox Group.
Over the years, new business has grown through acquisitions such as Mayne Logistics, FCL Interstate Transport Services and Provincial Freightlines, as well as forming joint ventures, including BevChain with Lion Nathan, and working with Agility Logistics in the resources sector.
More recently, Linfox became the first non-Laos logistics company to operate in Laos with the signing of a joint venture with the Lao Logistics Group.
In 2018, Linfox took full ownership of BevChain, providing a beverage industry solution for Australia and New Zealand.
Read more about our history here.
Australia in 1956: Robert Menzies was Prime Minister, Melbourne hosted the Olympic Games and a 19-year old Lindsay Fox purchased his first truck for £400.
With his first set of wheels, Lindsay began carting coal and briquettes in the winter and soft drinks in summer.
He purchased his second truck the following year and the now iconic slogan, ‘You are passing another FOX’ was born.
Lindsay housed his fleet of two at his modest home in the then working class suburb of Windsor in Melbourne.
Known then as Lindsay Fox Cartage, the first two years were marked by slow growth, as Lindsay preferred to work hard in the winter months and retreat to the beach in the summer.
In 1958, a contract with soft drink manufacturer Schweppes saw him expand his fleet to ten trucks.
Lindsay continued to play football for St Kilda before hanging up his boots to focus on his growing business.
In 1960 Lindsay opened his first depot in the Melbourne suburb of Moorabbin to house his expanding fleet of red, yellow and black trucks.
In 1961 Lindsay realised that to continue to thrive, he must stop driving trucks and start driving his business. He employed six drivers and set out to pioneer the contract cartage business in Australia.
Shortly after, the business secured its first contract with tyre manufacturer Dunlop, which remains a key customer to this day.
In 1963, Lindsay convinced GJ Coles and Coy, now Coles, to put one truck on a three month trial. Linfox still services Coles today, making it one of the company’s longest term customers.
The growing business was officially incorporated in 1961 and in 1966, Lindsay Fox Cartage was renamed Linfox Transport Pty Ltd.
In 1968 Linfox won a contract with English brewing company, Courage Brewery. This doubled the Linfox fleet to 60 and marked a major turning point in the company’s history: the first delivery was the largest single order Linfox had fulfilled.
The 1970s marked a period of significant growth for Linfox, as the business secured transport contracts with several well-known Australian brands in the retail and resources sectors.
With rising demand for central heating in middle class Australian homes, Linfox won a lucrative contract with BP to deliver bulk heating oil in metropolitan Sydney.
It was also the decade that Linfox established Queensland operations, entering into a new partnership with GJ Coles and Coy. The Coles contract also expanded in Victoria.
At this time another retail giant, Woolworths, was growing across Australia at a rapid rate. Linfox leveraged its experience with Coles to secure transport operations for Woolworths in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, a significant partnership that continues to this day.
The relationship with Coca Cola also flourished, with Linfox commencing a national delivery service of its soft drink products.
During this time of rapid growth, the company reached 1,000 vehicles and developed a dedicated servicing team known as the Linfox Service Division.
The Australian economy continued to grow throughout the 1980s, fuelled by globalisation and deregulation. Linfox capitalised on this growth by further expanding its customers and investments Australia wide.
It was also the decade that Linfox combined its warehousing and transport services to become a fully integrated supply chain solutions provider.
In 1984 the business launched operations in Shanghai in China, its first foray into Asia.
Closer to home, Linfox purchased the Coca Cola fleet in Queensland to distribute its beverage products throughout the state. Linfox also took on distribution for Carlton United Breweries and commenced warehousing and distribution for Arnott’s in Victoria.
The 1980s also saw the construction of the new Parliament House building in Canberra. The build commenced in 1981 and continued until it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988. Linfox was contracted throughout the construction to transport the enormous concrete beams featured at the front of the building from Victoria to Canberra in a purpose-built trailer.
In 1989, Linfox took its service ‘across the ditch’ and established operations in New Zealand.
By the end of the decade, Linfox was Australia’s largest privately owned logistics company, a distinction it has maintained to this day.
The 1990s marked a generational shift as Lindsay’s eldest son, Peter Fox was appointed Executive Chairman of Linfox Logistics in 1993.
Peter grew up working in the business. Up until his appointment as Executive Chairman, he held a range of operational and management roles, learning about the business from the shop floor.
His experience and innate business acumen made him a natural successor to continue the growth of the business.
Despite the recession of the early 1990s and subsequent impact to consumer and business confidence, Linfox continued to grow and attract new customers, including Kmart, Carter Holt Harvey and Wattyl.
Throughout the 1990s, Linfox continued its expansion across Asia, establishing operations in Thailand and Malaysia.
In the late 1990s, Linfox was awarded the logistics contract for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
The business established an IT-driven central control room to manage freight movements across Australia.
By the end of the decade, the business employed more than 2,500 people, had a fleet of 3,000 trucks, and operated 5.5 million square feet of warehousing space.
The year 2000 began with a bang as Linfox managed the logistics for the Sydney Olympic Games. This massive logistics operation – the largest in peace time Australia – involved hundreds of Linfox employees and 12 months of planning. The now famous caldron, which was lit by Cathy Freeman in the opening ceremony, was carefully transported from Port Adelaide to Sydney in a custom-made trailer.
Throughout the decade, the business grew through several significant acquisitions. In 2003, Linfox purchased Mayne Logistics and Armaguard. A few years later, rail freight forwarder FCL was purchased.
Linfox continued its growth in Asia, establishing operations in India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Linfox also began logistics for the Australian Grand Prix, held annually in Melbourne.
In 2006 Linfox established BevChain as a joint venture with Lion Nathan as an end-to-end 3PL provider for the alcoholic beverage industry.
In 2009, the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd opened Linfox’s new global head office in Essendon Fields, Victoria.
In the same year, Linfox and its people rallied to assist the victims of Victoria’s devastating Black Saturday Bushfires, providing logistics, warehousing and financial support.