Imperial Logistics meets strong market demand with new hazmat storage facility
Imperial Logistics has opened a new, state-of-the-art hazardous materials warehouse near Osnabrück (Lower Saxony, Germany). The site features the latest safety and environmental protection systems, and began operations in December creating 70 new jobs.
The Osnabrück location was officially opened by Sebastian Huedepohl, Mayor of Rieste Municipality, in front of an audience of 150 local dignitaries, customers and workers.
The development of the facility followed an Imperial Logistics study of regional demand for hazmat storage in the region, triggered by the specific needs of one of its major customers, and strong underlying demand growth.
Imperial Logistics has been honing its expertise in chemical logistics for more than 30 years and is now the leading specialist in the storage of hazardous materials in Germany, working with many of the world’s major chemicals companies. Says Imperial Logistics International’s Director of Warehousing & Distribution – Business Unit Chemicals, Michael Pohl: “Because of our specialisation in this sector, and our close relationship with the key players, we discovered that there was an unsatisfied need for hazardous goods warehousing in this region.
“Outsourced logistics solutions for this sector must be competent and economical, but also comply with rigorous regulations. Few logistics service providers can match Imperial Logistics‘ ability to meet the rigorous regulatory requirements of building and operating a hazardous goods warehouse.“
The new 12,500 square metre warehouse accommodates 20,000 pallets of chemicals, within an area of 2.8 hectares. The varying storage needs of different clients will be offset in this new multi-user facility, so clients only pay for actual capacity used. Materials of almost all classes will be stored in solid, liquid or gaseous form on racks or in blocks; the only commodities excluded will be radioactive and explosive substances.
In addition to traditional warehousing, distribution, customs warehousing and clearance for chemicals producers and traders, the new facility enables Imperial Logistics to offer added-value services such as temperature-controlled storage and transportation management, labelling, repacking and display construction. The company’s specialised chemical logistics IT solution will provide clients with valuable data and statistics enabling them to identify trends and optimise operations.
The warehouse embodies numerous safety features; walls between storage sections are fireproof, as are all warehouse doors. All pallet racks are fitted with fire and smoke detectors, activating an integrated sprinkler system and automatically alerting the local fire brigade. Warning systems are triggered in the event of gas leaks or break-ins. In addition, any water used in fire-fighting is prevented from penetrating floors, and is safely collected in the building before professional disposal.
The new facility is ideally-located on the Niedersachsenpark, connected to Autobahn 1 – a major transport artery serving north-western Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the Rhine/Ruhr region.
Says recently-appointed CEO of Imperial Logistics International, Hakan Bicil: “Leveraging our specialist competencies, resources and skills, we have delivered productivity increases of over 20%, cost efficiencies and improved risk management for our chemical clients. We will continue to customise our capabilities to drive our chemical clients’ competitiveness.
“Hazardous goods storage and distribution is an exciting growth market in Europe. New products like lithium-ion batteries, and increasing regulation, make outsourcing an increasingly attractive option for clients. This is creating new business opportunities for Imperial Logistics,“ concludes Bicil.
Today the company operates a total of around 20 specialist facilities throughout Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium with a total capacity of over 340,000 pallets. Imperial Logistics International’s client-oriented solutions include on-site and off-site (single-user or multi-user) warehouses, at which it picks up to 4,000 orders daily and undertakes 800,0000 shipments per annum.
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About Imperial Logistics:
Imperial Logistics has three divisions, of which Imperial Logistics International is one:
- Imperial Logistics is an integrated outsourced logistics service provider with a diversified presence across Africa and Europe
- Over 30 000 staff at 340 locations in 38 countries
- Provides customised value-add logistics, supply chain management and route-to-market solutions to multinational clients in selected geographic markets and industries.
- Specialists in logistics for agriculture, automotive, chemicals, energy, consumer packaged goods, industrial, mining, healthcare
- 2018 revenue: R51,4bn and operating profit of R2,8bn
- One of three divisions of Imperial Logistics (the others are South Africa and African Regions)
- Headquartered in Duisburg, Germany (State of North Rhine-Westphalia)
- Responsible for all group logistics activity outside Africa
- Operations span forwarding, shipping (60m tonnes pa), liquid/general road freight (600 trucks), barge operations (600 owned, rented and chartered motorized and non-motorized units), express freight (Western Europe’s largest network for palletized express freight, 10m pallets pa), and 3PL/4PL services
- Unmatched capability in the European chemical industry, with more than 60 chemical tankers, 15 gas tankers and 23 specialised warehouses
- In South America, 84 barges and 7 push boats transport over 2.2 million tons per year
- Over 9000 employees at 170 locations in 20 countries
- 2.2m sq m of covered storage space
- Specialisations in automotive, industrial, retail and consumer, steel, chemicals