TALKE to build and operate new logistics facility for LANXESS in Antwerp
Hürth/Antwerp, 6th November 2012. The LANXESS chemicals group has commissioned TALKE for the planning, construction and operation of the logistics facility for its polyamide 6 plant in Antwerp. The new factory in the Belgian port has been designed for an annual output of around 90,000 metric tonnes and is a central component in the hi-tech production of LANXESS plastics.
The Leverkusen-based chemicals group LANXESS AG has chosen the TALKE Group to design and build the logistics facilities for its new polyamide 6 plant in Antwerp. In addition, the specialist service provider will run the logistics side of the business for a five-year period from the start-up of production.
The proposal is for a logistics facility with a pneumatic conveyor system, six silos and an adjoining warehouse with packaging facilities for ‘big bags’ and 25-kg bags. Annual production is initially planned to reach approximately 90,000 metric tonnes of polyamide 6.
The construction project is to be carried out by the TALKE Logistic Solutions division. The operational side will be managed by TALKE Belgium. The logistics service provider will be managing not only the works-based operations such as packaging, storage, despatch and plant maintenance but also the transport of containers to and from the seaport as well as the necessary customs clearance.
This new project continues the well-established, long-term partnership between LANXESS and TALKE. “We are delighted that we have been entrusted by LANXESS with the construction and operation of their new logistics facility,” said Christoph Grunert, Director Logistics Europe at TALKE. “From our perspective, this contract backs up our strategy of providing support and assistance to our customers that extends beyond our classic portfolio of chemical logistics services.”
The spectrum of services provided by the TALKE Group covers all aspects of chemical logistics. “The combined expertise of our specialists in consulting, value-added services, storage and transportation means that we can take into account all the key factors right from the start of any new project,” explains Alfred Talke, Group Managing Director at TALKE. “This makes us more than just a haulage operator for our customers; we are also a full partner in the planning and execution of complex projects.”
The logistics facility to be built for LANXESS is the second such commission of its kind for which TALKE has successfully tendered this year. In July, the specialist service provider was contracted to design and build a new polymer logistics facility for a Slovakian petrochemical company.