Logistics & Supply Chain

Logistics for the Chemical Industry

CHEManager gives a series of lectures on chemical logistics at transport logistic

03.06.2013 -

The logistics fair transport logistic - which takes place between 4th and 7th June 2013 in Munich - will now benefit from the strengths and expertise of CeMAT (organized by Deutsche Messe AG) in the field of intralogistics. The existing segment will thus be expanded and upgraded. CHEManager will contribute towards this presentation event by giving a series of three lectures on Tuesday 4 June 2013. Results of a Recent Study into Chemical LogisticsIn the first lecture of the series, Prof. Dr. Carsten Suntrop, CMC2 and Competence Group Chemical Logistics, will present some of the key findings of a recent study into chemical logistics carried out by the German Logistics Association (BVL Bundesvereinigung Logistik). This study, which was carried out by the working group of the Scientific Advisory Board of the BVL, first of all clarifies the topic of chemical logistics in 2012. The aim of the study was to provide a practice-oriented and scientifically-based assessment for defining the chemical logistics market, proposing business models as well as recognizing current and future trends. In addition, development potentials for cooperation within the supply chain were identified. The study is aimed at all players in the logistics value chain in the chemical industry for the purpose of improving the long-term competitiveness of the chemical sector in Germany. The following findings are presented in this lecture: macroeconomic data and facts on chemical logistics; supply chain characteristics; business models in the chemical logistics sector; development potentials for chemical logistics; and trends in chemical logistics. A decisive factor in carrying out this study was to look at the findings from different perspectives, namely from the perspective of freight-forwarding, site logistics, logistics services and site management. Secure Logistics in Chemical ParksThe second in the series of lectures is based on the research entitled: "Site Logistics: Safe and Optimal Logistics in Chemical Parks" by authors Prof. Dr. Ludger Brüll, Hans-Joachim Fornfeist and Martin Kembügler; this lecture will be presented by Prof. Dr. Ludger Brüll, Vice President Supply Chain Engineering, Technical Consulting & Execution Systems at Bayer Technology Services. A well elaborated "Logistics Site Master Plan" is one of the most important prerequisite for safe and economical operation in a larger production facility or in a chemical park. This plan or concept must be both visionary and flexible to ensure the optimal operation over several decades. For this achievement a huge number or different aspects, boundary conditions and influencing parameters have to be investigated, to end up with a harmonized concept. Examples for this are production related topics such as safety distances or potential expansion areas, requirements from authorities and regulations, logistical questions such as storage and loading facilities or 3PL concepts, or utilities related demands with respect to availability and/or redundancy of energies and other supplies, to mention only a few. Mathematical tools and approaches such as simulation and optimization can help to structure and analyze the large assortment of parameters and scenarios, graphical tools help to keep track of the concept. A couple of elaborated and realized applications from chemical parks all over the world will be used to demonstrate the professional development of these concepts. The Rhein-Main Chemical Logistics Hub The next lecture entitled "Chemical Logistics in Industriepark Höchst: A Rhein Main based Chemical Logistics Hub as a Contribution to Green Logistics" presented by Kai-Uwe Tebbe, Vice President Chemical Logistics for Infraserv Logistics, deals with green logistics as a holistic transformation of logistics strategies, structures, processes and systems within businesses and business networks to create environmentally-sound and resource-efficient logistics processes. The objective of "green" logistics is to create sustainable shareholder value by achieving a balance between economic and environmental efficiency. Practical examples are used to show that it is possible to efficiently couple green logistics together with economic efficiency.At the Industriepark Höchst in Frankfurt am Main, Infraserv Logistics operates a hub for bulk and packaged hazardous materials. Thanks to this hub, there is the potential to decisively optimize the logistics policies applied by companies operating in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The ideal situation is to network the logistics, handling and distribution of liquid and packaged hazardous materials via rail, road and waterway modes of transport. This situation is achieved by means of a central tank farm, a fully automated high-bay warehouse and the tri-modal terminal in the industrial park. The Rhein-Main chemical logistics hub also makes a contribution to reducing CO2 emissions: a barge with a load capacity of up to 2,000 tons can replace around 80 trucks with one single journey. In addition, the Industriepark Höchst, which is open 365 days a year around the clock, offers a significantly greater degree of flexibility: for bulk liquids and packaged dangerous goods that arrive in Europe via the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp, it is ideal as a central warehouse and the main transfer point.


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