Injecting applied engineering into logistics

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01 December 2022
WE GO FOR ZERO
Katoen Natie is a company with a strong culture. OUR PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE is not just next to our logo. We give everyone the opportunity to make a difference, to think along in innovations and improvements. When we have a goal, we go for it together. One of those goals is: GO FOR ZERO! Zero accidents is what we aim for. This involves everyone! Also our future.   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQYMooeRVOQ[/embed]  
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21 November 2022
We keep automating.
The world is changing rapidly: consumers have higher service demands, product availability remains key, labor costs are continuously increasing and available warehouse space is under pressure. Therefore, we keep automating our processes. Katoen Natie Consumer Goods & Industry has recently invested in the Autostore system to convert a conventional solution into an automated solution. The investment in the Autostore system of more than 30.000 totes and 20 robots is done on the logistics platform in Antwerp, the Katoen Natie flagship logistics platform with a capacity of 1.200.000 sqm covered warehouse space. This investment is realized in with the partner Element Logic. More investments in Autostore systems are planned on different European locations. Service providers needs to be able to react to these changes and need to scale up/down capacities in a very flexible way. Autostore helps with this as it allows to order pick a large quantity of products in a very short time frame on a very condensed area. Katoen Natie Consumer Goods and Industry provides logistics services all around the world. Having large multi-customer logistics platforms, owned state-of-the-art WMS solutions, a large pool of skilled and enthusiastic people and focus on innovation, Katoen Natie Consumer Goods & Industry offers highly flexible and tailormade logistic solutions to its customers.
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12 October 2022
Our Spirit Campaign
Since 2017 we organize a yearly cultural index. A survey to measure the satisfaction of our employees. During this first survey we organized, it became clear that with the immense growth of our company and Business Unit, sharing our set of values, goals and practices that we can find in our company bible, became more important then ever. Each year we try to set some new goals on how to keep our employee engagement high, and provide also for them extra added value via culture based actions. Since 2020 we decided to create a dedicated workgroup around ‘Katoen Natie culture’ related topics. A group of people from all layers of our business unit, overall sites, with a heart for Katoen Natie: “The Cultural ambassadors”. A multicultural, divers group of people that share best practices and brainstorm on how they can keep the Katoen Natie Spirit alive. Based on the six cornerstones of our ‘company bible’, we focus on communicating, internally and externally about our culture, engaging our employees, and focus on wellbeing. Some examples of those actions you may have already seen on linkedin, with our ‘Spirit campaign’. A campaign to highlight the most important values of our company bible, explained storywise to and by our employees.
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11 October 2022
Loghidden city becomes more green

Loghidden City is a multi-customer and multi-industry terminal where a maximum of synergy is created. The first warehouses were built in 2003 and currently more than 800.000 m² of warehouse space are occupied.

As from today, Loghidden City is connected redundantly to the high voltage 36kV grid of Elia (transmission system operator of the Belgian high-voltage grid). This means no power interruptions will happen anymore on this connection due to maintenance.

All produced wind and solar energy, which will not be consumed by our logistics operations, will be put on the public grid.

Katoen Natie will continue to invest in more green energy and sustainable applications.

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14 July 2022
Katoen Natie Expands
At North Sea Port Ghent, Katoen Natie has started the construction of two additional warehouses on its site, together representing 28,500 m². When the new warehouses are in use, the logistics service provider in Ghent will have 350,000 m² of storage capacity. "The additional warehouses are part of a master plan in which four units were linked and now two are being built," explains Stéfan De Vrieze, site manager of Katoen Natie Gent. "The delivery of both warehouses, together accounting for 28,500 m² and at least 13 metres free height, is planned for the first quarter of 2023. The project also includes offices and social facilities." CO2-neutral The roofs of the new warehouses will also be fitted with solar panels in the course of 2023. The plans also include other sustainable techniques such as rainwater recovery. The new warehouses will be CO2-neutral. The construction of the new warehouses is inspired by the organic growth of Katoen Natie's existing customers and the attraction of new customers. When the warehouses come into operation, Katoen Natie will have a total site of 350,000 m² at its disposal in Ghent. "Ghent is in demand as a location. It is centrally located, congestion-free and intermodal transport via barge is possible," explains De Vrieze. "Further growth will boost our available capacity to continue investing. Spare parts Katoen Natie Ghent is active on several fronts, such as automotive & industry, fast moving consumer goods and retail. "We serve customers for Europe, but also globally. With the presence of Volvo Trucks, Volvo Cars and the European distribution centre of Honda, the 'after market' with spare parts also forms an important part of our activities", says the site manager of Katoen Natie Gent.
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Logistics and engineering solutions

Katoen Natie develops and delivers smarter logistics and engineering solutions, tailored to each customer’s specific situation. Our services range from offering warehousing solutions to designing, building and operating of on-site and multicustomer platforms.

Our in-house knowledge in terms of logistics, engineering and IT makes us most creative, responsive and fast when it comes to your specific needs. To this end, we also decentralized our activities.

We organized our Business Units to serve specific industries, globally, be it with the assistance of local operations. Each business unit has a great deal of autonomy. This structure allows for flexible communication with our customers and fast decision-making by our managers.

Our people

  • Customer friendly

    Supplying quality work and placing the bar high for ourselves, to optimize service provided to the customer.

  • Cost-driven

    Using resources wisely and avoiding useless expenses.

  • Eager to learn

    Be engaged in self-development and take further training, with an eye for new ideas and techniques.

  • Ambitious

    Employing our talents enthusiastically and energetically to do our job better.

  • Inventive

    Developing new ideas and proposals to optimize matters.

  • Responsible

    Working skillfully, in a disciplined, orderly and efficient way, with knowledge of our profession and dedication.

A family-owned business

As a family-owned company, our focus is on the future. All our efforts and investments are geared towards offering better services and smarter solutions to our customers. We care for people and for the environment, which means we are guided by strong values and live by the rules of our company bible. We foster solid, long-term relationships with our customers and other stakeholders.

We also invest in creating a better living and working environment. As a matter of fact, Katoen Natie pays special attention to architecture and art. Out of love for art and heritage, but also because it creates employee engagement and dedication. Furthermore, it reflects the social engagement and dedication of Katoen Natie to its city, region, district and the countries in which it is active.

Our philosopy

Facts & Figures

Since its origins in 1854, Katoen Natie has evolved from delivering local port operations and warehouse activities to becoming a global, full-service supplier of logistics and engineering solutions.

Today, with our worldwide presence, our comprehensive range of services and our many decades of experience, we can serve you as a one-stop-shop partner. This approach has made us the preferred provider for leading companies in key industries around the world.

  • Organisation
    Private Company
  • Headquarters
    Luxemburg
  • Turnover
    2.000.000.000 EUR
  • Worldwide team size
    18.000+
  • Countries
    40

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