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01 October 2020
Groundbreaking ceremony in Kutno
On September 23rd , Katoen Natie Polska started a groundbreaking ceremony with the official construction works for the expansion of the site in Kutno. The construction work was officially inaugurated by Jolanta Pietrusiak, Board member of Kutno County; Zbigniew Burzyński, Mayor of Kutno; Jacek  Boczkaja, Vice-Mayor of Kutno; and Łukasz Kacprzak, President of Katoen Natie Polska Sp. z o.o. Katoen Natie Polska started on July 1st in Kutno on a 25.5 hectare site, with 42 existing silos, 15,000 m² outdoor storage space and 40,000 m² covered warehouses. This extension will add 42 silos battery. Completion of the construction work is scheduled for April 2021.      
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21 August 2020
Pre announcement empty depot 1227

BOOST platform

Our in-house created application BOOST supports the Katoen Natie logistics platforms to organize and plan operations such as the loading and unloading of trucks/containers. The booking of time slots is a sometimes overlooked but crucial link in the transport chain. It is a vital touch point for warehouses, carriers and shippers. As our goal is to deliver operational excellence, we strive to improve the time management of all parties. Avoiding congestion and not keeping trucks waiting is a real cost saver, especially as drivers are an increasingly scarce resource. Not to mention the time and money that can be saved by automating the process. In the registration of the trucks nowadays, we often see a structural delay because i.a. the driver does not always possess all (correct) information, such as loading reference, destination, cross border city, … This bottle neck will be resolved because dispatch will be able to input the correct data upfront, so the driver only needs to register personal data (name, license plate, …) and will no longer lose valuable time on registration, calling, etc. With this booking system we strive to speed up the turnaround on terminal of your trucks significantly. Katoen Natie will be able to reserve sufficient resources based on the bookings in BOOST, guaranteeing a fast and accurate service.            

Win Win situation

  • Reduce your costs by saving time
  • Streamline and digitalize your slot booking and truck scheduling.
  • Benefit from the latest in time slot management technology.
  • Enjoy a unique and easy-to-use user interface.
  • Significant reduction of administrative work
Necessary informationBOOST will start as from the first of September. As from the 1st until the 15th of September our implementation team will guide you through the process to help you in case of any issues. However, after the 15th, the driver will only be able to present himself on site with a registered time slot. We start the implementation of the platform with the empty depot services handlings by truck.

Contact

Contact your local BOOST Administrator to obtain a Web login and password. information.booking1227@katoennatie.com For a more detailed manual “How to create a time slot”, download underneath document. https://www.katoennatie.com/app/uploads/2020/08/Manual-BOOST-container-for-user.pdf
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01 July 2020
Acquisition logistics centre Nijhof-Wassink Poland successfully completed by Katoen Natie
This acquisition includes besides the warehousing also the value added logistic activities. Katoen Natie will also take over the 60 employees of the logistics center and the current contracts. All transport activities of Nijhof-Wassink and the five Volvo and Renault Trucks dealerships in Poland will remain active under the Nijhof-Wassink Group. The assets include a terrain of 25,5 hectares, 42 silos, 15.000 m² of outdoor storage space and 5 warehouses with a total covered space of 40.000 m². A repacking hall, an office and technical building are present as well. The main activities are storage, handling, transport, semi-industrial and value-added services for the (petrochemical) industry. The facilities are located in Kutno, Poland, strategically positioned next to the PCC intermodal terminal (250.000 TEU capacity) and nearby the junction of two main roads in Poland connecting North-South and East-West. The facilities are directly connected by rail to the main European Ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Gdansk/Gdynia. Katoen Natie has decided to expand the acquired facilities in the very near future; additional investments in warehouses with a total area of 16.000 m² and 42 additional silos for storage of polymers. The employees, work processes and facilities of the logistics center of Nijhof-Wassink in Poland are known as a reference in the market in terms of safety, reliability and high-quality services. In order to maintain this high-level standard, an agreement was reached that guarantees continuity, stability and growth for all stakeholders. With this acquisition the business unit Petrochemicals is significantly expanding its European network of import hubs. Katoen Natie considered Poland as a blind spot in the network. By filling this blind spot, Poland is now an extra asset to serve petrochemicals customers worldwide. The takeover typifies Katoen Natie's strategy to further expand its services for the (petro)chemical industry, both by investing in new installations and through acquisitions. The acquired company fits in perfectly with the existing Katoen Natie structure, both in terms of geographical location and core business. The integration of the new terminal into the existing Katoen Natie network will lead to greater efficiency and economies of scale, which will further improve the services to customers from all over the world. Katoen Natie strengthens herewith its position as global market leader in logistics for the (petro)chemical industry.
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30 September 2019
Katoen Natie acquires the Antwerp transport company Joosen

On 30 September 2019, Katoen Natie acquired the Flemish transport company Joosen.

Transport Joosen is a family-owned transport company that is specialized in the transport of sea containers with a strong focus on dock transports. Kurt Joosen's daily professional management includes a loyal team of planners, administrative staff and more than 180 drivers. With their young and modern fleet of tractors and trailers, supplemented by a permanent team of subcontractors and combined with their strong focus on software and new applications, Transport Joosen is one of the leading transport companies in the Port of Antwerp.

Through its independent transport companies Valkeniersnatie NV and Katoen Natie Trucking NV, Katoen Natie already has a strong 'transport' presence in the Port of Antwerp. The acquisition of Transport Joosen will enable Katoen Natie to further reinforce its transport capability in the Port of Antwerp and thus continue to ensure the crucial supply and transport of containers to its warehouses in the Port of Antwerp in the future. Thanks to this acquisition, the combined transport fleet of Katoen Natie will be able to respond even faster and more flexibly to the demands of all Katoen Natie and Transport Joosen customers.

In the past, there was already a close cooperation between Transport Joosen and Katoen Natie and this already successful cooperation combined with a similar 'no nonsense' approach in the corporate culture of both companies has led to this acquisition.

Even after the acquisition, Kurt Joosen will remain active as the leading force behind transport Joosen. All employees of Transport Joosen, the entire fleet and all activities of both Transport Joosen NV and Traxlars NV will be fully taken over by Katoen Natie NV.

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10 July 2019
Katoen Natie expands its fleet
LAG Trailers

Katoen Natie acquired 59 semi-trailers from LAG Trailers. The new order will rejuvenate and expand the silo transport in Belgium and The Netherlands.

All 59 purchased trailers are tipping silo semi-trailers, for which LAG Trailers is the market leader in the Benelux.

Safety of the personnel and the working environment was an important aspect in this investment. That is why a big number of sensors and safety tools have been integrated into the vehicles.

For example, each trailer is equipped with the Safe Parking Single System, an approach switch and landing leg sensors. These ingenious adjustments eliminates some of the most common causes to work-related injuries and damage.

In this way, Katoen Natie ensures a higher safety standard and greater user-friendliness.

Scania R410 LNG A few weeks ago, Katoen Natie has purchased a LNG truck.  This truck on liquefied natural gas will be used 24 hours a day on the daily routes East Flanders – Antwerp and Antwerp – Rotterdam.  The Scania R410 on LNG is not only environmentally friendly, but also a very quiet trailer. This is a great asset when operating in highly urbanized areas Furthermore, this Scania R has also a CR20N cab, which is very attractive to truck drivers.
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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
    Privately owned company
  • Headquarters
    Antwerp, Belgium
  • Turnover
    2.000.000.000 EUR
  • Worldwide team size
    14.000+
  • Countries
    33