• 01.07.20
    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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  • 30.09.19
    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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  • 04.04.19
    Katoen Natie Thailand marks its 20 years anniversary
    Celebrating the Past & the Present Katoen Natie is showing a continued growth in the Thai economy. Since 1998, Katoen Natie has built a profound local expertise in the chemical, automotive and consumer goods sector in Thailand. With a total investment of THB 9 billion over the past 20 years, Katoen Natie Thailand has developed 5 warehouse and packaging platforms, and manages 5 on-site logistics platforms at customer’s manufacturing plants. Today the local industry is considering Katoen Natie as the expert in building and operating those platforms to international standards. This year Katoen Natie invested over THB 450 million to create, among other developments, another new platform in Map Ta Phut, Rayong and additional space at an existing platform in Pluak Daeng, Rayong. All these investments are done to further support the growth of our customers in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) area, the beating heart of Thailand’s modern industry. Katoen Natie is confident that the Thai economy is continuously developing and has a stable potential. This is demonstrated by the development of the domestic infrastructure system and the development of the logistics system to connect to different economical regions. Katoen Natie Chairman & President Fernand Huts adds: “Katoen Natie Thailand is the most beautiful jewel of the Katoen Natie group, or, even better, has with Map Ta Phut and Pluak Daeng, the two most beautiful jewels in the worldwide operations of Katoen Natie. Twenty years ago, we had no strategy to go internationally, until long-term partners Covestro and Dow brought us here. Once we had a bridgehead, we could convince other customers. Today we operate more than 60 customers in our 400,000 square meters of state-of-the-art warehouses and 76 silos. We thank all our customers for the trust they put in Katoen Natie. The business developed because of the hospitality, the warmth, the efforts and the dedication of our Thai people.” Transforming the Future During the celebrations, we looked forward with our partners on the different aspects of transformation to a digital environment. Keynote speeches of Dr. Pailin Chuchottaworn, Deputy Minister of Transport of Thailand, and Ms. BJ Burlingame, Vice-President Digital Business Services SEA of SAP Asia, and a high level panel discussion with a selective group of industry leaders, have offered us profound insights. Anton Colpaert, Managing Director of Katoen Natie Thailand adds: “Transformation is not a one-time action, but a continuous process of revision, optimization and reconfiguration to adapt to the new reality. It is about daring to do things differently than you have in the past and being open to change. Transformation and innovation are buzzwords now, but over the last 20 years, Katoen Natie already has been transforming the local supply chain of the Thai automotive and chemical industry. Our mission of creating maximum value by providing tailor-made, full service logistics and engineering solutions is a great example of this industry-driven transformation taking old concepts to new workable ones that maximize efficiency. The rapidly changing world pushes us to continuously innovate and transform. Katoen Natie believes we need to do that through partnerships and open collaboration with our customer, partners and suppliers.” Katoen Natie has prepared additional investments plans for Thailand in various fields, developing solutions to transform to industry 4.0 and further expand its footprint to meet the growing market demand. This is estimated at an additional THB 2 billion of investments over the next 3 years.
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  • 01.04.19
    Katoen Natie announces major investments in the Netherlands
    Chemelot Covering an area of over 800 hectares, the Chemelot site is one of the major chemical hubs in Europe and has been expanding in recent years. The integrated cluster of companies produces a variety of chemicals and performance plastics for a wide range of markets and applications. Chemelot also hosts a research campus, with over 8,000 people working on-site. Katoen Natie investments Since 2013, Katoen Natie has acquired a number of logistics terminals in Limburg. Its sites in Nuth, Born, Geleen, Elsloo, Tüddern and Maasmechelen currently employ 250 people. With the expansion, Katoen Natie will anchor its strategic presence in the region. Central to the investment is a 12 hectare green field project on the Chemelot site. Here, Katoen Natie will build a brand new multi-customer terminal consisting of 54,500 m² state-of-the-art warehouse and 207 silos. Aside from warehousing operations, Katoen Natie will offer a full range value-added services including repackaging of chemicals, purifying of contaminated products, compounding and compacting services. The Chemelot terminal is expected to be operational in Q2, 2020. In addition to the investments on-site, Katoen Natie will expand its Nuth logistics terminal with 10,000 m² of warehouse space and 60 silos expected to be operational by the end of 2019. Another plot of land was acquired at Mitsubishi Avenue in Born, where Katoen Natie will construct and operate a 35,000m² warehouse to service the automotive industry. Investments in the local transport capacity will continue over the next year. With the purchase of 115 new lorries, 45 dry bulk trailers and 10 liquid bulk trailers the existing fleet will be renewed and expanded. Gateway to Central and Eastern Europe Aside from their proximity to Chemelot, the Katoen Natie terminals in Limburg are located just a few kilometers from the Belgian and German border. This strategic location, close to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam and with easy rail and water access, make them an ideal stepping-stone for import flows into the Ruhr area and Eastern Europe. With this expansion, Katoen Natie affirms its position as the leading logistics and industrial services provider for the chemical industry in Europe. The implantation of its logistics platform on the Chemelot site will produce significant transport savings for Katoen Natie’s existing customers and reduce overall CO₂-emissions. In total, the 100,000 m² of added warehouse capacity and value-added logistics operations will create 75 new full time jobs in the region. Katoen Natie Katoen Natie is a private Flemish enterprise and its activities consist of value add logistical services with activities in 30 countries and more than 13.000 employees. For more about Katoen Natie go to https://www.katoennatie.com/who-we-are/
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