04.04.19

Katoen Natie Thailand marks its 20 years anniversary

On March 14th, 15th and 16th Katoen Natie celebrated its 20th anniversary in Thailand with 3 memorable events. Katoen Natie Thailand thanked its partners for their continuous support with the Conference ‘Eastern Economic Corridor: a Bridgehead in Transformation’, and a Customer Appreciation Night. The festivities ended with a Family Day to tribute the more than 850 people in Thailand for their daily commitment and dedication.

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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  • 21.08.20
    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
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    • Benefit from the latest in time slot management technology.
    • Enjoy a unique and easy-to-use user interface.
    • Significant reduction of administrative work
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