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January/February 2020 Tank Containers B ULK D ISTRIBUTOR Work starts on Chemion chempark site T o support chemical producers in Chempark Dormagen, Germany, logistics company Chemion is expanding its storage capacity. Space for around 1,000 freight and tank containers on more than 1.4ha is being made available in the northwestern part of the chempark. The project started in summer 2018 with the submission of the necessary documents and construction started in September 2019 following official approval. “We reached the milestone of laying the foundation stone and so fired the official starting signal for construction,” explained Chemion managing director Dr Hans Richter. A lot of earth has been moved and the construction pit has been filled so that the concrete work can begin. “Such a project has already been a real feat of strength just in the planning phase,” Richter went on. “There was a lot to do before we could submit the approval documents for the construction of the Container Terminal Dormagen II to the responsible district government in Cologne and inform the public about the project.” “There are not too many ways to shape the future, but one is to invest in the right projects. I am convinced that our investment in the container terminal is a really significant project for Chemion,” he added. Chempark director Lars Friedrich emphasized the importance of the project for the location. “We are delighted with Chemion’s plans, because the company is creating an infrastructure for the entire Chempark and so supporting its healthy growth. The manufacturing companies in the park continuously invest in their operations and therefore need well-developed, efficient logistics. With the laying of the foundation stone, we have come a bit closer.” www.chemion.de Bibby keeps Mars Bars running A new long-term partnership with food group Mars Wrigley has seen Bibby Distribution secure a multi- million pound investment in 12 of the most advanced ISO tanks ever used in the UK for bulk liquid chocolate transport. The tanks, which are fitted with a live tracking and monitoring system, provide continuous updates to Bibby Distribution’s food and ingredients team which can remotely monitor and adjust the temperature of the load, and manage stirring schedules as required – the first time such capability has been implemented in the UK food manufacturing industry. The technology minimises the chance of any drop in agreed set point and ensures the chocolate delivered for Mars Wrigley arrives in optimal condition. The new tanks also provide an 18 percent increase in payload, allowing Bibby to reduce the number of journeys required – shrinking the supply chain’s carbon footprint. Rob Sharpe, Mars Wrigley’s UK factory logistics manager, said: “We work with partners who share our focus on sustainability and Bibby Distribution’s investment in this equipment proves they’re committed to helping us reduce our environmental impact. As well as cutting food miles, Bibby Distribution gives us complete supply chain traceability and upholds our very high food quality standards.” The tanks will operate from the 3PL’s Droitwich site, and plans are already in place to add more to the fleet in 2020, specified with the same temperature management, stirring and tracking capabilities. Bibby’s food and ingredients division also provides transport for bulk and palletised food products, as well as warehousing. www.bibbydist.co.uk Bibby’s tanks will operate from the 3PL’s Droitwich site Chemion is making space for around 1,000 containers in the new Dormagen chempark site 9