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[post_content] => H Essers has formally opened its new warehouse facility in Ghent, Belgium. The site on the Kluizendok currently has 25,000 m² of space, built for two chemical companies, with construction continuing to a planned 75,000-m² capacity.
“We were already active in Ghent, providing logistic services at the sites of our customers,” Gert Bervoets, CEO of H Essers explains. “Considering the increase in our activities in the chemical segment, and our customers’ growing demand for total solutions in this segment, our own site was bound to follow.
“Our new strategic site at the Kluizendok meets all our requirements as a further growth point in our chemicals segment,” Bervoets adds. “It is not only suitable for setting up and expanding our warehousing facilities and solutions with added value, it also offers sufficient possibilities for further expansion in the future. Moreover, with this new site, we now also have our own location in East Flanders in addition to those in Antwerp and Limburg. This geographical spread and proximity are extremely interesting for our customers.”
The location of the site adds to what H Essers calls the synchromodality of its offering for the chemicals sector, based as it is on a strategically important transport artery. “We never stop optimising our transport flows as much as we can to provide an appropriate and sustainable response to challenges such as the congestion of our roads, rising fuel prices, and the impact on the environment,” Bervoets says. “We do this by focusing on synchromodality and developing customised solutions in which we combine various transport modes such as maritime and inland shipping, and road and railway transport in a smart and dynamic way; always on the basis of the desired duration, the least impact on the environment, and at the most optimal cost price.
“Thanks to its trimodal accessibility via road, rail and water, the Kluizendok entirely accords with this strategy,” Bervoets adds. “So at the same time, we are building a sustainable future with this site. Therefore, we are very grateful to North Sea Port, which is experiencing strong growth itself, for its support in this extremely important new chapter.”
FOCUS ON CHEMICALS
Recent investment by H Essers has indeed focused heavily on the chemicals sector; earlier this year it embarked on construction of a ‘megasite’ at Dry Port Genk and has also acquired the tank container operator Huktra. This latest investment fits in with the same strategy, as Bervoets explains: “This year alone, we have invested no less than €40m in new assets for our chemicals segment. In the coming years, we will continue to pursue this line of strategic development in complex supply chains. We operate internationally, but given the strong chemical cluster presence of companies in this segment in Belgium, our national operations are considerable too.”
The opening of the Kluizendok site was attended by representatives of North Sea Port, which H Essers regards as a strategic partner, as well as a number of chemical companies that have production activities in the chemical cluster in East Flanders and that have an interest in the total logstics solutions that H Essers is now looking to provide.
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H Essers: Going for Ghent
The latest addition to H Esserts' logistics assets further expands its capabilities in the business of handling chemicals in northern Belgium