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[post_content] => Robin Pol, sales director of global tank container lessor Trifleet Leasing, discusses the important issues facing logistics service providers in the chemicals sector
HCB: Trifleet Leasing serves a variety of sectors. How do the requirements of the chemical industry differ from other industries?
RP: Within the chemical industry, particular importance is paid to the safe, efficient and sustainable transport of the product. We do everything we can to ensure that the transport and handling of chemicals is risk-free and environmentally responsible; it is critically important for the industry’s image and reputation. Chemical companies must ensure the safety of people as well as the environment and the products that they transport. This is achieved by maintaining comprehensive protective measures throughout the supply chain.
HCB: Other than sustainability, is there anything else that has to be kept in mind?
RP: Of course, sustainability and environmental awareness are fundamental principles throughout the chemical supply chain. Second to these, simplification of processes is our top priority. Clients in the chemical industry focus on the production of chemical goods and outsource related parts of the business such as tank containers and the respective service to competent partners like Trifleet.
Our clients need to be sure that their goods are being transported in the best suited tank, with the peace of mind that they are being supported by qualified technical and operational staff. Of course, the chemical industry is also looking for ways to improve effectiveness and efficiencies throughout the supply chain. Supply chain costs are estimated to be 8 to 10 per cent of turnover and the industry is seeking professional and innovative partners to generate new ways to improve.
HCB: What does Trifleet do to keep up with industry demands?
RP: For us at Trifleet, it means that all our focus is on the client’s goods. Over the past three decades, we have gained a lot of industry expertise regarding compatibility of chemical products with tank containers as well as the technical and practical requirements for safe transport. We work alongside the chemical industry to invest in specialised tank containers for its products. We also provide advice, creative ideas and innovative equipment and materials. Today we have around 4,500 tanks that are specifically designed for the chemical industry and its wide range of products. We offer efficient, worry-free tank container services. These services begin with the correct tank container and procedures, but also cover fleet management services, including maintenance and repair, all of which need to be available globally.
HCB: Given your multinational client base, do you feel you are big enough to serve this industry?
RP: Given that we are continuing to grow in this sector, we definitely think so. Today we are the largest privately owned and owner-managed global tank container leasing company. We have approximately 15,000 tank containers and we are a global top five player in the industry. In 2018, we are extending our fleet with more than 2,000 new tank containers, which signifies our largest annual growth increase to date.
We are headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands but we also have offices in Houston, Singapore, Hamburg, Shanghai and Paris. We also have a dedicated team of agents in Italy, Brazil and South Africa. Being successful in this industry doesn’t just mean that you have a huge tank container fleet. It is also very important that we remain agile and personally committed to our clients.
[post_title] => Trifleet: Keeping up with chemicals
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Trifleet: Keeping up with chemicals