Agility opens massive new logistics hub in Shanghai

Agility has opened a new 66,000 square metre logistics hub in Shanghai – one of the biggest facilities of its kind in China to date – for UAE-based petrochemical-plastics company, Borouge. Wong Joon San reports.

Agility Abu Dhabi, which designed, constructed and owns this stateof- the-art facility, will manage operations and distribution to the Asia market over 10 years. The hub will receive 600,000 tonnes of polyolefins annuallyfrom Borouge’s plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

“We expect to receive the polyolefins in a phased operation and it may take about one and half years to reach the annual target,” said James Gagne, Agility’s CEO Greater China.

He pointed out that while adjacent to the logistics hub is a 30,000 square metre Compound Manufacturing Unit (CMU), which produces 50,000 tonnes of polymer compounds each year, Agility also had reserve land in the area for further expansion of the logistics hub in the near future when necessary.

Asked how the polyolefins would reach China from Abu Dhabi, an Agility executive replied that Agility Abu Dhabi would work with different ocean carriers to provide the transport. “It also depended on how the supply chain is revamped, including the packing and distribution to customers,” he noted.

Hans Hickler, Agility’s Asia Pacific region’s new CEO, said the acquisition of Baisui United Logistics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, a Shanghai-based logistics company in 2008, had served Agility’s needs in the China market, and the company will invest in niches where they can create an opportunity or in the domestic network as and when the need arises. Agility opens massive new logistics hub in Shanghai