Abu Dhabi Ports celebrated the groundbreaking of Schmidt ME Logistics’ new facility in Khalifa Port’s industrial, trade and logistics zone (Kizad). The ceremony officiated by Dr. Wolfgang Hoppmann, CEO of Schmidt ME Logistics along with senior representatives from both companies took place on 27 May, 2015.
Schmidt ME Logistics specialises in the packaging, product handling and intermodal transportation of dry bulk products in addition to providing value added services to include patent technologies exclusive to Schmidt Logistics. Schmidt ME Logistics will cater to the dry petrochemical and mineral industries across the region and internationally.
The company is a pioneer in providing state-of-the-art value added services catering to the rapid growth in chemical manufacturing throughout the Middle East, Asia and other emerging regions. Such growth has created a need for asset-based logistics investment, coupled with local expertise and a global supply chain network capability.
The new dry bulk logistics centre which is the company’s second branch in the UAE, will cover 21,000 square metres and represents a capital investment of AED 20 million.
The construction will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will include 2,000 square metres of warehousing which will be used to store dry material and to provide a range of product handling services. The second phase will include the construction of additional silos, truck parking facilities and full road transport services. The finished site will include quality management services, cleaning services, a repair shop and a service station.
Schmidt ME Logistics will provide transport services for dry bulk products, will pack dry bulk goods into maritime containers, and will manage overseas long haul and short sea transport to end user locations. The company will also offer warehousing, silo bunker storage, container storage and palletised warehousing, bagging and de-bagging services.
Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO Abu Dhabi Ports commented: “Today, Schmidt ME Logistics is one step closer to securing the business advantages that benefit investors locating in Khalifa Port’s trade and logistics zone.
“Logistics connectivity and greater trade facilitation are, in essence, tools to further increase the nation’s prosperity. The supply chain connections available through Khalifa Port and the exceptional transport infrastructure allow investors to receive materials and reach customers and markets quickly, easily and cost effectively securing the competitive advantage. Kizad now has more than 70 investors who benefit from its outstanding access to markets, and at least ten of them will be fully operational by the end of this year.”
Dr. Wolfgang Hoppmann, CEO of Schmidt ME Logistics added: “Established transportation infrastructure is necessary to support the growth and success of Schmidt ME Logistics in serving the distinctive needs of our existing and prospective customers. The proximity to Khalifa Port and the supply chain connections readily available will increase the speed in which we deliver our services, expand our reach and ease the complexity that is usually faced with distribution networks allowing us to continue providing quality services as well as delivering on-time and safe transportation as well as cost effective strategic logistics solutions.”
At the moment, the company’s primary export destinations are Saudi Arabia and Oman and customers include W.R. Grace & Co, Borouge, chemical company BASF, and Grand Mills Abu Dhabi.