EPCA ’09: Bertschi plastics hubs to handle Mideast material

05 October 2009 10:40  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS news])--Bertschi is to set up five hubs across Europe in the next six to eight months to handle and distribute plastics from the Middle East, the Swiss logistics company said Monday.

Hubs are being established in Middlesbrough, UK; Walhamn, Sweden; Duisburg, Germany; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Bologna, Italy, said Bertschi CEO Hans-Jorg Bertschi.

Bertschi was speaking on the sidelines of the annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) conference.

Work on the Middlesbrough facility; which includes a 20,000m² warehouse for storing and handling bulk plastics, started in September and is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2010, Bertschi said. 

Expansion work on the Rotterdam terminal is also under way, with completion scheduled for the middle of next year, he said. 

The hub in Italy is being operated with long-term local partner Cogefrin, he added.

Bertschi said about 2m tonnes/year of European plastics production capacity will disappear over the next three years as new plants start up in the Middle East.

The company is also in the process of establishing a logistics joint venture in Saudi Arabia with a local partner, he said, with a formal announcement expected in early 2010.

The four-day EPCA conference ends on 6 October.

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