EPCA '13: Dow Chemical building global logistics reach

08 October 2013 14:00  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--Dow Chemical will have to tackle logistics from a global perspective as it brings on-stream its major investments on the US Gulf Coast and as the giant Sadara joint venture with Saudi Aramco starts up, an executive at the US producer said on Tuesday.

There are many opportunities to work with partners in chemicals supply chains as large volumes of capacity are brought on-line, Peter Holicki, who is Dow’s Global Vice President Operations Ethylene Envelope, said.

He was speaking at the 47th European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in a business session on leadership in chemical supply chains.

Dow is looking well ahead as it sets up the supply chains for the Sadara complex. The US firm will handle the marketing and sales of a large proportion of the volumes from the project which is expected to be fully on-stream in 2016.

“We are preparing the market for Sadara products,” Holicki said in a press conference after his EPCA presentation.

Dow is building up logistics and supply capabilities for material from Sadara to markets in Asia where the company previously did not have a presence, he said.

Dow recently opened a logistics and technology centre in Belfast in the UK to help underpin its logistics expertise.

The EPCA on Tuesday released an extensive chemicals supply and logistics sustainability report.

The annual EPCA meeting meeting runs from 5-9 October.

By: Nigel Davis
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