May 17, 2020

Katoen Natie unveil expanded Singapore Logistics Terminal

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The company has expanded its facility in Singapore
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.Belgian logistics giant Katoen Natie yesterday opened a $50 million extension to its Jurong Logistics Term...

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Belgian logistics giant Katoen Natie yesterday opened a $50 million extension to its Jurong Logistics Terminal on Jurong Island, taking its total investments in Singapore to $200 million.

 

The extension has increased the terminal's logistics capacity by 45 per cent. The extra capacity will be taken up by new logistics contracts with three chemical producers; Borouge, Evonik and Lanxess. This should generate combined revenues of about $250 million over the next five years.

Moreover, the contracts are expected to create 50 to 60 new jobs in Singapore by March next year.

The 162,000 square metre terminal is equipped with silos and packaging lines. Clients introducing new products in the region can also tap in to Katoen Natie's pre-marketing logistics.

Koen Cardon, the Chief Executive of Katoen Natie Singapore, said: "Before the start-up of a new production plant on Jurong Island, Katoen Natie will work with the customers to import the product into Singapore to blend and pack for shipping from Singapore.”

The new building is being mounted with a 1.2 Megawatt solar power system on the rooftop which is intended to produce enough power for all the processing activities within the terminal.

"The petrochemical output of Jurong Island has already surpassed the total production output of countries such as Brazil, France, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium." Cardon told some 120 guests at the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday. Among those attending were Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever.

Cardon said: "This expansion is probably the largest single-step expansion in the 160-year history of our company.”

More information on Katoen Natie can be found at: http://www.katoennatie.com/other/latest-news/opening-ceremony-of-our-jurong-logistics-terminal-phase-4/

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

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Procurement
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US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines

 

  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.


Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries

 

  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 


Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals

 

  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.


Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages

 

  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 
     

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