The upcoming Tristar chemical warehouse and bagging plant worth AED 75M will be the first silo and bagging facility of its kind in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza).
This was announced by Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne at the ground-breaking ceremony with Skeberis Plastics Managing Director Reinhard Fischer and Jafza officials led by Group Chief Finance Officer Asim Al Abbasi and VP – Customer Relations & Development Omar Bin Hendi.
The 350,000 square feet chemical warehouse is a joint project between UAE-based Tristar and Skeberis Plastics who are headquartered in Greece and Belgium with a regional headquarter in UAE.
The facility is designed to handle a throughput of 250,000 tons bulk material of plastic granules per annum with silos and a racking capacity of more than 15,000 pallet positions for packed chemical and plastic granules products. Green building technology and best in class safety features are built in to the design to ensure safe handling and storage of all types of liquid and solid chemicals.
Once fully operational in mid-2016, the one-stop shop for polymers and liquid logistics will offer better time to market delivery because of the location’s direct access to Jebel Ali Port and Maktoum International Airport, and in the future to Etihad Railways.
“Jafza was our first choice location due to flexibility in the logistics chain with transportation and freight readily available and because of the ability to leverage this multiplatform logistics facility to support our company’s other logistics service offerings. Our core expertise lies in handling. hydrocarbons, lubricants, chemicals and liquid gases,” disclosed Mr. Mayne.
“The facility is designed to offer advanced bagging solutions for Polyethylene and Polypropylene granules that are produced regionally by both national and international manufacturers,” he added.
With a growing demand for chemical warehousing and logistics internationally, UAE is attracting a significant number of logistics companies, including chemical storage and transport, due to its geographical connectivity to the world by air and sea.
Skeberis will provide technical support for the management and day to day operation of the bagging operations.
“The operating partnership between Tristar and Skeberis in combination with the excellent location of Jebel Ali is another milestone for the chemical and petrochemical industry as the new facility offers unique opportunities for optimizing the supply chain for producer and customer,” pointed out Mr. Fischer.