NewPort and TALKE announce joint venture in Saudi

NewPortTankContainersNewPort Tank Containers and SA Talke have set up a joint venture, NewPort Saudi Arabia Ltd, to support the growing chemical industry in the Middle East. SA Talke, the local wing of Germany-based Talke Group, has been the agency for NewPort in Saudi Arabia for many years but the new arrangement is expected to enable both partners to increase business volumes significantly and to offer the services the region’s chemical industry needs as its production profile changes.

“This new joint undertaking will enable NewPort to offer its customers in the chemical sector an even broader range of logistics services,” says Rob van Mourik, NewPort’s vice-president EMEA. “And our office in Jubail places us in the heart of the booming chemical industry.”

“We are pleased that we have been able to reinforce our successful partnership with NewPort. Saudi Arabia is the larges of the many GCC markets we are active in,” says Richard Heath, Talke’s director, Middle East and Asia. Oliver Klingbeil, SA Talke’s general manager, adds: “The diversification of the chemical industry in the region and the growing significance of specialty chemicals require a much broader range of services. The demand for ISO tank containers and professional services is constantly rising in the Gulf region. NewPort’s large tank container fleet and our expertise in materials handling in Saudi Arabia complement each other perfectly. Together, we can handle large volumes for our customers and offer them a genuine full-service package.”