The German chemicals company Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience), headquartered in Leverkusen, employs 15,800 staff at around 30 locations. One of the main products made at Covestro Integrated Site Shanghai (CISS) at Caojing is MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), an important intermediate in the manufacture of polyurethanes, which are used among other things as foams in the automobile and building industries.
With around 70 employees from the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) business line at this site, HOYER takes care of tank containers loading, fully and semi-automatic drum filling, cold storage of drums, dispatch handling of palletised and non-palletised goods, and the servicing and maintenance of the logistics installations. New office equipment, workshop equipment, a forklift truck fleet, IT and a warehouse management system will be installed for the contract.
HOYER already operated as a national and international transport services provider for Covestro. The two companies are now expanding their successful collaboration in the SCS area. Felix Bossmeyer, Director Supply Chain Solutions Asia Pacific at HOYER, says “We are pleased with the contract, and we hope our work for Covestro will open the door to other projects and new clients in China. We want to establish our SCS services here on a long-term basis.”
The logistics company was already represented in the Far Eastern country through its Shanghai branch. When undertaking the on-site logistics in Caojing, which had previously been operated by another service provider and represents HOYER’s first SCS commitment in China, the colleagues in Shanghai were able to provide valuable support. Bossmeyer stresses that “This help is important for a successful implementation during ongoing operations, especially with regard to the different cultures and different ways of working.” Thus the company is successfully continuing its further expansion into Asia.