Schmidt Middle East launches operations in Kizad
Schmidt Middle East logistics has launched operations of its multi-user logistics hub based in Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone (Khalifa Port FTZ) within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).
The multi-user chemical and petrochemical dedicated hub is set to offer its services to clients within the UAE and the rest of the Gulf region and will act as the company's Middle Eastern Head Quarters, Schmidt said in a statement.
Schmidt Middle East Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Schmidt Heilbronn, a world leader in dry bulk logistics and a global specialist for dry bulk polymer logistics.
The company has leased 22,000 square meters of land at Khalifa Port FTZ in order to setup an economical and efficient solution to store, handle and distribute different bulk materials like polyethylene, polypropylene, catalysts and additives for the chemical and petrochemical industry.
“Our hub in KIZAD represents a key part of our expansion plans in the GCC to better serve our customers,” says Wolfgang Hoppmann, CEO of Schmidt Middle East. “We have also recently launched our facility in Bahrain, in addition to serving our existing customers for their onsite projects in Kuwait, Saudi, Qatar, and Oman.”
“We continue to develop our infrastructure and facilities in the region as part of our commitment to our customers, and in order to facilitate the growth and efficiency of their operations in the region. We are confident of the future growth of this sector in the region, and we will continue to offer world-class services we are known for,” he added.
Mana Mohammed Saeed Al Mulla, CEO of KIZAD, said Schmidt’s decision to open its regional HQ in KIZAD meant they and the free zone would benefit. “Schmidt is one of the world's leading dry bulk logistics solution providers and its new, state-of-the-art facility will benefit from a strategic location that offers great regional and international transportation links,” he said.
The AED 20-million facility allows Schmidt to open the gates for highly specialized logistics in this region, with the UAE playing an important role as a distribution hub for the GCC.
Schmidt ME Logistics facility at Khalifa Port FTZ comprises a warehouse providing about 2,000 square meters of storage area, a silo battery containing nine silos, a tilting platform, a packaging line, a repair shop and a service station, as well as offices and social rooms.
In addition, the facility offers services such as truck transport and customs clearance.
To and from its warehouse and silos bunker storage, Schmidt ME Logistics will provide transport services for dry bulk products, packing dry bulk goods into maritime containers and managing overseas long haul and short sea transport to end user locations.
Schmidt was established in Heilbronn, Germany in 1948, and is one of the world's leading dry bulk logistics solution providers.