Agility, a global third-party logistics provider (3PL), has opened a Shanghai Logistics Hub. The 66,000 square meter hub will receive and distribute up to 600,000 tons of polyolefins annually from Borouge's plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Agility Abu Dhabi designed, constructed and owns this facility and will manage operations and distribution to the Asian market over 10 years.
Borouge is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Borealis, a provider of chemical and plastics solutions.
The Shanghai Logistics Hub will receive polymer resins in bulk containers directly from the Borouge Middle East gateway situated at Ruwais in Abu Dhabi. These polymers are used in various applications, including pipe systems, wires and cables, automotive components and advanced packaging as well as household white goods.
Adjacent to the Logistics Hub is a 30,000 square meter Compound Manufacturing Unit (CMU) which produces 50,000 tons of polymer compounds each year. Agility Abu Dhabi designed the building infrastructure and service connections that support the CMU.
"The world manufacturing footprint of the petrochemicals industry is in major change with production in the Middle East expected to more than double by 2015, " notes Philip Browitt, chairman of the Agility Chemical Specialty business.