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Schmidt ME Logistics recently celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of its new facility at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) in Abu Dhabi
The new US$5.44mn facility will pack and transport dry bulk products for petrochemical and mineral manufacturers, the Germany-headquartered company said.
The ceremony was officiated by Schmidt ME Logistics CEO Wolfgang Hoppmann, along with senior representatives from both companies.
The new dry bulk logistics centre, which is the company’s second branch in the UAE, will cover 21,000 sqm and represents a capital investment of US$5.44mn. The construction will be conducted in two phases.
The first phase will include 2,000 sqm of warehousing, which will be used to store dry material and provide a range of product handling services. The second phase will include the construction of additional silos, truck parking facilities and full road transport services. The finished site will include quality management services, cleaning services, a repair shop as well as a service station.
Schmidt ME Logistics will provide transport services for dry bulk products, pack dry bulk goods into maritime containers, and manage overseas long haul as well as short sea transport to end user locations. The company will also offer warehousing, silo bunker storage, container storage, and palletised warehousing, bagging and de-bagging services.
Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said, “Today, Schmidt ME Logistics is one step closer to securing the business advantages that benefit investors located in Khalifa Port’s trade and logistics zone. Logistics connectivity and greater trade facilitation are, in essence, tools to further increase the nation’s prosperity. The supply chain connections available through Khalifa Port and the exceptional transport infrastructure allow investors to receive materials and reach customers and markets quickly, easily and cost-effectively, thus securing a competitive advantage.
“Kizad now has more than 70 investors who benefit from its outstanding access to markets, and at least 10 of them will be fully operational by the end of this year.”
Hoppmann added that established transportation infrastructure was necessary to support the growth and success of Schmidt ME Logistics in serving the distinctive needs of their existing and prospective customers.
“The proximity to Khalifa Port and the supply chain connections readily available will increase the speed with which we deliver our services, expand our reach, and ease the complexity that is usually faced with distribution networks, allowing us to continue providing quality services as well as delivering on-time and safe transportation as well as cost-effective strategic logistics solutions,” he noted.
Schmidt ME Logistics specialises in the packaging, product handling and intermodal transportation of dry bulk products, in addition to providing value-added services to include patent technologies exclusive to Schmidt Logistics.