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In recent years, H.Essers invested heavily in its logistics site in Wilrijk. A recent investment is that in an ISO Tank Terminal next to the warehouses. There, chemicals are temporarily stored in tank containers before being shipped to their final destination or filled into IBCs and drums.

The mega site in Wilrijk – excellently located in relation to the port of Antwerp – focuses on hazardous goods and special chemicals. Chemical companies are offered a full range of services, from warehousing to filling via transport, customs, forwarding and storage in tank containers. These services are bundled into a single ‘one stop shop’.

“More and more chemical companies choose to keep their stocks outside the production environment. H.Essers addresses this trend with the ISO Tank Terminal. Instead of storing the products in tank containers at the factory site, they are kept at the terminal in highly secure conditions,” says Mikael Hagedoren, operations manager at H.Essers in Wilrijk.

“Once the products are sold, we take care of the further logistical processing. The customer can choose either direct delivery of the tank container to the recipient or delivery in IBCs or drums, whereby they are filled in our three state-of-the-art installations on the site itself,” he adds. These semi-automatic filling installations, which are used for acrylates and isocyanates among other products, have a capacity of 135,000 tonnes per year.

The iso tank terminal has a capacity of 140 tank containers. It is dedicated to chemicals like polyols and isocyanates, raw materials used for the production of insulation materials. The site is sealed-off and divided into several zones. It is equipped with 30,000-litre buffer tanks below the surface to catch any spills. This limits the risk of environmental contamination to almost zero.

The iso tank terminal is equipped with a heating station, where the ISO Tanks can be heated when needed. The facility is designed so that heating can be done by proper method. There are 10 connection points to heat with steam, hot water or in some cases electricity. This means that tank containers can be brought to the adequate temperature before the final delivery. The – often viscous – chemicals in the tank containers can also be warmed up for filling into IBCs or drums.

“With its ISO Tank Terminal in Wilrijk, H.Essers unburdens chemical companies with the distribution of their dangerous and non-dangerous products. We ensure that they are delivered at the right time, at the right temperature and in the right packaging. And according to the highest standards in terms of safety, quality and environment”, Mikael Hagedoren concludes.
March 18, 2021


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