New steel warehouse and service centre opened in Port of Antwerp

Monday 16 12 2019

Terminal operator Euroports and Zimmer Staal, a member of the Pisec Group, inaugurated a new warehouse on 4 December. With 17,500 m² of storage space it is able to handle 10,000 tonnes of steel per month.

Zimmer Staal was recently acquired by Pisec Group, a large Austrian company. The acquisition forms part of the group strategy for offering value added services to customers.

 

The investment in steel is significant in view of the difficulties currently facing the steel market due to among other things the import duties being levied by the USA. The new facility demonstrates that despite this there is great confidence in the port of Antwerp as a major hub for breakbulk.

 

Port of Antwerp targets breakbulk

 

Breakbulk forms an important part of the commercial strategy of Port of Antwerp. Antwerp XL is a new, successful event that was launched last year to attract the worldwide breakbulk community to Antwerp.

 

Another important initiative is Bulkchain, an application developed by NxtPort. This online platform enables forwarders, ship's agents and terminals to exchange information more quickly and easily. Finally there is the ‘Breakbulk Club’, a networking event held twice per year at which trends and innovative ideas are discussed.