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BULKDISTRIBUTOR www.bulk-distributor.com November/December 2016 Est. 1990 Your single information source for bulk and semi-bulk logistics Tank Containers • Flexitanks • IBCs • Drums • FIBCs • Bulk Liners • Road Tankers • Loading/Bagging • Bulk Logistics • Cleaning & Repair Depots • Components IN THIS ISSUE Shipper 2 Intermodal 4 Tank Containers & Tankers 7 Technology 9 Components 10 Chemical Industry Clusters 12 Industrial Packaging 13 Flexitanks & Bulk Liners 17 Logistics 18 Terminals & Storage 19 Managing Editor: Neil Madden neil@bulk-distributor.com Tel: +33 (0)3 88 60 30 68 Associate Editor: Stuart Qualtrough stuart@bulk-distributor.com Tel: +44 (0)1565 653283 Digital Content Editor: Anna Wright newsdesk@ bulk-distributor.com Advertising Director: Anne Williams anne@bulk-distributor.com Tel: +44 (0)20 854 13130 Business Development: Jonathan Hibbert jonathan@andpublishing.co.uk Tel: +44 (0)1565 653283 Circulation: Berni Chetham berni@andpublishing.co.uk Tel: +44 (0)1565 653283 © Ashley & Dumville Publishing Ltd Brexit worries UK chem industry A s the prospects of a ‘hard Brexit’ gather pace, the UK’s chemical industry has voiced its concerns about the future. Members of the Chemical Business Association (CBA), representing the key players in the UK’s chemical supply chain, have responded negatively to the Brexit decision in a survey of members. CBA’s chief executive Peter Newport said: “As far as our member companies are concerned, the continuing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit vote is unwelcome. Our survey shows that the main impact of the decision has been to weaken business optimism and damage investment intentions. “CBA members do not believe that Brexit will deliver any significant changes to the industry’s regulatory framework and they are convinced that the costs of regulatory compliance will continue to rise,” he added. Some 66 responses were received to CBA’s Brexit Survey, representing more than half of the association’s membership. The main findings of the Brexit Survey were that 56 percent of member companies were less optimistic about the prospects for their businesses postBrexit - only 9 percent of respondents were more optimistic. A significant minority of companies (29 percent) have reduced their investment plans as the result of the Brexit referendum result – just 12 percent of respondents planned to increase their investment plans over the next three years. More than three-quarters of companies (79 percent) did not expect the industry’s regulatory framework to change significantly as the result of Brexit, while some 95 percent of respondents expected the cost of regulatory compliance to increase or remain the same during the next three years. Some 36 percent of companies expected their employment levels to rise over the next three years, consistent with the pre-Brexit findings of the CBA’s Supply Chain Trends Survey. As for the benefits of being in the EU, more than half of all respondents (58 percent) believed the EU has made a positive commercial contribution to the growth of their businesses. In September, Professor John Manners-Bell, chief executive of consultancy Transport Intelligence (Ti) was asked to testify to the House of Lords’ EU External Affairs and Internal Market Sub-Committees’ inquiry into UK’s trade in goods and services post-Brexit. The UK’s supply chain and logistics industry faces an uncertain future. A long period of negotiation will mean that it will be several years before the country’s relationship with its largest single trading partner, becomes clear. Manners-Bell gave his views on which sectors he believed would be most affected by leaving the Single European Market; the merits of the future trade models which could be adopted and highlighted the potential opportunities. He referenced other successful trade agreements which the EU had developed in recent years and called on the UK Government to be assertive and confident in negotiations. Following on from this, Manners-Bell wrote a whitepaper: What will Brexit mean for the UK Supply Chain and Logistics Industry. The paper examines future trade scenarios and supply chains within logistics markets and industries. One of the insights shared in the whitepaper focuses on future trade scenarios and their potential impact on supply chains, highlighting the effects of different types of trade regulations and their relative significance in supply chain planning. Manners-Bell commented: “When addressing the issue of the UK’s future role in global supply chains it would be easy to become pre-occupied by trade relations. This would be ill-judged as in many respects supply chains have already left trade policy a long way behind. When supply chain managers make decisions, tariffs and non-tariff barriers are not at the forefront of their minds. Inventory levels, risk, product quality, transport availability and even ethical and environmental factors these days are significantly more important,” he stated. The Brexit vote is weakening business optimism and damaging investment intentions in the UK’s chemical supply chain Bulk Distributor is published by Ashley & Dumville Publishing Ltd Caledonian House, Tatton Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6AG, United Kingdom www.bulk-distributor.com To advertise or contribute please email anne@bulk-distributor.com or newsdesk@bulk-distributor.com FEATURES IN THE NEXT ISSUE Tank Containers Components China Green light for Certas Liverpool HGV site P lanning permission has been granted for a new 24 hour HGV refuelling facility at Port of Liverpool, UK, thanks to a partnership between Certas Energy and Peel Ports Group. 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