MDR Logistics is the joint venture of two professional business houses, De Rijke group based in the Netherlands - a world leader in Silo & Warehouse services which include on-site and off-site activities - and Almajdouie - the leader in Integrated Logistics Solutions in the Saudi Arabian market, providing services such as Logistics & Distribution, Heavy Lift, Customs Clearance, Container Terminal and Freight forwarding. MDR Logistics offers end-to-end supply chain services to the polymer industry in Saudi Arabia.
NATPET (owned at 57% by Alujain Corporation) has chosen MDR Logistics as its total logistics service contractor for the plant operations in Yanbu. The Logistics Support Services contract includes product handling, warehouse management, transportation and customs clearance of polypropylene from the point of production to FOB shipments and customer sites. MDR Logistics prides itself in providing cutting edge technology through strategic partnership with world class providers and has chosen SNS for the implementation of the Warehouse Management Solution at Natpet Yanbu site. The implementation included integration with NATPET SAP system in an effort to streamline operations and minimize processing time.
NATPET Yanbu site produces 400,000 metric tons per year of polypropylene and is linked to a 40,000 sqm storage facility. The warehouse includes a 14,000 sqm covered facility and 26,000 open yard and silo space and handles the storage of raw material for production as well as finished goods from the factory. The daily inbound volume from the production line is of around 900 pallets with an outbound daily volume to containers and trucks of about 850 pallets.
The Warehouse Management Solution implemented at NATPET was customized by SNS to automate the receiving and putaway processes of pallets from production, a 24/7 operation. The system automatically converts the estimated production quantity evaluated in Metric Tons into bag and pallet quantity and determines the number of bin locations required for storage. A new module was also added extending the WMS functionalities beyond the warehouse walls to handle the Proof of Delivery (POD) entry received from the shipping lines. Due to the nature of warehouse and yard operations, multiple reports were developed on the Infor WM to enable MDR Logistics to operate the fully paper-based processes while maintaining the accuracy and control required by NATPET.
In addition to the WMS, a Web portal version developed by SNS was implemented allowing NATPET to view their transactions and inventory levels on line and on a real-time basis.
“The implementation of a warehouse management system at a polypropylene facility the size of NATPET Yanbu site is a challenging project,” said Bernard Van Den Wouwer, General Manager of MDR Logistics. “SNS’ skills in project management ensured that all involved parties were always on the same page; a special close attention maintained on training and testing to ensure a smooth Go-Live in a very sensitive operation.”
The interfaces developed on Boomi Platform between Infor WMS and SAP ensured a smooth integration between both systems. SNS’ previous experience with SAP system guaranteed a successful implementation in collaboration with the IT team of MDR Logistics. This integration ensured the elimination of paper and email documents, full data integrity and full visibility and control of process flows.
“We were in the mid of the implementation of SAP at NATPET when the Yanbu facility was starting operation,” said Ahmad Annan IT Manager at NAPTET. “It was the first implementation for our IT team on SAP integration and SNS’ expertise ensured that the interfaces were well designed and operational from day one.”
“We are grateful for MDR Logistics and NATPET for the trust they have placed in our team” said Mario Ghosn, General Manager at SNS. “The implementation of Infor WM at the Yanbu site is SNS’ first Petrochemical facility project and we are confident that more will come. We have proven once again that our solutions are adaptable to different environments and operations.”
Almajdouie De Rijke Logistics is the joint venture of two professional business houses that have decided to join their local, regional & international knowledge, strengths and expertise, which are based on decades of experience to serve the Saudi and Gulf Market.
Almajdouie De Rijke Logistics, with representatives in Dammam, Jubail and Yanbu, exclusively provides supply chain services to the polymer industry, starting from silo & bagging management, production, planning, warehouse management, container handling and shipping. Other, more specialized and value-adding activities will also be incorporated in the proposed services to customers, including for example the commissioning of palletizing and bagging system. For all these activities, Almajdouie De Rijke Logistics can count on a dedicated, well-trained workforce willing to provide best-in-class performances and he is willing to build strong sustainable business based on best practices and new technologies.
The National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (NATPET) has built a 400,000 MT/Year polypropylene plant in Yanbu Industrial City on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. This Plant produces a wide range of product mix of polypropylene products (Homopolymers, Random & Heterophasic Copolymers) that are suitable for a wide variety of applications. NATPET has acquired the state-of-the art Spheripol process to produce Polypropylene from LyondellBasell, which is the world leader in polypropylene technology.
SNS (Supply Network Solutions) is a leading provider of superior supply chain services including distribution center design, system integration and implementation, training, support, solution development and supply chain consulting. SNS (sns-emea.com) provides its services to companies operating in various industries such as third party logistics, distribution, wholesale, retail and freight forwarding. SNS’ cutting-edge services are delivered by a professional team of supply chain specialists with a highly customer-oriented culture.
SNS is a privately-held company with offices in the Middle-East area and with operations spanning globally through a strong partnership network in Europe, Asia and North America.