We take care of your product

Different products need different types of care. Katoen Natie is in the best position to offer you multiple storage facilities, (re)packaging activities and value added services for polyolefines. Katoen Natie offers full turnkey projects in which we provide support from the moment of design until running and maintaining the logistic operations. To meet your requirements, we also continuously invest in new installations for specialized operations such as degassing, optical sorting, blending, sieving, drying, dedusting and demetallizing and any combination thereof. The range of products consists of free flowing materials non-hazardous commodity plastics, engineering polymers, compounds in different forms such as pellets, granulates, flakes or prills. In all advanced value added services, cross-contamination risks are avoided since installations are easily accessible and easy to clean with high pressure water.

On-site logistic support

Katoen Natie is a well-respected worldwide partner for on-site logistic activities in the polyeolefines business. Our leadership is based on proven operational efficiency, a focused approach to safety and quality and a growing global presence. We work as an experienced partner within the fence of the petrochemical plant by designing, building, operating and maintaining your logistic activities. With our profound logistic know-how we can fully support new as well as existing petrochemical production plants.

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Storage

Indoor and outdoor storage, single or double stacking, storage in standard as well as semi-automated storage racks are examples of the many solutions we offer. Next to the physical storage, also  administrative processing and visibility is an important factor in your supply chain. Our warehouse management and distribution systems merge seamlessly with your production flows.

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Repackaging solids

Based on many years of experience, Katoen Natie has the technology, the know-how and the facilities to take care of all your repackaging activities. We can repackage your solid products into practically any combination, ranging from small bags up to large bulk quantities in container.

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Cleaning operations

Katoen Natie offers reliable and flexible cleaning services for your logistics chain. Our state-of-the art cleaning operations eliminate safety risks and dangers of contamination. Facilities include tank and silo cleaning, high-pressure cleaning and vacuum operations. All our facilities are EFTCO-certified and provide ECD documents. We are specialized in the cleaning of non-hazardous products.

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Optical sorting

Katoen Natie offers its customers the most advanced sorting technology. By using monochrome cameras, color cameras and laser scanning, we are able to detect and remove foreign bodies. We differentiate defective, undesirable and contaminated product from good product streams by scanning differences in uv reflection, color, texture, shape, size or any combination thereof. If deviated from the requested standard, high speed ejectors are activated at the precise time that the product passes the ejector nozzles.

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Degassing

Katoen Natie has developed a sophisticated technique in-house to evaporate hydrocarbons from polymers. The Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can have a negative influence depending on the end application. Depending on the volume different techniques can be used, e.g. in hoppers, degassing trucks and silos. The highest quality is guaranteed with advanced techniques to filter the injected air during the aeration process. Reference samples and detailed statistics are available on demand. Our installations can reach VDA 277 and VDA 278 standards.

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Sieving

Sieving plastics is a technique whereby granules are being separated from each other based on size. A non-optimal partical size distribution after the production process can be solved by using our sifting installations. Katoen Natie has static as well as different types of vibrating sieves available. In agreement with the customer the best set-up and sieving installation is defined. Size differences as being too big, too small, too long or conglomerated pellets can be separated. With the use of ASTM standardized control methods, we are able to analyze and compare the result of the operation.

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Demetalizing

Our advanced metal detectors are used to rapidly and accurately detect and reject ferrous and non-ferrous metals out of your product. Katoen Natie acts as an extension of your production process and adds value to your products by removing metals in your bulk (e.g. silo) as well as your packed product (e.g. big bags). Different types of magnets are used in different set-ups.

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Dedusting

Dust, streamers and other unwanted forms such as angel hair are often created as a result of product handling. Our dedusting installations are developed in a closed loop configuration  to remove the dust from the clean pellets. The complete installation is a gravity driven process. The ideal timing for dedusting unit is to perform the activity just before packaging and/or loading.

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Deodorizing & Deflavoring

Techniques are available monomers (e.g. octane, hexane, butane-1, butane and propane) to deodorize or deflavor your product. By heating the product, the odor and flavor-bearing molecules escape. Polymers are loaded into bulk trucks or silos and warm dry air is being blown in at a mutually agreed temperature and time frame. Reference samples and detailed statistics are available on demand.

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Drying

Our drying technology is available for both internal and external water molecule vaporization. Depending on the desired humidity of the product, we agree upon a controlled heating up, drying and cooling down process. Finally our high tech analysis methods guarantee fast monitoring of product quality. Reference samples and detailed statistics are available on demand.

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Blending

Katoen Natie provides blending and dosing solutions via a static blending tower.

Additives are blended or dosed into a base product as a percentage of the mass of the product. The blend properties, in percentage terms, can be closely controlled and monitored. Any risk for de-mixing is negligible as the material is packed immediately into the required end use packing units.

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Homogenizing

Katoen Natie provides homogenizing solutions via a combi flow blender silo. Multiple batches with different qualities are blended with centre flow into one homogeneous mixture. This mixture will have a new uniform set of characteristics enabling stable production at conversion. Also, an off-spec product can be mixed and blended with another batch, yielding an on-spec end result. The technique is appropriate for blending cohesive and free flowing bulk solids.

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Compounding

Katoen Natie can act as part of your production process, adding value to your products through compounding . The production of compounded products involves accurate dosing of various additives to raw material resins, to meet specific performance and application specifications. Operations include; dosing, micro ingredient batch preparation, additive pre-mixing, extrusion, pelletization, screening, test lab controls and conditioning of finished commercial product grades. Starting with design, followed by construction and ending with operations our engineering department makes sure that every project is a success for both customer and supplier.

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Compaction & Granulation

If you want to offer a product with enhanced characteristics, Katoen Natie can help you to improve important product handling specifications to:

  • improve product flow ability
  • obtain a uniform and optimized bulk density
  • eliminate dust hazards
  • improve dispensability
  • obtain a uniform particle size
  • control particle hardness

Katoen Natie is able to offer you various types of compaction and granulation techniques, where powdery materials are made cohesive through mechanical densification. The compaction can be a hot or cold process to shape your products to close tolerances.

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Global transport

Katoen Natie’s business unit General Cargo & Commodities supports end-to-end supply chain management by offering road, rail and inland water transport as well as sea freight and airfreight services.

Road & rail transport
With our expertise in road and rail logistics, we can deliver cost-effective solutions that meet your transport requirements. Katoen Natie offers a wide range of road and rail transportation services, including dedicated delivery services.

Inland water transport
Katoen Natie operates a fleet of barges for container transport between major seaports. By offering and promoting inland water transport, we are able to provide our customers a transport mode that is both economical and environment-friendly.

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Freight forwarding

Katoen Natie is a well-known sea freight and airfreight solution provider and delivers highly flexible services through partnerships with leading carriers. We guarantee transport capacities and easily adapt to growing trade volumes – a key benefit when it comes to managing global supply chains.

 

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Customs

Our customs service can arrange all requested customs documentation, all of which to be completed and submitted in line with local regulations. Besides being a specialist in customs, we also take care of all VAT-procedures for our customers.

How we can help you on customs level:

  • Providing advice for almost every kind of product
  • Executing customs activities: import-, transit- and export formalities
  • Bonded warehouses: different types of customs warehouses dedicated to the needs and advantages for the customer
  • Fiscal warehouses: VAT-warehouses

What we can offer you on VAT-level:

  • Providing advice in fiscal representation
  • Different formats of fiscal representation are possible
  • Offering complete VAT-administration for companies not established in Belgium
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ICT

Katoen Natie’s mission is to provide integrated and tailor-made logistics to a key number of industries and to clients all over the world. The ICT Solution Development department plays a critical role in the accomplishment of this mission. The department was set up to support Katoen Natie’s various business units, allowing business managers to gain a competitive advantage through analytics and process optimization, as well as providing end users with excellent services. In a flexible, straightforward environment, our specialized solution developers solve your strategic and operational issues!

People
The ICT umbrella covers a large area of expertise: our ICT professionals tackle a variety of challenges ranging from installing hardware and applications, to designing complex software, computer networks and information databases, as well as supporting entire systems. Our experts also manage data and make sure this information is accessible to the users.

Technology
Katoen Natie has its own global network, connecting the different locations around the world, to speed up the flow of information. Interfacing with external customer systems (such as SAP) is common practice. Microsoft Dynamics NAV® has been chosen as the software environment for creating progressive systems capable of serving large, multi-customer operations and dedicated on-site terminals. In a rapidly changing technological world, we closely monitor the latest technologies in fields such as radio frequency systems, bar coding, hub connections and EDI. Implementing these solutions has proved to be rewarding.

Creativity
Our main goal is to offer high quality tailor-made solutions. We do not just provide the hardware and software, we solve problems, provide support to industrial processes and ensure that information gets to the right person at the right time. Software development, set-up and maintenance of hardware and networks are done in-house, creating a flexible and cost-efficient operating environment.

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