Movement from Goch to Tilburg

Tilburg Warehouse

Movement from Goch to Tilburg

HEC-Holland is still growing fast, also during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, we were forced to move from our small warehouse in Goch to a much larger warehouse in Tilburg. In this new warehouse we are able to place more slitting machines and we can store more products. In addition, the warehouse includes a large office space with all facilities, where we can meet our suppliers and customers. The location of our warehouse is fantastic, as it is just a few minutes from Barge Terminal Tilburg. Moreover, Tilburg has a direct train connection with central Europe and Asia. We are very happy with our new warehouse in Tilburg: the logistics hotspot of the Netherlands.

Expansion of production capacity

The growth of our company has, among others, led to the expansion of our production capacity. We have our own slitting facility since one year now, however we are close to full capacity. For this reason, we are looking for new slitting machines. One year ago, we could not imagine that we already have to look for these new machines. The slitting facility that we have now, is for slitting water blocking tapes. We are now in the process of buying a new machine that can slit aluminum tapes, so that our production department can convert locally. This process was intended for one year ago, but unfortunately we had to postpone this due to corona. Nevertheless, we are very happy that this process is coming to an end.

Expansion product assortment

Additionally to the physical expansion, we spend a lot of time on setting up our ERP system. Our product assortment is growing since our office in Shanghai is busy with building relationships with new suppliers. Our colleagues in Shanghai speak the same language and have the same culture as most of our suppliers, which make it more easy to build a valuable relationship. We hope to optimize these relationships even further in the future.

Suez Canal – Global supply chain impact

Evergreen Suez Canal

Global supply chain impact is caused by imbalance in available freight space and equipment.

The supply chain consequences of the Suez Canal blockade in March will be clearly felt in the coming months. In our operations this will mostly affect the operational activities and pricing for the coming period. Where there were hopes for more stability, prices in container shipping are still sky-high. Also the tariff levels may reach new record highs as of May 1. We continue to be confronted with limitations and delays due to blank sailings, equipment shortages and congested ports worldwide.

Partly because of the aforementioned congestion in the Suez Canal, we are also seeing extra pressure in the availability of containers and the spot market. The shortage of ship space and containers will largely persist this year, resulting in high transport rates and operational restrictions. This is predicted by a maritime research firm Drewry in its latest report about developments in the container market. The prospects also note that there will be considerably more orders for the construction of new ships. There are 1.77 million TEU across 166 ships ordered in Q1 only. However, whether this capacity expansion will eventually lead to the extremely low rates of few years ago seems unlikely, according to Drewry.

Our advices to prevent possible inconveniences in your supply chain 

We would like to advise you to pay attention to matters listed below in order to limit any nuisance and to anticipate the aforementioned market situation:

  • We recommend booking your shipments well in advance. This enables us to provide you with the best possible arrangements.
  • Prioritize the most critical shipments as capacity is scarce and we face constraints and delays.
  • Include longer lead times in your supply chain calculations. Keep in mind that the average delay is currently almost 7 days.

The aforementioned challenging and volatile market situation puts a lot of pressure on our operation. Therefore, we must continue to emphasize that the options are limited and ask you to continue to take into account possible delays in the coming period.

We are here for you

We at HEC-Holland do everything we can to continue to serve you optimally and to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. Please feel free to consult your account manager and ask for our possibilities and solutions. We will also keep you updated related to this theme and future developments. 

If any questions arise, please also get in contact with our team!

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Introducing Bob Bakker

Bob Bakker in our warehouse in Goch

HEC-Holland team is growing steadily and in February we were happy to welcome another new member to join us. Below you can find the greetings and introduction of Bob Bakker, our new commercial supply chain specialist.

HEC-Holland new team member – Who am I?

Hi everyone, I am Bob Bakker, 24 years old and currently living in Tilburg. Last January I graduated as a master of Supply Chain Management at Tilburg University, which ended my time as a student. Before the master program, I studied Business Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen. Nijmegen is the city where I always lived, before I moved to Tilburg one and half years ago. Since I found the job at HEC-Holland, it is now time for me to move back to Nijmegen, where I just found a new home for myself.

I am an enthusiastic, driven and ambitious person who enjoys achieving goals with a team. I think this fits well within the HEC-Holland company where we work hard together to reach the best outcomes. Outside the 40 working hours a week, I spent most of the time on just hanging out with friends, drinking some beers and going to the gym.

My role within the HEC-team

My role within HEC-Holland is a ‘’commercial supply chain specialist’’. I take care of the processes from purchase order until order delivery, together with Cindy and Karin. My focus will be on the coordination of the warehouse processes in our warehouse in Goch, Germany. I have some experience in how to manage fast-moving logistics processes, which will definitely be an advantage for me in this job. I just started a few weeks ago but I already feel like a valued part of the organization. My colleagues are very friendly and supportive and I immediately got a lot of responsibilities.

Thoughts for the future

The cable industry was not really familiar to me before I started in this position. However, now as I have dived more into it during the recent weeks, I have started to understand everything better and my interest in the cable industry has increased in general. I am looking forward to get to know HEC-Holland and our place in the cable industry even more, and to further optimize our logistics processes.

Looking forward to the new challenges and to get in touch with our customers and suppliers!

If any questions arise, please get in contact with our team!

You can also find more information about Bob on his LinkedIn page

New Year, a New Milestone on Storage Capacity & Production in Goch, Germany

New Year, a New Milestone on Storage Capacity & Production in Goch, Germany
 

After a rollercoaster year our wish is that this year will be the one full of optimism, hope and prosperity for a bright future and supportive atmosphere for all of us.

At HEC-Holland we are starting this year with excitement for new things to come up and plans with our customers and suppliers. Our ambition is to continuously improve ourselves in all aspects in light to give the best support to our partners.

We are proud to share with you an update regarding one of our strategic situated distribution centres at Goch, Germany. With the newly build expansion on warehouse space and production capacity we believe to have entered into a new phase within the HEC-Holland journey.

With this expansion we have now doubled our capacity to approximately 5.000 metric ton on storage space. Supervised by our latest ERP software technology, we are able to continuously keep on track on our production and supply chain system, enabling you faster and effective services. This leads to higher speed and more flexibility in delivery of your well appreciated orders.

At Goch’s production site we also have advanced machines and equipment to tailormade preciously cutting, shaping, packing, labelling and delivery according to your specifications and wishes. At our non-woven department, we are able to deliver 1,30-meter outer diameter pads, which creates flexibility at your production by having less production stops. See the next article about our aluminium converting to take a closer look on how the process on one of the machines is developing.

We are eager to see how we are able to create more value for our customers. The journey of HEC-Holland just started and will not stop here but moves on.

In addition to our German distribution and production location, we have own dedicated warehouse capacity in Helsinki, Finland and Jonkoping region in Sweden.

Stay tuned for more news about this and other topics in the future!

New Converting and Distribution Centre Goch

Converting and Distribution Centre Goch

Converting and Distribution Centre Goch

With great pleasure we announce that we have bought several converting lines to create tailor-made end products, which all become in operation within Q1-2020, besides our existing production capacity on PE and PP based tapes.

HEC-Holland keeps on increasing its capacities to satisfy its customer base to their wish to have excellent products, against attractive price settings delivered “just in time!”

2 newly built locations

In total we have extended our converting capacity with 2 newly built production locations where we separate the metal-based production from others in order to avoid cross contamination which could influence the properties within the end product.

Third on the way

The third newly built location will be our own warehouse where we are able to store all our own materials up to 4.500 metric ton* for the continental part of Europe, besides our 2 Nordic locations in Helsinki, Finland and Jonkoping region in Sweden.

 

Converting and Distribution Centre Goch

*Hanwha Chemical compounds are stored at a different locations

More information?

If there is more information on this article required, than please get in contact with one of our account managers who will be more than happy to give you more details on our services and possibilities.