Logistics play a vital role in our Supply Chain Management. The importance of logistics is underlined by the degree of our import-dependence on Natural Gypsum - the main material for our plasterboard plant. Secondly, more than 40% of the production is exported to international markets on various modes of transport, therefore, justifying the key contribution of Logistics in the supply chain. Logistics is managed by a dedicated team of professionals – extensively using surface and maritime transportation.
The raw materials - gypsum rocks are currently being imported in bulk using barges of capacities 2000 -7000 DWT. Plasterboard plant has a dedicated Jetty to offload the raw material, using shore based equipments quickly and efficiently. The raw material is stored in stockpiles which are later withdrawn for crushing.
The plaster boards are stocked at the factory warehouse sharing the same roof as that of the production facility. The warehouse capacity is 2 Million m2 of plasterboards, and can simultaneously load trailers and containers in two 8 hour shift operations.
- Land transport: Our exports to GCC countries over land route accounts for almost 15% of our production. All of such exports are on Surface Transport mode. In addition to this, the domestic market inland container movement are fed by Trucks/Trailers. To streamline the efficiency of operations and reduce costs, our dedicated transport service providers are fully integrated with our operations to ensure smooth dispatch.
- Maritime transport:
- Containerized Cargo: Containers are probably the best mode of ocean transportation, providing the following advantages -safety and integrity of the cargo, door-to-door service and minimum handling. Jebel Ali being the Middle East hub of all major container shipping lines, we are able to reach out to most port around this region on a weekly sailing frequency. Low transit time and economical freight rates to major destinations provide us with distinctive advantage over our competitors. Upon completion of loading and final tally, the containers are weighed, sealed and sent back to the port for onward shipment. Today almost 25 percent of our total production is being shipped on containers to various destinations.