The BASF group is present in six segments: chemicals, materials, industrial solutions, surface technologies,
nutrition & care and agricultural solutions. The site in Antwerp is located in the most Northern part of the
harbour. It is the largest chemical production site in Belgium and the second biggest of the BASF group worldwide.
At the time of the study:
BASF plans to implement an additional production line. This imposes significant additional storage and handling requirements. Several options were possible:
Design the most economically viable concept for the increased storage and handling requirements. Following questions need to be answered:
By fitting the material handling technique perfectly to the requirements and by selecting the right location and layout, the automated on-site warehouse demonstrated a strong business case.