LogiChem Asia is the only chemical specific logistics event in Asia. In 2012 we had over 100 senior representatives of the chemical supply chain (Chemical manufacturers, 3PL and transportation companies) gathered in Singapore to debate, discuss and brainstorm the most important issues currently facing those with plans to expand and develop their global and Asian supply chains.
Our focus day on Sustainability was an enormous success with over 50% of our delegates choosing to attend the extra day. The stand out participants of the day were without doubt Eddy Setiawan and Walter Mohr, Regional Presidents of Dow Chemical and Clariant respectively who delivered fascinating insight into the progress and the importance of sustainability in their respective supply chains and corporate strategies. Industry favourite Mark Millar also delivered an engaging talk on green supply chains highlighting the responsibilities both individuals and corporations have to increasing their sustainability efforts.
Berthold Alfes, Managing Director of Bayer’s supply chain in Asia Pacific kicked off Day 1 of LogiChem with a call for Asia to look inwards for supply chain evolution, rather than adopt patterns that work in Europe and the US. This set the scene for the days main theme, the importance of Asia in the global supply chain. From individual presentations on the unique challenges of setting up a supply chain in Vietnam to recruitment challenges in India and the growing importance of emerging markets to China and India’s dominance the main takeaway of the day is that the region is in a fantastic position to really become the world leader in supply chain operations. As Berthold mentioned at the end of his presentation, international supply chain individuals are in Asia because they want to be, because they see the potential and so the regions should not look towards the rest of the world for guidance
The final day of LogiChem revolved more around the manufacturer-3pl relationship. An expert panel featuring supply chain heads of Borouge, Evonik, Reliance and Grace concluded that there is no ‘perfect’ 3pl and that manufacturers should work with different providers as all have their relative strengths. Comment of the day came from Makarand Imadar of Reliance who implored manufacturers to stop acting like mother-in-laws and let the 3pl’s get on with what they do best.
Our 9 roundtables at LogiChem were an enormous success as delegates stayed after hours to continue their discussions over a glass of wine. With Asia’s leading chemical supply chain representatives all in one room the roadmap for the next year was settled at LogiChem Asia. We look forward to gathering next year to discuss the rapid changes in Asia’s chemical supply chain.