Sun Chemical Europe signs lead logistics agreement with Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne + Nagel has been awarded a five-year contract to integrate and manage the transport network for Sun Chemical Europe. Under the agreement, flow and carrier management for over 50 Sun Chemical sites and shipping points in 18 countries will be centralised at Kuehne + Nagel's Lead Logistics Control Centre in Luxembourg.

Part of the Sun Chemical Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of printing inks and pigments for the inks, plastics, cosmetics and coatings industries, Sun Chemical Europe operates a complex transport network encompassing domestic distribution to end-users, as well as continent-wide traffic from mother plants to local processing factories.

Matthias Dollak, Sun Chemical Europe’s supply chain director, said: “Kuehne + Nagel’s re-engineering, systems and transport know-how will significantly streamline and standardise our European transport management process. It will provide high visibility of our logistic operations, allowing us to increase our ability to react to fluctuations from production through to delivery, improve lead times and further enhance our customer service levels.”

John Gowlett, Sun Chemical Europe, vice-president, operations, added: “We were looking for possibilities to leverage logistics across our network. Our entire industry is going through a transformation, and Sun Chemical took this important step to develop increasingly efficient non-core activities through outsourcing with a carefully selected partner.” 

After a diligent assessment and planning phase, Kuehne + Nagel’s lead logistics team is currently integrating Sun Chemical’s approximately 150 subcontracted carriers across Europe into its Luxembourg-based transport and workflow management system. In addition to centralised transport planning and execution through selection and management of best-in-class local carriers, Kuehne + Nagel is also introducing agreed key performance indicators in order to standardise reporting, monitor supplier performance and facilitate the continuous improvement of Sun Chemical’s network processes.

Axel Brunnée, Senior Vice President Lead Logistics Solutions at Kuehne + Nagel, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded such a significant contract from Sun Chemical Europe, which yet again sees a major industry player recognising the advantages of our lead logistics concept, benefiting from operational excellence and a high degree of network flexibility.”


About Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, is a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets. With annual sales of approximately $3.5 billion, Sun Chemical has over 11,000 employees supporting customers around the world. The Sun Chemical Group of companies includes such established names as Coates, Hartmann, Kohl & Madden, and US Ink.

Sun Chemical Corporation in the U.S. and Sun Chemical Limited in England are subsidiaries of Sun Chemical Group B.V., the Netherlands. Sun Chemical has headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A.; Slough, England; and Weesp, the Netherlands.

For more information, please visit our Web site at www.sunchemical.com.