Trade mission Logistics & Plastic Resins
On March 20 and 21 2017, the NBSO welcomed a delegation from the Netherlands. The delegation was formed by representatives from different logistic service providers looking for business opportunities in the expected plastic resin boom in Houston in the near future. Also part of the delegation was our colleague from the Netherlands, the general secretary of the Holland Logistics Network. The mission was focused on logistics and more specifically on the total chain of logistics of plastic resins. A plastic resin is the raw material from which i.e. plastics are made off. Because of all the new construction in the Bay Area Houston -almost $50 billion worth of new projects- Houston is the place to be for service providers in this industry.
The goal of this mission is to give Dutch companies access to market opportunities in the logistics around plastic resins in Houston, Texas. These opportunities arise from the current and future need for companies that have the knowledge and experience in packaging, chemical warehousing and the 3rd party logistics of these plastic resins. By organizing five site visits, a trade dinner and a network event, the NBSO introduced the Dutch delegation to the Houston market.
We started the mission with a joint breakfast in Clear Lake, so the participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves and to pitch their expectations of this trip. Our first site visit was hosted at NASA Johnson Space Center Houston by The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP). The BAHEP engages approximately 270 investor companies, business professionals, local governments, and educational institutions to bring about prosperity and a high quality of life in south east Texas. Dan Seal, the Executive Director Special Initiatives at BAHEP gave us a comprehensive insight in the economy and business opportunities in the Greater Houston Area. After this presentation we had the opportunity to visit the famous Space Center and to picture ourselves in outer space. The afternoon was marked by our second site visit to Kaneka North America LLC in Pasadena, TX. Kanaka is a Japanese worldwide $5 billion producer of chemical products including plastic resins, pharmaceutical intermediaries, food supplements, synthetic fibers and fine chemicals. During this visit we had the opportunity to see the production process of the chemical products.
We concluded the first day with a trade dinner on a very special location; the historical Clipper ‘De Stad Amsterdam’ that was docked in Galveston during the week off the trade mission. The clipper has sailed all the way from Amsterdam around the America’s and was the perfect home base of this trade mission. During the trade dinner the Dutch delegation was matched with possible business partners and other valuable connections while enjoying a delicious dinner and a magnificent sunset aboard The Clipper.
Take a look at the photo's of day 1!
After spending the night on the Clipper, the second day started with a site visit to Plastic Express in Pasadena, TX. Plastic Express is specialized in warehousing, transporting and trans loading of o.a. plastic resins for big procedures. The warehouse in Pasadena is brand new and especially build for the big plastic resin boom that is expected in the next few years. We are very grateful to Kent Thompson, the Asst. Vice President of the Gulf Coast Operations at Plastic Resins, for his time and information by touring us around the warehouse. It was especially interesting to see this part of the logistical chain, after our visit to a producing company the day before.
The next stop was the Port of Houston, where Will Whitehouse, Sr. Trade Development Manager and Jordan Frisby,Economic Analyst at the Port of Houston Authority welcomed us with lunch and a beautiful view on Downtown Houston from the Port of Houston. Both gentlemen informed us about the Port of Houston and the connections with foreign trade. The Port of Houston is the nation’s largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage and an essential economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas, and the nation. It supports the creation of nearly 1.175 million jobs in Texas and 2.7 million jobs nationwide, and economic activity totaling almost $265 billion in Texas – 16 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product – and more than $617 billion in economic impact across the nation. The Netherlands is the fifth leading trading partner on the combined import and export by tonnage and dollar value. The Port of Houston is thus an import hub for logistics from the Netherlands.
On our fifth and last site visit on this trade mission we visited the Manchester Terminals, to get a grasp of the actual handling of freight at the Port of Houston. Manchester Terminals is a 72.5 Acre facility located on the corner of The Houston Ship Channel and Sims Bayou. Manchester Terminal is a private marine terminal that is a United States Coast Guard approved break bulk cargo facility. They offer a unique combination of services that include warehousing, railroad access and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). We visited the Manchester Terminals on invitation of one of its partners: BBC Chartering, a world leader in ocean carriage of heavy lift and project cargoes. BBC Chartering support leading clients with their fleet of currently 170 multi-purpose and heavy lift vessels. This fifth site visit added to a good overview of the total supply chain of the making, warehousing and handling of freight like plastic resins in Houston.
We concluded our trade mission with a network event on the Clipper ‘De Stad Amsterdam’, in joint organization with the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce -Texas Chapter. The event was very well attended by familiar and new faces. Very successful connections for the future are made.
Take a look at the photo's of day 2!
We are looking back on two very successful days and are looking forward to see the successful connections in action!