HCS Group and Agility – Redesigning a Supply Chain Strategy

HCS Group and Agility – Redesigning a Supply Chain Strategy
10th December 2020 Sandra Zirm

Case Study:

HCS Group and Agility Chemical Logistics have built a strong strategic partnership to offer optimised customer-focused supply chain solutions.

HCS Group combines chemistry and petrochemicals expertise, offering tailor-made hydrocarbon and solvent solutions to local and global blue chip companies in Mobility, Energy, Industrial and Life Science. Agility is one of the world’s top freight forwarding and contract logistics providers, a leader and investor in technology to enhance supply chain efficiency. Together, both companies joined forces to support HCS Group’s supply chain operations, while the company was growing from a small European-focused organisation to a midsized global player serving a variety of industries with very specific supply chain demands.

“As a mid-size company, we are using all modes of transportation from bulk shipping, tank truck deliveries, rail, intermodal transports and of course air freight for some smaller but very urgent deliveries. Our customer requirements vary significantly. Whether large or small, our key focus remains the same: to offer optimised customer-focused supply chain solutions”, says Florenz Treschau, Senior Vice President Supply Chain at HCS Group and adds: “To meet our high standards and customer quality promise while our organisation is growing we have chosen to take the road with Agility. From our long-term business relationship, we were aware of their expertise, their services and their global reach. The Agility Chemical Logistics team has accompanied us through our transformation process and helped us to find the right balance between in-house logistics and external support.”

Redesigning the supply chain strategy

1. Adapting in partnership

As HCS Group internally grew its logistics and developed its workforce and expertise, the question arose on how to align and best manage the supply chain operations. “Agility worked closely with us to adjust the required services. For instance, they advised us on the benefits for chartering vs. spot rates for short and deep sea bulk vessel shipping which accounts for a majority of our logistics spend. Agility supported us with challenging models, new markets and introduced new transportation companies into our portfolio where needed and provided us with first-class market
insights, which was of utmost value for us during the Covid-19 pandemic”, adds Treschau.

“Business needs and logistics solutions have to evolve in line with market dynamics and technological change, so relationships that are flexible and ready to adapt to the next opportunity will succeed and continue to thrive”, explains VP, Howard Sellers at Agility.

2. Exploring new opportunities 

Together with HCS Group Agility defined relevant tools and processes to enhance efficiency and performance overview. “Digitalisation brings new opportunities and with Agility we will explore new ways to meet and exceed
customer requirements and increase our efficiency”, explains Treschau and adds: “Agility introduced a tendering platform for road transportations where a high number of bids needed to be analysed on different planning scenarios. This digital tool improved our tender efficiency and enabled us to keep the optimum between service
levels and cost. Data integration for oversea container shipping is another example, which allows for easy track and
trace of our products.”

The value of a strategic partnership

Agility Chemical Logistics has played an important role in supporting HCS Group to establish a modern and optimised supply chain operation. “The strategic business relationship with Agility has proved extremely significant to us. Their in-depth understanding of our business, chemical supply chain expertise and can-do attitude to new challenges has always been appreciated by us and highly contributes to our success of today. On top of that, their professional approach and technology capabilities have resulted in keeping the balance between service and costs“, explains Treschau and adds: “We deliver high-quality products and services and pride ourselves on our quality promise to our customers. Agility has proven to be a trustful partner in achieving these goals and we highly appreciate the flexible and cooperative strategic partnership.“


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About HCS Group

HCS Group is a leading international supplier of solutions for high-value hydrocarbon specialties. The Group includes the brands Haltermann Carless, ETS Racing Fuels and EOS. HCS Group has about 500 employees and is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The company belongs to H.I.G. Europe, a subsidiary of the US private equity company H.I.G. Capital. More information: www.h-c-s-group.com

About Agility

Agility’s story parallels the rise of emerging markets in the global economy. The company got its start as a local warehousing provider in Kuwait and grew to become the largest logistics company in the Middle East. It acquired more than 40 logistics brands around the world, some in business since the mid-1800s. Agility today is one of the world’s largest integrated logistics providers and the largest private owner and developer of industrial real estate in the Middle East and North Africa. Agility is a publicly-listed company on the Kuwait and Dubai stock exchanges. More information: www.agility.com


Media Contact

Sandra Zirm
HCS Group GmbH
Edmund-Rumpler-Str. 3
60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
+49 69 695 386-117