Connecting the supply chain behind every supply chain

Flexible, safe and cost-effective end-to-end logistics for the chemical industry.

Industry overview

In a world where 96% of all manufactured goods depend on chemicals in one way or another, there are ample opportunities for chemical companies to grow. Chemical manufacturers, striving to secure a larger share in the marketplace, have created an extremely competitive battleground. Several industry trends – protectionist trade policies, tariff wars, and industry consolidation – are also pushing businesses to adopt new ways to stand out.

As these trends permeate the chemical industry, many businesses are remodelling to drive growth and profitability. At the core of this transformation is the need to build resilience - with the ability to adapt, digitise, and modernise. Safety remains a high priority while sustainability has increasingly become a focus.

Chemical companies see their supply chains playing a crucial role in their business transformation. Whether they need to support continuous production lines with effective storage solutions; increase margins with supply chain cost-efficiencies; improve safety and compliance, or gain customer loyalty with greater visibility and on-time deliveries, they are making high demands of their supply chain partners to add value at every stage of their supply chain.

Six trends are shaping the chemical industry

Customer Centricity

Customer centricity

  • Meeting the need for flexible supplies 
  • Reducing lead times to support customer production
  • Customising supply chain solutions as per the need
Cargo Based

Cargo-based supply chains

  • Extensive compliance expertise for dangerous cargo
  • Smart solutions that account for weight to value ratio
  • Optimised solutions for low margin products


  • Delivering products for a circular economy
  • Reducing overall carbon footprint
  • Meeting government regulations, locally
Push Drive

Push driven supply chains

  • Managing inventory costs for made-to-stock (MTS) processes
  • Increasing customer loyalty for made-to-order (MTO) processes
  • Optimising working capital (despite low margins) with better logistics planning
Digital Solutions


  • Digitalising for both operational and strategic purposes
  • Increasing speed of innovation
  • Increasing transparency for customers through integration

Capturing new markets

  • Responding to demand with agility
  • Reaching customers all over the world
  • Tapping into developing markets

Why Maersk

Drive profitability

Customise your supply chain from end to end, reduce storage costs with our Flex Hubs, and benefit from our teams’ deep logistics expertise and safety mindset.

Innovate, Digitalise

Enjoy greater visibility, better coordination, strong compliance and safety processes and better collaboration with our advanced digital platforms.

Deliver on your customer promises

Get global and local coverage with our extensive network, reduce the distance to customers, and increase responsiveness with integrated solutions.

Adding value to our customers

With Maersk as your partner, you can build a more agile and efficient chemical supply chain, characterised by safety and digital innovation.

Flex Hub - Get closer to your customers

Chemical businesses like yours need to deliver the right cargo to the right place at the right time. That becomes a challenge, especially when the cost of storing your goods exceed the price of the product itself. With Maersk Flex Hub, you get the flexibility to slow down or speed up your supply chain. It lets you store containers at one of our transhipment ports at a fraction of traditional warehousing costs, and make your deliveries as and when you see fit.

Chemicals supply chain management

Syngenta is happy to announce the extension of our partnership with Maersk to provide best-in-class 4PL. The partnership will support Syngenta’s recent commitment to reduce carbon emissions from our supply chain by 50% by 2030 and help optimise supply operations. This will guarantee the best delivery service to Syngenta’s Customers and Growers around the world.

Marion Matthewman
Global Head of Logistics at Syngenta (press release 2019)

Maersk is our valued partner and our engagement on the shipping side has grown with them over years. Their rail combined solution has helped us with timely equipment availability at our Jamnagar Plant and at the same time has helped us contribute to the environment through Carbon Savings. We expect similar end-to-end solutions from Maersk going forward which are sustainable and give us cost advantage.

Charmaine Remedios
Head of Ocean Exports at Reliance

An eco-system of trust and collaboration

Building a culture of trust and collaboration with your customer requires you to go the extra mile and explore new possibilities. To support Syngenta’s commitment to reduce their carbon footprint while helping their customers produce food in the most sustainable way, we realised the need to become an integral part of their mission. Today, we work as a part of their eco-system to enable their vision for the future.

Here's a flavour of how Maersk and Syngenta are embracing shared values to shape a sustainable future.

The Importance of Flexibility

Faster lead times in a competitive environment. Lower inventory costs in a low margin category. Continuous production. Uncertainty in demand. Cargo flows of varying speeds. The demands of a Chemicals customer can be difficult to meet in an optimal way. Unless you think out of the box. Or in this case, out of the four-walls-and-a-roof.

In this video, Henrik Wretensjoe, Global Vertical Head, Chemicals, Maersk and Hamza Hioul, Global Business Product Owner, Flex Hub, Maersk discuss the importance of flexibility in Chemicals logistics; and how customers are enjoying the benefits of connecting their supply chains in unconventional ways with the Flex Hub solution.

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