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Omnia purchases 20 rail tankers to support robust local ammonia supply chain.

by Justin

Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 May 2023 – In a proactive response to recent industry dynamics and the pressure faced by global supply logistics, Omnia Group is taking decisive steps to strengthen a robust ammonia supply chain by purchasing additional ammonia rail wagons. These wagons will serve as additional mobile storage for this essential chemical. 

Seelan Gobalsamy, CEO of Omnia, explains, “Considering recent industry trends, we have made the strategic decision to acquire 20 additional rail wagons. This will enable us to add to our rail fleet and provide us with additional agility in our supply chain. This will aid our consistent and reliable supply of ammonia to our Sasolburg manufacturing facility from the Richards Bay Ammonia Terminal in KwaZulu-Natal.” 

“Our objective is to bolster the flexibility of our ammonia rail transport, and with these extra tankers to our existing fleet, we can better manage the supply of ammonia,” he continues. 

Ammonia is one of the most important chemicals produced in the world and plays a pivotal role in the production of nitrogenous fertilisers, refrigerant gas, water purification, plastics, explosives, textiles, pesticides, dyes, and other chemicals.

Beyond supplementing the existing ammonia supply chain, the new tankers will deliver more ammonia per block train, serve as additional mobile storage of ammonia, and provide greater control over the supply of ammonia to the Sasolburg factory. 

Omnia’s manufacturing Executive Francois Visagie, affirms, “By fortifying the supply chain, our clients will continue to receive the exceptional service synonymous with the Omnia brand. Our business model has always prioritised continuous innovation, in order to create value at various supply and service chain stages. We continue to promote the responsible, lower impact handling and use of chemicals for health and safety, with a progressive shift towards lower environmental impact and cleaner technologies.” 

Omnia’s transition to an integrated supply chain approach has proven pivotal to enhancing visibility and agility, empowering teams to respond swiftly to critical raw material shortages.

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