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Oberhausen, 10.12.2018 – Sonax has been developing and producing car care products at the highest level since 1950 in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany. It is the market leader in Germany and is also one of the leading international manufacturers. The brand stands worldwide in more than 115 countries for highest car care competence.
The traditional company situated in Neuburg will invest in a second production and logistics location in Oberhausen/Bavaria and has acquired a 14-hectare plot of land from TanQuid. TanQuid is Germany’s largest independent tank farm operator with headquarters in Duisburg.
With its 14 sites located at strategically important transshipment centres, TanQuid offers its customers from the chemical industry not only external storage and transshipment of liquid mineral oil products, but also complete operational management services, added value through downstream processing steps and highly specialised engineering services.
The new Sonax land area is located in the immediate vicinity of the tank farm. This plot of land – not necessary for TanQuid’s operative business – offers Sonax, in combination with RailMaint´s adjoining repair shop for tankers as well as the good licensing prerequisites, excellent opportunities for setting up its production facilities.
Initially, only part of this area will be needed – reserve areas for the future should deliberately be withhold. Work on the approval procedure will start spring 2019.
Four years after the commissioning of a new building complex in Neuburg on an area of around 4,000 m2, Sonax is thus continuing its expansion activities. At that time, a double-digit million euro amount was invested in the expansion of production and storage capacities on the company’s operating site. Strong growth pushed the company back to its spatial limits. It became increasingly clear that the need for new space could no longer be met in the Neuburg city centre in the foreseeable future.
With this project, the long-standing customer relationship between TanQuid and Sonax will be significantly deepened. The car care manufacturer has rented tanks for the storage of antifreeze alcohols at the Oberhausen tank farm for decades.
A large proportion of these winter products and other products in spray cans, larger bottles, canisters and barrels are now to be produced and filled at this second location. This will relieve Neuburg’s inner city of the high volume of traffic associated with the transport of voluminous packaging materials and products. A storage and logistics area for these and other products is also planned. The more complex part of the care products will continue to be manufactured in Neuburg on Münchener Strasse. The headquarters and above all the entire administrative, sales and development departments will also remain there. Manfred Hoffmann, Managing Director and shareholder of Sonax GmbH: “We stand by our location in Neuburg, but need the necessary space for our growth. With Oberhausen, we see an ideal combination of these interests at a short distance”.
TanQuid, for its part, is very interested in binding its partner Sonax to the Oberhausen location through additional cooperation. CEO Sebastian van der Ploeg: “The growth opportunities resulting from the settlement of Sonax are a great chance for our site in Oberhausen – away from the shrinking classic mineral oil market. We are delighted to have found Sonax to be a partner who is strategically suited to us, but who also values important aspects such as environmental protection and safety very highly. We are delighted about the great opportunities that will result from this settlement.”
If this settlement in Oberhausen did not come about, Sonax would have to look for a completely different alternative. It would very probably not even be possible to find an adequate area in the county that would be suitable under today´s approval law standards.
The partners are convinced that the long-term cooperation will give the location, the region and the companies excellent prospects.
Duisburg, 18.01.2018 – After many years in different positions and responsibilities Thomas Schöder decided to leave TanQuid as per January 31, 2018 to face new challenges. Please read here his personal farewell letter.
Duisburg, 27.04.2017 – For the past 14 months Thomas Schröder has done an excellent job as managing director for our company. To enable Mr Schröder to focus on upcoming changes and challenges in the market, he will no longer carry out his office as managing director.
TanQuid is lucky to having Mr Schröder with the company as well in the future in a very responsible position. He will heading on the division sales as CSO and – beside the well-known sales team – being a capable and experienced partner for our customers and business partners. The reporting line will remain the same than since middle of 2016: Mr Schröder is directly reporting to Mr Sebastian van der Ploeg.
Members of the executive management team:
Sebastian van der Ploeg (Managing Director, CEO)
Christof Dalhoff (Managing Director, COO)
Luciano D´Agostino (Head of Finance)
Thomas Knutzen (Head of IT & Future Business).
Christof Dalhoff, in his role as COO, will in future concentrate on the operational part of the company: Here especially responsible for the sites, as well as for the central divisions terminals, engineering and HSSE.
Sebastian van der Ploeg, as CEO, will be – beside the sales department – primarily head on the administrative divisons HR, Legal & Compliance, Analytics.
Messrs D´Agostino and Knutzen, as members of the executive management team, will directly report to Mr Sebastian van der Ploeg.
Luciano D´Agostino will be responsible for all questions in relation to finance.
Beside IT Thomas Knutzen is focusing on the field Future Business enabling TanQuid to immediately react to the increasing customer requirements (e.g. digitalization, automation, etc.) and to developing its role as proactive partner in the market.
Duisburg, 21.12.2016 – After internal restructuring TanQuid has brought together five leading manager to create a management team. The head of the team is Sebastian van der Ploeg (CEO), now as a permanent role. Further members of the management team are Thomas Schröder (CSO/COO), Luciano D’Agostino (Head of Finance), Christof Dalhoff (Head of Engineering) and Thomas Knutzen (Head of IT & Future Business). Please click here for further details.
Duisburg, 26.07.2016 – After successful completion of the recent refinancing, the long-time CEO and CFO Jens Moir has left TanQuid GmbH & Co. KG.
Effective as of July 26 TanQuid CSO/COO Thomas Schröder and CAO Sebastian van der Ploeg remain in place as the core management team. In order for the CSO/COO Thomas Schröder to continue to fully focus on clients and their needs as well the continuing development of the sites, Sebastian van der Ploeg will be taking over the role of the CEO on an interim basis and will therefore be responsible for Finance, IT as well as HR/Business Affairs. Thomas Schröder remains in his role as CSO and COO, responsible for Sales, Engineering, HSSEQ and tank storage sites.
Thomas Schröder and Sebastian van der Ploeg are aware of the many changes that have taken place within TanQuid in the last two years and “how these changes have left their mark both inside and outside the company”. This is why the short term focus of the management will be to ensure that customer and employee relationships are managed appropriately. Van der Ploeg: “We want to continue to position ourselves, with our customers based on TanQuid´s longstanding history and maintain company-specific values for the future. We are well positioned to do so, counting on the support and teamwork of our experienced and highly accredited employees within the branch”.
TanQuid would like to thank Mr Moir for the work undertaken over the last five years.
On 29 June 2016, TanQuid has reached Financial Close on the refinancing of its bank debt facilities. The company has successfully raised €150m in new bank debt financing plus issued €125m in privately placed notes.
This refinancing provides TanQuid with the capital required for to deliver its business plan, materially extends the maturity of all of its external debt financing and significantly reduces the cost of its external debt, demonstrating the strong standing of the company in the international capital markets.
Jens Moir, CEO of TanQuid: “TanQuid is very pleased to announce our refinancing, which demonstrates the continued faith the capital markets have in our company to deliver on our business plan and maintain our position as the leading independent operator of oil and chemical storage products in Germany and Poland”
Luciano D’Agostino, Head of Finance of TanQuid: “The positive result of the refinancing enables TanQuid to continue to deliver on the growth path we have already started. The optimal combination of bank debt and private placement reflects the confidence of the capital market in our business. The key drivers of this success story were the professional and trusting collaboration with our adviser Macquarie Capital in addition to the enormous efforts and high commitment of the TanQuid project team”
The bank debt was provided by a group of three lenders comprising Commerzbank AG, Credit Agricole CIB and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. The private placement was subscribed to by four institutional investors including Babson Capital, Edmond de Rothschild’s BRIDGE, IFM Investors and Schroders.
The company was advised by Macquarie Capital and Clifford Chance with funders advised by Allen and Overy.
Duisburg, 07.04.2016 – TanQuid GmbH & Co. KG is charting a new course in client support. Thomas Schröder, CSO/COO of TanQuid, is focussing on strengthening the traditionally good and trusting customer relationship: “For this reason we have merged Sales and Operations, which formerly operated separately, so that we can react even more targetedly and timely also to complex technical enquiries of our customers.”
Also the team of the new department Sales & Operations will be expanded and strengthened. Markus Hartmann, previously manager of the TanQuid tank farm in Neuss, is moving to the Duisburg headquarters of the tank farm logistics company. Thomas Schröder: “His many years of experience, and in particular his operational and technical expertise, will be a significant enrichment to the new department,” said Thomas Schröder.
Due to these organisational changes and the reorganisation of the management board which already took place in March, the post of Head of Sales is no longer required. Mr. Jens Weselmann will therefore leave the company.
Duisburg / Essen December 1, 2014 With effect from December 1, 2014, TanQuid GmbH & Co. KG acquires tank farm Essen II, Haus-Horl-Str. 105 from Unabhängige Tanklagerge-sellschaft mbH, Bremerhaven (UTG).
Jens Moir, CEO of TanQuid: “Tank farm Essen II ideally complements our terminal portfolio and fits perfectly with our strategy of healthy and sustained growth.”
UTG remains land owner in Essen and provides TanQuid a long-term lease.
Tank farm Essen II is used exclusively for strategic storage by Erdölbevorratungsverband (EBV) and stock rotation partners. Storage capacity is of around 143,000 cbm.
The parties agreed to remain silent on the purchase price.
Hamburg/Duisburg, 20.03.2014 Germany’s leading supplier of tank storage logistics, Duisburg-based TanQuid GmbH & Co, is one of the first companies in the European tank storage sector to achieve ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management. The certification procedure by the respected certification body DNV GL was successfully completed in January 2014, and TanQuid CEO Jens Moir was able to collect the freshly issued certificate from DNV GL’s Hamburg headquarters on 12 March 2014. “We are rightly proud of our TanQuid Management System (TMS) that was developed in house and put us in a position to meet the certifier DNV GL’s exacting demands on our environmental management,” said Jens Moir. “TanQuid has shown once again that it takes its responsibilities towards its customers, staff and the environment seriously.”
DNV GL examined the TMS and its on-site implementation in a comprehensive three-month audit and assessment, issuing IS0 14001 certification on successful completion of the process. “We are delighted that TanQuid, an innovative company in the tank storage branch, has successfully completed this very important environmental management certification,” said DNV GL’s Lead Auditor, Claus-Peter Meenke. “TanQuid is not only putting its commitment to the environment on record but also emphasising its commitment to sustainable company policy.”
The TanQuid Management System is the backbone and guideline for all of the company’s functions and processes. The management system serves as a binding operational code for the whole TanQuid GmbH & Co. KG workforce. “The TMS helps all of TanQuid’s staff and managers to comply with legal requirements concerning health and safety at work, environmental management and plant safety, for instance.”
In addition to the respective national and international legal norms, TanQuid has already met a number of standards for the development of management systems. These include DIN EN ISO 9001 for quality management, BS OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety management and DIN EN ISO 14001 for environmental management.
About DNV GL:
True to its central purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL has been helping companies throughout the world to advance the safety and sustainability of their business along the whole supply chain for more than 150 years. We are a leading provider of solutions for certification, ship classification, assessment, verification and training and we operate at around 300 locations in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.
Following the successful development and restructuring of TanQuid over the past seven years, Lutz Szibor will change his position as CEO as per 1. September 2012 in a consulting one, supporting the company as Non-Executive Chairman within projects.
In the course of the organizational change, Jens Moir, managing director and CFO, was promoted to become CEO of TanQuid. Ansgar Maurer, managing director and CSO of the Company, will assume further responsibility for all operational divisions beside heading the sales department. Furthermore Mr. Maurer assumes responsibility according BImSchG § 52 a.
Jens Moir in his function as CEO including the responsibility for Finance & Administration and Ansgar Maurer as CSO with additional supervising responsibility for the operational divisions, including Operations and Engineering, form the new management and are TanQuid´s supreme decision-making body.
Die Duisburger Firma TanQuid, der größte Tanklager-Betreiber Deutschlands, spendet dem Kaufmännischen Berufskolleg Duisburg-Mitte (KBM) 35 gut erhaltene PCs und zahlreiche Monitore zur Einrichtung eines Selbstlernzentrums sowie zur Modernisierung des Rechnerbestandes eines PC-Fachraums.
Die Computer und Monitore sind bereits im Einsatz. Bereits am 18. September hat der ehemalige TanQuid-CEO Lutz Szibor die Geräte an KBM-Schulleiter Erich Sachnik im Rahmen eines Fototermins übergeben.
Das Berufskolleg im Duisburger Stadtteil Neudorf bietet unter anderem Bildungsgänge in 17 Ausbildungsberufen an. Dank der Spende können jetzt die Fachräume wieder auf einen aktuellen Stand gebracht werden. Die Hilfsaktion war durch persönliche Kontakte zwischen einem ehemaligen Auszubildenden von TanQuid und einem Lehrer des Kollegs zustande gekommen.
Für TanQuid, das in einem hochspezialisierten technisch komplexen Segment der Logistikbranche tätig ist und daher auf gut ausgebildete Mitarbeiter angewiesen ist, nimmt die Ausbildung von Jugendlichen einen hohen gesellschaftlichen und unternehmerischen Stellenwert ein. Das Unternehmen beschäftigt aktuell sechs Auszubildende in den Bereichen Kaufmann / Kauffrau für Speditions- und Logistikdienstleistung und Bürokaufmann / Bürokauffrau.