Unlike in other industry verticals, the chemical and petrochemical supply chains are not usually linear. They don’t often flow in a straightforward manner from raw material into a finished product. In the chemical sector, common flows are far more complex.
What makes chemical supply chains so complex? Here are some of the reasons (also illustrated in the diagram below):
This complexity is the source of a huge number of use cases for visibility that outnumber the traditional use cases of other industries. Understanding these specific business use cases fully and comprehensively is a key requirement for building a visibility platform.
Creating a visibility tool in this context is by far more sophisticated than in the automotive industry for instance (which has its own complexities in terms of synchronization of flows). There are also specific challenges for mainland road transport, in bulk via containers or tanker/silo trailers, that make it difficult to achieve full visibility.
For chemical products, it is critically important that a visibility solution can handle functionality like:
Despite all of these visibility challenges for chemical and petrochemical supply chains, technology is available today to unlock greater supply chain value by enabling large-scale deployment of real-time visibility, featuring highly reliable ETA solutions.
However, to overcome the challenges mentioned, visibility solutions must include some key requirements:
In a recent study on visibility, an analyst suggests that achieving best in class visibility of your operations requires the focus and the resources of a specialized and truly independent actor. They offer further examples of value that can be unlocked:
For more information, download our full white paper 'The complex visibility needs of the chemicals industry's supply chains' or get in touch with one of our specialists today.
This white paper aims to outline the unique context, challenges and demands of the chemicals industry supply chains
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