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17 January 2019
Global trends, continental differences
Continental differences On the other hand, Van Steelant sees continental differences in global trends. "In Europe, the continuous efficiency-improvement demands that we think along creatively and conceptually about the most optimal solutions. It is important to exploit installations maximally. This means that we already strive for the lowest operational costs during the design phase. In addition, automation is important when considering the flexibility of processes. However, in emerging markets such as South-East Asia the focus lies more on applying Western expertise, proven technology and a high level of reliability." In USA, the industry focuses more on the functionality of individual components and systems, and less on conceptual improvements. In this region, maintenance and after sales service is valued the most. “However, we are often asked to brainstorm with the customer about solutions,” concludes Van Steelant. Globalization Globalization drastically changed the industry. With the introduction of the euro, markets became more transparent. This trend continued during the last decennia. However, it is important to see opportunities and to acknowledge threats. “The start-up of a new plant in an emerging economy or in an exotic location creates opportunities, but can bring along threats as well,” tells Van Steelant. “We also come up with solutions for that, such as the development of flexible and easy movable installations. Sometimes we advise customers to use the warehouses of Katoen Natie anywhere in the world, to start-up a production environment with a production installation designed by us. This could reduce risks and costs. By executing projects around the world, we gained a lot of experience with cultural differences. We know how to deal with language- and communication issues, local habits and legislation, but also with time zones, exchange risks, political turbulences and so on.” Fluctuations During the 50 years that J-Tec has been active in the chemical and food industries, the company has become familiar with the cyclic course of the chemical industry. “The food industry is a more stable market,” according to Van Steelant. Both industries ensure a nice balance in our activities. When we talk about fluctuations, we see that this is more of a regional aspect. Five years ago, the South-American and Russian market were the center of action for us, whereas now we are realizing more projects in Europe and USA. Towards the future, we expect a lot of the South-Asian market. The increasing prosperity in this region results in a growing demand for premium-quality process installations. Furthermore, we take into account the recovery of the South-American and Russian market.” Recycling Van Steelant fears that the cyclical upturn of the previous years in Europe is over. A market segment that still has significant growth opportunities is the recycling industry. “The pursuit of sustainability and regaining raw materials demands high-quality, energy-efficient process installations. An example of such a development is the ‘Plastic to Chemicals’-project of Indaver to process used synthetic packaging to reusable raw materials.” Legal game As a result- and technical driven company, J-Tec Material Handling regrets the advance of the ‘legal game’. “In the last 10 years, the importance of the small print in contracts has grown exponentially,” says Van Steelant. “It is a pity when companies are competing in terms of liability instead of the content of projects. We understand of course the importance of clear agreements, but the balance between commercial technical goals and the contractual approach is sometimes far gone.” Industry 4.0 A possible game changer is Industry 4.0, and more specifically the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In practice, however, not many companies can already demonstrate proven applications. According to Van Steelant, the speed of its implementation is prevented because of the complexity and risks of this technology: “There are issues in terms of process safety and confidentiality. Often, there is still a large distance between innovating start-ups and the industry, especially with multinationals.” J-Tec Material Handling is already working with Virtual Reality (VR) for some years to acquaint customers with process installations in design or construction phase. At this moment, the company is taking its first steps in the field of Augmented Reality (AR) in order to increase its service levels, particularly by performing remote maintenance. Near future In the near future, J-Tec Material Handling sees opportunities for ‘big data’ when it comes to optimizing the analysis of production processes. The possibilities of AI are predictive maintenance and even the set-up of 24/7 auto-response bots. Van Steelant: “By continuously challenging ourselves to find better solutions, increase the production efficiency, improve sustainability and guarantee even more safety, we hope to contribute to a better world in the coming years.” From idea to turnkey Many customers of J-Tec Material Handling are successful in the organization of an efficient sales- and production system, but do not have enough in-house knowledge and/or capacity to translate ideas into adequate process installations. The added value of J-Tec is that they have the expertise and capacity to realize such projects, and that they can meet the high standards of multinationals in the food and chemical industry. J-Tec Material Handling focuses on five specific industry sectors: PVC Processing, Plastic Compounding, Infant Nutrition, Food Ingredients and Snacks & Baked foods. The benefits of this strategy include a higher level of expertise, improved and tailor-made problem solving capabilities and a better understanding of our customers’ needs.
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08 June 2018
J-Tec Material Handling supplies process installation for Kaneka Belgium’s award winning investment
Foreign Investment of the Year Last year, Kaneka invested in new cutting-edge production facilities for Kaneka MS Polymer™ and its expanded polyolefin foam, Eperan™. This resulted in winning the prestigious Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy 2018 at FIT’s Foreign Investment Trophy. Kaneka Belgium selected J-Tec as a supplier for the process handling installation of their new production lines in Westerlo-Oevel, and we are very proud to have contributed to this amazing achievement.  
J-Tec project scope J-Tec provides conveying systems for all raw materials, including intermediate storage, feeding towards the production line and finished product handling towards packaging systems. To reach optimal process controllability, extra attention is paid to high quality design and execution of the integrated process components.
The projects started at the end of 2017, and both state-of-the-art production facilities are expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2019. Read all about the projects here and here.
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potato starch production lines
05 March 2018
J-Tec Material Handling supplies potato starch production lines for Cargill-AKV I/S
Cargill-AKV I/S selected J-Tec as a supplier for their new potato starch production line in Denmark. In order to offer the best quality in various applications, this new line will be able to process the potato starch in different ways. Scope J-Tec provided storage silos for both the intermediate and finished product, liquid tanks, separators, mixers, and hygienic control (sieve, magnet and sampling). In order to fit the new production line in the existing building, the storage silos were installed on top of the building. J-Tec also delivered the complete Cleaning In Place (CIP) system for the cleaning of the installation. For the overall installation, extra attention is paid to optimal water purification and low waste of water. Assembly started end 2017, and the production line is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2018. Read more about the project here
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Windmills
04 January 2018
Construction of six wind turbines at Katoen Natie, Loghidden City, Kallo
Katoen Natie recently developed a 216 hectare site into an active logistics park. The area is used as a 23 MW PV plant, and now has six wind turbines with a height of 185 meters each on the limited available surface. Contribution to a sustainable environment The turbines, with a total installed capacity of 19 MW, generate about 52 GWh per year. This comes down to the yearly electricity consumption of 13.000 households. In combination with the solar panels, Katoen Natie utilizes its assets as sustainable as possible, contributing to limit CO2 emission and helping to achieve the climate targets. Partnerships in creating green energy In order to exploit a wind farm, a strict 24/7 follow-up by highly trained people and highly professional equipment is required. There we found a partnership with EDF Luminus, who is the largest windmill constructor in Belgium. Together with their manufacturer, they built six high-tech wind turbines on Loghidden City. This project is EDF Luminus’ largest one ever executed on an industrial site. A challenge One of the key requirements was to keep the site operational during the construction period. The terminal is very active, as hundreds of trucks are loaded and unloaded every day. In order to meet this requirement the largest components were delivered only just in time, and were transported during night on trailers of up to 66 meters long. In addition, the wind turbine foundations are located very close to the warehouses, which causes the least obstruction. Inauguration On December 14 2017, Deputy prime minister and minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs Kris Peeters inaugurated the six windturbines. Watch the video: construction of wind turbines at Katoen Natie Kallo
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Dallas plastics packaging facility
01 December 2017
Katoen Natie breaks ground on Dallas plastic packaging facility
Warehouse space with railroad access Upon start-up, the facility will have at least 250,000 square feet of warehouse space that may expand to up to 2.5MM square feet of space as warranted by market conditions. The space will have direct railroad acces, served by Union Pacific. Scheduled for completion in the third quarter 2018, this facility will become Katoen Natie's 20th NAFTA location. Producers will ship bulk railcars of plastic resin pellets to the warehouse where the pellets will be packaged and loaded into intermodal containers. After a short trip to the adjacent intermodal terminal, Union Pacific's Dallas to Dock service will transport the containers to ocean ports via premium intermodal service. Container availability "We are committed to providing service solutions to the petrochemical industry", said Kenny Rocker, Union Pacific Vice President & General Manager - Industrial. "Katoen Natie's Dallas location alligns with container availability, a core need of our customer base. From Dallas, Union Pacific's premium intermodal services deliver to the West Coast where producers are able to export to global destinations." "The Dallas facility will assist our customers in diversifying their export channels to global markets", said Frank Vingerhoets, President of Katoen Natie USA. Read more about it here
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Process Engineering

Our material handling and process engineering solutions are provided to leading players in the chemical and food industries all over the world. We design, supply, build and maintain processing systems for powders, pellets and liquids. We deliver single process lines as well as complete turnkey installations.

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Who we are

Founded in 1970, and incorporated by Katoen Natie in 1999, J-Tec has been active as a supplier of material handling and process engineering solutions for almost 50 years. These many decades of experience and international expertise makes us an established partner for customers in food and chemical industries around the globe.
Our strength lies in the personal approach we bring to every single project. J-Tec is supplier independent, so we can guarantee a customized solution for every challenge. We don’t offer a one-size-fits-all approach; instead we listen to you and use our in-house knowledge and tools to develop a tailored solution for your project.
More than just being your supplier, J-Tec is your partner during the complete process: starting from the conceptual design, on through detailed engineering, procurement and manufacturing, up until installation and commissioning, and if required training and maintenance.

 

Mission

We stand for inventiveness and do our utmost to bring added value to our customers’ solutions. We force ourselves to be one step ahead with regard to ergonomics, safety and specification compliance, in order to guarantee maximum quality and optimum OPEX/CAPEX balance. These objectives, combined with constant concern for fast and flexible service, allow us to enhance and improve our customer care.

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J-Tec has an integrated HSEQ management system. We are ISO 9001:2015 and SCC certified in order to support your business in working effectively, efficiently and safely, and to ensure stable and healthy financial growth.

SCC (VCA) is a European program for companies that provide services in hazardous environments, such as construction or material handling. This certification is your guarantee of high standards for safety, health and environmental care.

Internal audits are held on a regular basis to ensure that the procedures and quality management system are known and applied throughout the company.

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Greenfield & Turnkey projects

Together with our affiliated Supply Chain Engineering business unit, J-Tec can deliver complete greenfield, turnkey projects. From design to final commissioning, we take care of all civil engineering, infrastructure and process parts of the project.
Our parent company Katoen Natie is established worldwide. This widespread presence offers many advantages, including in-depth knowledge of local customs and extensive contacts with local suppliers.

Responsible business

J-Tec Material Handling is committed to waste reduction, recycling and reuse of energy at both its offices and on site. We hold excellence in safety, quality and health in the workplace as a core value, and believe that all injuries are preventable.

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