EPCA’s supply chain and logistics activities consist of workshops, best practices seminars, supply chain think tanks and working groups. With the support of universities, we encourage smoother cooperation between producers, service providers and customers of the chemical producers as well as with authorities.

We know that it is good for the industry, the environment and our communities to address sustainability requirements and drive waste out of supply chain and logistics operations, while always ensuring strict compliance with competition laws. Our aim is to ultimately promote a shift towards more openness and transparency in the supply chain.

EPCA's Supply Chain & Logistics initiatives are overseen and co-ordinated by the Supply Chain Program Committee (SCPC) - an advisory body to the EPCA Board.

To view the composition of the SCPC, as well as the other EPCA bodies, please click here.

Following the 2018 workshop on the “Digitalisation in the Petrochemical Supply Chain”, EPCA partnered again with Vlerick Business School (VBS) to explore how digitisation can be an enabler for a sustainable petrochemical supply chain. By bringing to the table real case studies in an interactive workshop, highlighting how digitisation can minimise the ecological footprint of the supply chain , EPCA and VBS aimed to showcase cutting-edge solutions and to encourage the EPCA Supply Chain Community to embark on a digital transformation journey which will ultimately make their businesses more sustainable.

The report summarises the lessons learned from desk research and from the interviews conducted by VBS researchers with experts in the field, in preparation for the workshop, as well as the conclusions from the roundtable discussions at the Digital Café. The full report of the workshop is available here.


The EPCA Supply Chain Program Committee Chairperson, Johan Devos, Sales Director Europe, Bertschi AG, introduces the SCPC and its activities including the numerous studies published on supply and logistics chains topics in the petrochemical industry. The latest study, scheduled for publication in January 2018, is dedicated to “Digitisation in the Petrochemical Supply Chain” and is presented by Prof. Ann Vereecke, Faculty Dean of Vlerick Business School, who conducted the study over the course of 2017 together with EPCA.

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Report: EPCA 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting - Logistics & Supply Chain Session

EPCA Supply Chain Program Committee (SCPC) chairperson, Johan Devos reflected on the work of the committee and the programs it has promoted over the past 20 years. Keynote speaker Patrick Dixon, chairman of The Global Change Ltd, then presented his very thought-provoking 10 predictions for the future, many based on large scale, speed, adaptability, consolidation and demographic change, along with the associated risks. He also looked at the importance of STEM and the green technology revolution. A panel debate followed with several leading industry representatives to gauge their views on the future shape of chemicals supply chain and logistics.

FUELLING FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS - The biofuels (biodiesel and bioethanol) supply chain

Issue addressed: Managing complexity - Reducing uncertainty

Supply Chain Practices: Vertical integration - Collaboration with authorities - Flexible sourcing and production

Benefits: Flexibility - Sustainability (planet)

END-TO-END ENHANCEMENT - Computer modeling and dashboards to optimize a global supply chain

Issue addressed: Strategic sourcing - Global manufacturing footprint

Supply Chain Practices: Decision support based on computer modeling Collaboration

Benefits: Competitive advantage

Talent & Technology: Drivers for supply chain leadership

EPCA organizes an Interactive Supply Chain Workshop for both producers and logistics service providers every two years. A networking and learning workshop which takes place in a European location between January and June. Key outcomes of the workshop feed in to subsequent EPCA Annual Meetings or Chemical Supply Chain & Logistics working groups.

Top speakers with in-depth expertise and global reach in their sector of activity are invited to address these workshops that also benefit from the support of top business schools in the world specialized in supply and logistics chains. We offer cross-sector transfer of learning with practical examples of implementation of innovative methods that delegates can use in their daily supply chain operations. Our round table discussions give participants the opportunity to voice their opinion and share their experience with their industry peers.

The last workshop, ‘Talent & Technology: Drivers for Supply Chain Leadership’, took place on 2nd and 3rd June 2014.

Sustainable Chemical Supply and Logistics Chains: the Path forward

This report shows on basis of thirty three cases coming from inside and outside the chemical industry, how in practice to cope with uncertainty and to manage complexity in supply and logistics chains whilst improving sustainability goals (People, Planet, Profit). As the report describes clearly, all of the aforesaid is enabled by collaborative approaches and technological developments. The latter are in the areas of equipment and operational processes as well as in IT communication and connectivity, as driven by either private initiative or governmental institutions. The report is the synthesis of the activities of three EPCA joint producers and service provider working groups during 2012 and 2013 with the support of academics and leading consultancy firms working for the Chemical Business Community.

Working groups

EPCA runs various supply chain working groups for the chemical industry including: Talent and Technology: Drivers for supply chain leadership, New technology as an enabler of sustainable chemical supply chain and Transparency and openness in chemical supply chains. In 2012 and 2013, these working groups have been dedicated to: how to build global sustainable supply chains that adequately address complexity and uncertainty. The results of these working groups were compiled together in the 2013 EPCA Chemical Supply and Logistics Chains report dedicated to “Sustainable Chemical Supply and Logistics Chains – The Path Forward”.

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