Amfico Agencies: ‘A global phenomenon for liquid logistics services’

Amfico Agencies: ‘A global phenomenon for liquid logistics services’

Building a reputation is one of the most difficult skills and one many entrepreneurs fail to sustain. Journeying through thick and thin, Late Keki Byram Cooper proved himself to be an excellent entrepreneur whose successful career in the shipping industry has helped him to establish his own company and gain experience in shipping, international representation, wellness, and hospitality.

Cooper gained immense recognition in his illustrious career as the trustee of the Kandla Port Trust, member of The Ports Advisory Committee for The Gujarat Maritime Board, the president of Kandla Steamship Agents Association and the vice president of Kandla Stevedores Association.

He promoted Amfico Agencies Pvt Ltd, a five-decade old company using his vast experience. Amfico’s liquid logistics journey began by representing UK’s largest privately-owned logistics company Suttons International which has been steered over the last decade by his son and managing director Farhad K. Cooper.

MNCs and local conglomerates across the globe are opting for bulk liquid logistics in tank containers/flexi-bags for international and domestic use. India in this aspect is slowly increasing its appetite for both the formats and new chemical facilities are thus being designed specially to handle these equipment’s. The liquid logistics industry has been steadily maturing and over the last couple of years looking at the growth of the industry, stakeholders such as cleaning/M&R depots, cleaning & ETP equipment suppliers, chemical suppliers (for the depot and ETP), surveyors, spare part supply companies, ancillary service providers (i.e. outsourced drumming facilities) and trucking companies, who work dedicatedly to support this industry are now offering a consistent supply of high-quality equipment, products and services.

Amfico has created a niche for itself by catering to these needs, all under one roof. It is an all-India representative of selected prestigious international companies with a focus on liquid logistics, for whom it provides an array of services, products, and business solutions giving them a smooth entry into the lucrative Indian markets and ensuring that their products reap rich dividends. Amfico’s business is currently spanned across three verticals namely services, trading and ALLHUB.

Under this vertical, Amfico handles domestic and international tank container operations as well as Flexibags. Amfico has managed to consistently satisfy the industry by supplying high-quality service to its customers with its well-trained team and tanks from one of the top operators in the world, Suttons International – UK.

Suttons owns and operates a large fleet of T11 (24kl – 26kl) and baffle tanks. They also are known for specials including T14/T20 (lined tanks) as well as T50 (gas tanks). “We have contracts with shipping lines, forwarders and hence have managed to retain some of our oldest customers and our first customer is still one of our regular shippers,” Farhad added.

As a practice, Suttons annually infuses new tanks into the system and discards or refurbishes a part of its old fleet keeping safety its priority. Further investments go into specialist equipment such as heated/reefer tanks with GPS trackers. “It has been two decades since we have successfully represented Suttons International exclusively in India, and probably the oldest agents for them,” Farhad confirmed.

Amfico’s passion for the Liquid Logistic Industry has driven the company to invest in ALLHUB the multifaceted depot in Jasai at Nhava Sheva. ALLHUB – (Amfico Liquid Logistic Hub), a vertical of Amfico, developed to establish a one stop shop for the tank container, Flexibag, road tanker, small packaging industry, providing safe and efficient liquid logistic service solutions to its customers under one roof.

The depot has a number of firsts under its belt. ALL HUB represents innovative international product and service companies that are ahead of their time for the Indian market. Focusing on the vision to enhance the experience for Indian and international tank container operators and chemical manufacturers having exposure to the Indian market. Most of these products are inter-related to the liquid logistics industry.

Digitisation and innovation are the way ahead for Amfico. Capitalising on this, Amfico has introduced to its Indian customers a revolutionary product based on blockchain technology Bulkvision – Germany, as well as SAVVY -Switzerland an IOT based solution, for Track and Trace for Transportable equipment including tank containers, rail wagons etc. Whilst offering the bouquet of services and products, Amfico’s management picks its technology partners with the prime purpose of being interconnected with the liquid bulk industry. However, the expansion for each vertical i.e., services, trading and ALLHUB has a huge scope independently, as well as in conjunction with each other within the current location as well as geographically.

Armed with a strong technical team of well-experienced officers, engineers as well as several consultants the company is efficient to handle any critical situation. At present, there are multiple projects and strategies in the pipeline, and every year we aim to roll a few strategically.

Another feather in the cap for Amfico has been setting up India’s first drive through bay for tank container cleaning along with steam, hot water and water-based chemicals in order to display the operations of the Groninger cleaning systems.

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20th December 2021