Agility opens facility in Africa

Multimodal logistics provider, Agility, has opened a new site in Maputo, Mozambique.

The new 290,000-square-metre Agility logistics park is strategically located on the new Maputo ring road in the Marracuene-Chiongo district, providing easy access to the burgeoning Maputo market and road connections to the major highways leading to large markets in the north of Mozambique and to South Africa.

The 32,000 square metres of Agility warehousing constructed for the first phase of the development provide ready-built, secure, international-standard facilities that are available to lease by both local companies and multinationals. Tenants lease the warehouses for storage, distribution, packaging, processing, assembly and light manufacturing.

Agility warehouses meet international environmental standards and feature eco-friendly construction materials. Agility used energy-efficient roof and side-insulated panels; wind-driven roof fans; skylights for natural lighting; LED and energy-saving bulbs; and solar-powered streetlights. The site will recycle paper, plastic, metal, and carton waste. It provides eco-friendly waste management services and carbon footprint reporting.

The new site in Maputo is part of an expanding network of quality warehouse parks that Agility is funding and developing in key markets across Africa to support the development of domestic and regional trade. Other Agility Logistics Parks are located in Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Nigeria.

“We believe that the provision of international-standard warehouses in Africa for storage, distribution and light manufacturing is one of the fundamental building blocks necessary for economic growth,” said Agility Africa CEO, Geoffrey White.

“The Agility logistics parks enable companies, whether multinationals or small and medium local enterprises, to access quality infrastructure easily, quickly and cost effectively, enabling growth and prosperity.”

The parent company, based in Kuwait, recently reported a net profit of $41.6 million KWD for 2020, a decrease of 15.8 per cent from 2019. Revenue for the reported period reached $1.6 billion KWD, an increase of 2.7 per cent while EBITDA reached $162.4 million KWD, a decrease of 15.9 per cent.

Agility Vice Chairman and CEO, Tarek Sultan, said 2020 was a challenging year for most businesses around the world, including Agility.

“Our company moved swiftly to adjust its cost structure to match the reality confronting each part of the business, while at the same time making sure to preserve our long-term strategic vision and ongoing support for our communities around the world,” he said.

“We are proud of the steps we took to keep our front-line workers safe, and keep cargo moving for our customers in the face of one of the greatest supply chain disruptions the world has ever seen. We also stayed committed to ongoing pro-bono support for government, humanitarian, and education partners that are coping with the global pandemic.”