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Logistics Optimization – Sabará Participações



Always working for the optimization of its processes, the Group was looking for alternatives to the transportation of its chlorine products. In the end of the process, the team developed a version of the isocontainer that is considered one of the safest devices for chlorine transportation in the world.

Safety in chlorine transportation

When the Group decided to invest in this format, it was guided by references and regulations of a North American association of corporations involved in safe production and distribution of chlorine, including all the requirements of weight, pressure, material, resistance tests and other items. Furthermore, the team made changes in the project in order to improve safety for the transportation of the isocontainer over irregular roads, enhancing the thermal isolation system and also adjusting the project to the laws and requirements of the Brazilian legislature.

The dedication of the team and the thorough care with the project allowed the Group to have an intermodal transportation of its own product, meeting the requisites of new global partners.

Logistics play a strategic role in Sabará Group, because the distribution of products through a continental-sized country is one of our major activities. Every year over 18,300 tons of materials are handled through routes with an average of 2,480 kilometers of road, and 3,200 tons come from 16 different countries. Due to the characteristics of the North region, the transportation there is made mainly through local rivers. [G4-EN30] 

During the triennium, the Group worked to optimize the transportation routes, reaffirming its commitment to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. The following actions were adopted: [G4-EN30]

  • Operations optimization, reducing the volume of required trips.
  • Use of larger road equipment, allowing the optimization of the road trips.
  • Consolidation of dry cargo and use of carriers as logistic hubs.
  • Reduction in the use of air transportation.
  • Optimization of the water transportation in imports.
  • Beginning of the cabotage operations for the transportation of chemicals, to handle 1,000 tons per year, starting 2015.
  • Use of fluvial transportation in the Amazon basin, due to restrictions applied to road or air transportation in the area.


To reduce environmental impacts, the company applies reverse logistics for the cylinders and the IBC container.

In the case of the cylinders, for every delivery to the customer, empty cylinders return to the Group’s unit. With an average lifespan of six months, the IBC containers are sent to the customer in the exact amount of their needs, enhancing the performance when they are reused.


Targeting the improvement of the customer service in its subsidiaries, the Group invested in new distribution centers in the United States and in France. The materials produced in Brazil arrive at the new centers by sea. The Group currently counts on 26 distributors that commercialize their products in 40 countries.


After analyzing the loading and unloading of trucks and their downtimes, the logistic teams made efforts to modify the format of the truck cages and the work system.
The cylinders are currently organized according to their order in the unload process, and the vehicle has a hydraulic platform on its back to aid the truck driver at the customer’s docks. After this project, the amount of time required for unloading the trucks, which was of four hours, was reduced to 30 minutes.