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Driver Shortages Causing Critical Supply Chain Issues

16 July 2021

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has written to the Secretaries of State for Transport – Grant Shapps MP and the Secretary of State for Business – Kwasi Kwarteng MP - saying that the chronic shortage of HGV drivers has reached a critical point for the UK chemical supply chain.


Reaction to the Relaxation of Driver Hours

9 July 2021

Tim Doggett, Chief Executive, Chemical Business Association (CBA) said, “Relaxing driver hours is an inadequate reaction to the chronic shortage of HGV drivers. It is also likely to be counter-productive and may even make the problem worse


A Call for Urgent Action on HGV Driver Shortages

1 July 2021

The Chemical Business Association has written to the Prime Minister calling for urgent Government action to resolve the chronic shortage of HGV driver shortages that are creating serious issues and delays in the supply chain.


Our Trends Survey Shows an Improving Trend but Outlook Hit by Supply Chain Issues

21 June 2021

Our latest Supply Chain Trends Survey shows an improving trend in order books, current sales, and margins but a negative business outlook for the next three months. The survey highlights the key supply chain issues resulting in lower future sales and margins – a shortage of shipping containers, rising shipping costs, and a shortage of road haulage capacity in the UK and European Union.


New Chief Executive for the Chemical Business Association

4 May 2021

New Chief Executive, Tim Doggett, took the reins of the Chemical Business Association on 1 May 2021 following the retirement of the previous CEO, Peter Newport. Tim Doggett has a thirty-year career in logistics and distribution and has held a number of senior positions in national and international companies. He was latterly Managing Director of Clugston Distribution Services Limited, a road tanker and logistics company with annual sales of £17 million. The company has a fleet of more than 100 HGVs operating throughout the UK and Europe, annual sales of £17 million, and 150 employees.


CBA Elects New Chair

28 April 2021

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has elected a new Chair – Kate Mingay, Managing Director, Dakram Materials Limited. She was elected by the membership of the Association at its Annual General Meeting on 28 April 2021. Richard Gilkes, Managing Director, Stort Chemicals Limited, was elected Vice-Chair.


Community Award Winner Announced

1 April 2021

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has announced the winner of its Community Interaction Award – Den Hartogh Logistics. This annual award recognises excellence by CBA member companies in relation to their engagement with the communities in which they operate. Community involvement is an essential part of CBA’s Responsible Care programme - an industry initiative promoting year-on-year improvements in health, safety, security and environmental management.


Young Person Award Winner Named

31 March 2021

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has named the winner of its annual Young Person Award – ANEEB CHAUDHRY, Process Engineer, Brenntag UK. CBA’s Young Person Award aims to encourage the excellence of young people – under 30 years of age - and recognise their contribution to the chemical distribution sector. Aneeb Chaudhry holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey. He is currently responsible for the asset management and the delivery of related capital projects across the Brenntag UK network incorporating 13 chemical storage and distribution sites.


Order Books Weaken, Margin Continue to Fall, Rising Employment Trend

31 March 2021

The results of CBA’s latest Supply Chain Trends Survey reveal weakened order books since the last survey and an accelerating decline in sales margins. Trends in employment and training have turned firmly positive against a background of stable current sales and a positive outlook for the next three months.