On 12 August 2015, a series of explosions shook the Port of Tianjin in China. The explosions, which started at a container storage facility, caused numerous casualties and inflicted structural damage to surrounding buildings and property, severely affecting the local community and businesses. Authorities focused their efforts on determining the cause and extinguishing the resulting blaze that burned throughout the weekend causing an additional eight explosions by 15 August.
Both WWL and its customers, particularly automotive OEMs, suffered serious damages to facilities and products, as the explosions destroyed thousands of vehicles. Repair and rebuilding efforts continue to this day, limiting operations in the area despite a return to business. Nevertheless, because Tianjin and nearby Beijing remain major logistics hubs, the long-term impact of the incident on the region will be mitigated once operations resume.
The WWL team in China and the local team in Tianjin particularly remain in constant dialogue with customers to provide solutions and support for future business in the city.