BAYER ‘Connected Container’


HOYER first started using IMT’s smart technology on tank containers used by Bayer’s Crop Science division in Dormagen at the beginning of 2016. The technology’s tracking and alerting capability had proved itself locally as part of the division’s international ‘Connected Container’ project.

After the successes at Dormagen, the start of the worldwide implementation began in the US when, in the October 2017, Bayer’s Crop Science division announced it had chosen HOYER to supply all its tank containers worldwide with IMT’s smart technology. The initiative is designed to take the division to the next level in terms of the information it can leverage from its globally-connected network.

Thomas Dieckmann, responsible for supply chain production planning and execution at Bayer’s Crop Science division, said, “We appreciate HOYER as a reliable partner which provides smart technology for our Connected Container project, which enables the integration of ERP data into the global container network. As an international pilot, we will be implementing HOYER’s technology onto our fleet in Kansas City. This will be the first step towards the realisation of our global information and alert system.”

The digitising of the logistics chain of Bayer’s Crop Science division was a global challenge that HOYER accepted by implementing a highly-specialised telematics solution onto tank containers. It aimed to set new standards in transport and in the networking of customers, suppliers and goods-in-transit. To achieve this, HOYER worked in partnership with IMT to develop ‘smart’ hardware and software. The IMT-enabled logistics system enables HOYER to seamlessly monitor cargoes being transported in tank containers at any defined point in time for customers. The geographical position of the tank container is tracked, as is the status of the bulk liquid cargo with pressure, temperature, density parameters and filling levels being monitored.