The steel and metals industry plays a significant role in the UK’s manufacturing, construction and automotive sectors – you could say it forms the foundations of the national economy.
This year myself and my colleagues from Peel Ports Group steels and metals business will join customers, suppliers and enablers within the industry at the International Steel Trade Association’s (ISTA) annual lunch.
ISTA is the steel industry’s leading organisation, which creates a collective voice for all organisations large and small.
As well as being an opportunity for us to come together and discuss some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the steel and metals industry today, it is also a chance for us to showcase some of the transformational investments Peel Ports is making across our portfolio.
Approximately 1 million tonnes of metals pass through our terminals every year.
Across the business we are committed to responding to increasing customer demand for shipping, improved handling facilities and state of the art storage and delivery solutions.
Customers and suppliers want facilities which focus on cost and time efficiencies, and excellence in product care, and they are increasingly demanding more environmentally friendly ways to deliver their products to market.
Earlier this year we opened the UK’s first ever fully automated steel terminal at the Port of Liverpool – an investment of around £9million. It has increased our coil handling capacity to more than 500,000 tonnes a year and with the support of logistics company Denholm Handling, we are able to offer our customers enhanced capabilities from a single location.
But we aren’t stopping here. Over the next year we will forge ahead with new investments not just in Liverpool, where we are about to progress with a new rail linked, temperature & humidity controlled & automated facility designed to service the demanding automotive sector, but also across the Group as a whole.
At Medway, we have plans for a rail linked, multi-product handling facility and storage capabilities of up to 100kt. We are also progressing a rail linked Midlands Hub, which will widen our offering, open up the market for our customers.
What is most exciting, is that each of these investments will be rail linked, offering tri-modal supply chain solutions which will cut time and costs, as well as reduce road miles. Rail links will create increased sustainability for our investments and offer a unique end to end solution and increased economies of scale for our customers.
Investing in strategically located rail linked facilities, will provide a unique and revolutionary aspect to our steel and metals business, extending & linking our national footprint.
If you are attending the ISTA Annual Lunch, then we look forward to seeing you there. If you would like to find out more about our end to end logistics solutions, then please contact me HERE.
By Gary Smith, Group Business Development Manager, Metals
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