Clydebank Port Services continue to show a touch of glass

At Clydeport, we often hear from our customers that it’s the world-class facilities and location that makes partnering with us as logistical supplier such a straightforward decision. But what really sets us apart is our customer-centric solutions, making it not only a logical decision, but the only choice to make for our valued customers.

A shining example of our worth comes from independent port facility Clydebank Port Services operating from Rothesay Dock (West) on the north bank of the Clyde. In 2015 it took out a 20-year lease on a quayside 20,000 sq ft shed to manage an increase of commodities coming and going through Scotland.

The company’s managing director, John Hodgkinson, tells us why his firm committed its future to the Clydeside site to the benefit of its own customers.

Clydebank Port Services is going from strength-to-strength, and as we continue to develop the business, it’s vital that we put long-term partnerships in place to allow us to continue to provide a quality service for our customers for years to come.

One of our longest-running relationships is with OI Glass, the oldest glass making firm in the UK. We handle the import and export of a number of raw ingredients involved in the production of what is the world’s best quality Scottish bottles.

Annually, we manage the import of 30,000 tonnes of soda ash from Poland – which is used in the production of glass. This is combined with high quality sand from Lochline in Scotland as well as Irish limestone which is also required for the bottling process.

On behalf of OI Glass, we also oversee the movement of over 35,000 tonnes of limestone from southern Ireland – used in the bottling process and also for animal feed. The company also exports between 12,000 and 15,000 tonnes of waste glass bottles to Portugal each year, where the bottles are cleaned and used for colouring glass.

With such a high and consistent volume of products passing through, the new 20,000 sq ft quayside facility will provide us with access to two 180m quays, four acres of surrounding area and a purpose built shed.

This additional storage facilities will in turn allow us to meet higher volumes in demand, as well as reduce turnaround times by utilising the extensive rail and motorway network that links Clydeport with the rest of the country and beyond.

Peel Ports have been very supportive when it comes to helping us develop strategic solutions that will have a positive and lasting effect on our business. Moving forward we know that this relationship will continue to develop to the benefit of all parties.

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