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On paper, it’s a great idea

[ September 15, 2020   //   ]

Forth Ports has launched a UK Paper Hub in Tilbury, an all-in-one paper and forest product handling facility. It says it is the first of its kind in the country and will help reduce all forms of waste in the supply chain.

UK Paper Hub is the collective brand covering Tilbury’s handling, storage and distribution services for paper and related forest products including graphical papers and newsprint, packaging paper and board, tissue and hygiene products, and pulp. It brings together the expertise and facilities of the paper handling terminals, previously known as Enterprise Distribution Centre and London Paper Terminal.

It can handle paper and forest products in any form, in any quantity using any method of shipping or distribution. Tilbury’s newest port, Tilbury2, opened in May and along with London Container Terminal, offers the Hub further connections and capacity.

Tilbury has invested significantly in paper handling equipment, automated warehouse and transparent IT systems and has ordered six new side shifting Terberg tugs and six Novatech translifters, from Briggs Equipment which will all be in place by the end of the year.

Asset and site director, Paul Dale,said: “We believe this is the right time to reposition our paper service offering to reflect the changes in the sector and our preparedness as the UK prepares to leave the customs union. We have invested in the rebranding of our paper services to showcase the port’s world-class paper offering as a whole.

“Through continuous investment in facilities and equipment at the Hub we are actively making a progressive contribution to the environment and bioeconomy by reducing all forms of waste within the paper and forest products supply chain. Tilbury’s location and connections are unrivalled and as the market demands change, this is the right time to offer customers this all-in-one facility.”