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Paper profits for Port of Tilbury

[ March 21, 2014   //   ]

The Port of Tilbury has opened a new London Paper Terminal (LPT) following a £3.5million in vestment programme. This includes the latest equipment such as intelligent clamps for safe handling of paper rolls as well as liftec and reach-stacker equipment, plus IT systems. Major customers UPM, Sappi and Kotkamills have already signed up to use LPT.

The 36-acre terminal which is inside the port estate, and includes 700,000 square feet of covered storage which is a centre of excellence for paper and packaging handling and also offers access to the UK’s largest concentration of consumers, says the port.

Tilbury is already larrgest paper port in the UK and, as a shared user centre, can handle all sizes of customers. The terminal’s first key customers will use it as their UK base to distribute over 400,000 tonnes each year to customers around the UK.

Perry Glading, chief operating officer at Tilbury’s owner, Forth Ports said: “It is essential that London Paper Terminal is equipped with the best technology systems and operational equipment to respond to our customers business requirements. LPT is a core part of our port operations and benefits from our unrivalled transport connections and portcentric opportunities as well as the terminal’s own dedicated berths, plant equipment, fleet of paper-handling vehicles and specialist staff. The branding of the Terminal ensures it is part of the Tilbury family which includes London Container Terminal and London Distribution Park.”

Jukka Holsa, UPM’s director, maritime and port network said: “The Port of Tilbury has been UPM’s key distribution base for 15 years and its location is key for our business. This investment in the new terminal is excellent news for our business and we are already seeing the benefits of the investments in both equipment and new technology.”

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