A global firm that specialises in the importation of specialist chemicals is to invest £7m in a new bulk handling facility at the Port of Liverpool.
Newport Industries says the facility, at Canada Branch Dock, is needed to meet increased demand from its North West customer base.
The firm specialises in importing dry bulk chemicals to the glass, adhesive, detergents, chemicals and feed industries.
It has been a customer at Port of Liverpool owner, Peel Ports’ Runcorn Docks site since 2009.
Its partnership with Peel has seen the company grow bulk volumes handled through Runcorn by 200% in five years.
Investing in a new Liverpool-based facility, will allow Newport Industries to take advantage of a purpose-built facility with direct deep water access.
By continuing operating from its existing site at Runcorn Docks, it will create an all water ‘highway’ into the manufacturing heartland of the UK, via the Manchester Ship Canal – reducing costs and CO2 emissions.
When Peel Ports’ £300m deep water container terminal, Liverpool2 is completed this year, it will open future opportunities for Newport Industries to tap into far eastern markets, potentially facilitating direct calls for large container ships to and from China.
Liverpool2 will enable the port to handle the largest container ships in the global fleet, while at the same time doubling its container capacity to 1milllion TEU.
Construction of the new bulk handling facility will be completed in several phases. The first phase, which includes the construction of a pneumatic ship discharger and two silos, is expected to be delivered by autumn 2016.
The further construction of an additional four silos and a pallet warehouse will be completed by 2018.
Raj Patel, managing director of Newport Industries, said: “We are delighted to announce the development of Canada Dock, a state of the art facility which will combine our technical expertise of the products we supply, with a 24-hour supply chain for all our consumers in the North of England.
“The facility will have an initial capacity to supply more than 500,000 tonnes by 2017, with an additional 300,000mts by 2020.”
Newport Industries has also signed up to Peel Ports’ major carbon emission initiative, Cargo200, which aims to reduce UK freight mileage.