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Geoff Lippitt and Laurence McDougall.
Rebecca Wayman

PD Ports bolsters position in UK steel industry following multi-million-pound expansion

PD Ports has announced a multi-million-pound investment at Groveport in partnership with international steel trader All Steels Trading.

This new long-term contract represents the largest single investment in the last decade at Groveport, signifying the next step in PD Ports’ growth strategy as it prepares for further expansion.

Construction on the new six-month build programme, which offers direct quay access, started in March and will see All Steels Trading’s footprint at Groveport expand from 166,000 sq ft to over 300,000 sq ft.

Once operational, PD Ports’ skilled and experienced team will handle, store and prepare the steel traders’ products ensuring they are available on demand; bolstering All Steels Trading’s customer commitment to short delivery lead-times and value for money.

Laurence McDougall, All Steels Trading’s managing director, said: “PD Ports understands what we need to keep our customers on track, it’s an invaluable partnership.

“Having the ability to centralise all of our operations at Groveport enables us to deliver an unrivalled service for our customers, reaffirming our market position as the number one choice for long steel products in the UK.

“There is no other port in the UK that can offer the unique combination of capacity, infrastructure and exceptional service levels that we require. This new facility will streamline our entire business model.

“We often have to respond quickly to fluctuations in demand and knowing we can rely on PD Ports to handle, store and have our steel products available on demand adds real strength to our customer offer in terms of efficiency and value for money.”

Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ group business development director, sees this new contract as a further testament to the company’s steel handling expertise, adding: “We have seen transformational change in the global steel industry in recent years which has brought challenges but opportunity for customers and we are continuing to invest that growth.”

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