UK’s leading paper port invests in specialist terminal
The Port of Tilbury, one the UK’s largest ports, handling over 3 million tonnes of forest products, today announces the launch of London Paper Terminal (LPT). The terminal has already secured industry giants UPM, Sappi and Kotkamills.
The 36-acre terminal which is located within the port estate, includes 700,000 square feet of covered storage which is a centre of excellence for paper and packaging handling and is strategically located to offer rapid, easy access to the UK’s largest concentration of consumers.
As the largest paper handling port in the UK, the terminal can handle all sizes of customers as a shared user paper distribution centre. The terminal’s first key customers are paper giants UPM, Sappi and Kotkamills who use the new terminal as their UK base to distribute over 400,000 tonnes of product each year to their customers around the UK.
The launch of LPT comes on the back of a multimillion pound investment in the terminal by Forth Ports, the owners of The Port of Tilbury. The company has invested over £3.5million in the latest state of the art equipment including intelligent clamps for safe handling of paper rolls as well as liftec and reach-stacker equipment. Further investment has been made in IT systems to ensure the terminal has the latest paper handling technology.
Commenting on the investment Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports (owners of The Port of Tilbury) said: “We are focused on continual investment at the Port of Tilbury and as the UK's largest port for paper products 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.”
Sam Stewart, Asset Manager at London Paper Terminal said: “We are proud of the facility we have created at London Paper Terminal. With the significant investment made in both equipment and IT systems along with our highly skilled workforce, LPT is a vital strategic link in the supply chain. We provide an expert service to clients including shipping lines, importers, merchants and distributors. Our new marketing materials showcase our exceptional facilities for suppliers and customers in the paper industry and highlights that we are open for new business.”
Commenting on the launch Jukka Holsa, Director, Maritime and Port Network from UPM 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.”
Daniel Thiemann, Logistics Process Leader from Sappi said: “The new London Paper Terminal is a natural home for our business in the UK and this investment by the port will further enhance the excellent service we receive from the team already.”
Juha Ottelin, Manager Logistics from Kotkamills said: “We have worked with the Port of Tilbury for some years now and this investment in the new London Paper Terminal will bring our business many benefits which is great news for our customers in the UK.”
London Paper Terminal offers major customers storage and distribution facilities and serves all the main trade routes for paper including Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic States, North America and South America. The terminal is fully prepared to handle a full range of paper-based products including newsprint, magazine and packing materials to palletised fine papers and pulp cargoes.