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PD Ports/AST's Multi-million-pound Warehouse Expansion!
PD Ports has announced a multi-million-pound investment at
Groveport in partnership with one of Europe’s fastest growing international
steel traders and long-standing customer, All Steels Trading.
This new long-term contract represents the largest single
investment in the last decade at Groveport and signifies the next step in PD
Ports’ growth strategy as the Port gears up for further expansion to support
its growing reputation as the UK’s market leader for handling long steel
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 trader’s 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 Managing Director
believes the partnership with PD Ports works because of the unique working
“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 and highly regarded reputation for deliverable logistics
“We are incredibly proud to have further strengthened our
long-standing relationship with All Steels Trading as UK port of choice beyond
“The length of the contract with All Steels Trading shows a
true partnership and demonstrates the trust and confidence the Company has in
our market knowledge and our ability to understand as well as respond to their
“Our skills and experience complemented by our central UK
location for transport distribution to key UK steel processing sites and backed
by a dedicated haulage fleet has positioned Groveport as the UK’s market leader
for handling long steel products.
“We have seen transformational change in the global steel
industry in recent years which has brought challenges but also real opportunity
for some of our customers and we are continuing to invest and support that