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£1m agri-bulk investment at Port of Immingham

ABP is investing £1 million to further improve the UK’s largest agri-bulk terminal.

£1m agri-bulk investment at Port of Immingham
Thomas Bell & Sons director, Matt Dawson, with ABP operations manager, Craig Stephen, and the first new fork lift truck for Immingham Bulk Park.

Immingham Bulk Park, which spans an area of more than 1.5 million square feet, already has the capacity to handle one million tonnes of cargo each year and is home to ABP’s long-standing customers, Brigg-based Thomas Bell & Sons Ltd. 

It provides a vital service to farmers across the Midlands and North of England, keeping them supplied with fertilisers and animal feeds.

The firm has recently signed a new five-year agreement with the port operator which will guarantee an additional 80,000 tonnes of fertiliser being brought through the port each year.

ABP’s new investment will be used to build a fourth bagging plant for the customer and to purchase new equipment for the expanded facility, including loading shovels and forklift trucks, as anticipated last month, when it was shortlisted for a global accolade. 

Simon Bird, regional director for ABP Humber said: “At ABP, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations. This development is another example of how we invest and shape our operations to support the growth of valued customers, like Thomas Bell.”

The new facility is expected to be complete and operational in January 2019 and ABP anticipates the need to recruit to help support this expansion.

In 2016, ABP and Thomas Bell & Sons jointly invested £500,000 to build a bespoke blending facility at Immingham Bulk Park as part of a £2 million wider investment within the port estate. With national reach, this now enables the farming community to request specific blends of fertiliser, bespoke to their requirements.

Andrew Major, managing director of Thomas Bell & Sons, said: “We have been working with ABP Bulk Park for over 20 years and in the past two years, both parties have made significant investments to support our brand, Diamond Fertilisers, and increase the range of products and services we offer our customers. The infrastructure at ABP in Immingham, including the location, storage facilities, ability to discharge cargoes up to 25,000 tonnes and our blending production plant, has all contributed and strengthened our position in the marketplace.’’​

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