The Port of Tilbury announces today (27 November) a new agreement with L&G Forest Products to create a 70,000sq.ft. timber hub at the port serving the Grafton Group and others throughout England.
L&G, who are part of the Grafton Group which owns the Buildbase depots in the UK, have chosen Tilbury to consolidate their timber distribution alongside their panel products operation. They have taken advantage of Tilbury’s unique Portcentric service which will increase operational efficiency and ultimately save cost throughout the supply chain.
The increase in demand from Buildbase has promoted the move to create a bespoken timber hub where product is shipped in, stored at the port and then distributed around the country.
Commenting on the new hub, Paul Dale, Senior Asset Manager at the Port of Tilbury said: “We’ve worked with L&G for a number of years to develop a timber distribution centre which suits their business and delivers for their customers. Tilbury is the perfect location for L&G with our strong geographical location and excellent supply chain connections. Tilbury handles in excess of 3 million tonnes of forest products each year and we look forward to sharing our excellent customer service with L&G.”
Jeff Foot, Managing Director of L&G Forest Products said: “We have been located at Tilbury for a number of years and it seemed very logical to create this timber hub to maximise the efficiencies at the port and couple the carcassing business with the already successful sheet material distribution.”
About The Port of Tilbury - the major gateway to London and the South East
The Port of Tilbury is London's major port, providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the south east of England and beyond. A dynamic and diverse port handling the full range of cargoes with specialist expertise in the handling of paper and forest products, containers & Ro Ro, grain and bulk commodities and construction and building materials.
Tilbury's strategic location makes it the natural point for distribution with 18 million people living within 75 miles. Serving the UK's market, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the capital and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work.
The Port is a diverse multi-modal hub, covering over 850 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK's national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the Port, with access to the whole of the UK and dedicated barge facilities.
The Port offers:
- 34 operational Berths
- Over 16 independent working terminals
- Over 7.5 kilometres of quay
- Over 500,000 square metres of warehouse space
- Over 7 kms of road within the port estate with excellent transport access.
Our Services section details the facilities available via Tilbury, including paper and forest products, containers, Ro Ro, grain and dry bulks plus general cargo.
Following the acquisition of the Deep Sea container Terminal in 2012, London Container Terminal (LCT) was created providing a unique combination of European Short Sea and Deep Sea services at the same facility. As the UK’s third largest container terminal, Tilbury handles over half a million containers per year.