ABP has signed a new deal with fertiliser importers Thomas Bell and Sons which will see the Brigg firm invest in a new blending unit at the Port of Immingham.
In addition to a £2 million spend on undercover storage at its dedicated Fertiliser Terminal, ABP will also invest £100,000 in infrastructure to support the new unit at Immingham Bulk Park and its agreement with Thomas Bell has been extended to cover this latest investment.
The companies have been working together for over 20 years.
The blending unit will allow Thomas Bell to create bespoke blends of fertiliser which will in turn increase the range of products it can offer to the marketplace.
The state-of-the-art plant, which opens in January 2017, includes the latest precision measurement technology with multi hopper conveyer systems and a double screen to improve production efficiency and to provide optimum product quality.
By growing its offer, Thomas Bell and Sons will increase tonnages coming through Immingham by almost 50%.
Managing Director of Thomas Bell, Andrew Major said: “This investment in additional infrastructure will directly benefit our customers and maintain our reputation for ‘port to farm’ excellence.
“It will further complement our existing activities at Immingham and improve quality control and boost production capability, and being coupled to a deep sea port such as Immingham means we can ship larger volumes. It will all add up to quality benefits and also cost savings that will be passed on to customers.”
As well as investing in the new plant, Thomas Bell will increase its haulage fleet of ten vehicles to meet demand.
ABP Commercial Manager Chris Vause said: “ABP has a long-standing relationship with Thomas Bell and this is increased business is extremely beneficial to the port.
“Thomas Bell chose Immingham because of its infrastructure, location and its ability to discharge fertiliser cargoes up to 25,000 tonnes. We’re delighted to secure this additional volume.”