Friday, October 4, 2019

Million Pound Investment to Ensure Freight and Logistics Group Keeps Clients Product Dry

Better Handling for Anhydrous Product after Canopy Construction
Shipping News Feature

UK – Middlesbrough freight logistics firm AV Dawson has solved one of the problems associated with carrying anhydrous products in bulk by investing £1 million in a new canopy in a rail linked facility to help service a multi-million pound deal with a major blue-chip manufacturer.

At a ceremony attended by delegates from British Gypsum, the North East England Chamber of Commerce, the Department for International Trade and rail freight operator GB Railfreight, the logistics outfit unveiled the 100 metre canopy which provides dry-loading capabilities for trains which increases the efficiency of loading but also reduces costs of drying the product when it arrives at British Gypsum’s factory.

British Gypsum, part of the global Saint Gobain group, is importing the product, which is used to make plaster and plasterboard, through AV Dawson’s Teesside freight terminal, based on Riverside Park in Middlesbrough. The product arrives by ship to AV Dawson’s Middlesbrough port facilities, is unloaded and stored in the new canopy, ready to be loaded onto trains for daily deliveries to the East Midlands area. Managing director Gary Dawson said:

“This is a significant investment for AV Dawson, however to provide the high service level that our customers have come to expect from us, it was important to invest in the best solution for British Gypsum. It now means we load the trains without adverse weather conditions hampering operations and we are also delivering an environmentally efficient solution that enables our customer to reduce its CO2 emissions by using rail instead of road.

“The canopy is just part of ongoing investment in our 100 acre Teesside site. The fact that we are still a family owned company with a relatively flat management structure means we can make quick but considered business decisions to help support our customers’ needs, it really shows how adaptable and resourceful we can be as a company.”

The contract, signed in 2018 meant ten new jobs at AV Dawson and over £2 million investment in new facilities and plant equipment. The new purpose-built canopy is based on the southern end of the firm’s Middlesbrough site. Kevin Flinton, Saint Gobain’s senior procurement manager said the contract was awarded to Dawson’s due to the company’s ‘flexible and environmentally efficient solution’ and the fact the firm was prepared to take a long term view on the investment, with North East England Chamber of Commerce director of international trade, Julie Underwood, adding:

“It’s fantastic to see the investment that is happening at AV Dawson’s site, the business really is going from strength to strength and securing a major global brand name such as Saint Gobain is testament to this. This operation is a great illustration of the innovation, investment and added value that the logistics sector and the wider supply chain delivers to businesses trading internationally.”

Photo: It has, occasionally, been known to rain in Middlesbrough, hence the official unveiling of the new purpose build canopy.