The two partners will invest approximately £200,000 to establish the facility, which will handle thousands of tonnes of imported steel coil and other steel products from around the world.
The investment includes the purchase of a 25-tonne overhead gantry crane, other steel-handling equipment and a wireless data logging system that will be used to locate steel coils stored in the facility’s 9,000 sq m dockside warehouse.
The facility will also feature a web-based system developed by Dowds that permits customers to track their orders from the point of manufacture through to the final receiver and end user.
Dowd and ABP have worked closely together over the past 15 years to develop steel-handling capacity in South Wales. In 2005, over 750,000 tonnes of steel passed through Dowds’ facility at ABP’s Port of Newport, the leading steel-handling port in the region. To improve efficiency at Newport, ABP invested £1.4m to extend the port’s Number 7 shed and transferred two 40-tonne capacity cranes from the Port of Swansea to Newport’s South Dock.