ABP King’s Lynn investment attracts new construction industry customer

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ABP Operations Manager, Simon Stafford Allen with ABP Port Operative, Ben Hunt with bags of crude vermiculite.

ABP’s Port of King’s Lynn has celebrated a new contract with the UK’s leading crude vermiculite distributor company, Palabora Europe Limited, following the port’s investment in a new £30,000 bagging plant to further expand the services it provides.

Palabora Europe Limited is a leading supplier of high quality crude vermiculite to a range of industries in the UK that use the material in fire protection, plasters, renders and lightweight concretes in the construction industry.

Palabora Europe Limited, Commercial Director Richard Knight, said: “As our product is shipped to the UK via Belgium, we were looking for a suitable location on the East Coast capable of providing us with space to meet current demand and future business growth.

“We chose the Port of King’s Lynn because of its proximity to our customer base in the Midlands, its focus on quality, safety and compliance and the extensive services it provides, which include everything from product handling and storage to bagging and distribution.” 

Kim Kennedy, ABP King’s Lynn Port Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Palabora as a new customer in King’s Lynn and look forward to providing them with the best location for their thriving business operations. We invested in the new bagging plant at the port to ensure we can provide a full turnkey solution to our customers.”

“Together with the ABP’s other two East Anglian ports of Lowestoft and Ipswich, King’s Lynn plays a vital role in supporting the regional economy and local jobs and we look forward to continuing to do so in future.” 

Historically, the Port of King’s Lynn has represented a strong link in the trade routes of the Hanseatic League (12th – 17th centuries) and has played a vital role in fuelling the region’s economic prosperity.

2019 marks a special year for the Port of King’s Lynn as it celebrates 150 years since the building of Alexandra Dock in 1869 and ABP will be working with regional partners to organise a series of anniversary events to celebrate the port’s role in the local community and contribution to the wider UK economy.