Bulk chemical logistics specialist Bertschi has opened a plastics hub at Middlesbrough following the signing of a long term cooperation contract with Saudi Arabian concern SABIC, one of the market leaders in plastics production.
The move reflects the fact that the low-cost of raw materials and production in various Middle Eastern countries, means the import of polyolefins from overseas is increasing.
Containerised goods arrive at the port of Antwerp or Felixstowe and then travel on feeder ships to Teesport.
From there 20ft containers (specially lined and filled with bulk granulates) and the 40ft containers (filled with bags on pallets) are transported by truck to the nearby hub in Middlesbrough and are stored at the new bonded warehouse.
The newly developed additional site of 60,000 sq m is an extension of the existing terminal in Middlesbrough, which was opened in 2003.
Bertschi UK has more then 110 employees and operates a fleet of 100 trucks. The operator is also offering the facilities to third parties.