Leading infrastructure firm FM Conway has signed a major deal with top provider of bitumen binder Nynas, to help supply the firm with bitumen across the south east.
FM Conway will provide the bitumen from its Imperial Wharf terminal in Gravesend Kent, which recently underwent a £2.5m refurbishment and has the capacity to dock and store up to 7,500 tonnes of the black stuff.
The strategic deal gives Nynas a further reach into the London and south east markets complementing its facilities further north in Wirral, Tyneside and Dundee. Under the deal, Nynas will base bitumen tankers permanently at the terminal.
Keith Sherlock, commercial director at Nynas, said: ‘Our customers are increasingly talking to us about improvements in customer service and there is no argument that, in terms of logistical efficiency, a location in the south makes sense.
‘This new supply point means we can respond more rapidly to our clients’ needs, in particular in urgent and emergency situations. It also makes the transport of bitumen to southern England sites far more cost-effective and environmentally friendly, which is crucial for us in the long term.’
David Smith, development director at FM Conway, said: ‘Achieving cost and carbon-efficiency when supplying projects in the south of England has always been challenging for our industry, with many sources of key materials located in the Midlands or the North.
‘We invested in the Imperial Wharf bitumen terminal because we saw a clear and pressing need for a secure, efficient supply of materials. We’re pleased that, in this deal, we are able to further enhance Nynas’ national presence and enhance the supply of key materials to construction projects across London and the south east.’