Rowlinson Timber expands its operations to the south-east

10 October 2018

Rowlinson Timber Ltd has announced that due to large/sustained and successful growth over the last few years, it has seen the need to open a main distribution hub in the south-east of the country. As a result, from January 1, 2019 its main operations will be based from the Port of Sheerness, working in collaboration with Peel Ports.

“Due to our continued successful growth we have been experiencing nationally, the decision to open a distribution port in the south-east was a natural progression for the company,” said Darren Hill, Rowlinson Timber sales director.

“Having our main distribution port in Sheerness will help to enhance the already excellent service to our southern-based customers, whilst providing a quicker response for local merchants,” he continued. “With the help and professionalism of Peel Ports to manage our operations, we feel that a solid long-term partnership will develop, and can then only benefit all of our existing and future customer base.”

“Sheerness is the perfect location to service our southern-based customers with the site consisting of over 400 acres, and a constant 11m of water on all its berths,” added Richard Smith, Rowlinson Timber managing director. “The potential for further growth with existing and new customers makes for a very exciting new chapter in the continued expansion of Rowlinson Timber Ltd.”

“We are pleased to welcome Rowlinson Timber Ltd to the Port of Sheerness, the UK’s premier import and export hub for forest products,” said Andrew Hunter, sales manager at Peel Ports London Medway. “The new facility will enable Rowlinson Timber to reach their customers from a strategic location in the south-east and deliver their aspirations for business growth.”

Rowlinson Timber Ltd has also confirmed that alongside the new port operation in Sheerness and in conjunction with Peel Ports, it will operate its ownhigh-pressure timber treatment facility from the port.

This advanced and impressive 28m plant, which is supported by Lonza Wood Protection, is equipped with the very latest technology to ensure all Rowlinson’s timber products are pressure preservativetreated in compliance with the use class specifications defined in EN335:2013 and to meet the requirements of BS 8417.

Lonza’s latest generation TANALITH Wood preservative, incorporating award winning BARamine application technologies, provides premium protection results for Rowlinson’s timbers and has full Biocidal Products Regulation approval.

The treatment plant has a huge annual cubic metre volume capacity which the company is confident will attract vital services for third party customers as well as maintaining its own landed stock requirements across its complete product range.

Along with its new port operations at Sheerness Rowlinson Timber will continue to manage its northern hub from PD Ports, Groveport in north-east Lincolnshire.

“We are pleased to be continuing our long term and much-valued relationship with Rowlinson Timber as port of choice to serve their northern markets from our operations at Groveport,” said Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports business development director. “This latest move to provide better geographical coverage for Rowlinson’s southern customers will undoubtedly further strengthen and enhance the existing first-class services provided.”

Rowlinson Timber is opening a new main distribution hub at the Port of Sheerness