A chemical distribution firm has signed an agreement to create a new hydrochloric acid import facility in the North East.
Brenntag UK & Ireland’s investment will see it expand storage capabilities at the Teesside-based Seal Sands Terminal facility enabling the business to import the product by ship from European manufacturers, offering customers improvements in supply security. The facility will be constructed by Simon Storage and will be the largest sea-fed terminal of its type in the UK with a capacity of more than 2,000 tonnes. The Leeds- headquartered firm, which has a sales and marketing depot in Newcastle, has also invested in a new fleet of purpose-built specialised ISOtanks to expand its import capacities by road. This combined commitment in infrastructure and logistics will ensure Brenntag UK can continue to provide outstanding levels of customer service, whilst maintaining its leading position in the industry, in 2014 and beyond. Brenntag’s global turnover for December 2012 was £9.7bn Euros.
Russel Argo, MD of Brenntag UK Limited, which is a supplier with manufacturing capabilities, said: “Hydrochloric acid is an important product for Brenntag and for a number of UK industry sectors. It is used in water treatment, food and pharmaceutical production and is a vital part of the steel processing industry. Our investment represents a real commitment from Brenntag UK to our customers for the long-term sustainable supply of this important product.”