A Century of brick deliveries at Port of Ipswich

January 20, 2015

 Above: H&S MV Bravery unloading bricks at ABP’s Port of Ipswich

There were celebrations in the Port of Ipswich when Wienerberger, the world’s largest manufacturer of bricks, made its 100th delivery.

The port’s West Bank Terminal welcomed the company’s 100th charter vessel, the MV Bravery, which was carrying 1,684 tonnes of clay-facing bricks manufactured at its Dutch factory at Erlecom.

Melvyn Smith, Commercial Services Manager at Wienerberger said: “Wienerberger and the Port staff quickly established a highly proficient operation which allowed us to rapidly accelerate our imported volumes of bricks to meet the rapidly growing demand generated by the improving economic climate – particularly in the house-building sector.

“The method of importing our products using chartered vessels adds the flexibility we need to help manage our supply chain more effectively.”

Alastair MacFarlane, Port Manager East Anglia, said: "The Port of Ipswich and Wienerberger have been working together for 18 months now and we are very proud of what has been achieved in that time.

“It’s a great example of how we can work with partners to deliver port services that improve their supply chain and are effective for their business. It’s typical too of the vital role the port plays in supporting the region’s construction industry.”

The Port of Ipswich plays an important role in the construction sector with more than 300,000 tonnes of imported aggregates handled annually and is also a major import timber handling facility. Associated British Ports’ three ports in East Anglia – Ipswich, Lowestoft and King’s Lynn – together support 5,000 jobs and contribute £340 million to the UK economy every year.