Case Study

International Plywood

International Plywood is one of the UK’s leading independent importers of plywood and panel products, supplying builders’ merchants, house builders and other markets. From a turnover of £14 million in 1998, the company exceeded £120 million in 2015.

THE CHALLENGE: International Plywood imports plywood and other products shipped from Asia, South America, and the Baltics in both breakbulk and containers. Demand is growing. The ability to use bigger ships was a priority, along with ensuring customers receive the right products at the right time.

THE SOLUTION: The Port of Tyne is providing an end to end logistics package from flexible cargo handling to covered storage and onward UK-wide road distribution. Some of International Plywood’s products are received by road; these are similarly stored in the dockside warehousing for delivery by the Port’s in-house distribution fleet.

THE OUTCOME: The Port of Tyne is playing a vital role as International Plywood’s northern hub. The Port’s ability to handle larger ships enables the company to benefit from economies of scale, while also reducing overall environmental impact.

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"The Port of Tyne offers exceptional value and customer service, with an excellent location providing unrivalled connectivity via road networks."

Ian Attwood, Managing Director, International Plywood