International Timber opens new distribution facility

Timber supplier International Timber has has completed the first part of its new state-of-the-art timber processing and distribution facility in Purfleet, Essex.

International Timber opens new distribution facility

The redevelopment of the former British Gypsum facility represents £7m of investment in the new facility to service major timber and panel operators from across the South East.

It is due to be fully-operational by early 2014.

Strategically located just one mile from the M25 motorway and the Dartford Crossing, the 11.5-acre Purfleet site provides easy access via main routes to the wider network of motorways servicing the South East region and beyond.

Phase one has seen the existing panel storage shed on site re-clad and fitted with roller shutter doorways to create a new more modern storage facility. The high-specification storage warehouse has also been fitted with a bespoke hi-bay storage system which includes state-of-the-art ‘guide aisle’ technology alongside mechanical handling plant equipment, which has been manufactured specially for International Timber to aid fast and efficient storage and order-picking.

The site’s existing mill warehouse has also been refurbished, with a new floor installed to enable a bespoke timber racking system, incorporated for the storage of finished timber profiles. Concrete plinth bases have also been added to support the new mill equipment, which will be installed during phase two.

The first phase of development also included the refurbishment of the site’s Transport Office, Purfleet Sales Office and staff facilities to ensure that operations carried out from the two newly refurbished buildings can operate efficiently and are sufficiently supported during the completion of the final phases of development. Transport infrastructure and signage has also been completed for phase one to ensure proper traffic management and health and safety operations are in place throughout.

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