ABP acquires W.E. Dowds Shipping Ltd

W.E. Dowds Terminal at the Port of Newport W.E. Dowds Terminal at the Port of Newport

Associated British Ports has completed the acquisition of W.E. Dowds (Shipping) Ltd, a UK-based family-owned port operations business. The company operates a total of 10 separate warehouses with a combined area of over 50,000sqm based at ABP Newport, South Wales.

James Cooper, Chief Executive of ABP, said: “ABP's acquisition of W.E. Dowds follows our long-established partnership with the Company at the Port of Newport.

"The deal builds on Dowds' excellent track record serving the UK steel market, enabling the business to continue to grow by providing first class customer service.

"As such, the transaction will also help secure further growth and success for the Port of Newport for many years to come." Matthew Kennerley, ABP Director, South Wales, said: “We’ve been working closely with W.E. Dowds for many years and the business is an important part of the Port of Newport’s success. We’re looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues and achieving even greater success in the future."

Charles Dowds, Managing Director of W.E. Dowds, said: "We have been pleased to work with ABP and its predecessor for over 50 years. Throughout that time ABP has demonstrated a strong commitment to the success of Dowds and the Port of Newport. The £4 million investment in the reconstruction of the Shed 5 facility is the most recent example.

By Jake Frith

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