Suffolk-based arable marketing business COFCO International has officially opened a new fertiliser blending and bagging plant at the Port of Ipswich, which is owned by Associated British Ports (ABP).

COFCO says the £700,000 plant, located at the port’s Coldock Bulk Bagging Terminal, will enable it to increase the range of fertilisers it offers to UK farmers, as well as developing new products and improving distribution efficiency.

It is the latest phase of a wider £2 million investment project where ABP has purchased two high speed bagging lines, primarily for fertiliser handling.

L-R, Andrew Harston; Mark Dordery; Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Countess of Euston; BBC’s Adam Henson and Henrik Pedersen, ABP CEO.Picture: Stephen Waller

“This latest investment in value-adding port facilities will help grow the business of our customer, COFCO International UK,” says ABP short sea ports director Andrew Harston. “Together with ABP’s other two East Anglian ports, Lowestoft and King’s Lynn, Ipswich plays a vital role in supporting the regional economy and local jobs and we look forward to continuing to do so in future.”

COFCO UK managing director Mark Dordery adds: “The new facilities at Ipswich will help us develop our range of fertiliser products and services to our customer base across East Anglia and into the whole of the UK.

“The modern and highly efficient plant will help us refine our current fertiliser products while developing new options, including Limus Nitrogen Management – BASF’s latest urea inhibitor technology, to help UK growers achieve greater production efficiency.

“Growers face increasing challenges to produce crops as cost-effectively as possible, to meet consumer demands whilst being increasingly aware of environmental requirements.”