Stephen recently visited the Port of Cardiff, owned and operated by Associated British Ports (ABP), to witness new cutting edge technology and specialist equipment installed at the port, which is bringing new investment and jobs to South Wales.
During a tour of the port, which is one of five owned and operated by ABP in South Wales, Stephen visited HDM Tubes Ltd, a steel tube manufacturer, to see its multi-million pound investment in advanced tube welding lines.
The venture, which has been supported by further investment in new storage and handling facilities by ABP, has already seen the creation of 35 jobs and the firm aims to build on that as production increases.The tour highlighted ABP’s continuing investment across its South Wales ports which, as well as Cardiff, include Newport, Barry, Port Talbot, and Swansea.
A study by economic consultancy Arup has shown that ABP’s investment will see an additional £100 million injected in to the Welsh economy every year, adding to the estimated £1 billion that ABP’s South Wales ports already contribute.Speaking after his visit, Stephen said: “It was fascinating to visit the port, which plays such an important role not only directly within this constituency but also by supporting and driving economic growth across South Wales and beyond.
“The specialist equipment, storage facilities, and expertise on site are second to none; and I was particularly impressed to see how the port is attracting businesses such as HDM Tubes Ltd, which has set up a brand new manufacturing facility in the port.
“The potential for growth and further investment in Wales is massive, and ABP’s ports in South Wales are key to our future success.”
ABP Port Manager Callum Couper, who accompanied Stephen during his visit, said: “Stephen’s visit to the Port of Cardiff presented the ideal opportunity to showcase the fruits of ABP’s commitment to invest and grow business at our ports in South Wales.
“ABP’s ports in the region already support some 15,000 jobs, and ongoing investment by ABP and our customers should see that number rise year by year. We will continue to work in partnership with customers such as HDM Tubes Ltd to develop a thriving business environment, both at the Port of Cardiff and across our other ports in South Wales.”