At the time of writing, Irish mechanical engineering company Buttimer was set to deliver two ship unloading hoppers to the Port of Hull for ABP (Associated British Ports). The delivery was set to take place in the middle of May.

The biomass hoppers, for handling wood pellets, are part of Buttimer’s DOCKSOLID bulk port equipment brand, launched to coincide with the order. Buttimer has sold similar hopper units to the ports of Cork, Dublin, Gdynia in northern Poland and many others. Buttimer’s bulk port equipment is entirely engineered in Ireland — the two hoppers for ABP were built in Co Tipperary. Buttimer overcame strong European and international competition from established global engineering brands to secure the contract from ABP.

Buttimer is launching the DOCKSOLID brand in order to clearly position its bulk port equipment in the global marketplace, and has already received interest from ports in Europe, the Middle East and further afield. DOCKSOLID's three core features are: state-of-the-art environmental controls, flexibility of use & manoeuvrability, and well-engineered structural design for strength and longevity.


Buttimer Group is a mechanical engineering company, with expertise in steel structures and the design, fabrication and installation of material handling systems for dry bulk products. Based in Cahir, Co Tipperary, the company was founded in 1978 by Edward Buttimer.The company serves sectors such as ports, food and beverage, mining and power generation.