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Docksolid is a range of specialised bulk materials handling equipment for ports, developed and owned by Buttimer Engineering.

The Docksolid bulk ship-unloading hopper range includes both customised environmental ship-unloading hoppers (Eco Hoppers), and standard unaspirated hoppers, all operated in conjunction with a crane and grab, that are a robust, reliable, and efficient.  Bespoke design solutions can be static, and rail or wheel mounted mobile units, which can be customised to suit the cargo and port terminal specifications.

We operate across a range of industries, providing design, fabrication, procurement, installation, maintenance, project management and engineering services.

From our headquarters in Tipperary, Ireland, Buttimer Engineering serves clients in Ireland, the UK and Poland and beyond.  We have experienced exponential growth in recent times, offering our design and engineering expertise to projects internationally, and launching DOCKSOLID, our very own bulk port equipment brand, in 2014.

Drawing on our skilled team of engineers, we are constantly striving to deliver whatever service our clients require, from one off design, fabrication and installation or repair works, to fully fledged turnkey projects. Whether it be a modest rural location or a large scale international port, Buttimer bring the same problem-solving ethos to each job and partner with our customer to effectively deliver the required performance.

We don’t just work for our clients, we work with them.

Our History

Docksolid is a range of specialised bulk materials handling equipment for ports, developed and owned by Buttimer Engineering. The original business, E. Buttimer & Company was founded in 1978 by Mr. Edward Buttimer, who had previously worked for Dairygold and M.F. Kent in the Irish agricultural sector.  The company originally served in the Irish dairy industry before broadening its capabilities into wider agri-industry, mining pharmaceuticals, power generation and infrastructure sectors. Eddie Buttimer established his company in the town of Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland and the headquarters of Buttimer Engineering remains in the small but geographically central location – which allows the firm good accessibility to much of the island of Ireland as well as key ports.

Buttimer Engineering has been producing ship unloading and port solutions for more than three decades, and in 2014 it launched a bulk port handling equipment brand – DOCKSOLID – that was since developed and brought to the global marketplace.

Today the Owner & Managing Director is Fergal Buttimer, Eddie’s son, who took charge of the company after Eddie’s retirement in 2012. Docksolid have built a strong reputation over more than three decades for high-quality solutions and strong customer relationships. A significant majority of the Docksolid projects each year come from repeat clients. Docksolid aims to work with clients to always deliver the right solution; our success is built on the success of our customers.

Health & Safety

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 requires employers and employees alike to consider health and safety as a joint responsibility. Here at Buttimer Engineering we strive to work together and co-operate as a team to ensure that safe working becomes an integral part of our organisational culture.


Buttimer Engineering are certified to ISO9001:2008, which is widely accepted as the standard in Quality Management Systems. We are committed to providing the absolute highest quality standards throughout our operations, overseen by our thorough and devoted Quality Assurance and Inspection teams.