Wooden pallet manufacturer makes £2.5m investment in new depot

IPP Logipal, one of Europe’s leading pooler and manufacturer of wooden pallets, has committed more than £2.5m in a new automated pallet inspection and repair service centre in Leicestershire which will initially process more than three million reusable pool pallets each year.

IPP Logipal, which has its UK and Ireland base in Coventry, has signed a long-term lease on the premises on the Interlink Business Park in Bardon Hill in Coalville.

The company said it is the biggest IPP service centre of its kind in Europe and reinforces the company’s commitment to the circular economy, its business model which promotes the recovery and continual re-use of durable pallets and boxes.

The new automated system will process in excess of 700 pallets per hour – a capacity of six million each year.

IPP has entered into a long-term agreement with the James Jones Group, one of the largest timber processing groups in the UK, to operate the site which will replace an existing facility at nearby Glenfield.

Phil Storer, UK director of IPP, said: “It’s fair to say 2018 surpassed our expectations in terms of growth and attracting new customers, so we’re in an excellent position to make a commitment on this scale.

“Sustainability has always been at the heart of what we do and this is further evidence of our commitment to increasing re-use and reducing waste, at every level of both of our businesses and the wider supply chain.

“We have invested in high-end equipment which means that ‘healthy’ pool pallets will be back on the road sooner and damaged ones will be efficiently and quickly repaired in double quick time.

“Having worked extensively with James Jones since we started the business in the UK some 14 years ago, we have come to know them as an established and high-quality supplier of pallets, timber and repair services, and we are confident the new service centre and its teams will be in very professional, safe and supportive hands.”

Gil Covey, executive chairman at the James Jones Group, said: “We have built a strong business and excellent reputation for service and quality in the field of pallet inspection and repair operations and we are delighted the close working long-term relationship we have developed with IPP has now led to James Jones taking over operations at the Bardon Hill site.

“This is a flagship operation on a new site with state-of-the-art machinery and we are confident that using our expertise will result in a great success for us, IPP and its customers.”