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Pall-Ex has appointed Mark Steel to the newly-created role of European MD for its international operation.

He joined Pall-Ex in 2016 as sales and marketing director, having previously held roles within logistics and the Royal Air Force, and has played a key role in establishing major new corporate contracts for the company's UK operation.

Pall-Ex offers a Europe-wide service delivered by national partners in eight strategic locations including France, Italy, Spain and Romania.

In November 2019 the company became the first pallet network to be owned by its senior management team and members and has recently made a number of new appointments.

These include Barry Byers as UK MD and Martin Rantle as non-executive chairman.

Commented Steel: “This is an exciting time of growth for Pall-Ex and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead as we grow our presence in Europe.

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“We have successfully established Pall-Ex in a number of European countries, working closely with domestic partners in each territory to ensure our brand values are upheld internationally.

“We are continually making huge investments in technology to futureproof the Pall-Ex network for our members, not just nationally but internationally as well, and this has prepared us for developing new opportunities in Europe.”

Added Pall-Ex group CEO Kevin Buchanan: “Mark has been instrumental in building our corporate client accounts, bringing in a number of high-profile companies and building new and existing relationships into long-term partnerships.

“He is the ideal candidate to lead the team forward within Europe and build the Pall-Ex brand internationally, due to his knowledge of the industry and extensive experience.

“We are already well-established in key areas in mainland Europe and these strong foundations will enable us to build on our existing successes and bring our quality service commitment to more countries.”