Llanelli based haulage firm Owens Group has strengthened its service offering by becoming shareholder members of Pall-Ex Group - Livery 1_1

Owens Group has strengthened its service offering by becoming a shareholder member of Pall-Ex.

The Llanelli-based family firm joined Pall-Ex in February having taken ownership of longstanding Fortec member Celtic Couriers in late 2021.

Owens employs around 1,000 people across the UK and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, commemorated with a special one-off livery.

It covers parts of the CF postcode area for Pall-Ex, whilst Celtic Couriers makes collections and deliveries throughout the SA postcode area for the Fortec network.

Commenting on the move, Owens Group MD Ian Owen said: “Being a part of the Pall-Ex and Fortec networks will give the Group another service offering for its customers, with a euro pallet option alongside the standard one.

“As shareholder members, we are working with likeminded, dedicated transport companies who are all invested in the success of the network.

“We are proud to have such a successful history as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, and this is just the next step in our success story.”

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Added Pall-Ex MD – UK business units, Barry Byers: “Owens Group have a rich history of quality, pride and success and are a renowned name in UK and European logistics.

“I speak for everyone at Pall-Ex Group when I say we are very excited to welcome them to both of our networks where they will deliver excellence throughout South Wales.

“Welcoming Owens Group to our networks signifies that Pall-Ex Group’s shareholder opportunities are the best in the sector, and that our model works.”

Owens Group was founded in 1972 by group chairman Huw Owen. He was awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to employment and the community in Llanelli and South Wales.

Owens is also celebrating the recent opening of its new flagship facility in Bynea, supporting the business with its logistics, pallet distribution, bulk haulage, and express & home delivery services.

The Group is backed up by a range of accreditations and awards, including the CILT National Road Safety Award, FORS Bronze and ADR certifications.