Rotom Europe has purchased goplasticpallets.com and its sister company All Pallets, in a move aimed at expanding the Dutch pallet giant's load carrier services in the UK.
The purchase will see the operations of both companies gradually integrated with Rotom. Owners Jim Hardisty, Chris Adam and Denzil Davies will continue to lead both companies and support further business development within the Rotom Group.
Announcing the acquisition, the group said the deal guarantees the next stage of growth for goplasticpallets.com and All Pallets, increasing the number of services and solutions it can provide its clients in the future, and offering "a wealth of opportunities for staff development."
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Rotom Europe provides load carrier services and solutions across eleven European countries. In 2022, the group turnover exceeded €220m (£188m) and employs more than 500 employees.
The group optimises supply chains, from beginning to end, by using a range of logistics equipment for transportation and storage, facilitated through a singular contact point and supported by an extensive European location network.
Eastbourne-based goplasticpallets.com supplies plastic pallets, boxes and containers to a wide range of industries.
The company aims to create responsible supply chains, recently launching a recycling scheme that has seen the business recycle over 1,250 tonnes of plastic to date. In addition, 93% of its plastic pallets are made from 100% recycled materials.
In December last year goplasticpallets expanded its warehouse operation in Eastbourne with a new 8,000 sq ft facility adjacent to its existing site.
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Sister company All Pallets, which is based in Whitehaven, specialises in supplying new and used wooden pallets, cases and crates to customers throughout the UK and offers short notice delivery and pick-up of pallets from clients or suppliers.
The two businesses, which were founded in 1993, have worked with a wide range of major clients from across the retail, manufacturing, automotive, food and agriculture, pharmaceutical and waste management sectors for more than 30 years.
Co-founder and managing director of goplasticpallets.com, Jim Hardisty, said: “Both goplasticpallets.com and All Pallets have witnessed significant growth in recent years. This partnership with Rotom Europe marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for us and our team members – many of whom have been a part of our journey for many years.
"Rotom’s business ethos, culture, and ambitions align seamlessly with ours. We're eager to leverage their extensive product and service portfolio to enhance our offerings in the UK and Europe. This will include efficient rental and pooling solutions, plus professional packaging management and recovery services.”
Arjan Kuiper, CEO of Rotom Europe, added: “goplasticpallets.com and All Pallets’ extensive product and service portfolios, plus their best practice business models, ensures Rotom will benefit from a market-leading presence in the UK, whilst greatly strengthening our market approach in neighbouring EU countries.
"Furthermore, their commitment to greening the supply chain and promoting a circular economy fits perfectly with our own sustainable agenda.”