LPR automates its Marseille service center
LPR-La Palette Rouge recently held a ceremony to inaugurate its new automated sorting and renovation line at its Service Centre located at Saint-Martin-de-Crau (Bouches-du-Rhône). The installation has been operating for six months and confirms the determination of the European pallet-pooling and management expert to meet the requirements of its customers, producers in the agri-food sector supplying the FMCG sector, and to propose the ideal service for their market. “In this way LPR is joining its customers in a general movement toward growing mechanization, requiring the use of pallets of constantly higher quality. Automating our production line will also improve the working conditions of our operators while increasing the productivity of the sorting and renovation activities,” explains Yves Degouve, LPR’s Regional Manager for Western Europe.
The introduction of this new line fits more generally in La Palette Rouge’s plan to modernize its Service Centres, entitled “Strong 2016”. LPR intends to extend this strategy throughout the Division, both in France and across Europe. “We need to be able to process the pallets in their entirety with precise specifications, and we must provide the necessary tools for this,“ adds Degouve. In the framework of “Strong 2016”, which represents an investment of several million euros, La Palette Rouge has already equipped several of its sites, in particular in Belgium and Spain.
The Saint-Martin-de-Crau Service Centre, which is the third largest LPR site in France after Marolles-en-Hurepoix (Essonne) and Givors (Rhône-Alpes), covers 11,000 m2, has a permanent workforce of 40, and is managed by TSP (Toulouse Services Palettes). LPR deals with three million pallets a year at this location, and the new automated line will allow an increase of 20 to 25% in the volumes processed.
In 2017, the European expert intends to pursue the modernisation of its Grand-Fougeray site in Brittany, located halfway between Nantes and Rennes, and also to build a new Service Centre near Poitiers.
LPR Announces UK Relationships with Sunrise Eggs and Others
LPR, the UK division of The European pallet-pooling specialist, is working with Sunrise Eggs for the first time and is drawing on its extensive experience, including work with some of the world’s leading FMCG brands, including Nestlé, Weetabix, and Carlsberg.
Philip Crawley, joint MD of Sunrise Eggs, said: “When it came to choosing a pallet pooling partner, LPR UK seemed the obvious choice thanks to its wealth of expertise and impressive list of clients. We’re happy with the service LPR has supplied so far and are looking forward to further developing our relationship with them.”
Alongside Sunrise Eggs, LPR has also recently signed contracts with baked goods specialist, Authentic Bread Company; corrugated packaging expert, Sheard Packaging; air freshener manufacturer, MS George Ltd; and East Midlands Pharmaceuticals, which operates within the medical sphere.
Adrian Fleming, regional director of LPR UK and Ireland, added: “We’re incredibly proud of our diverse client base at LPR, and these latest new business wins are fantastic additions. It has been a busy and exciting year for LPR so far, with a spate of fresh contracts, and starting work with these new businesses really adds to that.”
Alongside new and expanded contracts with the likes of Weetabix, Carlsberg, and ARYZTA, LPR has also opened a new depot in Ireland to help facilitate increased demand for its services. Plus, in June 2016, LPR won a prestigious EcoVadis Gold rating for its continued commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility.