LPR Pallets has established two new depots in Ireland to support its pallet pooling operations in that country. The move sees further growth in LPR’s relationship with Goggins, a leading Irish haulage provider. The arrangement will see Goggins provide the transport, storage, repair and distribution of LPR pallets.
The two new depots are located in Dublin and Galway, geared for a throughput of one million pallets annually after an initial investment of €500,000 across both facilities. Both sites have the potential to expand production as throughput demands increase. Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny hurling legend, will take part in the official opening ceremony on 23 February.
The depots boast state-of-the-art machinery, including two inspection towers, Vac-u-Lifts, repair benches and semi-automated infeed and outfeed. The Dublin location will also house a paint booth.
“Working in partnership with Goggins to open Dublin and Galway is an important development as we continue our efforts to expand our customer base within Ireland,” stated Adrian Fleming, LPR UK and Ireland general manager. “Our focus in Ireland over the past couple of years has paid off, as we have recorded a 40 percent year-on-year increase in pallet movements, taking our market share to 14 percent of the market; but we recognise there is even greater potential.
“Investing in these two new sites demonstrates that we are very serious about expanding the business in Ireland and that we see it as a key target in our strategic plans,” Fleming continued. “We are also working with a number of customers and prospects on how we can continue that growth. Importantly, we are prepared to work with our customers to secure further land in other areas of Ireland, if required.”
“We’ve enjoyed a good working relationship with LPR and the time was right to extend that partnership with the two new depots,” added Mark Prendergast, operations manager at Goggins. “We both have ambitious ideas for growing the sites and ensuring that our customers receive the level of service that they demand.”