PPS East Unveils New Truck Fleet

Grimsby UK based PPS East has taken delivery of three new trucks as part of its on-going expansion plans.

The MAN 7.5 tonne trucks will be used to service existing and new customers in the Humberside area and represent collaboration between PPS East and local businesses. The trucks were supplied by MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd in Scunthorpe, the bodies by Martin Williams (Hull) Ltd, signs and graphics by Total Signs & Graphics in Grimsby and will be serviced by DSV Commercial Ltd in South Killinghome.

PPS East provides services related to returnable transit packaging, primarily supply on a rental basis of plastic crates, bins or pallets. These are supplied to the market and after use PPS arrange to collect the used packaging and return it to their modern and professional wash plant where all equipment is hygienically washed to the highest standards. The company hopes to achieve BRC accreditation by the end of the year, an award that will allow them to pursue opportunities at a number of major and blue chip food companies.

Originally set up to service clients in the fish and seafood sectors, PPS East is now looking to expand its core business activities to include other food linked opportunities in returnable transit packaging. Grimsby is recognised as one of the UK’s key food producing towns and the PPS East team is now in the process of implementing a marketing initiative in non-fish food related areas. There continues to be a growing trend, certainly within the food sector, to move from single use packaging towards eco-friendly returnable, reusable and recyclable packaging. Recent successes have seen PPS work with fish processors to replace single use expanded polystyrene boxes with returnable plastic fish boxes and the company is planning to target replacing one way trip cardboard boxes with their own plastic food crates and plastic pallets in a number of sectors, including meat and poultry, dairy and fresh produce.

PPS East also offers contract wash services to businesses, again mainly in the food sectors, who may have their own returnable plastic transit equipment, but who require a professional wash service.

PPS Operations Director Andy Flynn said “Moving to our new factory premises in Grimsby a year ago was part of a continuing modernisation programme for PPS. We decided to upgrade our truck fleet and this will allow us to be more energy efficient and with a bright new livery we want to send out a message to our customers and potential customers that we have ambitious plans for the future of the business. We decided that we wanted to keep it local with our new trucks, so we used local companies for the supply of the vehicles as well as bodywork, graphics and servicing.

We will shortly have our final audit that will gain us BRC accreditation at our Grimsby operation, which again sends out a message towards our intention of supplying a professional service for all users of returnable transit packaging.”

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