CHEP has opened as new £4.6m pallet repair facility near Bristol. The pallet and container pooling leader’s service centre is on an eight-acre site on the new Central Park development and replaces its nearby service centre in Avonmouth.
The new facility can process about 100,000 pallets a week and is manned by 95 full-time employees working across a three shift pattern for a 24-hour, seven-day operation. Processing throughput will reach peaks of 1,200 pallets per hour.
“As a business, CHEP helps its customers to move, store and protect their goods through the supply chain in a cost-effective, safe and environmentally sound way,” says Howard Wigham CHEP managing director for UK & Ireland. “This new site strongly reflects our overall business ethos and will improve platform consistency and quality for our customers.”
“This site clearly leads the field technically, and includes many features to improve both the performance and welfare of our staff,” adds Kevin Galvin, program manager for CHEP UK, Ireland & Benelux.” In addition, the whole pallet inspection and repair process is quicker as all the work takes place on a continuous production line, whereas previously batches of pallets would have to be moved from one line to another.”
CHEP’s UK operations are headquartered in Surrey.