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Expansion in the home food delivery market and increased regulation in the pharmaceutical industry is driving demand for thermal blankets needed to protect cargo during transportation.
German company EcoCool relies on Walki for insulation material used in its thermal blankets and insulated shipping boxes. Ecocool’s customers include logistics companies who ship pharmaceuticals, online food deliveries and other temperature-sensitive cargo during long-distance flights.
The insulation material, Isohood 2L2, is a double-layer bubble film coated with aluminium. EcoCool’s thermal blankets reflect IR-radiation so they restore heat for transportation of sensitive chemicals during winter, and keep the heat out when shipping pharmaceuticals that need to be kept below a certain temperature.
Ever-tightening regulation in the pharmaceutical industry puts Ecocool under pressure. Walki does continuous R&D efforts to help Ecocool comply with regulations.
“We are very happy with the partnership with Walki. It plays a vital part in our success, supplying us with a constant stream of sample materials to test. ” says EcoCool’s Florian Siedenburg.
“This product is a good example of innovation and cooperation within the Walki group,” explains Steven Verheul, Sales Manager at Walki’s Haarlem plant in the Netherlands. The Valkeakoski plant in Finland makes the lacquered aluminium which is then combined with bubble film produced in Haarlem.
Logistics specialist LPR, a division of Euro Pool Group, is celebrating after becoming the first pallet pooling company to obtain CSR Gold status by EcoVadis, Europe’s leading provider of supplier sustainability ratings.
LPR was awarded the prestigious ranking in recognition of its sector-leading environmental and corporate social responsibility policies. This development means that LPR moves up from the Silver rating it achieved in 2013 and 2014, to the highest recognition ever assigned by EcoVadis to a company within the pallet pooling sector.
To obtain this rating, LPR was required to score highly (more than 62/100) in an audit that analysed four key themes: the environment, social issues, business ethics and sustainable procurement. Out of these four themes, which all saw continued improvement, LPR was judged to have made the most progress in its environmental practices.
Among the steps taken by LPR to achieve this rating, the organisation reduced the distance travelled from its transport hub by more than 170,000 miles, while simultaneously recording a 7% increase in the number of pallets per order. LPR worked closely with its wide portfolio of clients, including Nestlé and Coca-Cola, to reduce the mileage undertaken by its trucks, without compromising the efficient service for which it is known.
Adrian Fleming, regional manager for LPR UK and Ireland, said: “Being the first pallet pooling company to receive a Gold rating from EcoVadis is a fantastic testament to the CSR practices of LPR.
“Such success has been achieved through a collaborative working approach between LPR Europe and UK. For example, one particularly impressive result saw LPR France achieve a 56% reduction in its electricity usage by moving its headquarters to a low-energy consumption building in Balma, France.
“By gaining Gold accreditation, LPR is able to set the standards of industry best practice for the entire pallet pooling sector and lead the drive towards a more sustainable future.”
The EcoVadis Gold rating is the latest in a series of successes for LPR UK. The company has recently announced a number of new business wins with high profile blue chip FMCG manufacturers, including Kellogg’s and ARYZTA, and also opened a new depot in Dublin earlier this year to meet increased demand.
Materials handling specialist Briggs Equipment is once again helping promote workplace transport safety by sponsoring the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) 2016 ‘Safety Champion' Award.
The annual honour, now in its second year, acknowledges individuals who have committed to improving safety on site – for those working on or alongside fork lift trucks.
Head of Safety Health Environment and Quality at Briggs Equipment, Ken Stoll, said: “We are really pleased to once again support such a worthwhile endeavour. As an organisation dedicated to safety, we recognise the importance of recognising and rewarding those outstanding men and women who are making a real difference in their workplaces by going the extra mile.”
Chief Executive of the FLTA, Peter Harvey MBE, said: “We would like to thank Briggs Equipment for once again stepping forward to support this initiative.
“Safe working is crucial to the materials handling industry and, as such, it’s vital that we recognise those individuals who – even when faced with resistance to change – make lasting and effective improvements to site safety.”
The Safety Champion Award is open to individuals from companies of all shapes and sizes, in all sectors. To enter, entrants must tell the FLTA, in 300 words or fewer, why they or the person you are nominating should be the FLTA Safety Champion 2016. Entries are welcomed until 31st August 2016. Importantly, entrants can submit as many applications as they like. Further details, as well as information on last year’s winner, can be found online.