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LPR, a division of Euro Pool Group, is celebrating continued growth for the 22nd consecutive year.
The European pallet-pooling provider has announced a turnover of more than 150 million Euros for 2014, up from 133 million Euros in 2013 - a growth of approximately 15% year-on-year.
Xavier Goube, managing director of LPR, said: “We are thrilled with the growth we’ve seen in the past year especially during a difficult economic climate in Europe. We attribute our success to our market-leading customer service and we are permanently out in the field monitoring the needs of our manufacturing customers.
“Our extensive network of 94 service centres across 12 European countries allows us to adapt our offer constantly to enable us to propose a simple and efficient pooling and management service, to suit the changing needs of our customers.”
LPR delivered 62 million pallets in 2014, rising from 53 million in 2013. However this is expected to grow to 70 million pallet movements in 2015 due to a number of new contract wins with high profile blue chip FMCG manufactures, including Nestlé and Kellogg’s.
Yearsley Group Vehicle Goes Diamond To Celebrate 60 Years
Uniquely decked out in a “diamond” anniversary livery, both unit and trailer are bound to make a statement as they travel up and down the UK making deliveries to retailers, foodservice and manufacturers from each of Yearsley Group’s 12 depots.
The idea for the design came from employee Adam Hepton who, whilst mainly selling seafood and fish for IcePak, also “fuels” his passion for wagons by driving for the company occasionally at weekends.
Once the design was approved the next task was to determine who of over 300 drivers employed by Yearsley Group should drive it!!! The company has a strong driver retention level with 23% of drivers having been with the company for over 10 years, this made the decision difficult. Based on length of service, exemplary attendance record and shift pattern, Craig Wells an employee of 20 years was given the enviable task of driving the vehicle up and down the country.
Craig said, “I am very excited at the prospect of driving this one-off truck. I love driving and taking care of my vehicle and I am looking forward to it being admired on the road. By visiting www.yearsleygroup60th.co.uk you can see where I will be each day and what the diamond vehicle has been up to.”
The 60th wagon will be very busy this year, as well as its usual deliveries it will be attending carnivals, visiting all Yearsley Group depots, showing at Truckfest and being guest of honour at the spectacular Gala Dinner for 900 employees which will be held in June.
Managing Director Harry Yearsley commented, “We are thrilled with how the wagon looks and are sure it will stand out on the roads. This special vehicle is just one of many things planned for 2015 to celebrate our diamond year. Other events are that every employee with get an extra day’s holiday on their own birthday and during the year Yearsley Group are also planning to raise £60,000 for various charities both local and national, throughout the UK."
Dailycer Highly Commended In Fork Lift Truck Association Awards
The exemplary attitude of Dailycer UK towards fork lift safety has been highly commended by the materials handling industry in the FLTA Annual Awards for Excellence.
A finalist in the Safe Site category, the Deeside-based food product manufacturer was awarded ‘highly commended’ status by the Fork Lift Truck Association – Europe’s leading authority on the subject.
Safety changes that particularly impressed the FLTA judging panel included setting up a procedure in which all staff were encouraged – without fear of disciplinary action – to report any damage to warehouse racking. Barriers, walkways and a zebra crossing were installed to separate pedestrians from trucks, and walkie-talkies were issued to allow safe communication between drivers and their colleagues on foot. Warehouse and racking awareness courses were arranged to raise issues and teach best practice.
These and a range of other actions have helped to develop a positive health and safety culture in which staff are keen to be involved in any new improvement initiative.
The company received a further endorsement for its safety work when an inspector from SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) noted that its racking damage reporting system was one of the best he had ever seen.
This year’s Safe Site competition was sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK and Dailycer’s commendation was announced at a sell-out FLTA Awards event in February, held at The International Centre in Telford.
FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey concludes: “In the Safe Site section of our Awards we recognise teams who have looked carefully at their site and the way in which fork lift trucks are used on it, identified any weaknesses, put them right and seen improvements in safety as a result. Other companies can learn a lot from the fine example set by Dailycer.”