Palletways: always looking ahead, to new business opportunities across Europe
Independent freight forwarder and Palletways member, International Forwarding Ltd, has just taken over its third large, secure, storage facility in the Midlands. The expansion is to help import-export businesses combat disruption from reduced air and sea freight capacity due to coronavirus restrictions as well as provide space for extra goods ahead of Brexit changes at the end of the transition period.
The 3,700 sq m (40,000 sq ft) warehouse in Garretts Green, Birmingham, is already starting to fill up with short and long-term goods storage bound for UK and European destinations. The further expansion comes a year after the company almost doubled its storage space with a second 2,000 sq m facility located at its Coleshill HQ.
IFL is a member of Palletways, who are an Imperial Group Company and Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network. Adding a third pallet storage facility supports the company’s growth plans and aim to become one of the leading warehouse companies in the Midlands for imports and exports. The new unit will provide significant additional capacity – up to 6,000 pallets- and is located on the site of Birmingham’s former Hovis bakery, which closed in 2013, within close proximity of Birmingham city centre, the M42 and M6, and Birmingham International Airport.
Rob Pike, managing director of IFL, said: “These are tough times for everyone, but we are very excited to be opening our third warehouse at this strategic site for goods coming into Birmingham or being shipped to Europe. It’s a fantastic growth opportunity for the company and will significantly increase our storage capacity.
“Like many other forwarders, our warehouse operations have been running at near maximum capacity throughout lockdown. The trend for over-purchasing of goods from Europe is one that is likely to continue in the lead up to Brexit, and for the next year at least, as companies try to cushion the impacts of disrupted supply chains. We are also now able to offer additional temporary space to other freight and logistics operators who are also at capacity.”
Commenting, Rob Gittins, managing director of Palletways UK, added: “This expansion is excellent news from a member of our network. As part of Imperial, Palletways is always looking ahead, to new business opportunities and further growth across Europe. Quality members like IFL ensure that the Palletways network is able to flourish and continue to provide excellent service to our customers across the continent.”