CHEP, in partnership with Mainfreight, invests EUR 600,000 in upgrading the Service Center in Ploiesti

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CHEP, global provider pallet and container pooling services, part of Australia-based Brambles, strengthens its position on the Romanian Supply Chain market by investing in the modernization of the Service Center of Mainfreight warehouse in Ploiesti.

It’s about a semi-automatic line for pallets reconditioning, in order to support the long-term business development, following an EUR 600,000 investment.

“Following the Service Center’s expansion and automation, the productivity will increase by almost 70 percent (up to 600 reconditioned pallets / hour), annual timber consumption decreases by about 125 sqm and the working environment for technical operators is improving,” Gabriel Andronescu, Country General Manager CHEP Romania, stated in a press conference on Tuesday.
According to him, the pallets reconditioning line meets the modernization needs of the local Supply Chain.

The equipment automatically goes through a route for inspection, repair, painting of the refurbished pallets, as well as recycling of unusable items, the activity being supervised by the technical operators, according to the global quality standards imposed by the logistics provider.

Emil Ion (L), Managing Director Mainfreight Romania and Gabriel Andronescu (R), Country General Manager CHEP Romania marking the new investment in Ploiesti
Emil Ion (L), Managing Director Mainfreight Romania and Gabriel Andronescu (R), Country General Manager CHEP Romania, marking the new investment in Ploiesti

“The double digit growth of our financial performance over the last 5 years is the answer to our attempts to customize and diversify our logistics and transport services,” Emil Ion, Managing Director Mainfreight Romania said in turn.

CHEP logistics provider registered a turnover of RON 53.7 million from the reusable pallets pooling services for the financial year ended June 30, 2017, up 35 percent year-on-year, compared to RON 39.9 million. Thus, CHEP Romania exceeds for the third year in a row the estimated average annual growth of 20 percent by 2020, amid modernizing and improving the Supply Chain market and developing modern commerce.

The volume of pallet pools increased by 35 percent over the same period last year. During the year, the logistics provider delivered over 3,000,000 blue pallets, representing more than 15 percent of the annual flows in the domestic FMCG market. The largest volume is still recorded in the cleaning and personal care sector (700,000 annual pallet flows), followed by beverage (662,000) and vegetable oil (375,000).

Also, the CHEP results in the sustainability area show an improvement of each indicator by more than 30 percent compared to the figures reported on end-June 2016.

The partnership with Mainfreight Romania started in 2012 and includes collection services on the market, refurbishing, storage and delivery of pallets to the manufacturing and distribution companies of CHEP network.

CHEP runs logistics operations on the FMCG market in the Eastern region of the country through its warehouse in Ploiesti and serves Western companies through its warehouse in Timisoara.

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