Welcome to the March 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Our front cover story explains how in the UK, we recycle just 45% of plastics. Goplasticpallets.com pioneered the UK plastic pallet industry’s first plastic pallet recycling scheme, making the commitment to recover and recycle all of its plastic products and turn them into new recycled pallets.


Briggs Equipment has completed the acquisition of Aerial Platform Hire Limited, one of Ireland’s leading powered access hire companies. Working from two sites in Clane, Co. Kildare and Mallow, Co. Cork, Aerial Platform Hire has an established reputation for delivering high quality powered access solutions to a diverse customer portfolio. This latest acquisition will enable Briggs Equipment to further strengthen its position as the UK and Ireland’s premier Asset Management and Engineering Services specialist, whilst also demonstrating an ongoing commitment to developing its product and service offering.

A brand new degree course offered by Sheffield Hallam University has commenced in January 2022: the BSc (Honours) Packaging Professional degree apprenticeship. There are 12 places on the first course, five of which are occupied by employees of Kite Packaging keen to become experts in their field to support the continued growth of the largest online packaging distributor in the UK. Kite have heavily invested in the personal growth and training of their staff since their founding when they began their graduate scheme in the same year.

Dried fruit, home baking and snack products company, Whitworths, has replaced the gas-powered counterbalance trucks in operation at its Northamptonshire production and storage facility with lithium-ion machines from the Toyota range. In all Toyota has supplied Whitworths with 27 new three- and four-wheel counterbalance forklifts, together with a number of powered pallet trucks, reach trucks and stackers. Every machine in the new fleet – not just the counterbalance models – is powered by the latest lithium-ion battery technology.

One of the most important things to consider when choosing the right type of doors for a warehouse is the environment. For example, if a business operates in industries that involve food or medicine, the warehouse will require specific environmental controls such as temperature and anti-contamination control. That’s why BID Group offers the Klimate K2 Freezer Door which is designed to meet rigorous demands for working in a freezer environment as well as the Ardent Stainless Steel Door, which is designed for applications where demands on hygiene are high, our cold storage and distribution feature reports.

Instant buildings are a real alternative to traditional bricks and mortar units, according to our buildings/facilities feature. The team at Smart-Space has noticed that the requests for buildings are becoming more varied and with increasingly different uses. Smart-Space introduced a new style of building a couple of years ago – the Maxi-Space – which provides an expansive area with up to 60m of uninterrupted space; no uprights or supports which leaves a vast area available for flexible use.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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