Palletways Group, part of Imperial, a DP World company, is celebrating four years since it expanded its presence across the continent as the launch of its network in Biatorbagy opened up export opportunities to and from Hungary.
Over the past four years, the team of over 110, including drivers, operations, office and member staff, have all played a vital role in the transport of 550,000 domestic and international pallet shipments. Its fleet of 80 vehicles has moved 240,000 tons of shipments – the equivalent of 10,000 fully loaded trucks – covering more than four million kilometers.
Located in the western suburbs of Budapest, the network has grown significantly over the past four years. Today it works with 14 local transport companies, which have increased by almost 30% since their launch in 2018 and offer 100% coverage across the country.
It handles the shipping needs of more than 700 customers and is a logistics partner for some of the largest land and building materials suppliers in the country. More than 50% of the volume comes from retail and manufacturing.
Rob Gittins, Managing Director of Palletways UK, said: “For UK companies that are already exporting goods to Hungary or are considering doing so, Palletways UK has the opportunity to use our pan-European network and advanced IT systems to offer an efficient service and deliver pallets quickly to be transported across the continent to Budapest. Hungary is just one of the strong links across international markets that our UK customers and members can leverage to meet the needs of UK exporters.”
Palletways performance exceeds expectations
Luis Zubialde, CEO of Palletways Group, added: “The performance of the Hungarian network over the past four years has exceeded expectations and it has quickly become an integral part of Palletways Group.
“The country is the 35th largest export economy in the world with a strong focus on foreign trade. International services are an incredibly important and attractive part of our network operation, and opening up this new territory opened up a number of opportunities. While Germany and Italy are significant markets for Hungary due to geography, the network has given our members and their customers access to a larger pool of consumers and businesses on our other networks in the UK, Benelux and Iberia.
“Our ambitious plans for further expansion into new territories remain in place. We are committed to opening up new territories to provide opportunities for our members and their customers to ship to even more destinations around the world.”
Founded in the UK in 1994 Palletways Group began building its pan-European network in 2002, starting with Italy. Today it operates in 23 countries and currently works with more than 450 depots and over 20 hubs.