The Palletways Group, part of JSE-listed Imperial Logistics (Imperial) and Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, is celebrating its longstanding presence in Spain, 15 years after the launch of its Iberia network which is targeting 15% growth over the coming year.
Luis Zubialde, Palletways’ group chief executive officer, said: “It became evident that if we were to provide additional capacity across Europe, we had to break into Iberia. The launch of the network was a critical move for the Group which allowed our members and their customers to access other European markets.
“Launching into this new European territory has made sound commercial sense and our Iberia team has worked continually hard to maintain sustained growth. This has resulted in the network doubling in size over the past five years and based on current forecasts, we expect the network will grow by 15% over the next 12 months. These key indicators of market growth send out a strong message to the marketplace about our unwavering commitment for continued dominance in the pallet network sector.”
The Iberia network currently operates 80 depots and three hubs in Madrid, Zaragoza and Jaén and serves the Iberian Peninsula and Islands via its 70-strong member network. And despite the challenges resulting from the pandemic, the Palletways Group continues to experience phenomenal success in Iberia when the network moved a record-breaking one million pallets over the past 12 months.
Gregorio Hernando, managing director at Palletways Iberia, added: “From the moment the Palletways Group launched the Iberia network, the local market welcomed the new palletised freight service with gusto, so much so we launched into Portugal just two years later.
“We’ve seen a great deal of change over the past decade and a half however we’re as committed and determined as we’ve ever been to innovate to stay ahead of environmental and market trends. Our new services such as PalletwaysOnline and Pallets to Consumers (P2C), specifically for home deliveries, have reinforced our position in the sector and importantly, have been well received by our members and their customers.
“Our appetite for growth continues, as does our commitment to create jobs, incorporate technological improvements in our operations and optimise our facilities and processes for the benefit of staff, our members and their customers.”