Pan-European operator P&O Ferrymasters and UK-based Redhead International – two of Europe’s leading logistics companies – have joined a Europe-wide expansion drive by The Hazchem Network, the UK’s only dedicated pallet network for hazardous chemicals distribution.Together with long-standing Hazchem member of Germany, the newly signed pair will help Hazchem to extend its UK single and multiple pallet services to 24 countries across Europe.
Hazchem managing director Ali Karim says: "Despite the economic climate, our research flagged the need to offer international capability by linking with industry leaders. Our partners are renowned for freight solutions that meet the highest safety and quality standards – and they already serve customers requiring cross-border pallet delivery of speciality chemicals. They fit perfectly with our plans and we are delighted they have come on board."
In its award-winning UK operation, Hazchem handles more than 1,000 pallets and parcels per night from a 56,000 square foot purpose-designed hub in Rugby. Next day nationwide delivery is through 40 member hauliers – all compliant with the European Agreement on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) – who represent the biggest names in UK hazardous goods transport. Monthly KPI reports confirm 99.9% On Time In Full (OTIF) service levels.
The launch into mainland Europe adds coverage in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, the Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Vleming Geerligs, general manager trailer operations at P&O Ferrymasters, says: "This is a natural marriage of organisations committed to cutting edge logistics and we are proud to contribute our experience to Hazchem’s international development."
Redhead managing director Tony Suggitt adds: "I’m sure that our combined expertise signals a long relationship that will be mutually beneficial to clients across Europe."
P&O will feature Hazchem on its stand at UK trade show Multimodal 2013 in Birmingham from April 23-25.