Rotom takes another step towards becoming the European leader in sustainable load carrier solutions. With the acquisition of GPP and AP, Rotom is able to expand its load carrier services in the United Kingdom and further strengthen activities in Europe. GPP and AP are privately owned companies located in Eastbourne and Newhaven.
GPP is the leading plastic load carrier distributor in the UK with a broad range of plastic pallets, boxes, (small) containers, crates and trays. With over 160 years of experience in logistics, GPP has a highly dedicated team of industry experts with a strong focus on sustainable load carrier solutions for its clients, in which 93% of sold products include recycled plastic.
All Pallets Ltd is a specialist in new and used wooden pallets, cases and crates to customers throughout the UK. With more than 30 years of experience, AP has strong trade and reconditioning activities, including in-house transport activities providing attractive short notice delivery and pick-up of pallets from clients or suppliers.
“Both companies have been growing very rapidly in the last years and we are ready for the next phase of growth. We are very enthusiastic to have found a great match with Rotom in terms of complementary activities, business culture and ambitions for the years ahead. We see clear opportunities to expand our client services with the product and service portfolio of the Rotom group and are very excited about the potential of the combined companies in the UK and Europe”. says Jim Hardisty, MD and Co- founder of GPP/AP.
According to Rotom Europe CEO Arjan Kuiper, “GPP/AP’s extensive product/service portfolio and best practice business model in plastic load carriers will create a leading position in the UK and greatly strengthen our market approach in neighbouring EU countries. The activities in load carriers of recycled plastic and reused wooden pallets are furthermore a perfect fit with the sustainable mindset of Rotom.” The operations of both companies will be gradually integrated with Rotom and the owners Jim Hardisty, Chris Adam and Denzil Davies will continue to lead the companies and support further business development within the Rotom group.
Rotom supports companies with sustainable circular solutions for load carriers in 11 countries in Europe. It is able to manage the entire logistics of load carriers throughout a customer's supply chain, from the production location up to the retrieval at the end of the chain, with a single point of contact supported by a dense network of European locations. Rotom’s load carrier solutions ensure a more efficient and sustainable customer supply chain (including a reduction of supply chain costs and an increase of reused equipment and materials). Rotom serves customers through a broad range of logistic equipment products and services, such as:
- Logistic equipment (standard and client-specific sizes, new and reused): wooden pallets, plastic pallets, pallet collars, roll cages, storage systems, plastic crates, plastic pallet boxes, metal boxes, internal transport equipment.
- Activities: sale and (re-) purchase, rental, pooling, packaging recovery, returnable transport item management (“RTI”), product design and repair & maintenance of logistic equipment.
Rotom Group turnover exceeds €220 million in 2022 and the number of employees is over 500.