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Sussex-based Axtra Expert Logistics joins Palletline

Sussex-based Axtra Logistics, which is planning to double the size of its warehouse and offices as part of an ambitious growth strategy, is the latest transport business to join the Palletline network.

Formed in 1987, the family-owned business which will see its office and warehouse footprint grow from 9,000 to 18,000 by 2019, says its expansion is in line with Palletline’s own shareholder values, including becoming part of the first network to reduce its maximum tail lift weight to 750kg for normal deliveries in the interest of driver health and safety.

The company, which currently employs 40 personnel and has a 27-vehicle fleet, is no stranger to pallet networks having served with Hellman, Fortec and, more recently Palletways before moving to Palletline in August 2018.

John Miller, operations director for Axtra, said being part of a strong network was important for the business expansion.

“Being part of a network means that you can be very flexible we can collect a pallet locally here as late as 5pm and it can be delivered next day in Scotland.

“Axtra is a friendly and focused business and our customers like our attitude and honesty towards all jobs. It has always been important to us to be part of a broader network that mirrors those values.

“We were previously members of Palletways, winning its Platinum status on many occasions. This is only awarded for the highest standard of operations within the network.

“We made the decision to join Palletline as we considered the network to be of the highest operating standard, offering balanced trunking and it was the first network to reduce the maximum tail lift weight to 750kg for normal tail lift deliveries, which is very important for our drivers.

“The shareholder member element of Palletline is also very attractive to us. Each member is committed to offering the same quality of service that we would like to provide for our customers and the success is fundamental to all our businesses. This sets Palletline on a pedestal compared to other networks.

“The growth of our warehouse means that all trailers will be loaded and unloaded under cover, as well as providing brand new office facilities and storage capability. It is through such investments that we demonstrate our ambition to not only to be successful in our own right, but also how to become a valued member of the Palletline brand.”

Graham Leitch, managing director of Palletline, added: “Axtra is an ambitious business with big plans and we are delighted that we are part of that growth. It is important that networks are comprised of members with the same vision of sustainable growth, and the safety of our drivers is at the core of that vision. We are delighted that other businesses share our concern of tail lift weights and that the industry looks as though it is following our lead.”

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