The Leicestershire-based Pall-Ex transhipment Hub was the first non-drive-through hub model in the industry. This unique approach was aimed at providing greater overall security and a 100% environmentally friendly and emission-free environment for goods such as foodstuffs and electronics. This has successfully lead Pall-Ex to open their second Carlisle-based Hub in 2008.
Today, our Leicestershire hub is the only non-drive-through hub which exists in pallet networking within the UK.
The development of the first Pall-Ex Hub regenerated an extensive area of land in the most environmentally conscious way. With scores of trees planted, two natural ponds reclaimed and specialist landscapers employed to minimise both noise and light pollution.
Centrally located near junction 22 of the M1 motorway, the Pall-Ex Hub has a footprint of 267,000 square feet. Freight is loaded and unloaded under weatherproof canopies, protecting freight in 42 easy access loading bays.
Within the Hub, Pall-Ex operates a fleet of forklift trucks powered by environmentally friendly compressed natural gas, helping to retain the emission-free interior. The specially levelled hub floor ensures fragile goods do not suffer from vibration during transhipment. The hub regularly handles around over 9,000 pallets daily.
In 2008, the second UK based Pall-Ex Hub was strategically built beside the M6 motorway, close to Carlisle to improve efficient delivery of Pall-Ex’s NORTH & SOUTH service to Northern England and Scotland.
Consolidating and trunking freight headed in the same direction, means that Pall-Ex can substantially reduce associated costs. This logical initiative has attracted both customers and members alike and has also lead to a subsequent reduction in environmental impact.