British freight distribution giant Pall-Ex is set to expand into Europe, bucking the trend of many other businesses who are struggling financially.
The firm, which delivers small consignments of freight on pallets, is looking to launch in Italy.
It currently operates from a £12 million purpose-built hub in Leicestershire, as well as a regional hub in Cumbria and other depots country-wide.
Its European expansion begins next month, and an agreement with Italian logistics company Alberti e Santi will see two new hubs created - in Fiorenzuola Di Arda, Piacenza, and Naples.
Two other European countries have also been earmarked by the company to introduce further networks this year.
Pall-Ex managing director Adrian Russell said: "Pall-Ex UK has a highly successful model for palletised distribution in the UK. Refined to reflect individual national conditions, we are certain that this model can be applied to other European countries, with an endgame to create a truly pan-European palletised freight network."
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