Facilities

We have invested heavily in making sure our sites operate efficiently and productively.  Our Peterborough site has one of the most advanced pallet production lines in Europe.

Automated Production Lines

2 fully automated ‘IMH’ 4 way production lines

  • Very Flexible (Quick Changeover)
  • Up to 300 Pallets/Hr
  • 4 Man Operation
  • In-line branding/chamfer/c-cut
  • Hydraulic Nailing

1 fully automated ‘Storti’ 4 way line

  • Highly productive
  • Up to 500 Pallets/Hr
  • 4 Man Operation
  • In-line branding/chamfer/c-cut
  • Hydraulic/Beam Nailing
  • Robotic pallet handling

Dedicated EPAL Euro pallet production line

  • 80 Pallets/Hr
  • 2 Man Operation
  • In-line branding/chamfer/c-cut
  • Beam Nailing

2 fully automated Viking high speed 2 way production lines

  • 225 Pallets/Hr
  • 3 Man operation
  • In-line branding
  • Hydraulic nailing

Manual Production Lines

We have 20 manual assembly benches running across multiple shifts for specialist, bespoke and small batch production.

Other Facilities

Sawing and preparation

  • Bespoke and efficient crosscutting from multiple machines
  • Flexible sawmilling facilities including – Band re-sawing, panel sawing and planing

Kilns and drying

  • 13 Kiln Chambers
  • Each kiln has the capacity to kiln dry or heat treat 700 Euro pallets per charge
  • Kiln drying capacity of 35,000 pallets per week
  • Heat treatment capacity of 100,000 pallets per week
  • HLC has the largest kiln drying & heat treatment capacity of any pallet manufacturer in the UK
  • 60,000 sq ft undercover storage for kiln dried pallets

Wood reprocessing

  • HLC was the first UK pallet manufacturer to have a wood waste reprocessing facility
  • Wood waste from our process and collected from customers is chipped & then fuels one of 3 wood-waste boilers (4.5 MW combined across our sites)
  • All kilns run off wood waste & have oil fired back up
  • Factory heating is provided by hot water via the wood waste boilers
  • Provides an environmentally friendly wood waste recycling service to our customers

Transport

  • 10 vehicle HGV fleet
  • 30 Trailers (flats, curtain-sides and mega)
  • 28 Jungheinrich counterbalance FLT’s
  • 12 Loading/Unloading bays at each of our primary manufacturing facilities
  • On-site workshop & mechanics

Production

  • 2 shift system (6am-2pm / 2pm-10pm) plus Saturday
  • Automated production lines situated in 5 separate factory units across 3 sites.
  • Combined capacity in excess of 200,000 pallets per week

Design & Prototyping

  • Full AutoCAD and PDS Design Ability
  • Advanced prototyping and simulation