We want to further expand our position as market leader, including but not exclusively through strong organic growth. We therefore welcome a strong new shareholder to support our growth ambitions.
Jesse Sels - CEO
Contraload is the European market leader in plastic pallet pooling. This includes the rental and management of plastic pallets and containers for the professional market (mainly the food industry). It also offers support services such as transportation, cleaning and repairs. Besides its head office in Aartselaar near Antwerp, Contraload has offices in UK, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Turkey with service centers to support the customers in over 15 countries. This makes Contraload the biggest European network for plastic pallets and containers.
When ambition meets ambition
Contraload is responding to two major trends that perfectly fit with our platform's strategy: sustainability and efficient logistics. The company also provides an answer to increasingly stringent hygiene standards. Seeing a company that combines sustainability and efficient logistics on the one hand, and the willingness to strengthen its position as market leader on the other, we feel Contraload is a perfect fit with the strategy of our Sustainable Cities platform.
Together, we build a leading company
With our expertise and shared ambition, we want to contribute to further international expansion and offer new services in new sectors through organic growth and acquisitions.
Since the start of our partnership, Contraload realized both organic growth as growth buy and build. In May 2018, we supported the company with the acquisition of UK PLS, that provides fully-managed enterprise technology solutions to improve the management of returnable packaging, equipment, tools, and inventory across complex supply chains. This acquisition allows Contraload to expand its offering and to continue its European growth. The company also realised European-wide sales efforts and improved its IT and reporting system.