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"Countless possibilities with both new and second-hand pallets"
RDB Pallets produces about 10 million pallets per year
RDB Pallets has two production sites with automated lines that produce about 10 million pallets per year. In addition to their facilities in Gistel and Poperinge, they also have their own sawmill in Ronse and a second-hand site in Eernegem. Customers can contact them for all wood packaging.
RDB Pallets is the result of a joint venture between two pallet producers: Rodanar and De Backer, both with years of experience. RDB is also part of the PGS Group, the French leader in the field of wooden pallets. "We are active in many different sectors, including fruit and vegetables, both fresh and frozen. Since our network is so large and we are active in several European countries, we can be very flexible in our operations," explains sales manager Freek Van Belle. "Our products are tailored to the needs of each customer. We believe it is also important for our company to make a social contribution." In addition to pallets (its main activity), RDB also sells pallet boxes, crates, big bags and other customised packaging formats. An overview of all activities can be seen in the following corporate video:
Freek has noticed a growing demand for recycled pallets. "Some of the pallets will go missing during shipment, especially when they are going to faraway destinations. A second-hand pallet can then be a more interesting option if you are looking to bring the price down. The fruit and vegetable sector regularly shows interest in these. We find it important for a pallet to get a second life. It would be a shame to simply destroy all damaged pallets." RDB also produces its own green pool pallet: the ECO PGS pallet. These can be rented rather than purchased and are the result of cooperation with PGS Reverse."
Eastern Europe is a major supplier of wood. "When Russia closed its borders to fruits and vegetables in 2014, we also immediately felt the impact. The import of wood became a lot more difficult, because there was little transport of fruits and vegetables to Russia. That year there was a real shortage of wood. During this difficult period, Rodanar and De Backer decided to work together. With a combined larger volume, you have much more to say as a company. It also gave further guarantees to our customers about our ability to keep producing. Together we had more supply lines and we were sure that we would always have enough wood. We consume approximately 18,000 cubic metres of timber per month, so it is very important for us to always have enough of it. Furthermore, we always have between 400,000 and 450,000 pallet units in stock."
Up left: Thomas Cappoen (De Backer Pallets) and Luc Grauwet (Rodanar Pallets).
Sustainability is a key pillar for the company. "We are PEFC-certified. This means that for every tree that is cut down, a new one is planted. Moreover, we have biomass incinerators for six dry kilns. The wood waste is used for energy recovery."
RDB is a growing company. "The demand for pallets is still rising, so we are optimistic about the next few years. We are also looking for new customers in Europe, but it is difficult to compete in certain markets. The strength of RDB Pallets is the strong focus on service and flexibility. Partly through good communication, we can quickly respond to the specific needs and requirements of our customers. Furthermore, we continue to invest in our production sites to ensure we have modern production facilities."
For more information: Freek Van Belle RDB Pallets T: +32 59 5688 12 F: +32 59 275 128 Steenovenstraat 9 8470 Snaaskerke-Gistel