PR, Europe’s leading red pallet pooling company, and its transport and logistics

partner in Ireland, Goggins Transport, are celebrating their fifth anniversary of working together by signing an agreement to work together for a further five years. In the last five years, the two companies have built a strong presence on the Irish mainland, winning major market share by helping customers throughout the food and drinks sectors improve the efficiency, sustainability and value of their logistics operations. Goggins Transport operates two LPR depots, at

its sites in Dublin and Galway. These offer advanced pallet storage, sortation, repair and repainting facilities. Declan Goggins, managing director at Goggins Transport, believes that the

local depots have been essential to the growth of the partnership: “Pallet quality, to eliminate potential problems for our customers with automated warehouse handling systems, combined with immediate pallet availability, are critical to our ability to respond quickly and cost- effectively to the needs of our customers throughout Ireland.” Simon Wood, operations director at LPR,

commented: “We’re delighted with the strong business relationship that we’ve built with the team at Goggins Transport. They’re an exceptional business, with a deep-rooted commitment to innovation, quality and competitiveness. This commitment aligns perfectly with our business values, enabling us jointly to deliver an outstanding level of service



elcome to the

February issue of Irish Manufacturing. In this months issue we look at sensors & sensing systems, Industry 4.0, storage optimisation, datacentres, and preview the Foodex and Work & Facilities Management shows. If you are interested in contributing to an issue, please contact myself or Rhea for the updated features list. Rachel Tucker - Editor

rish manufacturing activity grew for just the second time in eight

months in January amid greater certainty around Brexit and signs that a slowdown in euro zone economic activity may be bottoming out, a survey showed on Monday 10th Feb. Six years of unbroken Irish

manufacturing growth came to an end in June as a slowdown in global trade and uncertainty over Britain's departure from the European Union finally caught up with manufacturers in the bloc's fastest- growing economy. After briefly rebounding in

October, the AIB IHS Markit manufacturing Purchasing

Managers' Index (PMI) climbed to 51.4 from 49.5 in December. The pick up in output was even stronger, with the sub index expanding to 51.7 from 48.7 a month earlier. The corresponding flash PMI

survey for the euro zone as a whole rose to 47.5 from 46.1, its highest since August, data showed last month. AIB Chief Economist Oliver

Mangan said the positive Irish data, coming the week of national elections in the country, appeared to reflect the good gains both in the euro zone and Britain, as well as certainty around Brexit after Britain left the bloc on Friday. "Furthermore, firms believe that


alent in Logistics today launches a nationwide LGV driver engagement survey

in partnership with Pertemps Driving Division. The unique research project aims to uncover the reality of working as a professional LGV driver, with a view to identifying insights that will help the transport and logistics sector tackle its skills shortage. “Our sector has a massive skills shortage, but

until now, nobody has really surveyed the people involved en masse – the LGV drivers - what they think the issue is,” says Ruth Edwards, business development director for Talent in Logistics. “This survey gives drivers a forum to express what is good and bad about their job, and how engaged they are in their role.” “The survey will help employers, and our

sector, understand some of the key challenges around attracting, engaging and retaining talent so that we can all find ways to improve,” Edwards continues. The survey will ask drivers for their own views

on the causes of the driver shortage and what could be done to attract more drivers, as well as their perceptions of their career. It will look at drivers’ attitudes to the company they work for,

as well as topics such as training, career prospects, mental health, physical wellbeing, pay, employee benefits and leadership. “As one of the UK’s largest suppliers of agency

drivers, Pertemps Driving Division continually looks for new ways to improve the working lives of LGV drivers to ensure retention and attraction levels remain high for our extensive client base,” says Samantha Leleu, GM for Pertemps Driving Division. “This is a unique opportunity to listen to LGV drivers across the country to develop an even greater understanding of the issues that matter most.” Many of the leading businesses employing

LGV drivers will be inviting their employees to complete the survey online. Talent in Logistics will also be visiting truck stops around the UK to conduct face-to-face interviews and encourage drivers to complete the survey. Hundreds of responses are expected. Those who choose to opt in, will be entered into a prize draw and one driver will win a £250 Love2Shop voucher. “We know it can be hard for organisations to

communicate with drivers, who aren’t using email and rarely visit the office, so our goal is to make this survey as useful as possible for employers,”


says Edwards. “Businesses who specifically ask will be given a unique code to share with their team that will allow us to present them with the results specific to their workforce.” “Working closely with our clients, we aim to

utilise any insights to tackle important industry issues and continue to support a workforce that remains vital to industries and national economy,” Samantha Leleu adds. The full results of the research, accompanied

by expert commentary and insight, will be published as a whitepaper by Talent in Logistics and Pertemps Driving Division later in 2020. Research findings will also be explored at the Talent in Logistics Engage Conference in April 2020 and Attract Conference in September 2020. Employers who wish to take part in the

research can request a unique code to send with a survey link to their drivers. Contact Talent in Logistics to obtain a code: For more information about upcoming

conferences and other resources to help employers attract, develop and engage employees in transport, warehousing and logistics, visit


the prospects for the coming year are also improving. However, difficult EU-UK trade talks this year could test this greater optimism, as may the continuing subdued growth prospects for the global economy," he said. Source: REUTERS

to our customers.” “Both companies have invested heavily in the

relationship and have exciting plans for future expansion. This will enhance our pallet pooling services in Ireland still further and set the scene for the next five years of successful partnership.”

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