Western Pallet Magazine April 2016 - Page 15

Leading UK Timber Company Acquires Major UK Pallet Firm

James Jones & Sons Ltd. acquires TWP to consolidate strength in the pallet and packaging markets

James Jones & Sons Ltd. has announced the acquisition of TWP Packaging, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of wooden pallets and packing cases, based in Gateshead. TWP will become part of James Jones’ pallet and packaging division which includes Unit Pallets, Larch Ltd, and wood packaging specialist Trueperch. :

“We have supplied TWP with pallet wood for many years, and the business was a logical fit for us as it complements our existing pallet businesses, Unit, and Larch," Ian Pirie, Joint Managing Director of James Jones & Sons commented. "It gives us greater geographical coverage of the market and additional flexibility to meet the needs of both the major pallet pools and our general customer base. As TWP is already a timber customer, this won’t impact on our ability to meet the timber supply needs of our other pallet wood customers who can continue to enjoy the same high levels of quality and service they’ve come to expect from James Jones & Sons.”

Peter Mckenzie, Managing Director of TWP, will continue in his current role. We have worked closely with James Jones for many years, and I’m delighted that we have been able to make this move which allows TWP to benefit from the strength and expertise of the James Jones Group," Mckenzie added. "James Jones& Sons has a fantastic reputation for the quality of its product and levels of service, and that can only enhance our position in the marketplace.”

James Jones & Sons Ltd is one of the UK's largest and most progressive timber companies, with core activities in sawmilling, I-Joist and pallet manufacturing. It operates from five sawmills throughout Scotland, with an annual output more than 530,000m3, producing timber for the construction, pallet, packaging, fencing and agricultural sectors, employing almost 600 people. With the acquisition of TWP, the company now has three pallet manufacturing businesses based in England Larch, Unit, and TWP enabling James Jones to fully meet the needs of the major pallet pools and individual pallet customers.