HLC (Wood Products) Ltd was established in 1978 and operates from a twelve acre site in Needham, Norfolk. We are an independent wholly owned family business committed to providing the highest levels of quality and service within the industry to our customers on a national basis.
We have three fully automated 4 way pallet production lines including a dedicated Euro Pallet production line and the most modern high output 2 way pallet production line in Europe. In addition to this, we have a modern 10,500 sq ft factory dedicated to the manual production of smaller volumes of pallets, cases, potato boxes and “specials”.
HLC have recently added a further four high output kilns to our existing five kilns, which gives us the largest Heat Treatment and Kiln Drying capacity of any single pallet manufacturing site in the UK. Our kilns all run off wood waste, which we collect from our customers as part of our service, this is then chipped via our wood waste reprocessing facility, which provides fuel for heating our kilns and also our factory units when required.
In conjunction with our increased kiln capacity, we have erected a new 20,000 sq ft under cover store to hold stocks of new Kiln Dried and Heat Treated pallets including Epal Euro Pallets and CP pallets.
Our manufacturing processes benefit from the continual implementation of modern lean manufacturing tools & techniques systematically driving out waste & inefficiencies from our operations.
HLC are committed to continual improvement and now operate a fully integrated management system (IMS). We hold the following certifications - BS EN ISO 9001:2008, BS EN ISO 14001:2004, BS OHSAS 18001:2007 and FSC-STD-40-004.
LATEST NEWS FROM HLC
BS EN ISO 14001:2004
& BS OHSAS 18001:2007
These vitally important Environmental & Health & Safety standards form part of our integrated management system & place HLC at the very forefront of UK pallet manufacturing. HLC believe they are the first UK pallet manufacturer to have a complete integrated management system, incorporating BS EN ISO9001:2008, BS EN ISO 14001:2004, BS OHSAS 18001:2007 & FSC-STD-40-004
Timber prices continue to rise.
Timber prices have risen at an unprecedented rate so far in 2010, and Q2 has seen a more rapid and dramatic increase over Q1 figures.
Prices have risen by as much as 45% over Q4 2009 levels and availability of timber remains challenging due to several factors such as the worst UK winter in decades, Baltic freeze earlier in the year, Chilean earthquake, low levels of imported timber, reductions in availability of logs & increased global demand for timber. Whilst the situation remains challenging, HLC are remaining focused on our customer’s requirements & to providing the best service in the industry.
HLC awarded FSC-STD-40-004 (FSC® Chain of Custody)
The FSC certification ensures that all materials used by HLC are from well managed, sustainable & legal sources, ensuring that every stage of the supply chain to the end customer actually receives certified timber. In line with the FSC's requirements, HLC will be audited on an annual basis by independent experts and certified to prove on-going compliance.