1891 - 1960
It all started with butter barrels.
In 1891 the first Halbertsma factory opens its doors for the production of special wood specifically for vats, in order to make butter barrels. From the 50s of the following century, Halbertsma becomes the first producer of pallets in Europe. It remains independent for well over a century. In 1933 Frederik Faber establishes a factory and cooperage in Assen. The factory concentrates on the production of special wood for butter barrels that are used by dairy factories to export butter.
1961 - 1985
Things are good, but they can be even better: in the 1960s the production of butter barrels is replaced by the production of wooden boxes and crates. Following a huge fire in 1969, Faber decides to focus fully on the production of wooden pallets in Assen, which generates possibilities for further growth. In 1976, Kees (the eldest of five sons) takes over the factory belonging to his father, Frederik Faber. Kees has been working there since 1956, so he already knows the company and the market inside out. Under the leadership of Kees Faber the company expands and takes over other businesses, including Gendt Pallets (1981), Doetinchemse emballage fabriek (DEF, in 1982) and Halbertsma pallets (1983).
1986 - 1995
Expansion continues. In 1986, Pasec, Westmalle, Belgium (1986) is taken over, followed by Phoenix (1987) in 1987. With the takeover of Halbertsma in 1992, all companies are consolidated to form the Faber Halbertsma Groep (FHG). The focus is not only on expansion, but primarily on good, long-lasting products. Quality is also of great importance. In 1993 Phoenix Pallets becomes the first pallet producer to receive the esteemed ISO 9001 certificate.
1996 - 2006
Alongside production, the Faber Halbertsma Groep sees great opportunities in the international pooling of long-lasting pallets. By recovering. repairing and continuously using their own and standardised pallets and boxes, FHG customers are able to store and transport their goods in a sustainable, efficient and cost-effective manner. This leads to the introduction of the Pallet Return System (PRS) in 1997, which enables international customers in the chemical industry to participate. This is the first step in the renting of pallets, and is followed by the takeover of the Philips pallet pool in Eindhoven in 1998, which is merged two years later with the French company Logipal, taken over in 2000. This results in the establishment of IPP Logipal with offices in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Trelazé, France. In 2004 a subsidiary of IPP Logipal is opened in Coventry, the United Kingdom. The pallet pool activities really take off.
2006 - 2011
The years from 2006 onwards are dominated by innovation and further European expansion. Pooling Partners becomes the first pallet producer to start using a certified heat treatment (IPPC). In 2006, after an intensive career spanning 50 years, Kees Faber transfers management of the Faber Halbertsma Groep over to his daughter, Ingrid Faber, who has been working for the company since 1992. Under her leadership, the company works on the development of important innovations, including a plastic display pallet and so-called half pallets. Production processes are modernised and the various activities within the company are further integrated to create synergy, from which international customers from a range of sectors can benefit.
2011 - present
From this point onwards, the pooling activities within FHG are more extensive than production activities, despite the 2011 takeover of Naus Pallets en Kisten. The proportion of pooling increases even more with the 2012 large takeover of the German company PAKi Logistics, a pioneer in the exchange of standard Europallets and Euroboxes. Thanks to the scope of its range, the Faber Halbertsma Groep becomes Europe’s largest provider in pooling and production. In order to emphasise this, the decision is made in 2014 to conduct business on the European market under a single name: Pooling Partners. The names of previous entities are preserved as the brand names of the pallet pool services, and the pallets and crates. The group’s turnover currently totals more than €300 million and the company employs some 800 employees in Europe.