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The history of Faber Halbertsma Group

The Faber Halbertsma story began in 1891, when Hidde Binnert Halbertsma took up a new trade: the production of wooden barrels for butter. Years later, In the 1950s, Halbertsma was the first company in Europe to start producing pallets.

In 1933, meanwhile, Frederik Faber had started his own company in Assen, also producing butter barrels. After a big fire in 1969 destroyed his factory, Frederik decided to focus on the production of pallets.

In 1978, Kees Faber took over from his father. Over the years, he acquired several companies, including, in 1992, Halbertsma. From then on, the company would be known as Faber Halbertsma Group.

Pallet pooling

Around the same time, the company discovered a new side to the pallet trade: pallet pooling. Opening up new ways to give shape to the company's ambitions in circularity and sustainability, pooling quickly became one of its core activities. It went hand in hand with a renewed ambition to expand into new territories. In 1997, Faber Halbertsma Group created PRS – Pallet Return System - to provide pallet pooling services to the international petrochemical industry.

In 1998, IPP or International Pallet Pool came into being. In 2000, Logipal, a French provider of pooling services for the grocery industry, merged with IPP. The result was IPP Logipal, our FMCG-dedicated pooling system. In 2012, Faber Halbertsma acquired PAKi Logistics, a German pallet pooling provider. Spanish pooler El Palet Verde became part of the Faber Halbertsma family in 2016; Germany-based vPool  followed suit in 2019.

And the story continues…