PHS Teacrate's Innovative Products And Services Will CRE-ATE A Stir At IMHX Show

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Leading returnable transit packaging (RTP) specialists PHS Teacrate, part of the renowned PHS Group, will be showcasing for the first time its impressive new range of plastic crates and materials handling solutions, at the IMHX Show at the NEC in Birmingham on March 19-22.

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Following last year’s purchase of tooling equipment from Rehrig, PHS Teacrate will be promoting at the logistics event the advantages of its RTP plastic crates and trays that are suitable for a wide variety of sectors, including food, retailing, pharmaceuticals and engineering.

Sure to attract the attention of visitors will be PHS Teacrate’s 600x400mm attached lid containers produced in tough, durable polypropylene for maximum level of security and protection in both storage and distribution systems, while also on display at IMHX will be its nestable bale-arm trays which are suitable for fresh meat, processed meat, poultry, ready meals, fresh produce, frozen and chilled items.

The company will also be exhibiting plastic pallets and other material handling equipment ideal for any hygienic-driven environment. PHS Teacrate staff will be on hand to discuss value-added customer services, such as in-house integrated crate washing, crate pool management, delivery and collection from transport depots covering the entire country and a 24-hour online support and crate ordering facility.

Also available to take away at IMHX will be the innovative mini versions of PHS Teacrate’s popular nestable bale arm trays and plastic food crates, which cleverly presents the range’s qualities for better handling, product protection and efficiency improvements which could potentially reduce costs.

Using plastic RTP removes wood, cardboard and other fibrous materials from food production promoting good hygiene with less risk of cross contamination. Plastic crates offer improved product protection during transportation because they are much more durable and stronger than single trip alternatives.

PHS Teacrate’s National Sales Manager, Patrick Sheehy, is confident that the IMHX Show will enable even more companies to learn about its extensive range of products and aftersales service which he believes is second to none.

He said: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at IMHX where we are anticipating a great deal of interest, following our recent acquisition of the full range of Rehrig tooling to complement our own range. During the show we’ll be showcasing a number of different crates specifically aimed at the food, retailing, pharmaceuticals and engineering sectors.

“A key part of our work will involve showing companies how they can save money, improve productivity and reduce downtime thanks to our flexible rental options, extensive depot network, crate washing and aftersales service.”

PHS Teacrate offers particularly cost-effective solutions for seasonal goods, such as fresh produce and for peak periods, because of its popular dynamic pooling service, which saves on storage space and capital outlay. The company offers flexible terms for renting crates as well as the option to buy, even in bespoke colours and branding.

It handles millions of trays and crates every year, counting famous high street brands among its client base. PHS Teacrate also mounted a major operation supporting food companies involved in supplying the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Parent company PHS Group is one of the UK's leading workplace service providers. It has grown from a family run firm in 1963 to become a multi-divisional, multi-national company, servicing over 250,000 customers at over 450,000 locations. The Group employs more than 5,000 staff and has a wide network of over 100 regional service branches, strategically located throughout the UK


The PHS Group is a leading workplace services provider, and has traded in the UK since 1963. It has a diverse portfolio aimed at improving work and leisure spaces, while making life much easier for facilities, building and people managers.

PHS really does ‘do more than you think’, providing products and services for:

  •     Crate rental and packaging
  •     Interior and exterior planting
  •     Laundry equipment and workwear
  •     Matting and flooring
  •     Records storage and management
  •     Shredding and recycling
  •     Testing and compliance
  •     Washrooms
  •     Waste management
  •     Water machines
  •     Workplace consumables

PHS provides these direct to UK companies, and also operates as a tier one supplier to the facilities management market, supporting the integrated service propositions of most of the major FMs.

The PHS Group employs around 5,000 personnel, operates from a wide network of regional service branches, and takes care of over 250,000 customers at over 450,000 locations in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Spain.

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