Our story began in 1891, when the Halbertsma family took up a new trade and started producing wooden barrels for butter. While the Halbertsma company flourished and gradually moved towards the production of pallets, the Faber family founded a similar business in Assen in 1935.

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In 1948, the Halbertsma company was presumably among the first in Europe to use Hyster forklift trucks, which accelerated the development of load boards. The so-called “pallets” opened up new markets. When in 1969 the Faber company was hit by an enormous fire, the company decided to shift its production focus to pallets as well.

In 1992, the two companies merged to form the Faber Halbertsma Group. Changes to environmental legislation soon lead the group to discover a new angle to the pallet business: pallet pooling. As a result of our rapidly growing interest in sustainability and circularity, pallet pooling became one of the group’s core activities, creating new, international opportunities. In 1997, we introduced the Pallet Return System to extend our services to the entire European polymer industry.

Pallet Pooling, our timeline:

  • 1998: acquiring Philips Pallet Pool and Logipal to strengthen our position in the European market and expand our pooling activities under the IPP brand.

  • 2012: acquiring PAKi Logistics, a European service provider for standardised (Euro) load carriers, unlocking the market of pooling systems in Europe.

  • 2016: IPP’s acquired El Palet Verde and the group’s international expansion continued.
  • 2019: PAKi Logistics incorporating the German vPOOL, offering reusable transport packaging for the food industry’s supply chain.
  • 2020: the group terminates pallet production to fully focus on circular load carrier pooling. Satim remains timber purchaser.
  • 2021: the company is renamed to Faber Group, with renewed purpose ‘Carrying impact’ and company values ‘Care, Dare and Deliver.
  • 2022: Poolservice was added to our portfolio, with focus on pool management of food crates.

Combined with the entrepreneurial spirit and innovative strength of our circular companies, we have built up a leading position in pooling systems and are ready for tomorrow.