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EPAL Launches a New Half Pallet on the Market
New on the Market
Date Posted: 11/1/2014
The European Pallet Association (EPAL), which operates the largest pool of exchange pallets in Europe, has introduced a new EPAL half pallet with three skid boards. The independently quality assured 800 x 600 mm EPAL half pallet has been designed to be more robust and longer lasting than the current “Düsseldorfer” half pallet used on the market, according to EPAL.
The new EPAL half pallet came into being as the result of active discussions with trade and industry users and has been field tested. According to EPAL, the use of wood as the raw material makes the EPAL half pallet particularly sustainable.
“The new, four-way EPAL half pallet is tailor made to meet the needs of the users and combines the flexibility of the half pallet with the advantages of the EPAL system,” said Martin Leibrandt, EPAL CEO.
Leibrandt further commented, “In addition to the high quality and loading capacity, the ability to access the pallets on all four sides with materials handling equipment — in other words, from the 600 mm side as well — is important for the users. With the new EPAL four-way half pallets, goods are easy to maneuver within the sales areas and different articles can be displayed on the same sales area.”
The new EPAL half pallet is half the size of an EPAL euro pallet and can be exchanged without restrictions as part of the world’s largest open pallet exchange pool. The load capacity of the EPAL half pallet is more than 500 kg, with a net weight of less than 10 kg. The new EPAL half pallet, which is ideal for automated warehouses, complies with the ISPM-15 standard and is marked on the steel angle brackets with the established EPAL logo.
The wooden “Düsseldorfer” half pallets currently used on the market are not independently quality assured. This had led to them not being accepted by some users, according to EPAL.
This new product gives EPAL licensees an additional product to produce, repair and sell. EPAL has become the most dominant pallet standard in Europe. Its licensees must produce to strict standards and are routinely inspected to ensure quality.