The upward trend of EPAL pallets continues

image_thumbAfter the excellent annual result in 2015 with an increase of 10.9% and in total over 100m EPAL pallets, 73.6m of which were newly produced EPAL Euro pallets, the upward trend is continuing in the first quarter of 2016: 18.3m EPAL Euro pallets were produced worldwide: an increase of 5.1% compared to the previous-year period. Repairs figures increased slightly on the previous year with 6.1m EPAL pallets repaired.
Martin Leibrandt, CEO of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL): “This excellent result for the first quarter of 2016 shows the high efficiency of the EPAL Euro pallet in logistics and the high acceptance rate of the EPAL system, the largest open exchange pool worldwide. In addition to this, is the outstanding work of the National Committees, our success in fighting against EPAL-pallet counterfeiting and support for users through effective tools such as the PalletCheck Express App, the quality classification and the EPAL Academy.”

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Focus on logistics and intralogistics

image[3]REVIPACK N.º 230 features a report about the new beer bottling plant of UNICER and its new automated warehouse. This major industrial investment includes technological solutions from KHS (bottling lines), warehouse automation (EFACEC) and drives (SEW-EURODRIVE).
This edition is focused on logistics and intralogistics. Why wood pallets continue to be preferred? The answer lies in the combination of quality, price and sustainability, says Paulo Verdasca, manager of MADECA. CHEP highlights the economic and environmental advantages of collaborative transportation.
However, there is also a market for plastic pallets, with specific solutions as those developed by NORTPALET and IPS-Cabka.
Palletizing is more than just put the product on a pallet. This edition of REVIPACK also highlights strapping systems and stretch wrapping films. REMBALCOM has developed a new stretch film with stretching capacity of 400%.
In the field of intralogistics, this issue highlights several conveying solutions. ANTÍPODA, for example, is doing more and more business within the European market with modular solutions customer designed.
In this edition, REVIPACK also features several innovations and trends in food packaging, packaging machines and labeling and coding systems.
The digital REVIPACK edition (PDF file) has been sent to Subscribers. To read it online just on the cover image.

CHEP with forest certification

image_thumbThe European "pooling" operations of CHEP  Europe have been certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes). The two entities have recognized that CHEP operates a  sustainable management of timber. CHEP is the only company worldwide with the FSC and PEFC certifications in several locations (UK, Spain, France and Belgium).

The FSC is an international organization considered as a reference for all forest management standards and has the full support of NGOs like Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. The PEFC promotes sustainability through third-party certification and provides a registration mechanism to purchasers of wood products and paper that guarantees that they promote the sustainable management of forests.

CHEP appoints Sustainability Director

image CHEP, the global pallet and container pooling services provider, announced the appointment of Dr Juan Jose Freijo to the new post of Director, Sustainability, CHEP Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Dr Freijo will lead a team focusing on the delivery of sustainable solutions and products to CHEP customers and continued energy efficiency, sustainable sourcing and emissions reduction programs.

Commenting on his new role, Dr Freijo said "CHEP has a strong sustainability proposition. Thanks to the inherent sustainability of our pallet pooling model and our extensive network, CHEP’s sustainability credentials offer a real difference in the market compared with single-use white wood pallets and other pooling companies."

Dr Freijo joined CHEP in 2005 as a Manager in Central Planning and Logistics. Recently, he has been working as part of its Supply Chain team, leading the sustainability agenda for EMEA. Prior to joining CHEP, he held senior posts at Deloitte and Lucent Technologies. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental and Sustainability Management from the EOI business school in Madrid and a PhD in Physics.

Lightweight and sturdy europallets with EPS, HIPS and SBC-Polymer

imageHirsch (Glanegg, Austria) launched a new europallet made of EPS (core) and HIPS (surface film), modified with Styroflex® 2G66, a highly elastic styrene butadiene copolymer from BASF. The new pallet weights much less than wood europallets and it is also easy to clean (washable) and resistant enough for the common logistic use. The lightest model weights 5 kg and can handle 1 ton!