- News: Markets of interest - Strategic business opportunities
Americas is on the radar for 2020!
During the recent years, the franchising entity of PalletBiz has received increased interest from the North American markets, primarily the US.
The 2020 vision of PalletBiz has till recently been to establish its footprint as an EMEA provider, which has been fulfilled. The focus will continue unchanged as it is not only about a footprint, but about cementing its position by clustering as also explained recently by company COO, Mr. Gents:
“Our plan for the upcoming years is to solidify our existing footprint by clustering, to achieve synergies”
Source: Business Focus Magazine, Jan.19
Despite the above statement given recently – everything is about timing. So, the international board has decided to include North America in the strategic plans for the coming years. In practice this will mean that PalletBiz will actively consider new franchise applications from the North American continent and combine this with a more active pursuit of opportunities with major international key accounts, who has similarly showed interest in PalletBiz being able to serve them across the Atlantic.
- News: PalletBiz Article in Business Focus Magazine
As reported earlier, PalletBiz has been selected as an outstanding business profile to feature in the January edition of Business Focus Magazine, and as promised, we are now bringing you the monthly issue in full!
To see the entire January edition of the magazine, please click on the picture below! Mentions of PalletBiz are found on page 3 (Editor’s Note) and 144-148 (Article on PalletBiz). PalletBiz is also featuring in a tailor-made advertisment on page 149, focusing on our 20-year experience in consulting within the Packaging & Handling industry.
To read and share the PalletBiz feature exclusively, please click on the picture below!
As stated in the article as well, PalletBiz is currently entering the 20th anniversary of the foundation, and as Mr. Thomas Gents, COO of PalletBiz phrased, “we’ve got a whole lot of things happening in the coming year” – so stay tuned, and enjoy reading the feature! 🙂
- PalletBiz features in Business Focus Magazine
We are delighted to share that PalletBiz has been chosen to feature in the January edition of Business Focus Magazine – a global publication focusing on selected business sectors, while zooming in on a few of the profiles behind the stories. The magazine, which publishes monthly, represents a global outlook and thus, it is a great honor to have been selected to tell our story as part of the manufacturing sector.
Mr. Thomas Gents, COO of PalletBiz features in the article as the interviewee and he takes the reader behind the scenes of the company: the story covers where it all began, where we stand now within the Packaging & Handling sector, as well as how we see ourselves growing and developing in the forthcoming period. The article grasps our core values through promoting our fundamental professional attitude towards our business, our employees and our partners – after all, the PalletBiz Network makes us who we are.
The magazine is available in both hard and soft copies, however, for now we bring you the finalized cover, as well as editorial brief, whereas the article will follow shortly.
- PalletBiz Romania: 2018 in retrospect
PalletBiz Romania has had a great 2018 and expects to report an all-time record sales.
“2018 has been an exciting, but at the same time a rather tough year. There is still a big uncertainty within the forest sector that leaves our supply chain with sometimes impossible challenges. Luckily, we have managed to foresee many of the problems and have been able to accustom our sourcing to the on-going macro factors in Romania”, informs Mr. Bogdan Manole, CTO of PalletBiz.
Mr. Manole furthermore says that “… in 2019 we expect to continue our growth, however with more stable circumstances and in cooperation with our clients and suppliers, to hopefully move the packaging and wood industry in the right direction.”
- PalletBiz KSA achieves outstanding sales order in Q4
PalletBiz KSA has for the past years positioned itself and prepared for scaling up its business. It is therefore also a big pleasure that Saudi has achieved its biggest single order to date of approx. 1.75 million euros.
“PalletBiz in KSA has been through an exciting journey, but without losing focus on constant development, which ultimately leads us to cater for the biggest industrial companies in GCC (read: Gulf Cooperation Council)”, says PalletBiz KSA Factory Manager, Mr. Nooriddin Shamali.
We look forward to welcoming other new clients in the new year to come – if you would like to know more about our team and operations in KSA, feel free to reach out to our colleagues at email@example.com!
- Montage services intensified at PalletBiz Denmark
Container packing, lashing and montage services have been requested and inquired about quite frequently in the past months at PalletBiz Denmark. The franchisee’s activities related to these services have therefore intensified, resulting PalletBiz in acquiring a new line of clientele, as well as strengthening an addtitional branch of our portfolio.
Choosing PalletBiz to care for your Packaging & Handling needs will bring stability to your business, as we always make sure that what you receive is true QUALITY – may that concern either our products or services. If you wish to learn more about our Handling Services, kindly click here; or reach out to our representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- News: New PalletBiz info sheet for 2018/19
PalletBiz proudly presents our Info Sheet with a fresh and brand new design, actualized for 2018/19!
The brochure covers several aspects of our company and industry in general. Firstly, our readers can gain further insight to the history and present activities of PalletBiz, along with how we see our business develop and grow in the coming years within the Packaging & Handling sector. Secondly, we introduce our currently available pallet & wooden packaging product line through commercial and technical specifications, in order for You to easily find the product(s) best suitable for Your packaging needs. Thirdly, we guide You through our services related to Packaging & Handling: our Pallet Life-Cycle Services can help you find the most eco-friendly and cost-effective packaging options, while our Consulting team is ready to work with You on any Packaging & Handling-related question or issue, offering only the most optimal solutions. Finally, You will be provided with all current PalletBiz locations, so that You can easily find and contact our representatives closest to Your business.
You can view and download the Info Sheet by clicking on the link below:
- News: PalletBiz Denmark gets ISO 9001:2015-certified
As of 16. July 2018, PalletBiz Denmark is officially certified according to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.
We are committed to continuously developing and improving our business, and the ISO 9001 standard simultaneously paves the correct way for us and proves that our network is up-to-code when it comes to quality products and services. We strive to meet customer expectations in every respect, thereby establishing confidence in our professional and market capabilities. PalletBiz wishes that all our customers experience having their visions and needs heard, as well as having a collaboration that is uncomplicated and professional with our company.
Our quality policy – framed by ISO 9001 – forms the basis for quality goals, and is followed up by management evaluation meetings.
NB: The full list of all the ISO-certified entities within our network can be found here.
- News: FAQ: EPAL (EUR 1) pallets
One of the most widely known and used wooden packaging types – used both in warehouses and for transport – is the standard Euro Pallet (EUR 1 – 1200 x 800 mm).
ISPM 15 of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is a standard for all EPAL pallets produced by PalletBiz, and is mandatory for Euro Pallets in general. The standard allows our pallets to be used in international traffic without any restrictions.
The EPAL pallets are interchangeable and part of our “open pool”, therefore with the right handling they can be re-cycled several times.
Following this article we will answer some of the most important questions about Euro Pallets, as well as explain all crucial details about the product that you may want to know before signing up for a purchase of your own stock.
1. Why is the product called “Euro Pallet”?
In 1961 a number of European railway companies – organized within the International Union of Railways (UIC) – signed a contract for an exchangeable pallet called “Euro Pallet”. The signatory railways then became compelled to meet the standards regarding the manufacture and repair of “European pallets” and “Euro box pallets”. In the mid ’70s the Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Railways) transferred its rights to the current EPAL European Brands DB, RAL-RG 993, EUR and EPAL; and the marks were thus protected by the registered trademark. Today, this type of pallet is manufactured under different brand names in standard sizes according to EN 13698-1, and is usually offered on the market in the form of 800 mm × 1200 mm pallets, called the “Euro Pallet” by the consumer. Starting 1. August 2013, the EPAL logo inscription in the oval must appear on all edge blocks, so that it is clear that the unit is an EPAL pallet. The “EUR” labeling is no longer required.
2. In what dimensions is the Euro Pallet (EUR 1) produced?
The standard size for EUR 1 EPAL pallets is 1200 x 800 x 144 mm.
3. Are the Euro Pallets heat-treated and dried (KD)?
Yes, for Euro Pallets it is mandatory to be treated thermally, and their humidity must not be higher than 22%.
4. Is there a global/general standard for EPAL pallets?
The pallets are manufactured in accordance with strict quality regulations (UIC standard 435-2), and are periodically inspected by an independent firm. All pallets that meet the EPAL criteria are authenticated. The absence of the check and approval stamp indicates a fake pallet, which can damage the goods transported/handled by it. Transporting on an unauthenticated pallet can lead to refusal of the goods by the customers, or even to serious penalties forced by the authorities.
5. Do EPAL pallets meet the standards of all countries?
EPAL pallets comply with standards in most countries through the IPPC treatment.
6. Are Euro Pallets chemically treated?
No, these pallets are not chemically treated. There are generally two treatment methods: thermal treatment (HT) or methyl bromide fumigation. However, there are countries, e.g. Germany that do not allow fumigation treatment.
In PalletBiz, pallets are only heat treated. The hot air circulates around the pallets until a certain core temperature is reached and enough water is removed from the wood. Therefore, pallets do not contain chemicals or allergens at the end.
7. What does the stamp on the central pallet block mean? Can I check where a pallet was produced?
Please examine the following graphics:
8. What types of blocks can be used for the production of Euro Pallets?
EPAL accepts both blocks of wood and blocks of pressed sawdust.
9. How much does a Euro Pallet weigh, and what loading capacity does an EPAL pallet have?
A Euro Pallet weighs around 25 kg, and can support up to 2500 kg if loaded correctly and evenly.
10. How many pallets can fit into a 20t truck?
700 pallets can be loaded into a 20t truck (“Jumbo” trailer).
We hope that the information above will be of help to you, but if you still have unanswered questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com!
- News: Additional forklifts at PalletBiz Denmark
PalletBiz Denmark added two new forklifts to its vehicle park, providing a faster and more efficient way to handle the packaging products at the factory premise. The forklifts are proven to be a great help when it comes to carrying the heavy wooden boxes from one place to another, or loading the final products into our trucks.
One of the forklifts is able to carry 2 t of material, while the other’s lifting capacity is 4 t. These machines are an indispensible piece of equipment in manufacturing and warehousing, therefore they will surely add great value to our production in Horne, DK.
- News: Special transport units produced at PalletBiz Denmark
As part of our Custom Wooden Packaging product-line, PalletBiz Denmark has created special cradles for one of our customers, based on the specifications and attributes given by the client.
The unique cradles were designed and produced specifically for this project: even though such a unit is not part of our regular wooden products, PalletBiz Denmark has successfully customized the box to suit all needs of our client.
Thanks to the cradle, our customer was able to efficiently transport 200 pieces of metal tubes. PalletBiz Denmark needed to find such a packaging solution where the tubes did not touch – as shown on the picture, we were able to come up with the perfect design, which also saved quite a big sum of money for our client due to the reduced transport costs.
If you would also like to reduce packaging and transport costs through the most fitting solution, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- News: Newly installed machines at PalletBiz RSA production
PalletBiz RSA has acquired several machineries for the production site, in order to ensure an effective and productive operational kick-off in the new region.
The Franchise has invested in a spindle machine, a surfacer machine (thicknesser) and a cross cutting machine. The first line of purchase also included a forklift. The newly installed machines will surely add a great value to the factory premise, and they promise to lead PalletBiz RSA towards a productive and efficient way of operation.
- News: Job opportunity at PalletBiz Hungary
A new colleague is wanted at our Hungarian operations: we are looking for a Business Developer with some prior experience in sales, marketing and business development. A background in management is also a must.
Read more about the job opportunity here, and apply today if your background fits the description! We look forward to receiving your application!
- News: Pallet types - General information
Pallets are one of the best-known packaging solutions nowadays, and are mostly used for storage, handling and transport (freight, rail, road or water). They can be made of either wood (the most common approach), metal or plastic – each tpye comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Pallets may differ in sizes, depending on the merchandise placed on them, or on its dedicated purpose. The most common dimensions of a standard pallet are 1200 × 800 or 1200 × 1000 or 800 × 600 (mm).
Wooden pallets – sizes and wood types
1. Standard: Euro Pallets – EPAL licensed pallets
Euro Pallets (EPAL or EUR pallets) are the most popular and best-known pallet types. They can be produced in different sizes (most common: 1200 x 800 x 144 mm), and they are made of softwood (pine, spruce, poplar). Their side panels are marked with the EPAL logo, and the central block is stamped with the manufacturer’s identification data (verification key). The below picture explains all elements, characteristics and official marks of an EPAL pallet.
2. Non-standard: Non-Euro Pallets
Non-standardized pallets can differ in sizes, depending on load specifications. They can be made of softwood (pine, spruce, poplar etc.), and also hardwood (eg. beech). The most common dimensions for pallets are 1200 × 800 (mm).
The atypical (non-standard) pallets can have either four open sides; two closed and two open sides; or four closed sides – the latter option offers the possibility of handling the pallet over the edges.
Do you have any questions about pallets and their practical use? Contact us at email@example.com!
- News: New colleague at PalletBiz Poland wanted!
PalletBiz Poland is searching for an additional member to their team: a Supply Chain Coordinator with some prior experience in logistics & administration is wanted for our operations in Central Europe.
Read more about the position here, and apply today if you believe that you are the person we are searching for!
- News: EPAL introduces quality chemical pallets (CP-Pallets)
EPAL (European Pallet Association) – „the largest quality assurance association for wooden load carriers in the world”, and one of the license providers for PalletBiz – has announced the introduction of quality-assured chemical pallets (also known as CP-Pallets) to the packaging industry.
„EPAL is applying its recognized and proven system of standardization and independent quality assurance to the popular chemical pallets and in doing so, closes a gap in the chemical industry’s logistics chain.”
EPAL explains this decision as an essential strategic step, since there has been a demand for safe chemical pallets in the industry for several years. From 1/1/2018 the company will be able to satisfy these demands by starting to distribute such pallets as well, besides the standard product line.
According to EPAL, the launch will affect each country in which EPAL-licensed pallets are produced and repaired. As for the PalletBiz network, PalletBiz Romania is a licensed producer of chemical pallets and has been involved with trading such packaging material, therefore it will be interesting to see how our collaboration with EPAL will develop with regards to chemical pallets across the PalletBiz Regions.
Read the full article from EPAL here.
- News: PalletBiz welcomes new franchisee
A new franchisee in Johannesburg, South Africa has joined the PalletBiz network. This very exciting expansion opens the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region to PalletBiz, moreover, it promises numerous new and thrilling business cases and opportunities for the entire network.
A part of the RSA team with Mr. Bogdan Manole (CTO Romania) and Mr. Thomas Gents (COO)
The preparations for the operational kick-off have been in the works for months, and PalletBiz South Africa has officially opened its doors on 1st October.
PalletBiz South Africa will be responsible for the development of the Franchise Network within the SADC region; furthermore, we hope to achieve a broader expansion in other territories and countries of the African continent as well.
The local production will focus on the pallet and wooden packaging products – including repair & recycling services – in the beginning, which will be supported by the sales and sourcing office responsibles.
Ms Nozipho Mbanjwa – the managing director of PalletBiz RSA – is proud to present the new franchisee to the business world: “We look forward to learning as much as possible from our colleagues in the PalletBiz network. The Packaging & Handling industry has progressed to a very professional level in Europe, and we look forward to applying the techniques in RSA. The benefit for our clients would definitely be enhanced QUALITY. “
- News: PalletBiz GSS and Denmark executives meet with senior representatives and officials of Horne
As reported in October, PalletBiz Denmark has moved from Gørding to a new address in Horne within geographically the fifth largest municipality of Denmark, Varde Kommune. The move has been due for quite some time, and the new factory premise promises to give an excellent new home to our expanding production.
The city and community of Horne has been nothing but welcoming towards our company: short articles have been published on local websites and newspapers about our arrival; and Mr. Erik Buhl, the mayor of Horne was kind enough to personally greet PalletBiz executives at a local venue and corporate happening.
The two gentlemen representing PalletBiz have also met with Mr. Erik Kristiansen, the Chief of Commerce at ProVarde, a municipality driven organization promoting the corporate activities and initiatives locally.
From the left: Mr. Steen Rasmussen (CTO Denmark), Mr. Thomas Gents (COO), Mr. Erik Kristiansen
We would like to thank the city of Horne and municipality of Varde for the warm welcome, and will look forward to the many trusted synergies along the road. ?
- News: PalletBiz KSA installs Additional Pallet Nailing Machine
PalletBiz Saudi Arabia kicked Q4 off with a brand-new investment, as the franchisee acquired a semi-automatic nailing machine.
Despite its robust size the line is an extremely precise, effective and highly diverse pallet nailing system, adding needed capacity to the KSA production site.
The numerous settings and configurations allow the franchisee to adjust the machine according to the different product specifications, in order to obtain a premium pallet.
- News: PalletBiz Denmark factory moves to new address
As part of the rapidly growing production activities, PalletBiz Denmark has chosen to move its current location from Gørding to Horne: our new address is Stadionvej 16 (Erhvervspark), Horne, DK-6800.
We will continue to meet our clients’ and partners’ needs regarding pallets and special wooden packaging in a more suitable and capable factory, which is better fitted to the expanding production due to the increasing demand.
According to Steen Rasmussen – one of the directors of PalletBiz Denmark – the move was essential as the former production has been lacking space for quite some time. The new factory premise offers several advantages: the price and the location suited our company needs well, and the structure of the workshops also seemed like a perfect match for our pallet & packaging production.
Mr Steen Rasmussen in the new factory in Horne.
Photo credit: John Randeris, Yvonn Tittel
The local newspapers have also reported on the factory move: a short article was published on the online portal of JydskeVestkysten (you can read the article in Danish here), as well as in the November edition of the Horneposten (you can read the story in Danish here on page 29-31).
- News: Introducing wooden cradles in PalletBiz Denmark
A special wooden packaging product, the Cradle is now available for order and purchase in PalletBiz Denmark.
The Wooden Cradle is manufactured (and later fitted) to larger piper or tanks after a diameter measure. PalletBiz produces cradles with a loading capacity of up to 40 tons.
Contact our teams at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive a quote on wooden cradles!
- News: PalletBiz KSA increases its capabilities
In order to improve the productivity of the wood packaging production – and as a result, to satisfy all of our costumers’ and clients’ needs – PalletBiz Saudi Arabia has installed numerous additional pieces of machinery at the Dammam production site.
PalletBiz KSA has acquired six new pneumatic nailing tables with the goal of increasing specialized production capacity.
The franchisee has also purchased an additional notching machine, which proves to be an excellent investment in the wooden pallet production, thanks to its flexibility. The machine is mainly used for cutting notches in pallet stringers.
The third line of acquisition was an additional cross-cutting machine. It is now easier for PalletBiz KSA to implement the clients’ more special wood specifications since this machine makes it more simple to cut any size of pallet element length as per client requests.
- News: New wooden boxes in PalletBiz Denmark production
The line of products has been gradually expanding in PalletBiz Denmark: following customer demand, we hereby present PalletBiz Seaworthy Boxes and Special Boxes.
The Seaworthy Box should always be used when goods are being transported by sea, since it is fit to protect the products from water or a moisture environment during transportation. PalletBiz Seaworthy Boxes are fitted with a piece of plastic on the inside, so that they can be distinguished from the regular solid boxes. Click on the box to read more about the product!
The Special Box is a combination of all box types and is made according to client specifications, therefore any size or dimension is feasible. Click on the box the read more about the product!
Click here and watch our video of how a Special Box gets made!
- News: New PalletBiz trucks are wheeling into traffic
As indicated above, PalletBiz is proud to present two additional trucks providing logistics solutions and flexibility within Pallets & Packaging.
Not only are the vehicles fresh out of the workshop, but they are also “dressed” with a new design: their sides are covered with “PalletBiz purple”. This new composition really makes the trucks stand out from the crowd, since the overall picture is much more special and unique. Both vehicles are 13.6-meter long mega trucks with the height of 3 m with an expandable roof.
With these two additional trucks PalletBiz will reach higher flexibility and greater independence, since we will be able to rely less on third party logistics. By its cost-effective nature this acquisition also lets us obtain a more sustainable transport and supply-chain solution to our clients.
We are sure that with the help of the trucks our name and brand will spread faster. The main route of the vehicles will be between Poland and Denmark, however, they might appear on other roads in Europe as well.
See you on the roads! 🙂
- News: PalletBiz Metal Info Sheet for 2017-18
As reported earlier this year, PalletBiz has introduced Metal Packaging as an additional product line to the clients and business partners.
We now proudly present the Info Catalogue of Metal Packaging & Handling Products – to see or download the soft version of the Info Sheet, please click on the link below:
In the brochure not only do you find our different Metal Packaging categories with detailed technical information, but you can also acquire a better understanding of how our products can help you achieve the most effective and efficient ways of handling – either in your warehouse, or during transportation.
Besides offering a wide selection of several types of Metal Packaging products, we can help you take care of your old steel packaging as well. Consult with our teams today to find out what the best way is to satisfy your Packaging & Handling needs!