- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
- 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 email@example.com!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
- 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 email@example.com 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!
- News: Additional wooden products in PalletBiz Denmark
PalletBiz adds new products to the Wooden Packaging line: we are hereby introducing the Solid Boxes and the Crates.
A solid wooden box is produced with boards varying from 16-38 mm in thickness. It is commonly used in the machine industry, therefore it suits the storing and transport of heavier equipment, as well as smaller individual parts. Click on the box to read more about the product!
Click here and watch our video of how a Solid Box gets made!
A wooden crate is usually a cost-friendlier option since the construction follows spacing between the boards. It is often used in the areo and other similar sectors due to its lower weight. Click on the box to read more about the product!
Click here and watch our video of how a wooden Crate gets made!
- News: Expert Nailing Tables in Romania
PalletBiz Romania has acquired additional pneumatic nailing tables in Q4 of 2016. These nailing tables will not only help the workers with the precise positioning of the pallet elements, but also provide good and safe work conditions in line with PalletBiz CSR and EHS-Q policy.
Although the tables were installed only a few months ago, they have already started improving the productivity of the special pallets production, which has been steadily increasing since 2016.
- News: PalletBiz Poland introduces new product line
PalletBiz is introducing Metal Packaging as a new product line, in addition to the product circle of Wooden Pallets & Packaging. PalletBiz Poland is the first in the franchise network to start the production of metal boxes and crates, however, the other regions are set to follow as well.
Launching such a project proves that PalletBiz continuously finds new ways to stay ahead of the game, in order to keep its position as one of the market leaders in the Packaging & Handling industry. The addition of the metal product line will surely expand the client base of the company, as several reports have shown that there has been an increasing demand for means of alternative packaging, besides the more traditional wooden products. Read more about our metal packaging products here!
- News: New BA & Marketing Coordinator Joins GSS
With the aim to emphasize and broaden the marketing synergies throughout the PalletBiz Network, a new marketing coordinator, Lilla Zombori has joined the GSS team.
During the next four months of her internship she will be responsible for improving and developing the general quality of the company’s marketing platforms, including both external and internal presence.
Join us by wishing Lilla the best of luck in her new position!
- News: NEW Service, Repair & DC Gains Momentum in Timisoara, Romania
After opening a new DC and Repair center in Timisoara, Romania, the PalletBiz facility has now reached a new level in its development. New machines are about to arrive, facilitating a greater range of services to the site.
Small specialized production seems to be part of the future investments for this site to provide a flexibility for customers in the region.
Updates and pictures will follow.
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- News: PalletBiz in Saudi Arabia Achieves ISO 9001
In line with the PalletBiz Way guidelines and principles, PalletBiz franchisee in Dammam, Saudi Arabia has achieved ISO 9001 in Q3 2016.
The certification allows our operation to do business with the largest industrial companies within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and within GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) as well – says Managing Director, Mr Tariq Ibrahim Alsubaie.
With the new ISO certification, GCC joins the list of licensed PalletBiz regions emphasizing the importance of the various aspects of quality management.
- News: PalletBiz Attends EPAL Seminar in Bulgaria
Representatives from PalletBiz SEE attended together with European Pallet Association (EPAL) and BGR Pallet Association, the seminar “The pallets and their global use” organized in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The most important topics of the seminar was concerning;
- Structure and mode of operation of the Quality-Organization EPAL; Quality features of an EPAL Euro pallet – Recognition: Original / Fake; Quality classification of the used Euro pallets; Pallet-Exchange in the “open pool”: Chances and limits.
All in all a very good and informative event about the current development of the Euro pallet. We would like to thank BGR Association for their efforts in arranging a such successful event, in which we surely will return to next year.
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- News: PalletBiz Global Sourcing & Sales (GSS) Achieves Financial AA Rating
PalletBiz Global Sourcing & Sales has achieved one of the highest financial credit ratings. The rating is achieved through good and stable financial results over the past years and keeping the obligations to suppliers and partners.
The definition of a AA rating is; “An obligation rated ‘AA’ differs from the highest-rated obligations only to a small degree. The obligor’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is very strong”
As a sign on the continuous focus to the importance of a good creditworthiness and solidity, PalletBiz will keep a dynamic/real-time updated logo figuring on the website.
For questions about the credit rating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org