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Why Wooden Pallets Remain the Number 1 Transit Packaging Solution

Between last year and 2020, it is forecast that the global transit packaging market will grow at a CAGR of 4.45%. Despite the availability of plastic and other materials, wooden pallets remain to be the top solution for transit packaging throughout the world. Whilst there are certainly advantages for choosing plastic pallets, their durability and the ease of stacking to name just two, there are also plenty of reasons why wooden pallets are still the choice of business all over the globe:

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Wooden pallets hold more weight

Wooden pallets hold more weight

Whilst plastic pallets are built to be durable, requiring less repairs, they simply can’t hold as much weight as a sturdy timber pallet. This means that to ship large quantities of items, the weight must be distributed over a larger number of pallets. To ship some heavy products, plastic pallets may simply not provide a suitable solution. Many timber pallets can carry a load of as much as 1,000kgs.

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Wooden pallets are easy to repair

Wooden pallets are easy to repair

If plastic pallets become damaged, in many cases, they must simply be replaced. However, this is not the case with wooden pallets; they are relatively easy to repair. Should a plank of wood become loose, it can be nailed back into place. Should a plank of wood be broken beyond fixing, it can simply be replaced by another plank, a much smaller cost than having to replace the pallet entirely.

In Great Britain, in 2015, the production of new pallets reached around 42.3m, whilst repairs totalled as many as 39m units. Given that plastic pallets are much more difficult to repair, it’s easy to understand why wooden pallets remain the number 1 choice in most cases.

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Wood pallets are cheap

When compared with plastic, wooden pallets are simply much cheaper to manufacture and buy in the first place.

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Timber transit packaging is better for the environment

There are a few reasons why wooden pallets are more eco-friendly than plastic alternatives. First of all, the timber used for wooden pallets is a renewable resource in most cases. To be sure of this, manufacturers will use only timber from certified sustainable sources. Wooden pallets are also a source of carbon neutral energy, meaning that if they are burned, they release only the same amount of Carbon Dioxide back into the atmosphere as the amount that was taken in through photosynthesis.

The amount of Carbon Dioxide released into the atmosphere through the manufacture and transportation of timber pallets is much smaller than the Carbon footprint of plastic pallets.

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Wood pallets are available in all shapes and sizes

Wood pallets are available in all shapes and sizes

Wooden pallets are very easy to design and manufacturer, so pallets of all different shapes and sizes, including custom made solutions are easy to come by. Given that the manufacturing process for plastic pallets is more complicated and costly, it makes sense that wooden pallets are the first choice due to the simplicity in gaining bespoke solutions.

If you are looking for a cost-effective, durable and environmentally friendly transit packaging solution, you can visit www.nicklin.com or call +44 (0) 121 359 8101 for more information.

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    Trading since 1913, we are one of the UK's longest established and most experienced providers of bespoke timber and corrugated transit packaging products and services. Our product range includes; bespoke pallets, timber cases, timber crates, plywood cases, corrugated cases and timber components.

    Our aim is to supply each of our customers with the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible transit packaging solution available for their application. Ensuring that they obtain real tangible value from their transit packaging budget whilst offering complete protection and facilitating safe handling of their products throughout the entire logistics and storage process.

    We supply transit packaging products and services to clients operating across a diverse range of industries and sectors, from large multinational organisations to local SMEs. Our aim is to create partnerships with each of our customers. Taking time to gain a thorough understanding of their products, processes and operations is fundamental to our approach and in turn gives us complete insight into their operation and deliver the optimum transit packaging solution for their requirements.

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