A total of 42.5 million new pallets were produced in the UK in 2016, and 41.4 million were repaired, according to a newly produced market survey commissioned by the Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) and the Forestry Commission.
The number of new pallets produced by UK firms in that time has remained virtually the same as the previous year, while the number of repaired pallets has risen by more than 6 percent.
The figures suggest that pallet companies are holding steady on new production, whilst pallet repairs are seeing a healthy, sizeable increase which is great news for those conscious of sustainability. Industry figures have long talked about the challenges facing pallet manufacturers and a shortage in the supply of small logs could be feeding into these numbers.
Speaking about the issues raised, Phil Chesworth – managing director of Midland Pallet Trucks – struck a cautionary, but hopeful tone. “These issues have been building up for more than a while. Speaking to clients, we know that short-log stocks have been hard to come by and we’ve been hearing a lot about the need to maintain and repair pallet stores. Many of the businesses we work with are weathering the shortage and improving their existing stock to extend life-cycle which is also having a really positive impact on sustainability for the industry overall.”
“Products like our 2500kg hand pallet trucks can be used with both new and repaired pallets but we’re also seeing that customers looking to take care of their stock are increasingly demanding solutions like the ERA25-A hand pallet truck because its improved technology makes for better handling and therefore less damage.”
The figures suggest those in industry are managing to accrue enough short-log stock to maintain current levels of new pallet builds for now. However, on-going shortages could see the numbers of repaired pallets rise even higher as firms look to take care of what they have at hand.
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