What are plastic pallets?
Plastic pallets are plates which are used for loading and unloading. It facilitates cargo handling, transport, storage and distribution. A plastic pallet consists of load surface which can carry a certain number of cargo and sockets designed for forklift. Plastic pallet is the most obscure logistics apparatus but it exists everywhere and it is the primary means to change cargo from static to dynamic. Although maybe the size of plastic pallets is only one square meter, but it can move the Earth. So the plastic pallet is also called the active ground, mobile dock.
The development of plastic pallets:
In recent years, logistics industry has developed rapidly with an annual growth rate of more than 15%. Experts predict that, in the coming years, the logistic market will maintain an average annual rate of 20%, the amount of plastic pallets will exceed 20 million. high efficiency, energy saving, environmental protection, low cost is the main characteristics of logistic industry in the future. This is a development opportunity but also a great challenge for plastic pallets manufactures.
Why plastic pallets industry develops so rapidly?
The development of plastic pallets benefits from several factors. First of all, the plastic pallets have superior performance. Then, for a long time, the pallet in logistic industry is made of wood. However, with increasing environmental pressure, railway transport issues a regulation of disabling wooden pallets. Europe, America, Japan and other countries proposed near-stringent fumigation and quarantine requirements on the import of wood packaging (including wooden pallets). In addition, the processing equipments of plastic pallets have high degree of automation and large output. With the improvement of plastic mechanical properties and the decrease of raw materials cost, the cost of plastic pallets is no longer the bottleneck which restricted the use. One side is the development of the logistic industry drives the increase of the plastic pallets demand, the other side is the main force wooden pallets tend to failure, all these indicates that plastic pallets are facing enormous opportunities.
What are the advantages of plastic pallets when compared with wooden pallets and steel pallets?
Durability: the life of plastic pallets is about 10 times longer than wooden pallets.
Reliability: the reliability of the structure of plastic pallets significantly reduces the damage consumption of plastic pallets, as well as the cargo damage caused by the broken pallets. Plastic pallets are lighter than the wooden pallets in the same size, it reduce the weight and cost of transport.
Health: plastic pallets can be washed and reused.
Global trends: plastic pallets are free of fumigation and quarantine, can be export to Europe and other countries directly. European Community requires all food, beverage and medicine transport must use plastic pallets.
Specific: plastic pallets are more and more popular in some special commodity market, such as: food, beverage, pharmaceutical industry. And according to the requirements of different plants, plastic pallets can be made of a variety of colors, coupled with the appropriate company logo and mark. It makes 5S management easy for enterprises.
Insurance: due to detrimental resistance of plastic pallets, a corresponding reduction in workers compensation claims, and the reduce use of wood in factory is equal to the reduction of fire insurance premiums.
Residual value: the used plastic pallets can be sold at 30% of the original price, because plastic pallets can be sold back to manufacturers or other entities in order to reuse.
Environmental protection: plastic pallets are environmental friendly products, because they can all be recycled and reuse, greatly reducing the waste and disposal cost.
Protection of forests: the use of plastic pallets can prevent hundreds of thousands of acres of forest loss each year.