Protector launch boosts lifespan and environmental benefits of wooden pallets

Protector launch boosts lifespan and environmental benefits of wooden pallets

A venture from one of the UK’s largest and most progressive timber businesses promises to improve the quality, length of life and environmental benefits of wooden pallets dramatically, and reduce their whole-life cost significantly.

James Jones & Sons’ pallets division has launched a new business, UPALL®, which manufactures and fits robust protectors at the point of entry on wooden pallets. It means the pallets last far longer, need far fewer repairs and stay in circulation for longer than conventional non-protected pallets.
Tests on the protectors, at Virginia Tech, show wooden pallets protected by UPALL® have a lifespan that is three times greater, or even longer. This is because they experience substantially less damage with significantly fewer wood chippings and debris. This reduces downtime, equipment maintenance and housekeeping, and improves safety.
Further tests took place at Edinburgh’s Napier University in the first half of the year, where results have shown similarly positive benefits to users and gives detailed figures on the significant reduction in damage to pallet components and hence less need for pallets to be repaired. These will be released in autumn 2019.
A UPALL® protected pallet remains in circulation earning money for longer, with quantifiable savings in inspection, repair, transport and trip costs. Gil Covey, Chairman of UPALL® Ltd, said: “The UPALL® protected pallet is a truly innovative and ground-breaking development in wooden pallets, which is critical to so many supply chains. Rigorous independent testing and trials show that this proprietary product brings remarkable increases to the lifespan of a pallet and reduces its cost significantly. Meanwhile, the considerable increase in service life gives significant environmental advantages over unprotected wooden pallets.”
The protectors can be supplied in corporate colours, with printed logos and other designs. The enhanced appearance of the pallets makes them ideal for display directly at the point of sale in retailers.

For more information call: 01942 713501, email: sales@upallpallets.co.uk or
visit their website: www.upallpallets.com

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