Reusable Packaging Bits & Pieces

Noteworthy nuggets from the world of reusable packaging and pallets. Send your bits and pieces to, or comment at the bottom of this article.

July 20, 2017. Nefab and Jupiter discuss their collaboration toward more cost-effective, sustainable packaging systems for the telecom sector.

Returnable Packaging – Sales Engineer, Advanced Packaging Solutions & Products, Inc.  Charleston, South Carolina Area

Packaging Engineer Senior at Johnson Outdoors, Mankato, MN 56001


Key Account Business Development Manager, Schoeller Allibert. UK

July 25, 2017. The Internet of Things continues to attract press, particularly the RM2 collaboration with AT&T.  As Tim Greiner notes in Sustainable Brands:

In a pooled system, the pallet manufacturer (RM2) retains ownership and tracks each pallet between destinations. A small percentage of pallets are typically lost during normal use. Lost pallets require replacements, which increases cost, resource usage, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Enter RM2’s collaboration with AT&T: RM2 provided a unique pallet tracking solution that addressed this challenge called RM2ELIoT, which pairs the pallets with AT&T’s LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network. This approach allows for wireless tracking in areas difficult to monitor, such as inside warehouses, in underground storage areas, in remote locations, or en route on trains, trucks or trailers. While there are other pallets on the market with tracking systems, they have historically been limited to users physically scanning the pallets at each step in the delivery process. AT&T’s LTE-M network eliminates the need for manual scanning.

July 25, 2017. EPAL Euro pallets continue their road to success: 10% growth in the second quarter of 2017

The production of EPAL Euro pallets increased by 10% in the first two quarters of 2017 compared to the previous year. In the first six months of this year, 42.5 million EPAL Euro pallets were produced worldwide. There was also an increase in the number of repairs: +11.5%, with 13.7 million repaired EPAL pallets in the first six months of 2017.

The constantly increasing production over the last four years, since the “EPAL in oval” mark has been branded on all four blocks, is the unique success story of the EPAL Euro pallet, which represents quality, safety, and sustainability. In 2015 for the first time, the 100 million mark was achieved for EPAL pallets produced and repaired worldwide and in the following year even exceeded with 105.5 million EPAL pallets in total.

Martin Leibrandt, CEO of EPAL, “I would never have thought that EPAL could top the historic result of 2015, but the users of EPAL pallets’ trust is unwavering, growing all the time. At EPAL we are very proud of this and would like to sincerely thank all users of EPAL Euro pallets.”

July 25, 2017. Kegstar, part of global supply-chain company Brambles, has acquired Keg Lease Pty Ltd (“Keg Lease”), a specialist keg leasing company focused on the Australian craft beer industry, from the Meddings Family on 25 July 2017. Through the acquisition, Kegstar plans to incorporate the Keg Lease activities and existing keg fleet into its current operations to provide customers with the flexibility of both keg rental (pooling) and keg leasing services.

Keg Lease began operations in December 2012 as part of Meddings’ portfolio of businesses that operate under the Bintani brand and, as at 30 June 2017, owned over 21,000 kegs that are currently leased to over 125 customers.

Kegstar Managing Director, Adam Trippe-Smith, commented: “This acquisition provides Kegstar with immediate scale in the keg leasing market and provides our customers with a broader variety of flexible keg management options to match their needs. Having a comprehensive leasing option alongside Kegstar’s well-established keg pooling solutions will be attractive to a broader catchment of the domestic market.”

Kegstar first launched in 2012 with 880 kegs, one person, and one customer. Global supply chain logistics company Brambles acquired a 30% stake in Kegstar in March 2014 and took complete ownership on 1 December 2015. In Australia and New Zealand, Kegstar now owns in excess of 120,000 kegs that it rents to more than 200 customers each year. Kegstar also has operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland and launched in the USA in April 2017.

July 24, 2017. The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) has announced its annual fall plant tours, taking place November 8 and 9, 2017, in Houston, Texas. This program includes extensive networking over two full days with educational sessions, table top exhibits, and four plant tours.

Due to the popularity of previous plant tours, and limited hotel availability, early registration is strongly recommended. “Early Bird” Registration available through August 31, 2017.  Follow this link to register.

Tours include:

The company manufactures wood pallets and other products for approximately 50 major customers and inventory stock for many of these accounts in order to meet Just-in-Time deliveries as required. They deliver pallets, skids, and other products all over Greater Houston-Ship Channel Areas areas as well as Southeast Texas and Louisiana.

The company is a manufacturer of corrugated pallets and containers.

The company is a global supplier of logistics, distribution services and tailor-made solutions to chemical & automotive industries, consumer goods, electronics & retail sectors.

Wooden Pallets, Ltd., is a leader in pallet and skid manufacturing.

July 24, 2017. Contraload provides an entertaining take on the history of pooling in this video.

In early July, Range International, the manufacturer of Re>Pal(TM) plastic pallets, announced that Lars Amstrup had tendered his resignation as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. The company’s Chairman, Mark Daniel, was appointed Interim CEO, while Matthew Darby, the company founder, and Executive Director, assumed responsibility for production.

Daniel was President of China Merchants Loscam International from 2008 until 2015. Darby invented Reach’s ThermoFusion(TM) technology, which enables it to produce plastic pallets from a mixed plastic waste stream in its Indonesia manufacturing plant. Other recycled plastic pallets, it stated, require separation of different types of resin. Because of its low-cost material, the company has stated that it can match wood pallet prices. It sees itself as a practical solution for diverting mixed plastic waste from landfills.

July 19, 2017.  Companies large and small in North American petrochemical, building products, and calcium carbonite sectors are increasingly moving towards automation in palletizing and packaging systems, according to Beumer Corp.

July 19, 2017.  NWPCA to Develop a Fire Code Compliance Manual. The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has initiated the development of a Fire Code Compliance manual to address the revised requirements for outdoor pallet storage. The new requirements are part of the 2018 editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1) and the International Fire Code (IFC) of the International Code Council that specifically address the wood and composite wood pallet manufacturing and recycling facilities.

Coinciding with the NWPCA’s “Year of Safety,” President/CEO Brent McClendon stated, “The release of the manual just reinforces our commitment to the safety of the entire industry, their workers, and first responders.” The NWPCA was influential in the development of the revised standards to address the fire risk with sound operating practices. McClendon added, “Our members practice safety first. The new manual will help this industry tremendously by outlining best practices for use in their facilities while complying with the new fire codes coming their way.”

The new NFPA 1 and IFC code requirements highlight the need for a defined site plan, a fire prevention plan, a fire safety and evacuation plan, and a security management plan. The NWPCA Fire Code Compliance manual will include:

  • Outline of specific steps each facility will need to take to comply with new fire codes and code regulations.
  • Templates and checklists that facilities can use to assist in drafting required plans and maintaining documentation.

Additionally, the manual will provide the necessary information facilities need to achieve compliance with the revised fire code requirements.

The NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual is scheduled to be published and released in the fall of 2017. Interested businesses and organizations can sign up to receive updates about the Code Compliance Manual’s release on

July 18, 2017. Inside a Monoflo Factory. Video from reusable packaging and pallet manufacturer Monoflo posted on Youtube. Click image to watch.

Logistics Analyst – Perfect Pallets | Perfect Transportation | Perfect Manufacturing  Indianapolis IN 

CHEP Recycled: Plant Manager – Walterboro SC

CHEP Service Centre Manager – Winnipeg MB


Pallet Consultants, Business Unit Manager, Savannah GA

CHEP Recycled: Plant Manager – Charlotte, NC

July 18, 2017. The global Automotive Robotics Market is predicted to grow at a CAGR surpassing 11% over the forecast period to 2024. The market is likely to exceed USD 16 billion by that time. Demand for trucks, cars, buses, and off-road vehicles will drive the industry. Growth in automotive manufacturing will increase the demand for automotive robots. Investment in new production capacity of emerging markets could add to market growth.

July 18, 2017. Lincoln Hill Holdings Acquires Fibre Tec Partitions, LLC.  The new portfolio company of Lincoln Hill Holdings, LLC, Fibre Tec Packaging, LLC, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Fibre-Tec Partitions, LLC. Fibre Tec is a leading fabricator of high quality, customized, fiber and corrugated box partitions and pads. The Company was founded in 1997 and serves box manufacturers, packaging brokers, manufacturers, and distributors across a wide variety of end markets, including food, beverage, automotive, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods. Fibre Tec will continue serving its 500+ customers from its 63,000 sq. ft. facility in Chicago, IL.

July 18, 2017. Fred Heptinstall, CEO of Polymer Logistics North America, is interviewed by Fresh Plaza. The title of the piece is “Retailers say that wood-look of RPCs increases sales by 6-9 percent.”

July 18, 2017.  IFCO Wins German Reusable Packaging Solutions Award.  

IFCO has won Worldwide Business Review’s 2017 German Enterprise Award in the category Leading Experts in Reusable Packaging Solutions.  The 25-year-old IFCO is a global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, serving customers in over 50 countries worldwide and operates a global pool of over 270 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs).

“Looking ahead, IFCO will continue to expand our solutions for fresh foods,” said Wolfgang Orgeldinger, CEO of IFCO. “Today, the vast majority of our business serves the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, but our customers are increasingly asking us for solutions which can bring the same benefits of lower costs, lower environmental footprint, and better product protection to other fresh foods. These include meat and poultry, eggs, dairy, seafood, and bakery products. In addition, we will continue to expand geographically to meet the needs of our customers around the world.”

New Appointment at LPR Spain

LPR España – La Palette Rouge Ibérica, a Division of Euro Pool Group, a pallet-pooling specialist for manufacturers and distributors in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, has added a new member to its Executive Board.

José Antonio del Olmo, currently Sales Manager at LPR Spain will take over the Sales Directorate of LPR Spain on 1 July 2017, to replace Álvaro Molina. Álvaro will be continuing his career in Euro Pool Group’s other Division as Country Manager of Euro Pool System UK, Ltd., whose headquarters are in Birmingham (England).

José Antonio has 15 years of experience in the management of customer accounts and sales in various multinational companies in the logistics sector, and has spent 10 years with LPR Spain as a Key Account manager in the Customer Service department and as Sales Manager where, among other missions, he headed up projects such as the development of our activity in the fresh produce sector.

LPR operates throughout Europe, with 8 subsidiaries in France, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, the UK and Ireland, Germany, Italy and Poland, providing a high-quality pallet-pooling service to their customers and retail partners. The company manages more than 76 million pallet movements per year throughout Europe.

July 16, 2917. The global smart packaging market is expected to reach USD 46.74 Billion by 2022, growing at 5.16 % CAGR during the forecast period, according to Wise Guy Reports. Smart packaging refers to packaging systems that help extend shelf life, monitor freshness, display information on quality, improve safety, and improve convenience. These are used for foods, pharmaceuticals, and several other types of products. The market is majorly driven by the increased demand from food & beverage industry, growing demand from pharmaceutical industry and the increase in government policies regarding food safety.

The global smart packaging market is segmented on the basis of technology, application and region. On the basis of technology, the market is segmented as active packaging, intelligent packaging and MAP.

Intelligent packaging segment is expected to grow with the highest rate of 5.67% CAGR during the forecast period. Market categorization based on applications includes segments food & beverage, automotive, healthcare, personal care and others.

Food and beverage Segment held the largest share with 6.23% CAGR within the market during the forecast period.


EPAL’s Business News, July issue. Click the image to read.









July 14, 2017. The global market for moulded fibre pulp packaging is set to witness a CAGR of 5.8% in revenue terms between 2016 and 2026. However, alternative packaging materials such EPS and plastics may inhibit widespread adoption of moulded fibre pulp packaging. In addition, lower strength threshold of short fibre used as a raw material in moulded pulp packaging may negative impact the overall market growth over the next couple of years.

July 14, 2017. Wooden pallets manufacturer Leap India plans to increase its top line by over seven times in three years by trebling production capacity to meet its rising demand from corporate customers like Amul, Coca Cola, Modelez, Nestle, and Flipkart. Currently, the company with employment of over 200 skilled and unskilled workers, supplies about one million made from Russian-imported wood with the help of equipment pooling and returnable packages.

July 13, 2017. First Shift Maintenance Coordinator at Tosca, Aurora CO.

July 13, 2017. Lead Designer at ORBIS Corporation, Greenville SC 29601

July 13, 2017. Warehouse Manager at ORBIS Corporation, Phoenix AZ

July 13, 2017.  The Protective Solutions division of Sonoco, a leading provider of protective packaging, components, and material handling solutions, has released its Cost of Damage Calculator, a robust online tool designed to calculate the real cost of damage to businesses when shipping their products.

With packaging an essential part of the supply chain, determining how best to ease risk for product damage throughout the entire process is paramount. The calculator successfully breaks down the customer’s e-commerce and retail damage to show the percentage of damage, number of units, total cost and the percentage of profits this affects.

“With many companies only using reports on the number of units returned and replaced, we wanted to accurately calculate the cost of damage due to ineffective packaging, looking at the whole picture,” said Jim Lowry, director of new business development for Sonoco Protective Solutions. “When a company truly looks at the total cost of dealing with damage, including not only product replacement, but also shipping, handling, customer support, freight both ways, loss of profits, etc., they might find the original packaging decision may not have been the right one after all.”

For more information on the Cost of Damage Calculator, visit

July 12, 2017. ORBIS Corporation is expanding its operation in Monticello, Iowa, to make room for continued growth. With support from local contractors and suppliers, the building will more than double in size, expanding from 80,000 to 180,000 square feet. Construction is scheduled to start summer 2017 and end spring 2018. The new space is initially slated to be used for warehousing, fulfillment and value-added operations.

July 12, 2017. The site general manager of a pallet facility in Manitowoc, Wisc., pled guilty and was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for criminal violations related to the Plant Protection Act (PPA). He fraudulently marked wooden pallets indicating that they were compliant with the regulations under the PPA that govern the use of wood packaging material in international trade even though they had not been properly treated to prevent the spread of wood-boring pests.

As part of a plea agreement, Wetenkamp pled guilty to violating the Act and making a false statement, which are both criminal charges. Wetenkamp was sentenced to pay a $25,000 fine, complete a two-year probation term, and pay restitution in the amount of $18,748 to his customers.

He sold falsely stamped pallets to numerous customers between November 2014 and April 2015. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

July 12, 2017. Sales Engineer-Returnable Packaging at ORBIS Corporation, Charlotte, NC 28078

July 10, 2017.  Manufacturing Engineer at ORBIS Corporation, Urbana, OH 43078

July 10, 2017. Market Research Future has published Global Bulk Packaging Market for Cosmetics Industry Information by Material Type (Plastic, Metal, Paper & Paperboard, and others), By Product Type (Pails, Drums, Bulk Boxes, Shipping Sacks, Material Handling Containers, and others) and By Region – Forecast To 2023 –  a research report on global the global bulk packaging market for the cosmetics industry. The market for global bulk packaging in the cosmetics industry is expected to grow at the CAGR of 5.14% during the period 2016 to 2023.

The global bulk packaging market for cosmetics industry is majorly driven by the change in the taste and preferences of the consumer for use of cosmetic products. Due to the rising affluence and the growing consciousness about grooming and appearance, among individuals, the potential of the cosmetics market is growing. This is driving the demand for use of bulk packaging for storage and transportation of cosmetics. The market is also driven by the growth in the end-use segments of the cosmetic industry such as skin care, hair care, and baby care among others.

Key players in the bulk sector for cosmetics are identified as Berry Plastics Group, Inc. (U.S), BWAY Corporation (Georgia), Georgia-Pacific LLC (U.S.), Greif incorporated (U.S), Mauser Group B.V. (Germany), Menasha Corporation (U.S.), Rehrig Pacific Company (U.S.), Remcon Plastics, Inc. (U.S.), SchoellerAllibert (Netherlands), and Westrock Company (U.S.).

Based on all kinds of materials used in global bulk packaging market for the cosmetics industry, the plastics accounted for the largest share and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.32% during the forecast period. The growth of plastic can be attributed to various factors such as average gains associated with the material over steel drums in terms of cost, weight and corrosion resistance.

Based on all kinds of products, pails are expected to grow the highest. The growth can be attributed to their performance and cost advantages in small volume applications. Drums will also continue to be a critical product for the packaging of larger sized products due to their relatively low cost, reusability, and effectiveness in the safe transport of hazardous materials.

July 12, 2017. The Pallet Alliance Inc. (TPAI), a unique national pallet management program provider, has been awarded USG’s Diversity and Inclusion Supplier of the Year 2017. The presentation was made at USG’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards Ceremony in Chicago (shown below). TPAI states that this is the first time a vendor has received this award, and in order to win, it was measured against many large and successful USG vendors.

July 5, 2017.  According to Persistence Market Research’s new report, the global pallets market, which is currently valued at over US$ 47,337 Mn is expected to register a CAGR of 5.4% between 2017 and 2025 to reach a valuation of US$ 76,067.2 Mn. During this eight years of the forecast, the market will be primarily driven by increasing global standards of goods transportation operations that is necessitating the adoption of pallets to a significant extent. Demand for pallets is gaining healthy traction owing to increasing urbanization in emerging countries such as ChinaBrazil and India, implicating the establishment of better and safer goods transportation system in large-scale industries such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals and agriculture in these nations.

PMR’s report, titled “Global Market Study on Pallets: Plastic Material Type Segment Projected to Register the Highest CAGR During 2017 – 2025” projects that growth of the retail and automotive sectors in regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America is likely to boost the growth of the global pallets market over the next couple of years. The market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to present lucrative growth opportunities for pallet manufacturers. Moreover, growing number of supermarkets and hypermarkets is also leading to widespread adoption of pallets in the region. Pallets facilitate easier and faster movement of large quantities of consumer products from inventories to display cabinets. In terms of value, Europe and North America are expected to retain their leading positions in the global pallets market over the forecast period, as these two regions were early adopters of pallets.

July 11. Surgere is presenting the AAMA (Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association) Packaging Bootcamp, August 16, 2017.

“Keeping your packaging game sharp requires individual effort and sometimes a little team practice. Where better to bulk(bin) up your packaging game than alongside fellow packaging experts at the inaugural AAMA Packaging Bootcamp!

“Surgere is well accustomed to the challenges associated with packaging management, so after some consideration and many client requests, we’ve decided to create an event destination where automotive packaging professionals, material managers, and procurement specialists can get together, share experiences and improve their game. We’ll get tactical, brush up on basics and best practices, and focus on the latest trends and challenges facing the automotive inbound supply chain, all from a packaging perspective.

“This half-day interactive session takes place at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, AL, and is designed to equip you with the tools and know-how necessary to increase your strength and agility as a packaging manager. Throughout the day you’ll hear from industry veterans, manufacturers, service providers, and even a little cross-industry expertise. Expect the latest in returnable container management, yard management, packaging design and more.”

To register, click here.

July 10.  Ikea has announced its intention to build a new distribution center in Vancouver, BC. The new location will support its supply chain operations for retail outlets in BC and Alberta, as well as e-Commerce sales. it will be located in Richmond BC, covering 340,000 sq. ft. and employing approximately 100 people. Ikea expects the new center to open in April 2018.

July 10. Topper Tube, a division of Topper Industrial, has introduced a new caster plate which increases stability. The caster plate has a standard hole pattern to use with multiple types of casters so the customer has choices. With the new Topper caster plate (Topper Tube Part No. 9000), the placement of the casters is moved to the outward extremities on the structure, increasing the stability and ensuring better mobility of the unit.

“The caster plate is durable and long lasting,” explained Eric Brown, Head of Research & Development at Topper Industrial. “It helps increase the life expectancy of the structure with which it is used. Users have more options when picking casters used with their small parts movement. Adding the plate to the caster is an efficient way to move parts from point A to point B without the fear of dropping, tipping, or being damaged. Now, with these durable casters and plates, warehouse operators and manufacturers do not have to worry about product damage.”

Typical tube and joint caster placements are inward on the structure due to the construction with joints and the type of casters used. Tube and joint structures are generally made for low weight capacity and periodical movement. In the application when costly or fragile parts are needed to be moved every day in a sequence, the added plate to the caster and outward positioning of casters ensure the safe delivery of such parts.

July 10. Amazon has announced its intention to build a massive warehouse south of Orlando International Airport, according to a news report. The sprawling facility, located in the city’s Lake Nona neighborhood, will employ 1,500 full-time workers. Since the construction of its first Florida fulfillment center in 2013. The nation’s largest retailer said it has hired more than 4,000 full-time workers in Florida since it constructed its first fulfillment center in the state in 2013. Total statewide employment will reach 9,000 people once the new facility is opened.

Mahindra and Mahindra are featured in Packaging South Asia Magazine. The company has transitioned over 1400 parts to reusable packaging, including closed loop and rental systems.

July 8. An international chemical company is seeking an asset manager for its global reusable packaging pool. Salary range is $85 – $100k.

“The Asset Manager will oversee the planning and systems associated with the reusable packaging globally. This includes managing the fleet planning for all of the cylinders, canisters, and other reusable assets necessary to support inbound supply and outbound sales. The Asset Manager will also be responsible for providing leadership to improve the tools and processes used to plan and track the companies assets. The Asset Manager will drive continuous improvement and productivity projects to improve the operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the asset fleets globally.” See the posting link here.

July 7. Marketing Internship: Lead Generation Project at CHEP  Orlando, FL. Paid internship.

July 6. Packaging Services Europe Ltd has officially opened its new facility in Leeds, marking a £350,000 investment in the business’s network and the creation of up to 25 jobs, once the site is at full capacity.  Following an extensive refurbishment of the 26,000 sq. ft. site, the facility will provide a throughput capacity of one million pallets per year through its industry-leading wash, inspection, and repair process.

July 6. Hazleton, PA – Tosca, a provider of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions, recently expanded the size of its facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park in order to support significant growth and to increase the facilities’ capabilities. According to a news report, Tosca, which moved into the Humboldt Industrial Park in 2002, previously operated in a 25,000-square-foot service center. The company has now expanded to a 50,000-square-foot facility, doubling the site’s size and capabilities.

July 1. Svenska Retursystem (SRS), a leading RPC and pallet rental provider in Sweden, will officially open its new washing and logistics center in Västerås, Sweden, this September. According to SRS, the new Hållbara Aros facility is the largest and most efficient to date for the provider. It will wash 70 million plastic crates and pallets annually. The event will also be an opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SRS.  Stefan Hyttfors, a leading futurist, will speak at the event.

June 18.  Antti Sarkkula (shown at right) has been appointed New Business Development Manager at K. HartwallAntti’s specialties are omnichannel e-commerce and retailing and management & development of supply chains.

June 13. WarmPro has introduced a new base heater for the Arena A330 IBC.  See their new ad, below.

rena A330 IBC.  See their new ad, below. We featured WarmPro

in a February article.

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