Ten Million New EPAL Pallets Already Produced Since August 1 Launch

After the international railway association UIC withdrew its participation from the European Pallet Association (EPAL) following a change in the audit company used, there was some level of concern that  a split in the Euro pallet pool might result, but this has proven not to be the case.

“A breaking up or splitting of the Euro pallet exchange pool, which was feared by various parties, has not become a reality,” says Martin Leibrandt, CEO of EPAL. “No new exchange pool has formed alongside the EPAL Euro pallet pool.”

In fact, production of the new EPAL Euro pallets has started successfully. Since the August 1st 2013 launch, the European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) has already recorded the production of ten million pallets.  The trademark of the new EPAL Euro pallets is the “EPAL in oval” logo applied to all four corner blocks, while the “EUR in oval” mark and the marks of the national railways have been now omitted from new pallets.

“The quality of the new EPAL Euro pallets is exceptional and their exchange within the Euro pallet pool is functioning seamlessly. We are receiving positive feedback from the licence holders and users of EPAL cargo carriers,” adds Leibrandt.  In total, around 95 percent of the roughly 1,600 licence holders of EPAL have signed the new licence agreement and are continuing with the production and repair of EPAL Euro pallets.

EPAL is the operator of the largest open pallet pool in the world. At the beginning of 2013, EPAL commissioned the independent audit company Bureau Veritas with uniform quality assurance, and the company is responsible for carrying out unannounced checks of EPAL licence holders. With these quality controls, the service provider ensures the unaltered and internationally uniform quality of EPAL Euro pallets during their production and repair, on the basis of the UIC codices 435-2 and 435-4. “As a result, one-brand pallets really are in circulation within the open Euro pallet exchange pool for the first time”, concludes Leibrandt.



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