Welcome to the May 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. We salute Exporta for introducing a new Eco Rating System for its plastic pallet range. This new system categorises plastic pallets in to one of three tiers that are designed to give full clarity on the journey a plastic pallet takes from its manufacture right through to the end of its use. Over 98% of Exporta’s plastic pallet range is made from recycled material and by switching to a plastic pallet, customers are contributing to the direct recycling of over 250 plastic containers.


Congratulations to Linde Material Handling which has seen its one-millionth counterbalance truck roll off the assembly line in Aschaffenburg, Germany. The completion of the milestone vehicle was celebrated with a minute-long indoor fireworks display of red Bengal lights, sparklers, smoke and lots of glitter raining down around the figure “1,000,000”. The next day, the latest generation Linde diesel forklift truck with a load capacity of 3.5 tons set off on the journey to its future workplace at Colorobbia España S.A. on the east coast of Spain, with the signatures of all assembly employees written on the back of it.

Well done to Union Industries, the UK’s leading manufacturer of high-speed industrial doors, which has completed one of its largest individual projects with the supply and installation of 40 of its rapid-roller doors at Princes Group UK’s (Princes) food production site in Long Sutton. Union installed a selection of rapid-rise doors, including small internal Lion Doors for pedestrian and pallet traffic use and two of Union’s Eiger Doors for cold store applications.

One focus for packaging suppliers in 2021 and beyond will be to develop and promote the idea of a circular economy – inspiring businesses on an international scale to embrace the global solution to eliminating waste. To drive forward the sustainability movement, companies can review their paper vs plastic usage, ensure a healthy mix is used in the most environmentally and responsible way and gain awareness of what packaging is recyclable, says our packaging feature.

The UK pallet sector is in good health, data from the Association of Pallet Networks reveals. In 2020, APN members delivered 27.8m pallets, a growth of 3.2% year on year, according to our pallet networks feature. Despite all the poor forecasts and a slow start to 2020, it has been encouraging to see pallet volumes remaining strong with unexpected growth.

Conveying and sortation systems have in the past been too rigid for today’s environment, our conveying and sortation feature reports. It’s encouraging to witness the conveying and sortation industry showing the required flexibility to meet the needs of the ever-changing warehousing and distribution industry.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor


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