Martin Leibrandt, Chief Executive Officer of EPAL describes the EPAL pallet as a success story based on its performance over the last 12 months.
In terms of numbers, 63.5 million EPAL Euro pallets have been produced during this time under licence from the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL). The number of repaired wooden pallets stands at 21.5 million. EPAL Euro pallets fulfil the uniform international quality criteria and are exchangeable without restriction.
According to Martin Leibrandt, the past year’s performance has more than confirmed EPAL’s claim to leadership of the open Euro pallet exchange pool on quality and pallet volume parameters. The EPAL Euro pallet has further developed and strengthened its ground-breaking position on the market with the production of 63.5 million EPAL wooden cargo carriers attesting to their fundamental importance to users.
EPAL Euro pallets began production only 12 months ago with the product’s high quality guaranteed by the independent testing institute Bureau Veritas, which conducts regular and unannounced inspections of all licence holders. This ensures that EPAL pallets, produced from sustainable raw material wood, have a long service life and are suitable for use in automated warehouses.
Martin Leibrandt estimates that the increase in licence holders has also contributed to the high production figures for EPAL Euro pallets. Since August 2013 EPAL has approved 48 new licence holders and discussions with other potential partners are underway.
He comments that EPAL is receiving extensive interest in particular from Eastern European countries. EPAL has appointed Dana Babusikova in the Czech Republic and Eva Johnson in Hungary as EPAL representatives, to maintain contact with current licence holders and establish new contacts.