July 2020

New EPAL brand strategy focuses on EPAL system’s strengths

“MORE THAN ONE WAY” is the motto of EPAL International’s new brand strategy which will be launched to the European trade press. The EPAL system is the largest open exchange pool in the world, with more than 600 million EPAL pallets and over 1500 licensees who have been the mainstay of logistics for nearly sixty years. “MORE THAN ONE WAY” focuses on the entire EPAL system and its indispensable cornerstones of standardisation, quality assurance, unlimited availability, and ecological sustainability through efficient use of resources.

Essential for transporting and storing foodstuffs: Wooden pallets show higher levels of antibacterial activity than plastic

The widely held opinion that plastic pallets actually in load carrier circulation, inherently have better hygiene properties has now been convincingly proved wrong by a study by the Institut für Holztechnologie Dresden IHD. In addition to the facts, you will find a handout that you can use as a marketing tool and that clearly summarizes all the important information about the study. The study was commissioned by EPAL Deutschland.


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New iPAL website

The objective of the iPAL project is the digitalisation of the world’s largest open pallet pool. The European Pallet Association (EPAL) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) are jointly developing intelligent pallets and the logistics platform of the future at the EPAL Enterprise Lab. Information on all iPAL pallet developments is available on the new iPAL website where you can contact us directly, ask questions, and even benefit from serialised pallets right now as a pilot partner in the project.


EUTR: Closing the gaps on illegal timber trade

“Despite the introduction of the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) and increased monitoring and policing efforts, the EU remains one of the largest markets for the global trade in illegal timber writes NEPCon on their website. NEPCon is a non-profit organization that is committed to climate change and whose goal is to protect natural resources. EPAL licensees are repeatedly confronted with the EUTR regulation and NEPCon offers help through the LIFE Legal Wood project. "Working with partners across Europe, LIFE Legal Wood will create a stronger awareness of the issues involved and provide seminars and free tools to help companies avoid illegal timber in supply chains,” explains Project Manager Jakob Ryding.

The Italian consortium Conlegno, to which EPAL Italia is affiliated, is a project partner of the LIFE Legal Wood project.

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EPAL UK & Ireland:
Brexit transition extension deadline passes

The deadline for extending the Brexit transition period has passed. This means the UK will complete its exit from the EU on 31 December and has just six months in which to finalise a deal. In the event of a ‘no deal’ situation, all wooden pallets travelling between the UK and the EU will need to be heat treated and marked as ISPM15-compliant. EPAL guarantees that all its pallets are kiln dried and ISPM15-compliant as standard. This means they are free to move through customs across Europe – and won’t be subject to delays caused by inspections, whatever Brexit scenario we end up with. Other benefits of using EPAL pallets are that they are: safe for loads of up to 1.25/1.5 tonnes, kiln-dried, and specified ‘as new’ whenever they are repaired.

FEFPEB calls for ongoing essential European status for wooden pallets and packaging after Covid-19

The European Federation of Wooden Pallet & Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB) has called for European governments to recognise the wooden pallet and packaging industry as essential to supply chains of vital goods both during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. The European Pallet Association strongly supports the demands of the FEFPEB.

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EPAL General Assembly postponed

Due to the restrictions and precautionary measures in place as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the EPAL Board has postponed the annual EPAL General Assembly. The meeting, originally planned for 26th June 2020, will now take place on 2nd October 2020 in Zurich.


Best regards
Andrea Engels
Head of Public Relations & Marketing


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D-40472 Düsseldorf

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