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Plastic pallet advances open up opportunities for drinks sector

PLASTIC beverage pallets can help companies reduce both costs and breakages.

That’s the view of Goplasticpallets.com, who said that with the drinks industry busier than ever, there is a need for faster and more consistent distribution. The firm explained that it is seeing advances in the way that plastic pallets are made, which is opening doors to further possibilities.

“Until a few years ago, Heineken used wooden pallets to transport their 50 L kegs around the Netherlands,” Goplasticpallets.com said. “After suffering recurrent setbacks – such as the wood breaking during automation causing a halt to the production line – they decided enough was enough. Heineken wanted to both eliminate the problems that were physically occurring with the wooden pallets, plus make the process safer whilst reducing their overall costs, so they contacted CABKA_IPS who specialise in manufacturing durable plastic pallets. The solution CABKA_IPS proposed was to create a customised plastic pallet that featured centre rings to keep the kegs in position. The result is the Keg S9 OD-6R.”

Goplasticpallets.com has the exclusive UK distribution rights to the Keg S9 OD-6R as part of its partnership with CABKA_IPS. The business also has sole distribution rights in the UK to the BPPI9 Beverage Pool Pallet 6R. Created specifically to work universally as a beverage pallet, it is described as the “ideal solution” for crates, cans and glass bottles due to the six built in anti-slip strips.

Designed and manufactured by CABKA_IPS, the company states that major achievements from this pallet include “lower breakage rates at less than one percent per trip” and “significant reductions in the monthly rental fee”.

Goplasticpallets.com added that overall costs of using plastic pallets designed specifically for the beverage industry are “greatly reduced” in comparison to that of a standard wooden pallet for reasons including their long working life, reduction in breakages and efficiency in the job they are designed for.

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