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EXPO Richmond Preview, What You Need to See at the Industry’s Biggest Live Equipment Expo - May 4, 2018 
As a service to readers, the Pallet Profile contacted advertisers who will have a presence at EXPO Richmond exhibiting or marketing a new product or service, or offering live demonstrations of machinery or equipment.; NEWS IN BRIEF: resident Donald Trump is holding off on imposing tariffs on steel imports from Canada, Mexico, and European Union countries. more...
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IPPC Approves Two New ISPM-15 Treatments - Apr 27, 2018 
The new treatments include the use of sulfuryl fluoride – a gas insecticide, and new-generation dielectric heating technologies that employ microwave and radio frequency waves to generate pest-killing temperatures deep inside wood products.; CHEP Half Pallets Are Carbon Neutral: CHEP says its half pallets enable customers to reduce in-store labor costs by up to 75%, increase sales of promotional items by as much as 30%, improve distribution center efficiency by more than 25%, and boost in-store efficiency by over 75%. more...
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State of the Recycling Sector – Part I. Industry Conference Seeks Answers Amidst the Mayhem - Apr 26, 2018 
The good news for recyclers is that some pallet users are looking to recycled pallets to solve the supply problem. The bad news – there aren’t enough high quality recycled pallets to go around. There is plenty of junk on the market, and it costs too much in terms of labor to process it for producing combo pallets.; Multiple Factors Contributing to Pallet Nail Market Stress, Price Increases: There are several reasons for price increases such as freight increases, growth for construction nails, wire rod price escalation, reduction in capacity from foreign mills, trade duties and tariffs, U.S. dollar weakening, and general improved economic activity.; Landfill Survey Indicates Positive Pallet Disposal Trends: According to the survey, the number of wood pallets heading into landfills had dropped drastically since 1998. Only 25.39 million wooden pallets were landfilled in MSW and C&D landfills in 2016 compared to 178.5 million landfilled in 1998. That’s a huge drop due to the growth of the recycling market as well as the use of recycled lumber and combo pallets. more...
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State of the Pallet Industry – IV, Pallet Automation Technology & Trends - Apr 20, 2018 
When people first think of new technology in development, the first thing that comes to mind are robots. But advanced automation is so much more than just robots. There is no one technology that can solve every production challenge.; PPW to Stop PDF Delivery: We will continue to send out regular emails reminding subscribers that the latest issue is available, but we will stop including a PDF attachment after the first report in May.; NWPCA Announces Fly-In Details: Attendees will be able to meet with Congressional representatives and their staffs as well as hear from some major leaders in the federal government. more...
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Strategies for Dealing with the Labor Crunch, State of the Pallet Industry – Part III - Apr 13, 2018 
When it comes to the labor shortage, there are three primary strategies: improve recruitment and retention efforts, use automation to reduce labor required, and optimize production processes to eliminate wasted motion and inefficiencies.; Developments in Canadian Softwood Lumber Market, Trade Case: Canadian officials stated that the duties represent a “considerable hardship” on softwood lumber producers and communities across Canada, while the U. S. government has argued that the duties were fully consistent with its obligations under the WTO agreements.; Brambles to Sell Off IBC Business: Brambles is making this move to focus on its core pallet and RPC business units. more...
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Multiple Factors Contributing to Pallet Nail Market Stress, Price Increases - Apr 6, 2018 
There are several reasons for price increases such as freight increases, growth for construction nails, wire rod price escalation, reduction in capacity from foreign mills, trade duties and tariffs, U.S. dollar weakening, and general improved economic activity.; ORBIS® Corp. Acquires Response Packaging: With the intent to broaden its packaging solutions, ORBIS® Corp., a leader in reusable plastic packaging, has bought the company, which specializes in custom packaging, headquartered in Piedmont, South Carolina.; UFPI Signs Agreement to Acquire Certain Assets of North American Container Corporation: This acquisition will allow Universal to enhance capacity and expand into geographic areas identified as opportunities for growth, including South Carolina and Tennessee and offer existing and targeted customers additional solutions for packaging and crating needs.; News Brief: According to a news story by Lima News, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) recently visited Lima Pallet in a tour to review the impact of the recent federal tax cut package. more...
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State of the Pallet Industry – Part II, Political Action and Industry Communication Are Crucial for Future Success - Mar 30, 2018 
One thing on the agenda at the ALC was to improve the pallet industry’s outreach to government officials and regulators. The formally NWPCA unveiled plans for a new political action committee called PalletPac.; Landfill Survey Indicates Positive Pallet Disposal Trends: The industry has new data that indicates the wood pallet sector is doing a good job in terms of landfill disposal rates. The number of wood pallets heading into landfills had dropped drastically since 1998. more...
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CHEP Recycled Rebrands as 48forty Solutions, After Spinoff from Brambles - Mar 29, 2018 
The recycler stated that the former CHEP Recycled is now executing a bold new name and brand image that positions it for growth while celebrating its position as the leader in one of the foundational businesses of the supply chain and logistics industry.; Brian Isard Retires from CWPCA, New General Manager Named: The CWPCA’s board has appointed Scott Geffros to be the next general manager. He previously worked for the association as its assistant general manager.; Don’t Miss EXPO 2018: EXPO Richmond covers a wide variety of equipment categories including: sawmilling, kiln drying, harvesting, biomass, trucking, pallet manufacturing/recycling, optimization/scanning, material handling, logging, firewood production and related equipment, supplies and services.; Recycled Bits: The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has released an updated version of the Pallet Design System™ (PDS). U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) recently visited Lima Pallet in a tour to review the impact of the recent federal tax cut package. A report points out the rosy outlook for Canadian lumber producers. It notes that housing starts in the United States and lumber prices are both expected to rise again in 2018. more...
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State of the Pallet Industry – Part I , Mayhem Is a Good Word for It - Mar 23, 2018 
At the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association’s (NWPCA) Annual Leadership Conference (ALC) held recently in Florida. The theme for the meeting was “Manufacturing in a time of mayhem.” And all of the challenges and changes taking place right now suggest that “mayhem” is an accurate description.; Brian Isard Retires from CWPCA, New General Manager Named: The CWPCA’s board has appointed Scott Geffros to be the next general manager. He previously worked for the association as its assistant general manager. more...
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CHEP Recycled Rebrands as 48forty Solutions After Spinoff From Brambles - Mar 16, 2018 
Beyond just branding and creating a new corporate identity, the name and logo underscore the recycler’s core mission. The company is committed to providing cost efficient pallet solutions, the consistent quality customers require, and a better customer experience.; Virginia Is the Place to Be for Pallet People in May: This large forest products show with a strong pallet flavor takes places Friday, May 18th and Saturday May 19th at the Richmond Raceway Complex. You can see equipment run at EXPO Richmond like no other event in the world.; The Pallet Design System™ Adds New Languages, Capabilities: Global demand for the most efficient, cost-effective, and safe pallet is drawing pallet manufacturers and pallet users to PDS. With the release of PDS v.5.4©, users have the option to enter the design details, and view or print, in any of the languages.; News in Brief: Guess where the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper is going to be built? The answer is Japan. The former head of OSHA is criticizing Congress for rolling back a rule that requires employers to keep records about worker injuries and illnesses for five years. more...
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