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EPA Recognizes Forestry Biomass Energy as Carbon Neutral - May 25, 2018 
The primary assertion for carbon neutrality is that carbon released when trees are cut down and burned is absorbed again when new tree growth takes its place thereby limiting total carbon in the atmosphere.; More Details Emerge in Response to Chinese Hardwood Log Export Restrictions: According to published news sources, Chinese officials are making changes after finding pests in loads of hardwood logs coming from the United States. It is not clear if this is just a temporary emergency action or if new import restrictions will be permanent. more...
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U.S. Housing Dips Despite Remaining Strong, Both Positive and Negative Trends to Watch - May 17, 2018 
For now, interest rates remain relatively low. As a result, housing affordability is good for many areas of the country. Lot availability is an issue limiting new housing developments, and the preference to rent is growing.; NWPCA Offers Free Fire Code Webinar: Safety should be a top priority for any pallet company, and this 90-minute webinar will take place May 24, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (EST), and feature fire code experts. more...
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Price Shock One Page Summary - May 16, 2018 
We have developed this one-pager to provide a quick-read explanation for interested parties that don’t want to read the entire report. more...
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Price Shock – Exploring Historic Market Shifts for Low-grade Lumber and Pallets - May 15, 2018 
This white paper titled Price Shock is designed to assist pallet suppliers explain to their customers current constraints, market pressures and issues as low-grade lumber availability has been stressed for over six months. more...
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More Details Emerge on China Log Import Actions - May 11, 2018 
According to various published reports, recent restrictions were imposed by the Chinese government on U.S. hardwood after Chinese officials discovered wood pests found in some log shipments.; Price Shock Special Report Developed: We have developed an updated white paper for pallet companies to explain the tough market conditions and help justify price increases connected to skyrocketing lumber prices. A modified one-pager is included in this issue of the Profile. more...
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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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