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EPAL Business News Issue no 2 August 2016
Sziget Festival in Hungary: EPAL as partner of one of the world’s biggest pop events
The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) sponsors one of the biggest and most well-known music festivals in the world: the Sziget Festival in Budapest. The music, art and culture festival, taking place from 10th to 17th August 2016, expects more than 500,000 visitors. Read more…
Robert Holliger confirmed as EPAL President for a further three years
On 1st July 2016 the General Assembly of the European Pallet Association e.V (EPAL) elected Robert Holliger President of EPAL for a further three years. EPAL’s successful work and the continuing expansion of the largest open pallet pool will continue with the re-election of Robert Holliger. Read more…
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Several truckloads of counterfeit EPAL Pallets discovered in Belgium
At the end of May in Belgium, several truckloads of counterfeit EPAL Euro pallets were discovered and seized. This successful action took place in close cooperation between the European Pallet Association (EPAL) and the independent inspection company, Bureau Veritas. Read more…
Excellent results in Q1 2016. The upward trend of EPAL pallets continues
After the excellent annual result in 2015 with an increase of 10.9% and in total over 100m EPAL pallets, 73.6m of which were newly produced EPAL Euro pallets, the upward trend is continuing in the first quarter of 2016. Read more…
EPAL achieves a major breakthrough in the battle against EPAL Euro pallet counterfeiters in Ukraine
The European Pallet Association has made a major breakthrough in the battle against counterfeiters of EPAL Euro pallets. Thanks to the extensive teamwork of the EPAL representation in Ukraine and the independent inspection company Bureau Veritas, it has been possible to identify a producer of illegal EPAL pallets. In a joint campaign with the local police force, Bureau Veritas and Ukrainian lawyers, EPAL located and seized large quantities of counterfeit EPAL Euro pallets, as well as counterfeit branding plates. The counterfeiter will face criminal prosecution for the commercial infringement of trademark laws. Read more…
EPAL reports record results in 2015
EPAL-licensed Euro pallets are the world’s No. 1 inspected load carrier
With an increase of almost 11%, the 2015 production figures of EPAL pallets have exceeded all expectations. A total of 73.6 million EPAL Euro pallets were produced around the globe in 2015. This is a record result, up 10.9% in comparison to the previous year. At 23.9 million units, the 2015 repair figures were slightly but clearly above those of the previous year (2014: 22.4 million). Read more…
Ecological, exchange- able, innovative
The Euro pallet has been 'evergreen' for more than 50 years: 78 nails, 11 boards and 9 blocks - nothing else. Consistent high quality and unrestricted exchangeability have made the EPAL Euro pallet a logistics bestseller. Read more…
The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) attended the Gulf Packaging & Polymers Show (GPPS) in Abu Dhabi from 1st to 3rd February 2016 with great success
The trade fair stand designed exclusively for EPAL and constructed entirely from EPAL pallets was an impressive head-turner for the international industry specialists. EPAL presented its full flat pallet portfolio at the GPPS. Read more…
The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) joins the German anti-counterfeiting association APM
By becoming a member of Aktionskreis gegen Produkt- und Markenpiraterie e.V. (APM - Germany’s anti-piracy association), the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) has taken a further step in the fight against the distribution and use of counterfeit EPAL pallets. The APM is a joint initiative of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) and the German Trademark Association. The objective of the APM is to promote the exchange of experience among companies and between the economy and politicians, inform consumers and create a legal framework that allows the effective use of commercial property rights. Numerous notable companies are members of the APM. Read more…
The EPAL Businessnewsletter issue no. 3/2015. In Focus: Counterfeit EPAL Euro pallets
The damage caused by counterfeit EPAL Euro pallets is difficult to quantify, but it certainly runs into millions of euros. In its fight against trademark counterfeiting, the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) is relying on the numerous partners and institutions that are working together with EPAL to create a “clean” pallet pool and promote the high quality of the original EPAL pallets. Read more…
Successful trade fair "Logistica" in Utrecht for the EPAL Dutch National Committee with a stand made of EPAL Euro pallets
From 10th to 13th November, NEDERPAL, the Dutch National Committee of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL), attended the Logistica trade fair in Utrecht for the first time.Logistica is the leading trade fair for logistics and material flow management in the Benelux states. The stand, designed exclusively for NEDERPAL and constructed from EPAL Euro pallets, was a head-turner with its trendy pallet furniture. Read more…
Foundation of the the EPAL Czech and Slovak National Commitee
Four years after the first official appearance of the EPAL representatives in the Czech Republic at the gathering with Czech pallet producers and repairers in Hustopeče, on 20/08/2015, Czech and Slovak EPAL licensees met in Prague to found the Czech and Slovak National Committee. Its formation had been provisionally approved at the AGM of the European Pallet Association in Porto earlier this year. Read more…
EPAL warns against counterfeit EPAL Euro pallets from Ukraine
The European Pallet Association e.V. is warning against counterfeit EPAL Euro pallets from Ukraine, which have been in circulation on the market since the beginning of 2015.
These are counterfeit branded pallets that are not permitted to be ordered, imported, stored or sold.
The European Pallet Association e.V. is working intensively to take action against the inferior quality counterfeits and has already alerted the customs authorities at the external borders of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and other countries.
EPAL Euro pallets should ONLY be ordered from EPAL-licensed Ukrainian companies.
A list of the Ukrainian EPAL licensees can be found here.
Read the full warning here.
The EPAL Academy looks back on a successful first year What are “intelligent” pallets, the “light code” of an EPAL pallet or chamfered lower edge boards? What exactly are the quality features of an EPAL Euro pallet?
If you’re capable of answering all of these questions, you’re either an EPAL pallet producer or repairer yourself, or you’ve been on a training course at the EPAL Academy and are in possession of a “Euro Pallet Expert” certificate. At the end of its first year, the EPAL Academy is looking back on a successful year in which it has awarded this certificate to a multitude of participants. Read more…
Towers of pallets and “Kunst statt Kunststoff” at the NUFAM in Karlsruhe
The international umbrella association of EPAL-licensed producers and
repairers of EPAL pallets and box pallets, the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL),
is this year’s collaboration partner to the commercial vehicle trade fair,
NUFAM 2015. EPAL has provided considerably more than 6,000 EPAL pallets to build an oversized
pallet forum in the NUFAM Event Hall.
NUFAM 2015: Aufbau EPAL-Forum
Die #NUFAM 2015 ist eröffnet! Das #EPAL-Forum in der Aktionshalle ist nur eines der vielen Highlights auf der #Nutzfahrzeugmesse #Karlsruhe. Hier wurden über 6.000 #Europaletten an mehreren Tagen verbaut...zu sehen in unserem brandneuen Zeitraffer-Clip der vier Aufbautage.Posted by NUFAM Karlsruhe on Mittwoch, 23. September 2015
Operation against counterfeit EPAL Euro pallets on the Ukrainian/Slovakian border
More than 1,000 counterfeit EPAL Euro pallets have been seized during a large-scale inspection at the Ukrainian/Slovakian border. The operation was performed as a joint operation between the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL), independent inspection company Bureau Veritas and the Slovakian customs authorities at the Uzhgrog / Vyšné Nemecké border crossing. The aim of the operation was to prevent the illegal import of counterfeit Euro pallets into the European Union. Read more…
The EPAL Businessnewsletter issue no. 2/2015.
Current information on the EPAL Academy and the "Logistics Day", about the Polish National Commitee and their joining of the Polish Chamber of Packaging and the Polish Logistics Association, about the successfully collaboration between EPAL and the customs authorities in the Czech Republic and on the important fair presentations of the EPAL National Comitees. Read more…
The upward trend continues: 7, 25% increase in production of EPAL pallets in Q1 2015
Düsseldorf, 15th June 2015 – EPAL Euro pallets’ significant upward trend, which had already begun last year with an increase of 3% in the production figures, is continuing. In the first quarter of 2015, 7, 25% more EPAL pallets were produced than in the equivalent period in 2014. That’s 1.15 million more new EPAL Euro pallets than in the first quarter of 2014. The number of licensees also increased considerably in the first quarter of 2015: From 1,478 in the first quarter of 2014 to 1,520 in 2015. Both developments reflect the high level of acceptance that EPAL Euro pallets have in the market. Martin Leibrandt, CEO of the European Pallet Association e.V., said of the figures for the current quarter: “I’m very pleased with this positive development, and I assume that the positive trend will continue in the coming quarters.” more…
EPAL Euro pallet quality characteristics
What are the characteristics defining an original EPAL Euro pallet? All characteristics of an EPAL Euro pallet at a glance can be found in our updated leaflet. Download here
2nd Pallet Symposium of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) in Hungary
Budapest / Düsseldorf, 3rd June 2015 – As part of the 2nd EPAL Pallet Symposium held in the Budapest Marriot Hotel, a total of 50 experts discussed the current and future challenges of the pallet market in Hungary, as well as innovations such as RFID technology. Apart from providing information, the aim of the symposium was to strengthen the presence of EPAL Euro pallets and establish partnerships in Hungary. The positive feedback received from the numerous participants clearly demonstrates the scale of interest in topics relating to EPAL load carriers with respect to the Hungarian market. more…
Not barking up the wrong tree (Materialfluss, Green Logistics, 4/2015)
The increasing eco-orientation of the markets leads to the eco balances of services becoming more important also for logistics companies. EPAL euro pallets made of the regenerative material wood are particularly sparing on resources and environmentally friendly. They make an important contribution to climate protection and help the logistics industry meet its responsibility for more sustainability. more…
No exchange of "World” pallets within the EPAL-Euro pallet pool
Falkenhahn AG, the producer of “World” pallets, is currently trying to convince the users of exchangeable EPAL-Euro pallets, that these “World” pallets could also be exchanged within the EPAL-Euro pallet pool. This is not correct. EPAL answers the most important questions. Download here
EPAL in Asia – a success story
The EPAL Euro pallet was originally introduced to Asia in China at the Transport & Logistics trade fair in Shanghai in 2006 where EPAL presented what was then the almost unknown quality-assured EPAL Euro pallet to Chinese industry specialists. In 2008, EPAL opened its first office in Shanghai and the first batch of production licences was issued that same year. more...
Worldwide production of the EPAL wooden load carrier advances to 66.3 million pallets in 2014
Düsseldorf, 11.03.2015 –The European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) has recorded a production of 66.3 million of EPAL euro pallets in 2014 which means a growth of 3% compared to the prior year. Over the same period, the number of repaired EPAL pallets increased slightly to 22.4 million (2013: 22.3 million). more...
EPAL has moved – a new office for a new era!
In February 2015, the umbrella association of licensed producers and repairers of EPAL Euro pallets and box pallets, the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL), moved across Düsseldorf to its new office premises. In the face of an increasing number of challenges and responsibilities that EPAL has been taking on since its split with the UIC on 1st August 2013, the move to larger premises was inevitable. In addition to its current work supporting the existing National Committees, it has witnessed the arrival of new country representatives such as those of Hungary and the Czech Republic. more...
Interview with Martin Leibrandt in "Fruchthandel" (Germanys leading magazin for trading fresh fruits and vegetables), (3/2015, 16.01.2015)
The year which has just drawn to a close has been an eventful one for the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL). It could be pleased with having produced more than 64 million wooden pallets – triple the number produced in 1991 when the Association was founded. Not only that, it also launched the new EPAL half pallet, introduced a new quality classification together with GS1 Germany and a line was finally drawn under the dispute with the UIC (International Union of Railways). more...
Pallet expertise squared
The EPAL Academy and GS1 Germany Academy amalgamate their load carrier management training courses. more...
The first step has been taken: the Common European Pallet Pool agreement has been concluded. The settlement between EPAL and UIC has finally been signed and sealed
Düsseldorf, 24th November 2014 – The European Pallet Association e.V. has always declared itself in favour of continuing with common exchangeability, despite the fact that the UIC broke away from EPAL in December 2012. The approach taken by EPAL has been supported by GS1, leading German trade associations, ARGE Palettenpool, the majority of pallet users and the licensees. With the signing of the agreement regarding the Common European Pallet Pool, the UIC is now following this example. more...
EPAL launches a new half pallet on the market
Düsseldorf, 13th October 2014 – The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) has introduced a new EPAL half pallet with three skid boards. The independently quality assured 800 x 600 mm EPAL half pallet has been developed under the remit of being more robust and longer lasting than the current “Düsseldorfer” half pallet used on the market. The new EPAL half pallet came into being as the result of active discussions with trade and industry users and has been field tested. The use of wood as the raw material makes the EPAL half pallet particularly sustainable. more...
EPAL launches a radio magazine show
Düsseldorf, 2nd October 2014 – The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) is joining forces with Internet radio station ET-RADIO.de. The pallet programme will go live at 7pm on 6th October 2014. Entitled “Ingeniously simple – simply ingenious: the EPAL euro pallets magazine”, each week the new format will present practical tips on everything you need to know about euro pallets and helpful background information from the world’s largest open pallet exchange pool. more...
EPAL celebrates the production of 63.5 million Euro pallets
Düsseldorf, 17th September 2014 – 63.5 million EPAL Euro pallets have been produced in twelve months under the licence of 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. "The EPAL pallet is a success story" – this is the positive summary of Martin Leibrandt, Chief Executive Officer of EPAL, one year on. more...
EPAL is tipped for success in the Czech Republic
Prague/Düsseldorf, August 1, 2014 – The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) has firmly established itself in the Czech Republic: Licensed Czech manufacturers have increased their EPAL pallet production in the first quarter of 2014 by 24 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Furthermore, since the first pallet symposium took place in the Czech Republic in November 2013, the number of licensees has risen to eight manufacturers and repair shops. more...
International EPAL ACADEMY opens its doors
Düsseldorf, 4th July 2014 – The European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) has now sounded the starting signal for the first international EPAL ACADEMY within the framework of an opening ceremony. The objective of the unique pallet institution is to provide further training to the licence holders, users and suppliers in the form of a broad-based seminar and training programme covering the uniform high quality of EPAL Euro pallets, as well as their use on the open exchange pool. At the same time the academy will facilitate a cross-border experience exchange between the National Committees, of which there are currently 14. Furthermore, the event also witnessed the introduction of Euroblock Verpackungsholz GmbH as a premium partner of the EPAL ACADEMY. more...
First EPAL Pallet Symposium in Hungary
Düsseldorf/Budapest, 10 June 2014 –Some 50 experts and practitioners discussed current and future development of the open pallet exchange pool in Hungary, the quality of the EPAL Euro Pallet, modern application opportunities, RFID technology and the new pallet app at the First Pallet Symposium of the European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL), held in Budapest on 5 June 2014. The symposium's objective was to expand partnerships and networks among users, and to increase EPAL Euro Pallet presence on the Hungarian market further. more...
EPAL organises the first pallet symposium in Hungary
Budapest/Düsseldorf, 20th May 2014 – The European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) extends an invitation to the first pallet symposium in Hungary on the 5th June 2014. The industry meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Budapest is aimed at logistics experts, pallet manufacturers and repair organisations, as well as users from trade and industry. The focus of the symposium lies on the quality of EPAL Euro pallets. more...
EPAL founds its first international academy
European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) forms the first international "EPAL ACADEMY" in Düsseldorf. The launch is planned for the beginning of June 2014. The unique pallet institution will train licensees, suppliers and users. The aim is to expand knowledge of the consistently high quality of EPAL euro pallets and of the use of pallets in the largest open exchange pool worldwide. As a centre of excellence, the academy also promotes transnational exchanges of experience. more...
Great response at the first pallet symposium in Spain
The European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) witnessed great interest at the first pallet symposium in Spain on the 20th March 2014. The primary focus was on the importance of the high quality EPAL Euro pallets to Spanish industry. Around 60 Spanish logistics experts, pallet manufacturers and repair organisations, as well as users from trade and industry also discussed the current and future development of the largest open pallet exchange pool in the world, at the World Trade Center in Barcelona. more...
30 million new EPAL/EPAL Euro pallets produced since August
The European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) has recorded production of the 30-millionth Euro pallet with the EPAL logo on four corner blocks. The pallets produced throughout Europe exclusively under the EPAL licence have been coming off the line since the 1st August 2013. Robert Holliger, president of EPAL, presented these results on Saturday 1st February 2014 at the EUROBLOCK customer forum in Freising, organised by EUROBLOCK Verpackungsholz GmbH. In 2013, licence holders produced a total of 63.7 million EPAL pallets and repaired 21.6 million EPAL wooden cargo carriers. more...
UIC/EPAL pallets being exchanged as usual
At the beginning of the year readers of Verkehrsrundschau were asked about their experiences with the exchange of UIC/EPAL pallets. Following publication of the results it is clear that UIC/EPAL pallets are predominantly not being separated, and are being exchanged on the open Euro pallet exchange pool with EPAL/EPAL Euro pallets as usual. 88% of those... more...
EPAL and UIC reach agreement for the pallet market
The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) and the railways association UIC have reached fundamental agreement on mutual pallet recognition. more...
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WORLD pallets still not exchangeable within euro pallet pool
Falkenhahn, producer of the so-called World Pallets, is once again claiming that the so-called World Pallets can be exchanged within the EPAL Euro pallet pool. This is not correct! EPAL shall naturally not prohibit the users of EPAL pallets from accepting so-called World Pallets in exchange more...
9th October 2013
EPAL strengthens international cooperation
"We will grow further and align EPAL even more strongly with the market demands." It was with these words that Robert Holliger, president of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL), presented the future plans for the largest open pallet pool in the world to the pallet symposium in Hamburg today. Alongside the expansion of the exchange pool to additional countries in Europe and the further development of the comprehensive network of licence holders, EPAL also intends to introduce a new half pallet. more...
Ten million new EPAL pallets already produced
The production of the new EPAL Euro pallets has started successfully. Since the 1st August 2013, the European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) has already recorded the production of ten million pallets bearing the EPAL in oval mark on all four corner blocks. The new pallets, in production across Europe exclusively under the licence of EPAL, are exchangeable without limitation within the open pool and fulfil the internationally uniform quality standards. more...
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"Cracks in a success model", published in "Logistik Heute" the most widely circulated logistics magazine in germay
In the current edition of Logistik Heute 09/2013 there is a detailed report on the Euro pallet and the related discussion between the UIC and the European Pallet Association e.V. more ...
The UIC working group "Questions of palletisation" wishes to prohibit uniform pallet exchange
In a discussion with the magazine EUWID (EUWID Packaging 30.2013),
the UIC working group "Questions of palletisation" (UIC WG) once again attempted
to prohibit the users of exchangeable Euro pallets from exchanging these with EPAL Euro pallets.
To this end, the chair of the UIC WG, Mr Metlich, is circulating various false claims: more...
UIC working group describes possible splitting of the Euro pallet exchange pool as "unfortunate" and "not intended"
On the 09.07.2013, the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) and the UIC working group "Questions of palletisation" (UIC WG) consulted together with a representative of Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) in Paris regarding measures for safeguarding the uniform Euro pallet exchange pool. more...
EPAL - The Future of the Euro Pallet Pool
From 01/08/2013, EPAL is organising the Euro pallet open exchange pool, independently of the rail companies. Preparations for the associated change in labelling have been completed. From 01/08/2013, internationally exchangeable Euro pallets will carry the EPAL brand on all four corner posts. more...
Still no agreement between EPAL and UIC Working Group
The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) and the UIC working group "Questions of Palletisation" (UIC-AG) deliberated on the possibility of joint continuation of the uniform Euro pallet exchange pool. A representative of DB Intermodal Services GmbH (DB IS) also participated in the meeting. more...
Joint Statement of the Leading Corporations and Industrial Associations
In a further statement by their associations on 28 June 2013, the leading business and industrial companies addressed the UIC work group "Questions of Palletizing" and requested an agreement, in which they consent to maintain the unrestricted ability to exchange Euro pallets. more...
Extraordinary meeting of the UIC working group "Questions of palletisation" on the 17.06.2013
The UIC working group "Questions of palletisation" met on the 17.06.2013 within the framework of an extraordinary meeting in Vienna to discuss resuming cooperation with EPAL. more...
Agreement on the continued unrestricted exchange of pallets
EPAL organised the Euro Pallet Conference 2013 within the framework of the transport logistic 2013 trade fair. The subject of the conference and the many conversations that took place at EPAL's exhibition stand encompassed consultation and discussion on the future conditions of the Euro pallet exchange pool. The unanimous opinion of all users from industry, trade and logistics is that the uniform exchange pool must remain intact - just as EPAL has signalled. more...
EPAL – The Euro pallet exchange pool of the future
EPAL continues to organize the boundless exchange pool of the Euro pallets with all its advantages. 13 reasons.
EPAL – The Euro pallet exchange pool of the future
EPAL continues to organize the boundless exchange pool of the Euro pallets with all its advantages. 13 reasons.
EURO PALLET CONFERENCE
On 4th June 2013, the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) calls a meeting for the most important representatives from trade, industry, logistics and railways on the occasion of the EURO PALLET CONFERENCE in Munich. There, within the transport logistic trade fair 2013, they are trying to find possibilities to settle the conflict between EPAL and the UIC working group “questions of palletization”. At the same time, they plan to discuss the main frame conditions for the pallet exchange of the future from the perspective of the users. Registration HERE.
In the future EPAL will be organising the Euro pallet exchange pool, independent of the UIC.
In the future, the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) will be organising the open Euro pallet exchange pool independently of the international railway association (UIC). more...
Questions and Answers regarding the actual Situation
In doing so we will be looking at the questions that EPAL has received from licence holders and users as well as those forthcoming from the trade press in the last three weeks. If you should have any further questions please feel free to inform us of these. We assure you of a speedy response. more...
Nine million EPAL Euro pallets produced under new quality assurance
By the end of the third week of February the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL), based in Düsseldorf, operator of the largest open pallet pool in the world, had already recorded the production of the nine millionth Euro pallet under the quality controlling of the new partner for independent quality assurance, Bureau Veritas Industry Services GmbH. more...
EPAL remains the leading pallet organisation
The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL), operator of the largest open pallet pool in the world, remains the leading pallet organisation in the field of the free exchange of quality-assured timber pallets and boxpallets, even after the termination of the cooperation with the UIC. more...
Direct interface to the cargo carrier market - EPAL to deploy field managers in the future
In the future, the largest pallet pool in the world will be directly represented in the market place by field managers. In this way EPAL intends to expand the system, which has been put into practice with much success in France and the Netherlands, to include further countries. more...
EPAL intends to further improve quality – and awards global auditing to Bureau Veritas
EPAL is positioning itself for further growth and is awarding the global auditing of EPAL/EPAL cargo carriers to the independent certification company Bureau Veritas, Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex, France, from the 1st January 2013. more...