Business activity on pallet market looking brisk
According to central European pallet manufacturers, the business year 2013 has got off to an unexpectedly brisk start in terms of volumes. Concerns that a general slowing in the pace of economic activity as a whole could lead to regressive demand for standard and special-purpose pallets have thus proved unfounded. Depending on the customer focus, by the middle of the month a number of individual manufacturers managed to register 10-15% higher volumes in sales than in the same month of last year. Both the food and consumer-goods sectors currently have a higher intake. There are reports of mixed demand from the machine-engineering and automotive sectors where demand for pallets is evidently highly dependent on the economic performance of the individual companies.