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Sharp increase registered in repaired pallets in UK

13.02.2020 − 

2018 was the first year in which more pallets were repaired in the UK than new pallets were manufactured. According to the joint report presented at the end of January by the Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) and the Forestry Commission, an estimated 46m wooden flat pallets were checked and repaired, which equates to an increase of 3.6 % compared to the preceding year. Compared with the figures for 2015, the increase even amounts to roughly 20 %. At roughly 44.9m new pallets produced in the UK, the number of repairs also exceeded that of the new pallets for the first time.

Guy Watt of John Clegg Consulting, who conducted the survey and presented the results at the meeting of TIMCON members in Manchester in January, believes the trend reflects the higher costs for wood and the fact that the market meanwhile recognises the ecological benefits of recycling and repairing pallets.

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