If you are thinking of changing to cardboard pallets then the Ubusi pallets are one of the best in South Africa. Made from honeycomb board they are strong and rigid.
The biggest advantages for cardboard pallets are:
- No fumigation needed. The pallets are 100% paper based 100% ISPM-15 compliant.
- Environmental friendly: Partially made from recycled fibres (we aim to go 100% recycled if paper quality allows) and fully recyclable. No pile of pallets somewhere in a corner of your factory, simply sell them to your paper recycling company.
- Lightweight: less weight, ¼ of wood, gives you the opportunity to put more product on a truck. Big savings in air cargo.
- Full deck: no slats that can damage your product
- Shock absorbing: wood gives all the vibrations to your product, honeycomb absorbs a lot of them.
Using our 50 mm Ubusi panels we built the pallets with a full deck. Feet are made from our 90 mm honeycomb panels or by laminating 2 x 50 mm panels for a 4-way pallet. We can make the pallet in any size and with 2 or 4-way entry. If you have a lightweight load then we can reduce the 50 mm top deck to 30 or 20 mm and save.
Quarter pallets or any shape are possible.
Ubusi cardboard pallets can compete with any new wooden pallet out there but unfortunately not with second hand or reconditioned ones. Always important to calculate the total cost through the logistical chain in order to make a fair comparison e.g. for airfreight the savings pay for the pallet in most cases. Our pallet prices vary from 155 to 221 rand excl VAT
Cardboard pallets have several important advantages over wooden pallets but are not always a 1 on 1 replacement. The biggest hurdle for cardboard pallets might be the mindset of your logistics provider or your client e.g. Forklift drivers seem to get extra points if they can break the pallet etc….
Can they stand in water for long? The pallets can resist water such as rain for a reasonable time. As most products on top of the pallet are packed in cardboard boxes themselves one would not want to leave the pallet outside for long anyway. Free standing water and pools of water are the biggest problems. In a normal logistical chain, the time spent in such conditions should be minimal anyway.
What load can they take?
The pallets have been used to transport 1,2 tons of wine without any problems. Pallets were stacked up to 3 high. Every load however is different (point loads, etc.). So we invite you to test and be convinced.
Try it you will like it! And so will your customers.