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Predictions for the Global Pallet Market 2015-2019

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A recent in-depth study conducted by Research and Markets, one of the world’s largest and most respected market research companies, has revealed that there are some exciting times ahead for the pallet market. The report covers the global pallet market from 2015 until 2019. Undoubtedly, the outstanding statistic contained within the research report is the prediction of growth within the pallet market of an astonishing 4.57%.

The Evolution of the Global Pallet Market

The pallet industry as a whole has certainly witnessed a vast array of changes over the past fifty years. The materials used and innovative techniques employed in the pallet manufacturing process continue to evolve. Vendors are still investing heavily in research and development in order to produce pallets that satisfy a number of criteria, including being recyclable, friendly to the environment, cost-effective and durable. Of these qualities, it is a pallet’s durability and overall strength which is currently considered as the most crucial. This is because end users want to be able to use pallets on multiple occasions within the supply chain process rather than just for a single trip.

This shift in pallet demand towards multiple use has had a knock-on effect in other areas. With pallets now been used more than once, the instances of damage are also naturally on the rise. This unfortunately leads to overall supply-chain costs mounting too. As a result, vendors are now focusing their attention on developing pallets of the highest quality in order to meet the ever-increasing demands of clients.

Predicted Growth for the Global Pallet Market

Much of the predicted growth for the pallet industry over the next four years can be attributed to the recovering global economy. After a number of years when the financial stability of the world economy was uncertain at best, the outlook is now much brighter. With the majority of the financial superpowers now out of recession, consumer spending has begun to increase. In particular, the housing sector has been the recipient of a welcome boost, with the knock-on effect being that the construction industry is now on a more solid foundation. A rise in activity in the construction industry has naturally led to a surge in demand for pallets.

With activity in the housing and construction sectors now on the rise, demand for other associated products, such as durable goods and accessories, will also increase. Again, this can only be good news for the global pallet industry, as the demand for logistics services grows ever stronger.

Although the continuing shortage of raw materials is forecast to pose a major challenge to the industry, the outlook for the global pallet market as a whole over the next few years remains very positive.

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Associated Pallets offer a wide range of wooden pallets and are currently working with businesses all over the UK to improve their logistics and supply chain processes.

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Recycling Timber & Construction Mats

Posted By Kipp Marstall, Friday, July 10, 2015

Market for Crane Mats?

This post is to begin a discussion on the Crane Mat market, submitted by industry colleague interested in  timber mat recycling. Please share your comments/opinions below.

"I was curious as to if anyone has tapped into this market before or if anyone had any insight on the topic. There seems to be a lot of excess decommissioned mats out there that just get burned or thrown in landfills. I would like be more green at the same time possibly make some profits. Shredding these oversized pallets to mulch or biomass seems to be best answer."

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Pallet Industry Report

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 19, 2015

Submitted by Amy Angellotti, Rose Pallet

Our account manager, David Sexauer, explores the wooden pallet shortage and its impact on the quality of pallets in circulation in an article he authored entitled, “Is This the State of Affairs?” Below is an excerpt from this pallet industry report:

Many pallet manufacturers and recyclers will tell you that the 90’s were their best overall years in business, though their numbers began to level off when the market became more equalized after enough consecutive years of whitewood, CHEP, and plastic competition. It wasn’t until the mid-2000’s that the real challenges to the industry occurred. During a “normal” pallet cycle, companies that primarily buy used or reconditioned pallets would bolster their inventories by purchasing new pallets during their high shipping season (October – December). This influx of pallets would help replenish the pool for the following year and give life to the recycling industry. As the economy took a turn for the worse, many companies skipped out on their annual splurge of buying new; instead, opting for more reconditioned pallets. The most severe case occurred in 2008 when virtually none of these companies bought new pallets relative to prior years. This skip in the cycle caused a ripple effect that depleted a pallet pool already feeling pressures.

In January 2011, Costco, one of the largest purchasers of new whitewood pallets in the United States, decided to forgo buying stringer pallets and elected to go with CHEP, the rental block-style pallet. Without the large quantities of new pallets to replenish the recycled market, the downward spiral of the pallet life-cycle worsened. In addition to Costco, many other companies sought out standard #1 and high-grade #2 pallets. This high demand and low supply became a recipe for disaster. In order to compensate, manufacturers were forced to keep pallet cores in the overall pool much longer than before and continually recondition these pallets as much as possible, which ultimately lowered the quality of #1’s and #2’s into something virtually recognizable.

Click the "Download file" below for a full copy of this article to learn how market conditions and the quality of pallets are slowly improving and what your company can do to help the process and, in turn, drive down costs.


Amy Angellotti, Director of Sales & Marketing and Co-Owner, has over 9 years of experience in the wooden pallet industry. She has dedicated her career to serving the pallet management needs of Fortune 100 and 500 companies, both at regional and national levels. Currently, she focuses on national growth, building relationships, and developing new accounts. Amy also assists in running day-to-day operations and works closely with the sales team. Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, attending Chicago Blackhawks games, and painting.

David Sexauer, Account Manager, is a seasoned sales professional with experience in various industries including medical, education, and information technology. His primary focus is developing regional and national pallet management programs for his customers across the country. David enjoys interfacing with clients throughout the supply chain; this helps him to better understand challenges and effectively respond with the right solutions. During his free time, David participates in and follows various athletic events, plays piano, and recycles.

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Wondering How to Recycle a Pallet? Here are Five Easy Ways

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 17, 2014

By Steve Yelland, J.F. Rohrbaugh Co., Inc.

You’ve been working with pallets for years. You’ve bought them, re-used them and repaired them, meeting the demand for outbound shipments. Over time, you’ve accumulated pallets that simply can’t be used and are taking up space in your yard. Hesitant to send them to the landfill in a dumpster or, worse, let the pile grow in your yard? Don’t sweat it: there are multiple ways to recycle wood pallets, all of which are environmentally clean, financially sound, and helpful for others.

  1. Energy Recovery. For anyone with stores of pallets leftover during the winter, burning pallets for heating purposes is a great way to conserve energy costs and make use of old pallets. Be careful, though—avoid burning pallets that have been chemically treated, because the toxins released can be harmful to both you and the environment. Most pallets are heat-treated rather than chemically treated, so burning normally isn’t a problem.
  2. Landscape Mulch. Natural mulch is one of the best uses for recycled pallets. In addition to emitting a pleasant earthy smell in a garden, mulch helps seal in moisture for growing plants and protects them from extreme temperatures. Pallet mulch is completely organic, meaning it decomposes naturally and even looks nice in a garden — natural reds and browns complement greenery much better than inorganic mulches.
  3. Soil Enhancement. While mulch is used more for landscaping, it can also be used to enhance soil in green spaces. Naturally colored mulch is used in forest pathways and backyards to protect soil from harsh weather conditions and moisture, which keeps it healthy, regardless of whether it’s clay-based or light, earthy soil.
  4. Wood Particleboard. Many pallet recycling plants separate the pallets from the metal nails, creating wood chips ready-set for a second life as furniture, walls, or even more pallets. Particleboard is a dense type of engineered wood created from compressed wood chips and is often used to create inexpensive wood furniture—think of IKEA as a prime example.
  5. Compressed Wood Pallets. Certain manufacturers have designed new styles of pallets made from particleboard: they’re lighter, more ergonomically designed, and just as sturdy as regular pallets. They’re also exempt from ISPM 15 regulations because they’re created using glue, heat, and pressure.

Bonus: Interior Design. “Shabby chic” is in, haven’t you heard? Pallet sofas, pallet shoe racks, pallet bedframes, and pallet shelves have skyrocketed in popularity. A popular pastime for frugal or DIY designers, it’s possible to strip apart a pallet and create an entire living room set out of it. See Pinterest for details.

There’s no reason useable lumber should wind up in a dumpster. Even if your pallets have lived a good life and are now beyond repair, to simply throw them out without first considering green options would be a financial and environmental mistake. There are plenty of options that lie comfortably between the extremes of the trash can and allowing the pile of discarded pallets to consume space in your yard: it’s just a matter of which route you choose.


As President of J.F. Rohrbaugh Co., Inc., Steve is a well respected strategic visionary who continues to focus on upholding the company traditions and values that have made the family business successful since 1880.

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