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The Netherlands & Sweden Wood Packaging Federations Commit to PDS

Thursday, January 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annette Ferri
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ALEXANDRIA VA, January 26, 2017 - The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is proud to announce new Pallet Design System™ (PDS) marketing partnerships with Nederlandse Emballage- en Palletindustrievereniging (EPV) in The Netherlands and Svenska Forpackningsforeningen in Sweden. Each organization will exclusively market PDS in their respective countries, with their members receiving significant discounts on leasing the industry leading software. NWPCA’s President/CEO Brent McClendon noted, “We are very excited about this phenomenal opportunity to partner with these two great organizations and further the rapid expansion of PDS across Europe.”

McClendon continued, “With PDS, pallet manufacturers and recyclers in The Netherlands and Sweden will have access to the leading and most-used pallet design software in the world. They will be better equipped to provide their customers with pallets that utilize timber efficiently, while also ensuring the safe and effective transportation of their goods.”

NWPCA is already working on the next version of PDS through a recently announced expanded research partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (CPULD) and Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. NWPCA has committed approximately $200,000 USD to Virginia Tech projects as part of a $1 million investment in advancing the unit load capabilities of PDS in 2017 and 2018. The new developments will specifically focus on:
  • State-of-the-art research on interactions and stresses between the pallet and supported containers (corrugated boxes, pails, drums and shipping sacks) at all phases of unit load handling, storage and transport;
  • Development of advanced structural analysis models of the entire unit load system (pallet, supported containers and load stabilizers)
Nederlandse Emballage- en Palletindustrievereniging (EPV) is the representative association of producers, traders and repairers of wood packaging. The EPV members have an 80% share of the total production of wooden pallets (for limited use and reusable), crates and boxes (fruit, vegetables, wine) and industrial and export packaging in the Netherlands. For more information on EPV, visit

Svenska Forpackningsforeningen is a trade organization for manufacturers of wood and wood-based packaging in Sweden. Their members’ main products consist of boxes, crates, pallets, pallet collars and cable drums, and special packaging. For more information, visit

About The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association

The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is the largest organization of wood packaging professionals in the world, with more than 670 company members in 28 countries who manufacture, repair and distribute pallets and wood packaging in unit-load solutions, or who supply products and services to the industry. For more information on NWPCA, visit

About Pallet Design System™

The Pallet Design System™ software provides fully engineered and safe pallet designs, delivered in a professional manner. Over 360 major pallet manufacturers in 23 countries around the world use PDS to create 3-D designs that are comprehensive, detailed and efficient. In addition to predicting safe load capacity and deflection under load, PDS provides detailed specifications in 2-D and 3-D drawings for virtually any wood pallet design. PDS is a proprietary software of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association. For more information on PDS, visit


Brent McClendon, +1 (703) 519-6104 (NWPCA)
Johan Larsson, +46 8 7627911 (Svenska Forpackningsforeningen)
Fons Ceelaert, +31 13 594 303 (EPV)

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