Comments from Universal Fastener Outsourcing, LLC for PalletCentral July-August 2015
“The pallet crating market is changing toward fastening with screws,” commented WC Litzinger, managing partner and owner of Universal Fastener Outsourcing. He further explains: The main reason is the increased demand for environmentally friendly products that are inherent with repaired and recycled pallets. For containers, screws offer more flexibility when you have to unscrew a lid to inspect the shipment, and then reclose it. We see more manufacturing end-user customers request more screws because it saves time with fewer damages to the wood packaging. It’s a good idea to be proactive and address this issue with your customers as an option on all your orders. They’ll appreciate that you offered them a choice before they have to ask.
Jim Boyd, sales and marketing, continues with comments on market trends: We’re seeing growing demand for high load, large coils (900 per coil of screws). More companies want these to use in "Mounted Tools" where high volume projects are made. For example, if you wanted to make 10,000 of something rather quickly and more efficiently using screws, this would save huge labor cost giving you a lower production cost, adding more profit to a company’s bottom line.
Another trend for pallet and crating market customers was noted by Boyd: There is the increase in requests for approval reports, similar to those we receive from Virginia Tech. We see this in subfloor and shear wall applications in the construction industry by the International Building Code and the International Residential Code as well. Our customers want assurances that our products are consistently made with high quality materials that have been tested, and approved, by the experts.
(Written exclusively for PalletCentral, July-August 2015)