Ozkor’s National Marketing Manager, Alan Morgan, spoke to MHD about the Australian pallet manufacturing company’s LWR-1165 pallet and explains what makes this solution an eco-friendly game-changer for industry.
While many pallet manufacturers have stuck to creating wooden solutions for their customers, Ozkor has continued to make strides in designing and producing eco and user-friendly pallets for its clients.
Businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint can ask Ozkor about its Australian-made LWR-1165 pallet. This material handling product is reusable, recyclable and returnable so it ticks all the sustainability boxes.
In July 2023, Ozkor presented this solution among several of its others at Food Pro, the triannual food trade show in Melbourne.
SHOWCASING AT FOOD PRO 2023
Ozkor’s National Marketing Manager, Alan Morgan, says the LWR-1165 pallet was a popular product featured at Food Pro. It attracted companies looking for a non-timber pallet that is comparable in price to the wooden alternatives traditionally purchased or rented.
“At Food Pro we experienced what can only be described as a new generation of industrial influencers focusing on how they can reduce their company’s carbon footprint by challenging the conventional values that have developed since the end of the Second World War, namely, single use disposable packaging and related values concerned with current day supply chain norms,” explains Alan.
Sustainability is the mantra being heralded throughout the corridors of modern-day industry with a resounding influence on the decision-making at board level of major Australian companies.
The philosophies of reuse, return and recycle is going through an industrial cultural renaissance in Australia by challenging the conventional wisdom of a baby boomer generation where the environmental implications of waste were not too high on the list of priorities, and a carbon footprint was something a chimney sweep left on the floor of the local squire’s manor house after finishing his daily chores.
MOVING FREIGHT WITH SUSTAINABILITY IN MIND
Companies that have traditionally purchased tens of thousands of single use pallets each year are now exploring how they can initiate reusable systems in their supply chain structure, for example, to incorporate reusable plastic pallets rather than end user customers dumping the discarded wooden alternatives into land fill.
Companies that have used low-cost single use cardboard boxes are mapping out returnable plastic container supply chain structures to capitalise on the economic as well as the environmental advantages.
While the wind of change has always been traditionally slow, however, the sustainability band wagon is gathering pace with encouraging progress despite former insecurities recently experienced due to supply chain disruptions and complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The LWR-1165 is a rackable light weight and easy to handle pallet that’s more economical to transport, a low-cost alternative to wooden pallets, more hygienic and safer to use,” says Alan.
“It’s made in Australia by the injection moulding process using a 100 per cent recycled polypropylene co-polymer and designed to accommodate a 1,000 kg load in standard selective beam racking. The materials used are much more hygienic than wood and has a very high chemical and alkalis resistance.
“When it comes to making a sound sustainable investment option, that reduces your carbon foot print, Ozkor’s new LWR-1165 plastic pallet goes a long way in shaping the future of Australia’s supply chain industry.”
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