Morwell company Fishers is the first Australian pallet manufacturer to be fully licensed for the production of the new Europallets.
Europallets, which are a requirement for many companies exporting palleted product into Europe, will be launched at the Morwell manufacturing plant next month.
Latrobe City senior business development officer, Leo Billington, said Fishers was granted a licence to produce Europallets in July last year.
“This is a significant achievement by a local company because licences for the production and repair of Europallets in the Oceania region are granted exclusively by the European Pallet Association (EPAL),” Mr Billington said.
“The European Pallet Association promotes the Europallet globally as well as all other new pallet types.
“Basically, for Australian companies wishing to export palleted product into Europe, they must use fully approved Europallets.”
“Lew Fisher established the company in Morwell in 1979, originally supplying preserved pine timber products throughout Victoria.
Ten years later, Mr Fisher decided to begin pallet manufacture and was soon supplying up to 17,000 pallets per year to the Australian Paper Manufacturer’s Maryvale plant”.
Mr Fisher said it was when supplying pallets to local companies who were successfully exporting product into Europe that he became aware of a whole new world when it came to innovative trends in pallet manufacture and quality assurance.
“The Europallet is marginally different in size to an ordinary pallet but it is the sizing and quality of pallets that really matters. Shipping on the wrong pallet could cost your foreign operations or business partners more than you realize. It can be easy to think that a pallet is just a pallet. But many global companies are discovering that the packaging decisions made in one country can become a headache and financial burden in others. Product arriving on non-conforming pallets may be required to be off loaded onto EURO pallets for use in European warehouses, increasing costs and the potential for damage to products.”
“As the first pallet company in Australia to be granted a licence by EPAL, Fishers (Latrobe Valley) Pty Ltd, we are now connected to innovation in freight movements and storage throughout Europe.
“EPAL comprises members including producers, pallet dealers, repairers, users, railways, road and sea transporters.
Mr Fisher said there were strict quality controls, with new and repaired pallets bearing standardized quality marks.
The company also has modern kiln facilities which heat pallets at 56 degrees centigrade for 30 minutes to destroy all probable wood pests before pallets are despatched for use.
Pallets are phytosantised in batches of 500 and then stamped with the date and time of treatment, which can be traced back to the individual charge reports.
That is, Fisher’s are totally accountable by a sophiscated computerized system for any defective wooden pallets that may be despatched from Morwell to anywhere in the world,” Mr Billington said.
“To meet an expected demand for the new pallets, a new pallet making plant arrived from England for installation and shall be on show at the official launch.”
The official market launch of the Euro pallets will be held on Friday 11 April at Fishers’ manufacturing plant in Morwell and will be attended by local and state dignitaries including special guests Thomas Ulitzsch from EPAL Germany and Shanghai based businessman Ma Zhengyi.