Demand for air transport in the pharmaceutical sector is rising. Between 2006 and 2016 pharmaceutical volumes in air cargo grew 3.4% year-on-year and, between December 2016 and February 2017, this rose to 4% year-on-year. This trend is expected to continue, with estimates putting global biopharma logistics spend at almost $93 billion (£72.4 billion) by 2020. Lives may depend on drugs and equipment making it safely from origin to destination on time. Increasingly, changes in consumer expectations are resulting in ever more demanding production schedules, augmenting the time pressure on manufacturers and suppliers. At PALLITE®, we want to help healthcare and pharmaceutical companies offset the higher cost of air freight compared to other transportation methods. We want to show them that when you switch to PALLITE®, taking to the skies really need not cost the earth.

Weight Savings

When transporting goods by air freight, it’s easy to consider the weight of the load, but forget to factor in the additional mass added by the weight of the pallet holding it. By reducing the weight of your pallets, you can significantly reduce the cost of transporting each load. This is going to become increasingly important as the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries move towards higher value, lower volume consignments in this age of increased personalisation of treatments. The PALLITE® range is up to typically 83% lighter than wooden alternatives. In fact, our lightweight pallets start from just 4.05kg. Standard UK wooden pallets weigh around 30kg each, while a PALLITE® paper pallet that is capable of holding up to 750kg in open-beam racking and weighs. One of our customers saved more than £180,000 on the cost of transporting its high-value goods by air freight, thanks to the over 20kg weight saving made by switching from wooden crates to a PALLITE® pallet.

Weight + space = cost

Logistics professionals know that transporting air – empty space generated by loads that don’t fill their containers – simply doesn’t make good business sense, as it requires businesses to undertake more journeys than they need to ship the same amount of product. Unlike wooden or plastic pallets, which are generally available in only a limited number of standard sizes, PALLITE® can manufacture pallets and pallet boxes designed to maximise the use of space within airline cargo holding bays, including tailoring them to the optimum height for an airline. Fewer journeys means fewer air miles travelled and ultimately results in reduced CO2 emissions for environmentally-conscious companies seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. For example, a company sending four pallets per week on a 5,000-mile flight would save CO2 equivalent to running two medium-sized cars for a year, or planting 16 trees, by switching to a PALLITE®, assuming a 20kg weight saving compared to wood.

Other benefits of PALLITE®

As well as reducing the total cost of distribution, switching to PALLITE® products brings a host of other benefits it is worth considering:
  • ISPM 15 exemption – The entire PALLITE® range is exempt from the ISPM 15 regulations requiring wooden pallets to be heat-treated, reducing the burden of paperwork and certification required to transport loads by air.
  • Accepted By Airlines – PALLITE® is an established supplier of alternative packaging products, and its pallets and pallet boxes are widely used by companies every day that choose to transport their goods by air freight. Our products are recognised, approved and accepted for use by airlines, meaning there will be no delays in your supply chain caused by using our products.
  • A clean alternative to plastic – Made from recycled paper and PVA glue, the entire PALLITE® range contains no nails and does not splinter like wooden pallets and crates. It is also highly resistant to mould and harmful bacteria, thanks to its significantly lower moisture content. These features make PALLITE® products ideal for transporting valuable items of medical equipment that require the highest standards of protection from damage, as well as potentially life-saving drugs that must be kept free of contamination. Made from recycled paper and PVA glue, the entire PALLITE® range contains no nails and does not splinter like wooden pallets and crates. It is also highly resistant to mould and harmful bacteria, thanks to its significantly lower moisture content. These features make PALLITE® products ideal for transporting valuable items of medical equipment that require the highest standards of protection from damage, as well as potentially life-saving drugs that must be kept free of contamination.
  • Environmentally-friendly – Made from 85% recycled materials from sustainable sources, PALLITE® products are the ideal choice for business seeking to reduce their environmental impact. They are also 100% recyclable, and can be disposed of through traditional paper and card recycling schemes.

If you think your business could benefit from using PALLITE® products for your air transport requirements, why not get in touch to discuss next steps? You can give us a call on 01933 283920 or email us at enquiries@pallite.co.uk and a member of our team will get back to you.

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