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Thunderbird Plastics Stackable Fruit Pallets
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Thunderbird Plastics Unveils Lighter, Stackable Fruit Pallets
Lightweight stackable pallets from Thunderbird Plastics.
Look around any farm or fruit packer, and you’ll see one common object: wooden pallets used for moving and shipping large amounts of fruit. But the venerable wooden pallet has its drawbacks. It’s heavy, and can get a lot heavier when wet. They’re not uniform, and as they are prone to warping, they can be difficult to stack. Finally, they’re simply not designed to fit with the trays used by berry manufacturers for shipping.Thunderbird Plastics has come up with a new, plastic pallet that answers all those issues.The new Thunderbird pallets are made of a light but strong plastic that clicks into place. They can be stacked higher than wooden pallets with greater safety, and take up less room. The pallets are much lighter than wood, and don’t absorb water.Company founder Giuseppe Nucera says the concept comes from Italy, where plastic pallets are more commonly used in a variety of industries.“Back in Italy these pallets have been used for a long time, so we thought it would be a good idea to migrate these pallets from Italy to here, as we have the experience in the plastic injection molding business.“One of the main advantages is that the weight is always constant, as opposed to wood which will absorb water and both rot and become heavier, and thus less predictable for transportation,” Nucera says.Another major advantage is that Thunderbird’s existing berry trays will simply snap into place on the pallet.“The two products go hand in hand very well,” says Nucera. “It’s been custom designed to fit the shallow berry flats we have here, so they don’t move, and it also allows for safe stacking for several meters high.
Learn more about the new Thunderbird pallets at:http://thunderbirdplastics.com/