When looking for the right plastic pallet for your application, you probably already have a specific size in mind.
Plastic Pallet Sizes Are Limited
This size may be determined by the measurements of your unit load or perhaps you’re just trying to match your wooden pallet size. But unlike custom wooden pallets, plastic pallets are limited in the sizes that are available. This is because each specific size and style of plastic pallet requires a mold or tool to manufacture it and the production of a custom tool is very expensive and time consuming.
When a manufacturer makes the decision to spend the time and money to make a new tool, they generally have a commitment from one or more customers to buy large quantities of that specific pallet in order to justify the investment. However, sometimes a manufacturer will have identified a need in the market for a certain pallet size or design. This need or void in the market often gives the manufacturer the confidence needed to invest in a new mold.
Custom Plastic Pallet Volume Requirement
The volume requirement to justify a new tool will vary, depending on the style, size and weight of the potential pallet. Keeping this in mind, the “ball park” requirement is usually more than 25,000 - 30,000 pallets per year.
There are also situations where, regardless of significant volume, it still makes sense for an end user to have a new tool made. For example:
What if you are looking for a custom size plastic pallet and your needs don’t fit any of the criteria above? There is still an option for you. Existing plastic pallets can be cut down to match your size requirement. With the large number of current plastic pallet sizes and styles, there is usually a pallet that can be cut down to fit your needs or at the very least, get the size close.
What size pallet do you need? If you think it might be a custom size, leave a comment below. We can help you find the right solution for you need.
Post by: Mike Simon, Midwestern Sales Executive
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