NWPCA recently announced on January 26 that wood packaging federations in the Netherlands and Sweden have promised to use the NWPCA’s Pallet Design System (PDS). Kamps uses this very program to create pallets that will fit every customer’s needs.
From the press release:
“ALEXANDRIA VA, January 26, 2017 – The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is proud to announce new Pallet Design System™ (PDS) marketing partnerships with Nederlandse Emballage- en Palletindustrievereniging (EPV) in The Netherlands and Svenska Forpackningsforeningen in Sweden. Each organization will exclusively market PDS in their respective countries, with their members receiving significant discounts on leasing the industry leading software. NWPCA’s President/CEO Brent McClendon noted, “We are very excited about this phenomenal opportunity to partner with these two great organizations and further the rapid expansion of PDS across Europe.”
McClendon continued, “With PDS, pallet manufacturers and recyclers in The Netherlands and Sweden will have access to the leading and most-used pallet design software in the world. They will be better equipped to provide their customers with pallets that utilize timber efficiently, while also ensuring the safe and effective transportation of their goods.”
NWPCA is already working on the next version of PDS through a recently announced expanded research partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (CPULD) and Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. NWPCA has committed approximately $200,000 USD to Virginia Tech projects as part of a $1 million investment in advancing the unit load capabilities of PDS in 2017 and 2018. The new developments will specifically focus on:
- State-of-the-art research on interactions and stresses between the pallet and supported containers (corrugated boxes, pails, drums and shipping sacks) at all phases of unit load handling, storage and transport;
- Development of advanced structural analysis models of the entire unit load system (pallet, supported containers and load stabilizers)”