The calendar might read early December, but the temperatures paint a different picture indeed. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have all faced mercury readings of above 40 degrees, with the Bureau of Meteorology even releasing a heat wave warning to NSW in late November.
As a result of Australia’s unique geographic location, summer temperatures aren’t expected to die down for at least another three or four months. While hot weather is perfect for the beach, it can cause one or two problems to those trying to move products around the country with wooden pallets.
The issues of wood and heat
Wooden pallets were the mainstay of the transport industry for many years, but have always had a tendency to fail when the temperatures begin to rise. As wooden pallets can’t be UV stabilised, they can be easily bent out of shape in the sun resulting in an unproductive and potentially dangerous piece of equipment.
Additionally, if the pallet strength has been compromised through sun exposure, there is the potential that the product inside is not being kept in optimal conditions – reducing the quality on arrival and the reputation of the business.
At Eco Pallets, we have also found that wooden pallets don’t last as long throughout the summer months as their plastic counterparts, meaning business leaders are continually having to update their stock and cut into their precious revenue.
The plastic difference
As we enter the hottest part of the Australian summer, businesses that invest in plastic pallets will be at a distinct advantage over the competition. With this in mind, let’s take a look at what makes a plastic pallet a great fit for extreme conditions.
- Consistent size and strength guaranteed
Eco Pallet’s plastic pallet range are moulded under extreme pressure and this hi-tech manufacturing process means that the product remains UV stabilised in the harshest temperatures. This quality control means that the pallets are assured to stay the same size and strength despite the threat that the sun poses.
- Easy to clean and hygienic
Over the summer, temperatures can help bacteria and other mould grow within the pallet environment. As such, cleaning is an essential part of pallet maintenance over the hottest part of the year.
Importantly, plastic pallets can be washed and steam cleaned numerous times without affecting quality. This means you can trust it to be hygienic and safe for use all year round.
If you are looking to upgrade your old wooden pallets, get in contact with our expert team who can ensure you have the right pallets for the hot summer ahead.