Bulk Handling Australia Group have released its new slim -line plastic export pallet for bulk bags onto the Australian and New Zealand markets.
BHA have been developing the BHA Bag Pallet for over two years and said the innovation provides a low-cost alternative to wooden or traditional plastic pallets.
Injection moulded from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) it features a four way entry design, is stackable to save space and fully recyclable. And weighing in at just 4.7 kg, the new patented design ticks all the boxes from an OH&S perspective.
The BHA Bag Pallet has also been laboratory and field tested to determine the design weight load performance for different bulk bag base dimensions and through extensive fill and logistics trials amongst bulk bag exporting companies.
BHA managing director Ian Shaw says the BHA Bag Pallet will provide innovation in the bulk bag export market for the food, agriculture, mining and chemical and other export industries.
“The slim line design allows for a lower profile, which provides the opportunity to design greater efficiency in the total container payload by reviewing the existing bulk bag dimensions”, he said.
“The ‘stack ability’ of the product offers huge space savings in the storage of pallets compared to standard wooden or plastic pallets, with a 10 stack only measuring 280 mm in height.”
With more than 30 companies trialling the new pallet over the last 18 months, Shaw said the response from customers had been good.
“Customer feedback has been very positive with regards to the recyclable nature of the material, the fact that it is light weight and stackable, and because it can be reused in a closed loop system,” he said.
“The new pallet is a very unique design and while it may not be suitable in all instances due to the specific fill systems or handling processes of individual customers, in the majority of instances the BHA Bag Pallet has been trialled successfully across a number of industry segments.”
Shaw said the pallet was an important design development for BHA.
“The new pallet complements our existing product range and further strengthens our leadership position in the supply of Bulk Bags in Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
“The extensive trial work we have completed both in the Lab and with our customers over the past 18 months has provided the feedback to justify the significant investment in the injection mould required to manufacture the product.
With BHA in discussions with a number of companies regarding distribution rights in various countries around the world, it seems their innovation is turning heads in the materials handling space.
“We believe the product has enormous potential in all Bulk Bag export markets around the world,” Shaw explained.
“BHA prides itself on innovation, quality and service excellence and we believe this new innovation reinforces our continuing development of unique customer solutions.”