- News: Two new collegues join PalletBiz KSA
PalletBiz Saudi Arabia welcomes two new colleagues to the sales and administration office in Dammam.
Shibin Ali is joining the Sales & Marketing department as a Sales Executive. He will mainly be responsible for marketing new products and services on the Saudi market, and for developing the relationships with new and existing clients.
Khalid Ezaddin will strengthen the department of Finance as an Accountant. His main responsibilities will be to prepare asset, liability and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information. He will also be involved in substantiating financial transactions by auditing documents.
We wish Shibin and Khalid the best of luck in their new positions as they become a valuable part of the PalletBiz network!
- News: PalletBiz KSA participate in Big 5 Exhibition in Dubai, UAE
PalletBiz took part in the BIG5 Exhibition in Dubai, UAE from 23. – 26. November.
In co-operation with Saudi Exports, PalletBiz participated as an exhibitor at the 2015 BIG5 Exibition, that took place in end of November 2015 in the United Arab Emirates. PalletBiz representatives from Saudi Arabia as well Europe participated in the event which proved to be successful on many levels.
A good interest was in particular shown to some of the Packaging & Handling solutions demonstrated at the stand including Pallet Collars. Even Saudi Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, had the possibility to visit the PalletBiz stand alongside representatives from the Ministry.
- News: NEW sawmillling line in Romania
A completely new saw mill has been added at the Romanian PalletBiz factory in Covasna, Romania.
The new sawmill is part of a larger investment, that includes:
– A new Sawmill
– A new Drying chamber
– New forklifts and larger machinery
The new sawmill will replace the old sawmill, that ceased operation in 2013. The sawmill will therefore provide a long waited flexibility in the production as the factory is now no longer dependent solely on external sawmills to provide its premium lumber.
It is expected that the sawmill will become FSC certified during H2 2015 at line with the pallet operation, which has been FSC certified since 2013.
An additional drying chamber will likewise be part of the investment to cover an increasing demand of kiln drying and heat-treatment (IPPC ISPM-15).
- News: Operational kick-off in Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian franchise business case has been under development in the past years and is now finally operational.
The state-of-the-art production setup in Dammam, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia brings an annual output of 500.000 exceeding units per year alongside the full scale of PalletBiz Premium services.
PalletBiz launced its operations in Q3 2014 and has since the beginning been devoted to providing a Premium quality to its clients. “The lack of quality or attention to quality in the GCC region is one of the main areas where we will differentiate us from the competition” says Mr. Ghazi Althani, Man. Director of the Saudi Arabian franchise. He continues by adding; “Quality surely has a price, but not many companies in this region considers the indirect costs such as administration costs and related quality problems when they go for the cheaper version. We add value to our clients’ supply chain, not only by delivering higher quality products that will have a longer lifetime, but also by adding premium services, that ultimately will lower TCO and leave a no-headache solution for our clients and let us worry about what we do best.”
The factory also includes a completely new drying chamber from Italy, thus being able to offer Heat-Treatment services for its clients.
Below is a picture of one of the partners of the Saudi Arabian franchise, Mr. Mohammed Althani, together with PalletBiz COO, Mr. Thomas Gents. The picture shows one of the first deliveries leaving the brand new factory in the 2nd industrial city of Dammam.
- News: New joint venture in Poland
The country franchise for Poland – PalletBiz Poland Sp. Z o.o. – has been established as a joint venture between PalletBiz Franchising Kft., Hungary and Zumax Consulting/Grzegorz Sobanski – with office address in Kalisz, Poland.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Grzegorz Sobanski, has been the franchise representative of PalletBiz in Poland in the past two years.
The company will cater to a growing number of PalletBiz key accounts that are using our manufacturing & distribution network for their packaging and handling material needs.
The polish PalletBiz entity will market a wide range of wooden pallets, pallet collars, metal boxes such as Gitterboxes and Wire Mesh boxes as well and plastic packaging incl. E2 boxes.
Thomas Gents, corporate COO in PalletBiz, is emphasizing the long-term commitment to the polish market as a natural result of the growing production and product quality capabilities that is experienced in Poland.
- News: New regional sales office in UAE
In cooperation with the Saudi Arabian franchisee, Amad Albenaa, PalletBiz has opened a sales office in Dubai, UAE.
This development marks the entry of PalletBiz into the GCC region which is a high growth area that we expect will bring great benefit to existing as well as new clients located in the region.
- PalletBiz establishes a Regional Franchisee in UAE
PalletBiz establishes a Master Franchisee in UAE with its local partners
As part of the strategy to expand reach to the Gulf and middle-east, PalletBiz® has established a regional Master Franchisee in the United Arab Emirates to support the business development and its partners in the region.
UAE is one of the fastest growing regions in the world with Dubai as a centre for business. PalletBiz GCC will be responsible for the development of the Franchise Network within the Gulf countries or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The local office will support the region’s network partners with import of wood and other industry materials as well as offering direct sales and possible future warehousing facilities.
- News: New Premium Partner in Denmark
EksportPak joins the PalletBiz® Network!
The established market leader in specialized wood packaging, EksportPak, has joined the Network and will cover its existing as well as potential clients with the full range of PalletBiz products & services.
EksportPak’s production and distribution center is located in the so-called triangle-region located between Kolding and Esbjerg, and just off the highway with easy truck access to and from.
With more than 3.000 m2 of floor space, EksportPak brings excellent storage facilities to the Network along with a flexible production, covering the wooden standard pallets, specialized pallets & packaging as well as unique post-sale services.
- EPAL and UIC reach Agreement for the EUR Pallet market
“The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) and the railways association UIC have reached fundamental agreement on mutual pallet recognition. Both organisations will be working in the near future on the agreement that will facilitate the unrestricted exchange of both pallets between the users in a common pallet pool. This outcome was agreed during summit talks in Paris, at which EPAL was represented by Robert Holliger, President, and Martin Leibrandt, CEO, whilst Thomas Metlich, Chairman of the working group “Questions of palletisation” and Jozef Fazik, Senior Advisor, attended on behalf of the UIC.
Within the framework of a constructive meeting the representatives of both organisations were in agreement in appraising the present situation on the pallet market: “The market desires and needs unlimited exchangeability within a common pallet pool” said Thomas Metlich. The UIC and EPAL intends to continue meeting with this request by pallet users. The details and the precise arrangements of the common pallet recognition, as well as the options for further cooperation between the two organisations, will be mutually set out in the next steps. The focus for both organisations is continued assurance of the consistently high quality of the cargo carriers within the largest common pallet pool, as well as the availability to users of a comprehensive network of production and repair organisations.
With this agreement, EPAL and the UIC have taken a vital step, which offers users from trade and industry, freight forwarders and warehouse managers, as well as the manufacturing and repair organisations, a practice-orientated and user-friendly solution. The imminent agreement will encompass clear and easily comprehensible criteria and therefore guarantee the exchangeability of pallets for users.
Robert Holliger, President of EPAL, welcomed the planned agreement: “It will finally bring clarity for all participants. The pending agreement underlines the strong position of the common pallet exchange system.” (EPAL: Link to original article)
PalletBiz has decided to invest in both the EPAL and UIC license due to the uncertainty in the market. This way our customers can be sure they will get what they require.
- News: NEW production line in Romania
The PalletBiz factory in Covasna, Romania has invested in a VECTOR nailing line which was commissioned in the summer of 2014.
This line increases the production capacity, increases productivity, and provide an even better quality of the high volume products like EUR-pallets & PalletBiz Pallets.
Bogdan Manole, General Manager of PalletBiz in South East Europe mentions; “The new investment will ensure our premium quality, that we are known for as well as additional capacity for our existing as well developing clients”.