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World Pallets

World Pallets

Global sales to climb nearly 5% annually through 2017
Worldwide sales of pallets are projected to climb nearly five percent per annum through 2017 in unit terms, representing an acceleration from the relatively sluggish pace of the 2007-2012 period. A pickup in manufacturing activity will spur across-the-board gains, especially in large, mature regional markets like North America and Western Europe. Demand in value terms will grow seven percent per annum, stimulated by overall increases in unit sales, as well as by a shift in the product mix toward higher-priced plastic pallets. The number of pallets in use will rise at roughly the same rate as unit demand through 2017. Growth will be driven by increased sales in developed markets and by increased usage of used pallet dealers and pallet management specialists. This will mean that fewer pallets are discarded each year, increasing the number of pallets in use. The accumulation of longer-lived plastic and metal pallets in stocks will also play a role.

China to be fastest-growing national market for pallets
In industrializing countries, production output will not be the sole driver of market growth. In these nations, pallet utilization is typically limited relative to the size of their manufacturing, warehousing, and construction sectors. Going forward, greater numbers of potential pallet users in these sectors will strive to become more competitive on a global scale by improving operating efficiencies and reducing product damage in shipments through the use of pallets. The Asia/Pacific region, led by China, will post the strongest unit sales increases of any regional market, averaging more than seven percent annually through 2017. China will experience the largest gains of any national market in the world and will account for one-fifth of all unit demand in 2017. Sales gains across the region will be fueled by climbing manufacturing activity and increased adoption of pallets in developing areas.

Plastic pallets to lead gains
Demand for plastic pallets will grow the fastest of any product type in most national markets through 2017. Users will increasingly select these pallets over other types because they can be easily cleaned, lending themselves to use in food and beverage and other applications where product contamination must be minimized. They also last for many years and are resistant to damage during normal use. Additionally, their recyclability and ability to be produced from recycled materials will be attractive to users seeking to raise the perceived environmental friendliness of their products. However, wood pallets will continue to dominate product sales in most areas, representing nine-tenths of 2017 global unit demand.

Food & beverages to remain largest market
Sales of pallets to the construction and other miscellaneous market applications will grow the fastest in percentage terms, albeit from a relatively small sales base. Gains will be stimulated by a recovery in construction activity in many parts of the world following a period of decline. While pallet sales to manufacturers of products other than food and beverages will rise the most in unit terms, sales to food and beverage manufacturers will remain the biggest single market in 2017, accounting for over half of world pallet demand.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD PALLET DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Population Outlook
      • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION
    • World Economic Overview
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION
    • World Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table WORLD MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION
    • World Food & Beverage Outlook
      • Table WORLD FOOD & BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION
    • World Construction Expenditures Outlook
      • Table WORLD CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION
    • Pricing Patterns
      • Table AVERAGE PALLET PRICES BY TYPE & REGION
      • Table CHART II-1 WORLD PALLET PRICES BY MATERIAL, 2002-2022
    • Pallet Management Services
    • Legal & Regulatory Environment
  • WORLD SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • General
    • Regional Overview
      • Demand
        • Table WORLD PALLET DEMAND BY REGION
        • Table CHART III-1 WORLD PALLET DEMAND BY REGION, 2012
      • Stock
        • Table WORLD PALLET STOCK BY REGION
        • Table CHART III-2 WORLD PALLET STOCK BY REGION, 2012
        • Table CHART III-3 PALLET LIFESPANS
      • Production
        • Table WORLD PALLET SHIPMENTS BY REGION
        • Table CHART III-4 WORLD PALLET SHIPMENTS BY REGION, 2012
      • Trade
        • Table WORLD PALLET NET EXPORTS BY REGION
    • Demand by Product
      • Table WORLD PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Table CHART III-5 WORLD PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2012
      • Wood
        • Table WORLD WOOD PALLET DEMAND BY REGION
      • Plastic
        • Table WORLD PLASTIC PALLET DEMAND BY REGION
      • Other
        • Table WORLD DEMAND FOR OTHER PALLETS BY PRODUCT & REGION
    • Demand by Market
      • Table WORLD PALLET DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART III-6 WORLD PALLET DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012
      • Food & Beverage Manufacturing
        • Table WORLD FOOD & BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING PALLET DEMAND BY REGION
      • Other Manufacturing
        • Table WORLD OTHER MANUFACTURING PALLET DEMAND BY MARKET & REGION
      • Warehousing
        • Table WORLD WAREHOUSING PALLET DEMAND
      • Construction & Other
        • Table WORLD CONSTRUCTION & OTHER PALLET DEMAND BY MARKET & REGION
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: General
    • North America: Supply & Demand
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART IV-1 NORTH AMERICA: PALLET DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2012
    • North America: Market Outlook
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • United States
      • United States: General
      • United States: Supply & Demand
        • Table UNITED STATES: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United States: Market Outlook
        • Table UNITED STATES: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Canada
      • Canada: General
      • Canada: Supply & Demand
        • Table CANADA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Canada: Market Outlook
        • Table CANADA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Mexico
      • Mexico: General
      • Mexico: Supply & Demand
        • Table MEXICO: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Mexico: Market Outlook
        • Table MEXICO: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: General
    • Western Europe: Supply & Demand
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART V-1 WESTERN EUROPE: PALLET DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2012
    • Western Europe: Market Outlook
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Germany
      • Germany: General
      • Germany: Supply & Demand
        • Table GERMANY: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Germany: Market Outlook
        • Table GERMANY: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Italy
      • Italy: General
      • Italy: Supply & Demand
        • Table ITALY: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Italy: Market Outlook
        • Table ITALY: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • United Kingdom
      • United Kingdom: General
      • United Kingdom: Supply & Demand
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United Kingdom: Market Outlook
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • France
      • France: General
      • France: Supply & Demand
        • Table FRANCE: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • France: Market Outlook
        • Table FRANCE: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Spain
      • Spain: General
      • Spain: Supply & Demand
        • Table SPAIN: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Spain: Market Outlook
        • Table SPAIN: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Netherlands
      • Netherlands: General
      • Netherlands: Supply & Demand
        • Table NETHERLANDS: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Netherlands: Market Outlook
        • Table NETHERLANDS: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Other Western Europe
      • Other Western Europe: General
      • Other Western Europe: Supply & Demand
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Western Europe: Market Outlook
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Other Western Europe: Supply & Demand by Country
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND BY COUNTRY
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: General
    • Asia/Pacific: Supply & Demand
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART VI-1 ASIA/PACIFIC: PALLET DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2012
    • Asia/Pacific: Market Outlook
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • China
      • China: General
      • China: Supply & Demand
        • Table CHINA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • China: Market Outlook
        • Table CHINA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Japan
      • Japan: General
      • Japan: Supply & Demand
        • Table JAPAN: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Japan: Market Outlook
        • Table JAPAN: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • India
      • India: General
      • India: Supply & Demand
        • Table INDIA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • India: Market Outlook
        • Table INDIA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • South Korea
      • South Korea: General
      • South Korea: Supply & Demand
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • South Korea: Market Outlook
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Australia
      • Australia: General
      • Australia: Supply & Demand
        • Table AUSTRALIA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Australia: Market Outlook
        • Table AUSTRALIA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Taiwan
      • Taiwan: General
      • Taiwan: Supply & Demand
        • Table TAIWAN: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Taiwan: Market Outlook
        • Table TAIWAN: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Other Asia/Pacific: General
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Supply & Demand
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Market Outlook
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Supply & Demand by Country
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND BY COUNTRY
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: General
      • Central & South America: Supply & Demand
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Central & South America: Market Outlook
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table BRAZIL: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Other Central & South America
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: General
      • Eastern Europe: Supply & Demand
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table CHART VII-1 EASTERN EUROPE: PALLET DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2012
      • Eastern Europe: Market Outlook
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Russia
        • Table RUSSIA: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table RUSSIA: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table POLAND: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Other Eastern Europe
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND BY COUNTRY
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: General
      • Africa/Mideast: Supply & Demand
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table CHART VII-2 AFRICA/MIDEAST: PALLET DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2012
      • Africa/Mideast: Market Outlook
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table TURKEY: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
    • Other Africa/Mideast
      • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: PALLET DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
      • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: PALLET SUPPLY & DEMAND BY COUNTRY
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • Industry Composition
      • Manufacturers & Refurbishers
      • Pallet Management Specialists
    • Market Share
      • Table WORLD PALLET SALES BY COMPANY, 2012
      • Wood Pallets
      • Other Pallets
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Research & Development
    • Marketing
    • Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Company Profiles
      • Affordable Pallets
      • Boluo Loufushan Forestry Center Wood Product
      • Brambles Limited
      • CABKA Group GmbH
      • Casadei Pallets Srl
      • Caterpack
      • Corrugated Pallets Company
      • Craemer Holding GmbH
      • DIC Corporation
      • Eagon Industrial Company Limited
      • Emirates Pallet Factory LLC
      • Euro Pool System International BV
      • Falkenhahn AG
      • FHG BV
      • Formosa Plastics Group
      • GMP Slovakia sro
      • Guangzhou BIDIFU Plastic Company Limited
      • Gulf Pallet Factory
      • HTR Paletten-Service GmbH
      • INKA Paletten GmbH
      • Inma Pallets Company Limited
      • IPG Intelligent Packaging Group AB
      • Japan Pallet Rental Corporation
      • LHT Holdings Limited
      • Linyi Consmos Wood Industry Company Limited
      • Litco International Incorporated
      • LOSCAM Limited
      • Menasha Corporation
      • Nilkamal Limited
      • Pallet Supply Company
      • PalletOne Incorporated
      • Pallets PME Argentina
      • PECO Pallet Incorporated
      • PGS Groupe
      • Prioridades Ecológicas SL
      • PT Victory Blessings Indonesia
      • Purus Plastics GmbH
      • Rehrig Pacific Company
      • RM2 International SA
      • Schoeller Allibert Limited
      • Schroth GmbH
      • Shandong Liyang Plastic Company Limited
      • Shanghai Lika Plastic Pallet Manufacturing Company Limited
      • Shanghai YingXin Industrial Company Limited
      • Shin Tai Plastics Industrial Company Limited
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • Svenska Retursystem AB
      • Toyo Lumber Company Limited
      • UK Industrial Pallets Southern Limited
      • UPR Corporation
      • World Steel Pallet Company Limited
    • Additional Companies Mentioned in Study

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