If you are an airline, ULD leasing agent or MRO that prepares, uses, handles, maintains or repairs PMC or PAG size pallets on a daily basis, you will know that costs to buy, store, assemble, secure the lumber / timber that shores up these pallets is increasing greatly. That’s before we take into consideration the sustainability aspects of cutting, milling, treating, transporting and disposing of the wood for this. In an air cargo market that is looking to enhance performance, cut costs and boost profitability, the final total cost is extremely high.
When AEROTUF spoke to the market and analysed the data, the message was very clear. If the market is willing to take a total cost of ownership approach to the use of airline pallets, then the costs detailed above combined with the environmentally harmful practices, could all be eradicated with a simple solution.
How has AEROTUF applied material science to airline pallets to drive enhanced performance?
AEROTUF has been building ULDs for over 20 years and has sought out and implemented technological updates to ULD’s that have continually made them lighter, stronger and simpler to handle and use. In the case of the AeroPALLET, composite materials have been utilised as replacements for the previous wood and/or plastic elements.
The result of this innovative use of novel materials and design knowhow means that an AeroPALLET is up to 8x stronger than a regular pallet, so no shoring labour or materials are required. This refinement to any cargo operation reduces cost, through both reduced weight and reduction of damage events.
What does this mean to the user? How do they benefit?
There is no doubt that an AeroPALLET is more expensive when placed side by side with a traditional PMC. However, when a total cost of ownership principle is applied, taking into account reduced shoring, labour and maintenance costs from the use of stronger materials, payback on an AeroPALLET can be achieved in 12-24 months. Maintenance costs are greatly minimised through use of durable composite materials resulting in a reduction of incidents where damage may occur, reduced repair times and backed by a 10-year warranty.
What is the trickle-down effect? How far up and down the supply chain are these benefits felt?
With AeroPALLET, the benefits are felt at all ends of the supply chain. The reduction of shoring materials saves an average of 40 kilos in weight per pallet, reduces fuel expenditure and reduces the environmental impact. Fewer repairs mean reduced downtime and costs. AEROTUF has worked to ensure that AeroPALLET is 100% recyclable and is manufactured with a state of the art zero landfill facility reducing carbon emissions and the impact on the environment therefore supporting the goal of the wider logistics industry in working towards governmental net-zero targets. From manufacture to end-user, every aspect of the supply chain is being scrutinised to ensure that carbon emissions are reduced, with AeroPALLET exceeding criteria on multiple principles.
Undoubtedly, the cost reductions and sustainable elements of AeroPALLET are evident alongside greater operational enhancement but as an airline, ULD leasing agent or MRO you will need to decide, are you ready to make a change for the better?
Contact us to find out more about how the AeroPALLET could benefit your business.