Heineken Mexico will be switching from wooden pallets to Ultra Pallet®, an innovation developed by PTM, a company in FEMSA’s Strategic Business division, in all of its six plants. The durability, resilience and total cost of owning these pallets will generate savings on manufacturing, storage and transportation, not to mention the environmental benefits.
The Ultra Pallet® is an injected-molded single piece with uniform dimensions, avoiding snags in the production lines. Furthermore, according to tests conducted at Virginia Tech’s Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design, the Ultra Pallet® has a useful life of up to 150% longer than the life of a conventional plastic pallet. Unlike wood, plastic pallets do not require fumigation and are 35% lighter, which enables more product to be stacked inside the trailers. Repair costs are a thing of the past, and each pallet has a life cycle of 100 trips.
With this strategic decision, Heineken Mexico joins companies like Coca-Cola FEMSA, Jugos del Valle, IGPS, and other distributors that have chosen PTM to evolve toward innovative packaging and shipping solutions.