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Lightweight, Extra Strong, All Steel Bailey Pallet™

We do NOT do this! This is NOT the way to do it.

An early Asian copy attempt using inferior material.  We do NOT do this.

Our REAL pallet has NO RUST after 100,000 hours of exposure to the elements.

Rusting steel pallet






Posted on 20 June 2018 | 1:56 am

Re-usable material, no waste, ever, Oh?

Just imagine, no that is too watery, just think hard, that the raw material used for lightweight steel pallets when reaching the end of useful life after being rented out (hire and de-hire) and reprocessed at a greatly reduced energy cost than before then be available for forming and assembly into steel pallets again without any quality degradationThis time the material is an asset, owned not acquired at cost.   Therefore the newer pallets will be even cheaper (more economical) than before and reused for finished product repeatedly for decades, for rent or sale.  Wood cannot do that nor plastic without degrading.

With volume production automated robotic assembly will decrease the cost further.

Think about 20,000,000 steel pallets out there on this basis (Australia and New Zealand).  Depending on pallet size, quantity and purpose say 500,000 tonnes of steel material being reused, reused, reused and reused.  This would avoid cutting annually up to 500,000 tonnes of wood.

Then would the lightweight steel pallet come close in price to a hardwood pallet?  A game changer?  A valid example?  DYOR.

Etc. etc. etc.

Posted on 12 June 2018 | 3:08 am


With pollution of all kinds increasing we believe economical lightweight non organic galvanised repairable steel pallets not only have a future but are the future.  This means not just a small slot in the market but a major player that can or will involve product rental and leasing, asset and pooling operations management, tracking services, repairs, and infinite recycling to use again without material degradation.

That means minimising pollution and adding value. In business it means multiple revenue streams with positive outcomes plus aiding the logistics industry vital for supplies around the planet.

The question is in this generation or the next?  What do you think?


Posted on 6 June 2018 | 9:42 am

Two key players

Some years back, about 3,000′ altitude, a nice climb from sea level, but no views today.

Palleteers at the Summit

Posted on 24 May 2018 | 10:57 am

Got an idea, a question, a proposal?

The contact then is:

Posted on 17 May 2018 | 4:12 am

Once out it stays out.

Open cut mine

Inorganic!  It can be recycled endlessly without material degrading unlike plastic and hardwood pallets and in volume will match the sale price or as an asset rental leave them for dead.  Recycling processed steel is much cheaper than the original production.  All pallets need repairs at some time this is why we use rivets and not welds, unless specified otherwise. 


Posted on 16 May 2018 | 2:51 am

Radio Frequency Identification and Tracking (RFID) Success

This is the first and only lightweight galvanised steel pallet type to pass the test.  Note the readers set up at the warehouse door.  The RFID pallet and load tracking industry has advanced considerably since then and the cost reduced on tags.

Adilam - pallet on fork lift

Posted on 3 May 2018 | 3:54 am


Posted on 9 March 2018 | 12:34 am

Wood Pallet Recycling

Yes, all scrapped at cost or for recycling but NOT into the same product.   Steel, once the ore is out the ground and manufactured, at point of product disuse, can be recycled at value and manufactured into the same product using reduced energy time and time again WITHOUT any degrading quality.  You don’t do that with wood or plastic.

Posted on 7 March 2018 | 10:50 pm

Steel Pallet Production Base

The factory 001a

Both buildings, on left and right.

Posted on 4 February 2018 | 11:02 pm

Steel Pallet Variables

CAD  HD Pallet 48x40 001.1Steel Pallet Systems has a range of CAD/CAM drawings prepared for a variety of pallets, in size, capacity and type.  For example the chemical pallet CP7 version; the China export pallet (980×1140 and 790 x 1140); a China domestic pallet 1150 x 1690; Asian standard pallet 1100 x 1100; International standard 1200 x 1000; Australian standard 1165 x 1165 single and double sided plus a special reduced weight unit; in fact all major international standards, both four way and two way entry and of course the USA 48″ x 40″.   All in lightweight galvanized steel.

Using computer aided design and manufacture results in fast and economical production of all components, amplified by scale.





Posted on 1 February 2018 | 12:55 am

World Pallet Market

Based on industry estimates, Berg Insight reported that the global base of pallets used for transportation is around 10 billion units.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 3:45 am

The Pallet Service Method Counts

The product exists but it is the method that counts.  The path to the big market needs a service similar to Peco, Loscam, Chep or Logipal.   So accept starting small like an acorn to then grow big, not with wood or plastic but with lightweight galvanized steel which is an asset more durable than wood.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 3:40 am

Galvanized lightweight steel pallet no rust

We use pre galvanized high quality durable material.  No rust.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 3:20 am

Steel pallet economical

In volume using slit coil steel, roll forming, steel sheet automated punching, bending and robotic fixing and assembly, this could be USD50 – 60 delivered, and leasable or rentable down to cents per day.  What type and capacity do you want and how many?  Think tens and hundreds of thousands.   The more the less and it could be cheaper.   Volume counts.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 3:17 am

Galvanised steel pallet

Yes, and a true lightweight, lighter than a hardwood pallet.  Depending on size and purpose which is variable and allowing for typical capacity and whether double sided, single sided, two way entry 15kg to 26kg or more, all galvanized.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 3:11 am

Industry Professionals said This:

Courtesy of Packaging Revolution 18th January 2017

Industry observations, analysis and comments.

J.R. Simplot, one of the world’s largest private food and agribusiness companies, recently made a change in the pallets it uses inside its 380,000-square-foot processing facility in Caldwell, Idaho. At any given time, more than 24,000 pallets are in circulation for transporting finished products – from frozen French fries and veggies to packages to be used in prepared meals – between finished product packaging, frozen storage, and shipping docks. For outbound rail shipments, products are removed from their pallets via slip-sheets into railcars using a push/pull system. For truck-loading, unit loads are similarly removed from in-house pallets and transferred to inexpensive shipping pallets.

“Wooden pallets can be challenging because as they age they leave wooden pieces everywhere, and you’ve got to repair and/or replace them frequently,” said Gary Bleazard, project engineer, providing background on why the change was made. “Even with very careful handling, wood can splinter and penetrate cases and packages, creating the potential for foreign material to enter the product.”

Preventing these risks required constant vigilance, and resulted in the plant deploying one person working 24 hours a day “whose job it was to do nothing but inspect and sort pallets,” Bleazard says. Pallets that couldn’t be rotated from the dock back to the plant were sent to an outside service provider for repairs, and pallets would be repaired many times – some more than 10 – until further repairs were no longer viable. Additional labor was also required to keep the facility clean and clear of wood debris, again, to ensure food safety compliance and maximum productivity. “We have wooden pallets that have been in operation for 3+ years as they are stamped. They may have been repaired 10+ times,” says Bleazard.


Posted on 2 March 2017 | 3:21 am

Keith G. Cunningham

In memory of Keith Cunningham, posted on the day of his funeral 23rd August 2016.  He was a good friend, a co-director, a logistics industry specialist, and constant conscientious supporter of, and believer in, the future for this lightweight steel pallet.  He was also an Ex CHEP man with 14 years experience, and much more in transport and logistics.  Suddenly gone but not forgotten.

Keith Cunningham

Posted on 23 August 2016 | 1:53 am

The most versatile economical lightweight steel pallet in the world.

Prototypes in Hangar





EARLY DAYS.  Further samples were added for proof of concept, and all sizes, all weights, all capacities, riveted or welded, all designed for mass production and to handle application modifications.  IP granted.

Posted on 21 May 2016 | 11:34 pm

‘99.99 percent air’: Boeing releases video of revolutionary lightweight metal

There is no way steel or metal is near the end of development in a very competitive area, though in this market economy is always the key.  Do your searching, check it out.

Posted on 30 January 2016 | 6:02 am

Steel Pallet Systems Int. now offers 100% cover ANTI SLIP steel surface

Through our associate company a 100% anti-slip steel surface is available, all welded, no rivets.


Posted on 20 January 2016 | 1:46 am

Steel Pallet Systems International Now Supplies Welded Pallets

In association with others Steel Pallet Systems International can now supply WELDED steel pallets in volume.

The welded system is preferable in some food chains compared to using riveted pallets where the perception is they can fall out, even though they hold Boeing 747’s and others together for the life of the aircraft.

Welded pallets are not repairable just disposable if damaged to be unusable.

The finish is still galvanised.  Painting is an option.

The DIFFERENCE is they are disposable in volume for value (revenue) instead of cost.  A hardwood pallet can cost $5 to dispose of – all based on weight.  Check your local disposal circumstances.


Posted on 12 January 2016 | 11:28 pm

Deforestation – The Second Largest CO2?

But one study claims that deforestation is the second-largest man-made contributor of C02 into the atmosphere, which is seen as a major contributory factor to temperature rises.

Intermediate source – BBC.

Posted on 19 December 2015 | 9:46 am

Hardwood Forest Cutting

Forest Cutting PNG


Hardwood for paper, for furniture, but for wood pallets????

Are there sufficient purpose-oriented constraints in certain countries?

Posted on 8 October 2015 | 3:43 am

Pallet Material Flow

WoodFrom cut raw organic material to finished product to scrap and recycling – into what, and how many times?


Pallets raw material 2

Pallets finished


Steel:    From mined inorganic material to finished product and infinite recycling (at greatly reduced cost) back to steel for new steel pallets without degrading the material.  Do you get the drift?

Open cut mine


New pallet version Oct 2014

Coil steel rolls


Posted on 1 October 2015 | 10:56 am

Heavy Duty


Posted on 9 July 2015 | 1:35 am

A Part of The Future – steel and wood


Posted on 7 July 2015 | 2:14 am

Lightweight, strong, durable, economical, galvanised steel pallet 2015

Available in any practical or standard size and configuration, in reasonable volume.

We manufacture various sizes to order and so do not stockpile, not yet.

Rental / lease / hire purchase backing enabled.

Genuine business enquiries welcome.



Lightweight Economical Steel Pallet 2015

Posted on 3 February 2015 | 10:45 pm

Just like wood, new blunt lead edges, why? Easier for fork lift handling.


Note the blunt lead edges, horizontal just like wood, and vertical over the bearer ends, making ground handling by fork operators easier.

There are no cavities in the bearers, so they are debris free.

There is NO absorption of liquids in this material.

If necessary the pallet is easy to hose down and clean.

These pallets are 100% “fire safe”.

Development continues.

More news to come.

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 1:08 am

401,000,000 new wood pallets made in 2013 in EU member countries

At FEFPEB’s 65th congress, entitled “Packaging and pallets in a competitive European Union” and held in Brussels, FEFPEB’s secretariat reported on industry statistics, which showed an encouraging increase in the number of pallets manufactured within its member countries. Approximately 401 million pallets were made during 2013, up from 371 million in 2010 and 339 million in 2006.

Comment:  Pallet demand is up, continuing and growing, and the selective need for re-usable alternatives increasing.

Posted on 27 November 2014 | 12:12 am

Wood Pallet Alignment Distortion

Lead edge damage is one thing and out-of-alignment damage is another, and harder by far, if practical and economical, to repair.

Pallet damage DSCN1102.2

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 12:11 pm

Pallet pooling in Australia – Who is Responsible for What

The Australian Logistics Council in August 2014 has released a guideline document on pooled equipment management.

The link is below.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 7:18 am

Ready for Collection and Delivery


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 3:34 pm

Shrink Wrapping – No Tearing

Pallet Pack 2

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 10:55 am

STRESS EVALUATION with finite element analysis

Stress v1 BLACK

With steel it is easy, accurate and adjustable.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:00 am


BSL 100_2871_0001

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 12:02 am

A Big Business Industry


Posted on 17 July 2014 | 9:00 am



Posted on 15 July 2014 | 9:56 am

What more can one say?

Alternate materials comparison.

Brochure P2 001.1jpg

Posted on 5 July 2014 | 6:15 am


Posted on 2 July 2014 | 9:45 am

Recycling Steel

Recycling steel requires 60% less energy than producing steel from iron ore.

Steel is infinitely recyclable.

Posted on 9 May 2014 | 3:39 am

IBC steel pallet liquids version

IBC Version B

Posted on 22 April 2014 | 2:38 am


A user who is ordering more pallets made the following comment.

Quote. “The pallets have lasted well – extremely happy.”

That is after two years in usage.

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 11:39 pm

Lightweight Steel Pallet in Drive in Racking

The plastic pallet above is clearly sagging.

LSP 03.1

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 11:20 pm FYI

That website has nothing to do with the Steel Pallet System’s light weight steel ‘bailey pallet’.
Oregon Pallet registered the www name for its wood pallet refurbishing site in Boise Idaho USA. The real bailey pallet from Steel Pallet Systems, named after the designer and in existence for many years, has nothing to do with wood pallets or Oregon Pallet. Make no mistake.

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 4:55 am

rm2 fibreglass pallet

On January 6 2014 a company called rm2 ( with a fibre glass composite pallet listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange and raised GBP137,000,000 (AUD252,000,000 equivalent).

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 2:22 am

RM2 hard evidence

Steel Pallet Systems Pty Ltd with the ultimate lightweight steel pallet is no longer available on ASSOB from 31 March 2014.

A competitor with strong backing listed on the London AIM on 6 January for AUD equivalent of S252 million.

This is hard evidence of where a new innovative material pallet could go.

It is admirable to see an entity like rm2 move ahead so fast with excellent financial backing, progressive ideas and commitment.

Posted on 29 March 2014 | 6:20 am


Aside from ALIBABA’s recent decision to add “Steel Pallet Systems” to their website offering, or in reality to attract more potential customers to their website, they have NOT understood the English Language usage.  Check it out and you see pallet racking products, not steel pallets.  One could use an adjective beginning with “I”, and some more, but best not to.

Steel Pallet Systems is used in reality for a flat pallet base system, IP protected, easily adjusted in manufacture to all the domestic and international standard sizes including special dimensions without costly capital expenditure for equipment to produce each size e.g. plastic forming machines.  A pallet system adaptable for various loads, including excessive ones.

It is the most economical, functional, repairable (i.e. non welded), lightweight, galvanised, so durable, steel pallet option in existence, that cannot be improved upon (some have tried), and is designed for VOLUME usage that will compete with the ex factory cost of of a hardwood pallet and at end of life is worth money not expense.  It is the ULTIMATE STEEL PALLET now and for the future.

It does NOT have to be a full perimeter four way entry block pallet variation for obvious, or not so obvious to some, reasons.   If one has a question on this and seeks clarification please email

Just one aspect for consideration.   A matter of design and quality.  First our steel pallet.


Below another metal pallet.  It is an un-necessary imitation in steel of a block pallet.

Not OK.


We are NOT closed minded to product innovation including the use of plastic or composite parts, if necessary for a user and cost efficient.  This does not mean we cannot make a heavier duty IBC version or a small Euro version.

But to compete with hard wood pallets, VOLUME is needed.  VOLUME!

One tree = six wood pallets, and they do not last long.  One durable and repairable steel pallet used correctly will preserve many trees.

Or scrap it for value not expense.

And with no nails, no splinters, no paint, clean and easily cleanable, with no absorption of chemical, oils or any liquid.

Posted on 27 March 2014 | 12:05 pm

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