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Lightweight, Extra Strong, All Steel Bailey Pallet™

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Posted on 5 February 2018 | 7:02 am

Steel Pallet Systems 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 | 8:55 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 | 11:45 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 | 11:40 am

Financial assistance welcome

For this big diverse market some financial and personal advice and assistance can be helpful.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 11:24 am

Galvanized lightweight steel pallet no rust

We use pre galvanized high quality durable material (sorry no ‘s’).  No rust.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 11:20 am

Steel Pallet Revised Website

The website is being revised.  Check it out for more information.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 11:19 am

Steel pallet economical

In volume this could be USD50 – 60 delivered.  What type and capacity do you want and how many?  It could be cheaper.   Volume counts.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 11:17 am

Lightweight steel pallet

Yes, a true lightweight.  Depending on size which is variable and allowing for typical capacity and whether double sided or not, or one way, 15kg to 26kg, or more, all galvanized.

Posted on 28 October 2017 | 11:11 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 | 11:21 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 | 9:53 am

In the Beginning 2005. The most versatile economical lightweight steel pallet in the world.

Prototypes in Hangar







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.  Like the someone said “don’t make waves”.   Then one day a Tsunami came.

Posted on 22 May 2016 | 7:34 am

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

No way steel or metal is near the end of development, very competitive development.  Do your search, check it out.

Posted on 30 January 2016 | 2:02 pm

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 | 9:46 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 13 January 2016 | 7:28 am

The Second Largest?

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 | 5:46 pm

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 | 11:43 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 | 6:56 pm

Heavy Duty


Posted on 9 July 2015 | 9:35 am

A Part of The Future


Posted on 7 July 2015 | 10:14 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 4 February 2015 | 6:45 am

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 | 9:08 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 | 8:12 am

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 | 8:11 pm

Who is Responsible for What – Pooling in Australia

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 | 3:18 pm

Ready for Collection and Delivery


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 11:34 pm

Shrink Wrapping – No Tearing

Pallet Pack 2

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 6:55 pm


Stress v1 BLACK

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:00 pm


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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:02 am

A Big Business Industry


Posted on 17 July 2014 | 5:00 pm



Posted on 15 July 2014 | 5:56 pm

What more can one say?

Alternate materials comparison.

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Posted on 5 July 2014 | 2:15 pm


Posted on 2 July 2014 | 5:45 pm

Recycling Steel

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

Steel is infinitely recyclable.

Posted on 9 May 2014 | 11:39 am

IBC Liquids Version

IBC Version B

Posted on 22 April 2014 | 10:38 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 11 April 2014 | 7:39 am

Lightweight Steel Pallet in Drive in Racking

The plastic pallet above is clearly sagging.

LSP 03.1

Posted on 11 April 2014 | 7:20 am 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 | 12:55 pm

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 | 10:22 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 | 2:20 pm


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 | 8:05 pm

Why a Lightweight Steel Pallet???

  1. Because most all alternatives use heavy hot rolled steel (angle iron, RHS and SHS sections), and are heavy, welded, expensive, economically unrepairable, paint finished and limited in market scope.
  2. Lightweight equals economy of quality steel material usage and acquisition cost.
  3. Lightweight equals greater ease of manual handling.
  4. Lightweight equals economy in transportation.
  5. Lightweight means sufficient to carry the loads with no overdesign.
  6. BUT IF circumstances dictate a heavier weight and thickness steel pallet we CAN easily comply.

An example photo of a heavy duty steel pallet is below, in this case using hardwood lead edges.

It has all the benefits but relatively costly?  Yes!

POINT:   Even this will not deter the eager, active, busy and careless fork lift driver from excessively damaging the pallet, ANY pallet.

So stick with a lightweight version, variable in gauge and capacity YES, but repairable and economically disposable if excessively damaged, and in volume acquired at a competitive with hardwood and better than repeat use plastic pallet price, and rental effective.  Most importantly if handled with care by fork lift drivers it will last for ten, twenty and thirty years.


Posted on 29 January 2014 | 1:35 pm







Posted on 20 January 2014 | 6:42 pm

Comparing Plastic Pallets, 17 Points to Consider

Courtesy Rick LeBlanc,

If you are shopping for durable plastic pallets, there is more to
consider than size and price. Here are some points that may be important
to consider:

  1. Durability
  2. User references and case studies
  3.  Is top deck solid or vented? Also, top deck options such as lip, grommets, scuffing, spin disks, or cleats may be relevant.
  4.  Nestable or bottom deck (stackable/conveyable) design
  5. Block or stringer design, opening sizes for material handling equipment
  6. Pallet weight and height
  7. Availability of handholds
  8. Material composition, manufacturing process
  9. Design – one or two piece
  10. Water drainage characteristics
  11. Static, dynamic load rating requirements
  12. Edge-rackable load rating, and in one direction or two?
  13. Fire rating
  14. USDA/FDA approved?
  15. Financing, including lease and rental options
  16. Warranty and buy back program for damaged pallets
  17. Colour, branding options



Posted on 20 January 2014 | 6:22 pm

An end of the Block Pallet


The end of a block pallet.

What’s the point (among others)?

It is only good for scrap at cost and grinding into wood chip for various purposes and will never be a pallet again.  That would have to come from new growth trees felled for the purpose.

A badly damaged real purpose steel pallet will be disposed of at value, not cost, reprocessed into the same material at far reduced energy than originally used, and formed into a brand new pallet, again, and again, INFINITELY with NO material degradation.

Posted on 7 January 2014 | 1:54 pm

On Average One Tree Produces Only Six New Pallets


“Did you know? On average that one tree produces only six new pallets.”

Who said this?  Lovett Pallet Recycling LLC Indianapolis Indiana USA.



“In fact, one tree on average can provide the lumber for only six new wood pallets”

Who said this?


Posted on 27 December 2013 | 1:14 pm


Earthquake flooring IMG_0634.1


Used with permission.

Posted on 18 November 2013 | 4:05 pm

Same Size, Similar Price, Half the Weight, Which Would You Select for Value?


A similar buy price based on volume!


Illustrated is the Australian standard size 1165 x 1165.  Both wood and steel pallets are the same dimensions, just pictorially distorted.

Other sizes available.

Posted on 15 November 2013 | 7:28 am

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