Card­board pal­lets

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Founder of Cor­cel IP card­board man­u­fac­tur­ers, Pa­trick Van Berlo, has come up with an en­ergy ef­fi­cient in­ven­tion that could re­place hefty wooden pal­lets used for ex­port­ing fruit, and bulk bins used for ship­ping pow­der and liq­uid prod­ucts. The de­sign uses a heat­less process – revo­lu­tion­ary for the in­dus­try – that will lead to a re­duc­tion in the amount of fruit lost to over-ripen­ing dur­ing ship­ping. Pa­trick’s con­cept for turn­ing cor­ru­gated card­board into a su­per strong core­board re­places the tra­di­tional 100-me­tre-long pro­duc­tion lines, steam boil­ers and need for spe­cialised boiler en­gi­neers with a ma­chine the size of a small car. He wanted to pro­tect and com­mer­cialise the tech­nol­ogy and called upon the ser­vices of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty firm James & Wells to pro­tect in­di­vid­ual com­po­nents of the ma­chine, mak­ing it tough for oth­ers to de­sign around the patents. Read more about pro­tect­ing your in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty at www.el­e­ment­magazine.co.nz

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