BASF collaborated with Lightning Technologies to develop stronger, more durable and safer composite pallet, the first-of-its-kind eco-friendly, lightweight and cost-efficient composite pallet.
Lightning Technologies, LLC, an advanced materials and industrial technology company, headquartered in Oxford, Michigan, has patented proprietary coating technology, Exopod, and associated high volume automation processes.
The developed processes manufacture shipping platforms constructed of engineered core materials that are fully integrated to improve the performance of the final product significantly.
Lighting Technologies has production capabilities and product support infrastructure globally with joint venture partners in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. It has fabricated a substrate with a newly formed composite pallet in collaboration with BASF.
Jeffrey Owen, CEO of Lightning Technologies, said, “Our goal is to revolutionize the pallet industry and to do so we needed the right material partner to make that a reality. BASF matched the inventive and innovative spirit of our company, and together we’re making groundbreaking advancements for pallet platforms.”
BASF and Lightning Technologies have jointly developed the polyurea spray coating materials ‘exomoon’ that offers several benefits for the composite pallet such as increasing the durability for end-to-end supply chain stages and chemical-resistance for safety during storage and transportation.
The pallets are lighter and easier to handle and more fuel-efficient to transport with surfaces hermetically sealed to protect against insects, bacteria, mold and other harmful organisms.
Made from sustainably sourced materials, all the production waste is reused into additional value streams.
Scott Schlicker, Industrial Marketing Manager at BASF Performance Materials, said, “This composite pallet outperforms traditional pallets in terms of safety and durability because of material innovation and close collaboration between our companies. The synergistic partnership between BASF and Lightning Technologies was critical to making this revolutionary pallet a reality.”