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Palletcap Limited to help Sudanese water supply

Thursday, 28 July 2005 ( #0 ) - CANNOCK, United Kingdom
The Palletcap sitting on sacks of aluminium sulphate.
The Palletcap sitting on sacks of aluminium sulphate.
The manufacturer of the bright yellow cone used to protect vulnerable freight, Palletcap Limited, will donate palletcaps to Oxfam GB for its relief work in Africa.

The palletcap is a cardboard cone that is placed on top of a pallet load to warn forklift operators from stacking any higher.

Oxfam GB logistics warehouse manager Rod Hogg said the palletcaps would solve the problem of sacks of aluminium sulphate splitting on arrival at their final destination. Aluminium sulphate is being used to treat contaminated water in Sudan.

"Communicating a non-stacking approach throughout that long delivery cycle has been very difficult. The goods may be airfreighted and then moved by four or five different trucks before reaching a refugee camp in the middle of the desert.

"There's a lot of handling involved, with further complications due to language barriers and illiteracy. I see Palletcap as being a solution to these difficulties as it makes it clear that the goods should not be stacked upon," Hogg said.

Palletcap spokesperson Hayley Shirley said: "(We) will be supplying whatever quantities are required. This is a clear case where preventing waste could be a life-saver. I would personally get a huge amount of satisfaction being a part of this project."
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