Pallet Protection

The Facts On… Pallet Protection

Palletised loads don’t have it easy – they get dusty, damp, knocked against, stacked and joggled around yet are still expected to look good on arrival. Thankfully there are several products available that will reduce the likelihood of damage.

Polythene pallet shrink covers are a good deterrent to dust and moisture and are manufactured to fit standard pallet sizes. They are simply placed over the pallet load and shrunk to fit with a gas shrink gun such as the Ripack® R3000, resulting in totally sealed protection on the top and all four sides of the load.

Transpal shrink coverPallet sizeMax. pallet height
SB12801200 x 800mm1200mm
SB12101200 x 1000mm1200mm
SB12121200 x 1200mm1200mm

Polythene top covers can be used with stretch wrapping to create a dust and moisture-resistant layer over the top of a pallet. Transpal top covers are supplied as a perforated roll of 1800 x 1800mm covers and in clear and black film:

Transpal top coverColourFilm

Transpal NSC non-stack cones are a pre-cut, pre-printed flat packed product that quickly converts to a rigid three-sided pyramid. The highly-visible graphics alert handlers that the pallet must not have other items stacked on top of it and it is secured to the pallet either with adhesive tape or by feeding pallet strap through the slots in the base of each side of the cone.

Kraftek® edge boards are an effective means of protecting the vertical and horizontal edges of pallets from low to medium impact damage.

Interleaving layers of cardboard boxes on a pallet can substantially increase load stability, using the weight of the cartons above to prevent lower levels from sliding out of place. Transpal LS170-1077-916 protective layer sheets are manufactured from sturdy 170gsm paper.

Anti-slip sheets are similar to protective layer sheets but are coated on both sides with a biodegradable, water-repellent non-slip substance. This increases the friction between the carton layers without leaving a residue when removed, and helps prevent the capillary transfer of water through a pallet load should part of it get wet. Transpal anti-slip sheets are available in two sizes and boxed or bulk pallet-packed.

Transpal anti-slip sheetsSheet sizePacked
ASL0812-10800 x 1200mmPallet of 5,000
ASL0812-10-BOX800 x 1200mmBoxes of 200
ASL1012-101000 x 1200mmPallet of 5,000
ASL1012-10-BOX1000 x 1200mmBoxes of 200

A wide range of protective packaging is available from Southgate® and their network of approved distributors throughout the UK and across Europe. For more details call 01553 69 29 69 or email


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