Trilatec offers lightweight alternative to timber in airfreight


German company Trilatec says that its squAIR-timber product can offer weight savings of 80% compared with tradition wooden beams in air freight pallets.

The cardboard fiber composite material is made of 100% recyclable paper and despite considerable weight savings, does not compromise on load-bearing capacity. A meter of the weatherproof material can carry up to 5. The cardboard fiber composite skids are certified for use in air freight and can be placed under containers and pallets.

Trilatec says its product is being used by DHL in Frankfurt and Paris, Kühne + Nagel, Lufthansa Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux.

The latter’s senior vice-president global logistics, Johannes Bruijs, said: “We use the lightweight squAIR-timber elements as a substructure for all pharmaceutical shipments. They have no disadvantages compared to wood, but their significantly lower weight brings many advantages and helps to save a considerable amount of CO2.”

He added that squAIR-timber also saves a lot of time during handling. Only one person and no forklift truck is required for assembling.


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