Christian Kühnhold appointed as new CEO of EPAL

The European Pallet Association wants to develop new markets and establish more products

Christian Kühnhold appointed as new CEO of EPAL

From October Christian Kühnhold takes over responsibility of the General Secretariat of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL). For the last few years it has been led by Martin Leibrandt, who helped it get off the ground and initiated many new projects.

Christian Kühnhold most recently spent 13 years as CEO of PAKi Logistics GmbH and member of the board of Faber Halbertsma Groep B.V., where he was involved in starting IPP six years ago and has since then helped to develop the company. Now he is focusing on new challenges.

“Christian Kühnhold has in-depth knowledge of the pallet market and managing open pools at an international level”, emphasises Robert Holliger, President of the European Pallet Association (EPAL) e.V.  On the international Association’s Board, they are convinced that he will give EPAL an invaluable boost to successfully continue to develop. The aim is to further strengthen the Euro pallet under the EPAL brand, to push ahead with expansion into new markets and to establish more products.

 A currently very important project is iPAL, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML, the Euro pallet will be equipped with intelligence, on which new business models will be based.

The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) ensures a smooth flow of goods in the logistics world with over 500 million EPAL Euro pallets and 20 million box pallets in the world’s biggest open exchange pool. Founded in 1991 as the umbrella association of licensed producers and repairers of EPAL load carriers, EPAL is globally responsible for their consistent quality. EPAL pallets are produced from sustainably grown, CO2-neutral wood,  can be repaired and recycled, and reduce transport distances thanks to their high level of availability.

As a registered association, EPAL does not pursue any commercial interests and makes all its decisions in the interests of its industry, retail and logistics partners. EPAL is represented in over thirty countries by fourteen National Committees which have committed themselves to implementing the EPAL objectives.

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