This pallet has transformed the transport industry and is as important as the container for logistics providers. The UIC, the Union Internationale des Chemins de fer, pushed for greater standardisation of pallets with the aim of simplifying international freight transport by rail. The Europallet’s success was revolutionary: There is hardly a storage or transport system today that is not configured to use the Europallet.
As part of a gala reception in Berlin a few days ago, the UIC was honoured with acceptance into the Logistics Hall of Fame as a token of gratitude for its services to the logistics industry. On behalf of the UIC, Thomas Metlich, ÖBB’s “Mr. Pallet”, received the prestigious award in Berlin as chairman of the “Palleting Questions” working party at UIC.
A 70-strong jury decided upon UIC’s acceptance into the Logistics Hall of Fame
The decision on whether to admit these pioneers of pallets into the Logistics Hall of Fame fell to a 70-strong jury from 13 different countries consisting of key personalities within the fields of business, science, politics and the media. The ÖBB is an important member of the UIC and was essentially present when the Europallet was invented. ÖBB’s Thomas Metlich took the award as the chairman of the UIC working party.