Alexandria, Virginia – The highly anticipated Interpal Conference 2023, a gathering of the global wood packaging industry every four years, concluded on a high note in Montreal from October 3 to October 5. Co-hosted by the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) and the Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association (CWPCA), the event marked a significant milestone in the industry’s calendar.
Attracting participation from across the world, Interpal 2023 witnessed an exceptional turnout. There were over 480 participants from 18 countries, including Brazil, China, Malaysia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Interpal attendees used the opportunity to discuss new ideas and innovations, network, and collaborate on industry best practices, business strategies, and emerging technologies. With sustainability top of mind, the conference focused on further advancing the sustainable practices and technologies that the industry is currently championing.
Attendees kick-started the conference with pallet manufacturing facility tours at Herwood, Interco, and LCN. Participants gained invaluable insights into cutting-edge practices, innovation, and efficient processes.
Educational programming focused on the industry’s sustainability efforts, with sessions including:
- Unlocking the Power of Sustainability in the Global Supply Chain
- Panel on Carbon, Sustainability & the Wood Pallet Industry
- Global Wood Supply and Markets in Transition
- Panel on Global Business, Sourcing Challenges & Opportunities
- How to Reduce Packaging Waste and Expand Reuse Through Smart Pallet Design
- How Global Directives Impact Your Business: Waste Reduction & Increased Circularity
- Nature’s Packaging and Packaging From Nature: A Shared Global Approach to Messaging and Resources You Can Use
“The Interpal conference’s success, marked by an exceptional lineup of speakers and enthusiastic attendees, underscores that wood pallets are the linchpin of a sustainable supply chain thanks to the industry’s proactive and innovative leadership,” said Brent McClendon, NWPCA President and CEO. “The critical role of wood pallets in the global supply chain is undeniable, and through events like these, we spotlight the industry’s immense contribution to solving complex environmental challenges as global shipping demands continue to grow.”
The CWPCA and NWPCA thank our Interpal 2023 attendees and participating member companies and look forward to reconvening in 2027.
Annette Ferri, Vice President of Communications
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