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1. WO2004094251 - PALETTE EN POLYSTYRENE EXPANSE ET SON PROCEDE DE REALISATION

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What is claimed is:

1. A method of manufacturing a pallet, including the steps of:
selecting a first pallet element from a plurality of first pallet elements substantially composed of a first material and arranged to receive a load;
selecting one or more second pallet elements from a plurality of second pallet elements, substantially composed of the first material, arranged to support said first pallet element, wherein said one or more selected second pallet elements are arranged to couple with said selected first pallet element to form an intermediate pallet assembly; and,
encasing said intermediate pallet assembly in a second material, wherein said second material is more rigid than said first material.

2. The method as claimed in claim 1 , wherein said coupling of said first and second elements is achieved through use of complimentary interlocking parts on said first and second elements.

3. The method as claimed in claim 2, wherein the interlocking parts include a plurality of projections and corresponding recesses for receiving said projections.

4. The method as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein said second element is provided with a longitudinal slot for receiving a stiffening rib.

5. The method as claimed in claim 4, wherein a stiffening rib is inserted into said longitudinal slot before the step of encasing said intermediate assembly.

6. The method as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein said step of encasing includes the step of encasing an upper surface of the intermediate pallet assembly and the step of encasing a lower surface of the intermediate pallet assembly.

7. A pallet including:
a first load receiving pallet element;

at least one second pallet element adapted to couple to and support said first pallet element; and,
wherein the first and second pallet elements provide an intermediate pallet assembly substantially formed from a first material, and the intermediate pallet assembly is encapsulated within a second material more rigid than the first material.

8. The pallet as claimed in claim 7, wherein said first or second pallet element includes a stiffening rib for providing additional strength to the pallet.

9. The pallet as claimed in claim 8, wherein said stiffening rib is primarily formed from said second material.

10. The pallet as claimed in any one of claims 7 to 9, wherein said first material is Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).

11. The pallet as claimed in any one of claims 7 to 10, wherein said second material is selected from the group of: High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS); Acrylonitrile Butadeine Styrene (ABS); and Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate.

12. The pallet as claimed in any one of claims 7 to 11 , wherein the first pallet element is provided with a drainage channel running substantially adjacent the perimeter of the upper surface of said first pallet element.

13. The pallet as claimed in claim 12, wherein the drainage channel includes one or more outlets for allowing liquid to run out of the channel and away from the pallet.

14. The pallet as claimed in either claim 12 or 13, wherein an upper surface of the first pallet element is provided with a camber to encourage any liquid on the surface of the pallet to run towards the drainage channel.

15. The pallet as claimed in any one of claims 7 to 11 , wherein the first pallet element is provided with an upwardly projecting lip running around the periphery of the upper surface of the first pallet element.

16. The pallet as claimed in any one of claims 7 to 11 , wherein an upper surface of the first pallet element is provided with a plurality of recesses, for securing and at least partially restraining a particular item placed on the pallet.

17. The pallet as claimed in claim 16, provided as two pallets fastened together to form a composite pallet such that the two major surfaces of the composite pallet each includes a plurality of recesses.

18. The pallet as claimed in either claim 16 or 17, wherein the recesses are adapted to hold barrels.

19. The pallet as claimed in claim 15, wherein the upper surface of the first pallet element is adapted to hold a box or container.

20. The pallet as claimed in any one of claims 7 to 19, wherein the upper load-bearing surface of the first pallet element is provided with surface features to reduce slipping of goods.

21. The pallet as claimed in any one of claims 7 to 20, wherein the pallet is a 2-way or 4-way, rackable or non-rackable, pallet.