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June 15, 2015
ECOPALLETS: CEO 1 on 1 Interview

Jacob Schmalzle is the CEO of EcoPallets Kenya Ltd – a new addition to the Ramco Group family. Evelyne Kibe, took some time to interview the man and learnt a bit about him and the company.

 

Jacob grew up in Kenya as the son of missionaries. After gaining his business degree in the US, he returned to Kenya at the age of 25 looking for ways to connect Kenya and the U.S. – both of which he calls home.

 

On a trip back to the US, he had the privilege to meet the inventor of EcoPallets and immediately saw potential for the product in the East African market.  “Partnering with Ramco Group was an easy decision given their existing manufacturing at ASL Packaging and their extensive market networks.  They have a wonderful team of professionals who bring world-class service to our office every single day.”

 

The product was first manufactured by ASL Packaging in March 2015 under the US Patent and Jacob began his marketing campaign to create awareness for the product amongst the numerous exporters and pallet user in the region.

 

The product has been received very well in all sectors. As Jacob points out, “The light weight of the pallet (3.5kg) that holds up to 1000kg, provides users with a dramatic cost saving and efficiencies throughout the entire supply chain.”

The pallets are made from recycled materials making them extremely environmentally friendly, replacing their heavy wooden equivalent. Not only do EcoPallet users enjoy savings and efficiencies, their global customers support the initiative as Europe and North American importers demand higher and higher environmental standards from their suppliers.

 

“I’m proud to say that EcoPallets is a member of Ramco Group and I’m confident that our work together will continue to be fruitful.”