The Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns, backlogs – none of it slowed the European pallet industry down. Despite the fact that the global markets have slid into a recession in the meantime and pallet sales are traditionally considered an economic indicator. The industry's astonishing resilience can be explained, among other things, by shifts in consumer habits. Losses among automotive suppliers were offset by increased demand in the food, hygiene and DIY sectors. Due to panic buying at the start of the pandemic, pallets were even in above-average demand and the wood packaging industry underpinned its status as a system-relevant one. “Without pallets, packaging and cable drums made of wood, there would be no food, no medicine, no medical equipment and also no spare parts for machinery and equipment that ensure the supply of drinking water and energy,” recalled the managing director of the German Bundesverbandes Holzpackmittel, Paletten, Exportverpackung (HPE) e.V. (“Association of Wood Packaging, Pallets, Export Packaging”), Marcus Kirschner, in March 2020.