CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions will introduce a new foldable large container (FLC) with the Euro size footprint to its pallet and container pooling options in conjunction with this year’s FachPack trade fair in Nuremberg.
The new foldable and stackable FLC1208 is based on the size of the 1200×800 mm European pallet footprint utilized by a majority of established logistics systems. With a load capacity of 500 kg, the new reusable container is notable for its exceptional stability and product protection. A robust dust cover protects the contents from dirt and grime and does away with the need for additional component packaging. Because the containers can also be used in automated production and storage facilities, they eliminate the need for time and cost-intensive freight loading. Foldable openings on both the long and short sides allow for easier access and improved ergonomics for material handlers. Four-way access also makes the container compatible with all standard lifting and conveying equipment.
CHEP emphasizes that the FLC 1208 container is also considerably lighter than the commonly used steel mesh box, and when collapsed, provides a 60 percent space savings in return transportation and storage, helping to reduce the amount of return loads for empty containers, thus making a positive impact on CO2 emission reduction.
“Understanding the needs of our customers is crucial for a global solution provider like CHEP,” says Luca Rossi, Vice President Automotive and Industrial Solutions at CHEP, noting that the pooling provider has noted a growing demand in the European manufacturing supply chain for an alternative to the mesh box. “The reusable container with European pallet footprint will enable our customers to gain all the benefits of pooling. We are convinced there is strong demand in the European market for this kind of pooling-based solution.”
Pooling benefits emphasized
The benefit to CHEP customers of the multi-user shared pool is the elimination of all costs associated with the purchase, transportation, storage, cleaning and maintenance of containers. The specialist service provider takes care of the systematic planning, control and monitoring of container movements, ensuring a smooth flow of goods and materials and reducing logistics costs per unit. The company currently manages more than 300 million containers and coordinates around three million movements per day from 500 service centres in more than 50 countries. Alongside its range of small containers, CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions currently also provides its customers with standardized FLCs to VDA specifications with the dimensions of a regular industrial pallet (1200 x 1000 mm).