DS Smith Announces Launch of New Foldable Container Designed for Speed


This announcement originally appeared on November 22, 2014

DS Smith, Plastics Division has announced the official launch of a new fold-flat plastics container, noting it recently won the Magna Logistics Supplier’s award for innovation.

The Duca-Pak™ is the most recent addition its line of Uni-Pak foldable containers, which DS Smith says are known for their durability and performance. DS Smith, Plastics Division, the release continues, is delivering higher standards in performance, weight, folding/unfolding time, space, reusability and recyclability.

Duca-Pak internal volume capacity and height is 15 percent greater than existing ‘optimised return solutions’ and has enhanced ergonomics. Its lid weighs less than 6 kg and has an integrated belt system that interlocks the pallet and the sleeve and replaces locks. Four hooks on lid allow fixing the lid on the pallet while loading the container. Thanks to this combination system, the space needed by the container in use is only limited to its own footprint at all steps of the logistics flow.

6 Seconds Ease of Use

DS Smith, Plastics Division ‘6 seconds’ ease of use systems, which is optional in other containers, have been integrated to the new Duca-Pak™ design. The name of this system corresponds to the estimated time that takes to fold or unfold each container (6 seconds). In addition to these improvements in volume and ergonomics, the foldable sleeve’s core structure is made of recycled material utilizing a new technology that offers increased performance to vertical compression.

“Duca-Pak has been designed with the highest standards of performance in mind. Durability, efficiency, re-usability and recyclability,” comments Mark Lightowler, Managing Director of DS Smith, Plastics’ Division business that manufactures ‘Ducaplast Optimised Container Solutions’. “All damaged elements of this container can be easily recycled at the end of their working life and turned into new containers. This is in line with DS Smith’s Supply Cycle Thinking that eliminates complexity, embraces reusability and recyclability in the design of our products”.

DS Smith, Plastics Division is a fast growing division of DS Smith Plc. —a € 5/ £4 billion plastics and packaging multinational with operations in more than 20 countries. DS Smith, Plastic Division businesses are focused on three main areas: Flexible packaging and dispensing solutions; rigid packaging; and foam products. Duca-Pak is manufactured by Plastics Division’s Rigid Packaging Group’s located in Wormhout, France. This business specialises in manufacturing HDPE twin sheet pallets and lids to make light and strong packaging solutions with excellent impact resistance and optimised return ratios.

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