ORBIS Adds To Executive Team, Brambles Reports Growth, The Long and Short of Reusable Packaging

Sustainable reusable packaging leader adds to executive leadership team, leading pooling provider says it is on course for full-year guidance.

ORBIS Adds New Faces

Reusable packaging leader and supply chain optimization expert ORBIS Corporation has added two new faces to its Executive Leadership Team.

Tim Henkel

Tim Henkel

Tim Henkel has made the move to President of the company’s Reusable Packaging Management (RPM) services. A 27 year veteran of the company, he most recently served as Executive Vice President of Sales. He brings to the role an impressive record of business growth, leadership and proven success in building strong teams. As President of RPM, Henkel will be looking to ensure ORBIS customers extract full value from their reusable packaging management programs – particularly in industrial and beverage applications.

Dan Roovers

Dan Roovers

Dan Roovers now succeeds Henkel as Executive Vice President of Sales. Most recently Vice President of Automotive Sales, Roovers brings more than 20 years of success in the auto industry, including extensive experience in implementing reusable packaging solutions for automotive OEMs and their suppliers. In this capacity he managed ORBIS’ world-wide efforts to minimize automotive supply chain logistics costs through the use of optimized reusable packaging systems. In this new position, Roovers will put his extensive background to work for all elements of ORBIS’ Sales and Customer Support Teams.

Brambles Reports “Contined Solid Growth”

Brambles Limited has announced sales revenue of US$3.97 billion for the nine month period concluding March 2014. This represents a 6 percent increase versus the rior corresponding period (7 perecent in contant currency). The company says that this reflects continued solid growth across all operating segments.

Brambles CEO Tom Gorman says that the performance reflects “the resilience of our Pallets business, continued growth in the RPCs business and the execution of our diversification strategy.” He notes that the growth more than offset the short term impact of the severe U.S. winter and late Easter timing.

“We continue to expect constant-currency sales revenue growth of approximately 7 percent in the 2014 financial year, with underlying profit within our previously stated guidance range of between US$930 million and US$965 million,” Gorman adds.

Earlier this month, Gorman discussed CHEP cost reduction opportunities with respect to information technology rationalization.

The Long and the Short of Reusables

Euro box offers long reusable container without welds

Euro box offers long reusable container without welds

Goplasticboxes.com prides itself in keeping a lot of inventory in stock for next day delivery, even for some more unusal sizes. The company says that its long and narrow Euro containers – the GoBox 1750 EU and GoBox 1800 EU – offer a better solution for storing and distributing long components to what it refers to as ‘cut and shut’ options, such as through welding the ends of two 600mm long containers together to create a long container.

Traditionally, Goplasticboxes.com notes, in order to create a container more than twice as long as it is wide, fabrication companies cut off the ends of two 600mm long containers and weld them together to achieve the desired 1000mm length. Generally speaking and given the extended time and considerable expense of tooling molds to produce reusable packaging, the option of welding provides an affordable alternative for lower volume container requirements.

With its GoBox 1750 EU and GoBox 1800 EU containers already in stock, however, Goplasticboxes.com says that end users can now be spared the additional time and expense of custom fabrication.

“Long components can be challenging to store and move about, but our GoBox 1750 EU and GoBox 1800 EU containers address this problem,” comments Russell Smith, Business Development Manager for Goplasticboxes.com. “They’re proving particularly popular in the automotive supply chain for the storage and distribution of long car parts: sections of wiring harnesses, shock absorbers, drive shafts, seat runners, to name a few!”

Sized at 1000mm (L) x 400mm (W), Goplasticboxes.com’s long and narrow EU containers are offered in heights of 230mm or 120mm. With straight walls, the containers can be securely stacked 10 high. It says a standard trailer can hold 726 of the taller containers or 1452 of the shallow version. The Euro containers have no joins or ridges in the base or side walls.





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