Reusable Packaging and Pallets – News Briefs 2018

Reusable packaging and pallet news briefs

Demand for Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) to Grow 7.6% Annually

The number of RPCs in use is much larger than demand

CLEVELANDJuly 16, 2018  — Demand for new reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for fresh produce is projected to increase 7.6% per year to $185 million in 2022, making them one of the fastest growing produce packaging products. Gains will be due to the implementation of RPC-based logistical systems for produce by grocery chains. Walmart and several regional grocery chains have adopted full or partial RPC-based systems. Demand for new RPCs will increase much faster than the overall produce packaging average but is expected to continue decelerating due to the size of the existing RPC pool. These and other trends are presented in Produce Packaging Market in the US, 7th Edition, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

More information about this study is here: https://www.freedoniagroup.com/industry-study/produce-packaging-3632.htm

The number of RPCs in use is much larger than demand due to the multiple trips made per year by most of these containers and their ability to be used for up to 100 trips.

Still, there will be growth opportunities due to:

  • replacement needs due to wear or breakage
  • compatibility with modular corrugated box systems and other packaging formats
  • handling efficiencies due to size standardization
  • stacking efficiencies compared to boxes
  • efforts to reduce overall packaging waste

US demand for all types of produce packaging is projected to increase 4.0% per year to $6.5 billion in 2022. This will represent an improvement over the 2012-2017 period, when domestic produce production declined. Beyond a modest rebound in production, a number of other factors will boost demand, including increased packaging of heretofore unpackaged produce items, and the widening availability of cut and shredded produce in convenience-oriented packaging.


Paxxal Inc. Names Ellwood Hunt as Chief Operating Officer

Noblesville, IN – July 12, 2018 — Following an extensive search, Paxxal Inc., an innovative provider of shipping platforms, announces the appointment of Ellwood P. Hunt III as Chief Operating Officer effective August 1, 2018. Hunt will report to Ben Stoller, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Managing Member of Paxxal, and have global responsibility for manufacturing, logistics and operations.

Hunt brings more than three decades of operational expertise to the role, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing & Product Development for IGPS Logistics, the world’s largest plastic pallet rental company. He has fostered key relationships with Fortune 500 Companies nationally and internationally in the supply chain industry and plastic pallet industry.

“Ellwood’s nearly 30 years of operational experience in the plastic pallet industry and at PepsiCo is extraordinary and will enhance our team tremendously,” said Stoller. “We look forward to him joining our executive team.”

Prior to joining Paxxal Inc., Hunt held key executive roles and gained invaluable experience with four other companies. In addition to IGPS, he spent five years as Vice President, Sales/Operations of Teph Seal Auto Appearance, the largest auto detailing company in the US, served as Vice President of Operations & Logistics and Customer Service for seven years with CHEP, the world’s largest wood pallet rental company and 23 years at PepsiCo, where he was Regional/Market Unit General Manager and held other operational positions.

Paxxal is a platform company that specializes in logistics related products and services in the supply chain sector. Its focus is on improving supply chain efficiencies through manufacturing, logistics, reusable rental markets, robust data analytics and services.  Paxxal’s portfolio consists of three main divisions Industries, Logistics and Analytics. Find more information at www.paxxal.com.


Yukon Supports Grey Mountain Partners’ Investment in 48forty Solutions

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 10, 2018–Yukon Partners (“Yukon”), a provider of mezzanine capital for middle market private equity transactions, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Grey Mountain Partners (“Grey Mountain”) in its investment in 48forty Solutions (“48forty” or the “Company”), formerly a division of Brambles and formerly known as CHEP Recycling.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, 48forty is the largest whitewood pallet recycler in North America, recycling over 90 million pallets annually across its network of 73 company locations and more than 225 network facilities. 48forty has approximately 2,400 employees and serves over 2,700 customers, including manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the distribution & logistics, food & beverage, packaging, durables, and non-durables industries. The Company sources used pallet “cores” from the end of supply chains, repairs the pallets, and then re-sells them to manufacturers/distributors at the top of the supply chain.

Yukon provided mezzanine capital to facilitate the transaction and acquired a minority equity interest. Dorsey & Whitney LLP served as legal counsel to Yukon.

Bill Ross, Vice President of Grey Mountain commented, “We are excited to partner with Yukon and appreciate their flexible approach as the Company enters its next phase of growth as a standalone business outside of Brambles. We believe 48forty’s reputation as the industry leader and commitment to customer excellence will position the Company nicely for continued, profitable growth.”

Aaron Arnett, Principal of Yukon, added, “We are looking forward to partnering with Grey Mountain, as well as with the management team at 48forty, to support the Company in further penetrating the North American recycled whitewood pallet market. The Company’s diverse customer and supplier base, and network of over 225 facilities across the United States and Canada, are key differentiators relative to competitors, allowing the Company to provide a comprehensive one-stop-shop solution for both national and regional customers.”


Recycling Industry Unites with Goal of Addressing Key Issues

Washington, DC –  July 10, 2018 – In May, a group of organizations representing various segments of the recycling industry met to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole. The initial meeting, which took place in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, was an open discussion aimed at identifying ways throughout the recycling stream to improve quality, increase demand for material, and promote products made with recycled content.

As part of the initial phase, the organizations have released the following statement of cooperation:

“As representatives of the complete recycling chain, we understand that improving the quality of the recycling stream and increasing the demand for recyclables in the manufacture of new products will deliver economic and environmental benefits nationwide. We commit to actively engaging with one another to enhance the nation’s recycling systems, while simultaneously continuing our own organizations’ work to influence change.”

The groups have scheduled a meeting in August to determine specific courses of action and efforts to work on collectively.

Organizations participating in the effort include:

  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • AMERIPEN
  • Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Northeast Recycling Council
  • National Recycling Coalition
  • National Waste & Recycling Association
  • Plastics Industry Association
  • The Recycling Partnership
  • Southeast Recycling Development Council
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition
  • Solid Waste Association of North America.

EPAL Board meeting and General Assembly in Ljubljana, Slovenia

EPAL meetingThe Board and the representatives of the National Committees of the European Pallet Association met on 28th and 29th June 2018 in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. The Ordinary Board Meeting took place on 28th June, and the General Assembly was held a day later. The meeting of EPAL members takes place annually in one of the member countries of the world’s largest quality assurance association for EPAL pallets.

The General Assembly elected two new country representatives to join them: Tatyana Sargsyan from the EPAL Baltic States National Committee and Ruben Hut, representing the EPAL Dutch National Committee, NEDERPAL. The Board and the participants at the General Assembly would like to express their sincere thanks to the Slovenian National Committee, SIPAL, represented by the President, Igor Sep and the Managing Director, Ivan Kerec, for their excellent organisation and professional support.


Stacey McGuire Appointed as General Counsel for Pelican Products, Inc.

TORRANCE, CA – July 2, 2018 – Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging and advanced portable lighting systems, has appointed Stacey McGuire as General Counsel to lead the legal function at Pelican

“Experienced legal counsel in-house is crucial to navigating the complex regulatory issues associated with doing business in today’s global economy,” said Don Jordan, Chief Financial Officer, Pelican Products. “I’m confident that her experience and guidance will help protect our brand and operations so we can continue delivering the quality products and services that our customers around the globe have come to rely upon.”

McGuire brings more than 15 years of transactional and litigation experience to her new position. Prior to joining Pelican, she served in a variety of high-level positions at companies and law firms that include J.T. Posey Company, Clinipace Worldwide and Sedgwick LLP.

McGuire holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.


MAUSER Expands IBC Footprint with Opening of North Wales, PA Facility

MAUSER USA, LLC opens IBC bottle facility in North Wales, PA to support rebottling operations in the northeastern United States.

July 2, 2018 – MAUSER USA, LLC has announced its latest expansion of intermediate bulk container (IBC) manufacturing capabilities with its new North Wales, PA site. The North Wales facility will provide on-site supply of IBC bottles to MAUSER’s reconditioning affiliate, National Container Group (NCG) as well as IBC bottle replacements via NCG for other users in the northeastern US market.

“We are excited to enter the northeastern market with IBC bottle capabilities,” remarked Ed Konyen, Senior VP Operations – IBC Division at MAUSER USA, LLC. “This new location will improve our carbon footprint as we optimize our supply of bottles to our NCG locations and further solidify our commitment to sustainable packaging.”

“IBCs and reconditioned packaging continue to be the drivers of growth within the industrial packaging industry,” stated Jeff DeLiberty, Director of New Markets and Business Development at MAUSER USA, LLC. “Providing these solutions in the northeastern US corridor is critical as it further completes MAUSER’s North American footprint. In addition, this new location is ideal for MAUSER to enhance lead times and improve customer service.”


Kamps Pallets and Corrloc LLC Announce Strategic Partnership

June 28, 2018. Kamps Pallets, a national pallet company headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, has announced a partnership with Corrloc LLC, a corrugated pallet and packaging company.

Dan Gibson, Corrloc co-founder, says, “Corrloc will be widely adopted in the market place due to its cost to strength ratio. Our customers will no longer have to choose one or the other, it will be based off what best fits their needs.

“Because Kamps is a recycling company at its core, Corrloc was a perfect fit for us. It can be manufactured from recycled materials, and itself is 100% recyclable as well,” said said Brad Rietema, Kamps Executive VP of Corporate Services. “This product will allow Kamps to offer multiple solutions to our customers in both wood and paper, for their pallets, bracing, dunnage and packaging needs. We are very excited to partner with Corrloc and offer the product on a national scale.”

Kamps plans to add Corrloc technology and manufacturing to its national network and work with existing, and new customers to see how Corrloc can best benefit them. The first CorrLoc manufacturing site was fully operational in Niles, MI in May of this year.Corrloc offers many different packaging solutions including pallets, dividers, braces, rails and cases. Each solution is engineered to meet specific packaging needs.

Kamps Pallets is a full service pallet company delivering innovative pallet and packaging solutions to customers across the United States. It specializes in custom pallet management processes, high-quality products and excellent customer service. Based in Michigan, Kamps has nationwide facilities to meet the shipping needs of industries from coast to coast, including wood pallets, plastic pallets, and corrugated pallets


Primex Design & Fabrication Improves Prototyping Time With New Appointment

Primex reusable packaging Debbie RobinsonJune 18, 2018.  Primex Design & Fabrication, PD&F, (formerly Woodruff Corporation), a leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, custom interior dunnage, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of Debbie Robinson to the position of sample department coordinator. She was previously a design engineer for the company for twenty years.

Robinson will be responsible for the creation, production and delivery of prototypes and samples to PD&F customers. “Our design and rapid prototyping capabilities set us apart from our competition,” says Robinson. “We normally are able to design and deliver custom samples within a 24-48-hour window.

Robinson’s position represents a critical touchpoint with customers during the initial phase of a new project. “I will be communicating with customers, answering questions and helping them with design solutions. With my 20 years’ experience as a designer, I have a good insight on what a customer needs in a finished product,” Robinson says.

PD&F is committed to accurate functional prototypes. The goals are to provide a perfect solution to the customers’ design needs, faster turnaround and accurate prototypes the first time. The appointment of Robinson brings stronger, more experienced management to this function.


Amstel and Kronenbourg Choose DS Smith’s Box2Keep™ Beer Crates to Promote Their Beer in the UK during the World Cup

The injection moulded One Way Box2Keep™ crate is the ideal tool to promote beer brands during international sporting events.

International football events are always the perfect times to have a beer with friends and thus, for beer brands, the perfect time to increase sales. With the World Cup 2018 on going, famous beer brands Amstel and Kronenbourg were looking for an original, supplementary packaging solution to promote their beers at POS in the UK.

In order to extend the existing offering with a special ‘FIFA World Cup Russia 2018’ promotion, the brands were looking for a sustainable packaging with a triple function: to transport the bottles, to promote the brand at the POS and to keep as a functional FIFA 2018 souvenir.

The world-famous beer brands chose DS Smith Plastics’ Box2Keep™ beer crate, a standard injection moulded one-way crate that can be personalized by screen printing, stickers, and ultra-thin IML labels, thus providing a lot of opportunities for an affordable cost. The supplementary inside dividers protect the bottles during transport. Its durability transforms the stackable box into a timeless promotion because it can be re-used by the customer to store all kinds of things.

The Amstel and Kronenbourg ‘must-haves’ will be available in Tesco warehouses in the UK during the FIFA World Cup 2018. The boxes are 100% recyclable after their long life.


Corrugated & Recycling Industries Work to Increase Residential Recovery

Corrugated packaging and recycling industry groups recently met to review recommendations for increasing residential recovery of old corrugated containers (OCC). The recommendations are a result of research conducted by RRS for the Fibre Box Association (FBA). The research asked more than 1,000 Americans about their residential OCC recycling practices.

Corrugated packaging is the most widely recycled packaging material with a recovery rate near 90 percent for the past seven years. To retain this leadership role, the corrugated industry is exploring how shifts in consumer purchasing patterns could impact recovery.  The group recognized the need for a renewed focus on promoting the recyclability of OCC and agreed to proactively pursue a broad set of initiatives to help increase recovery.

These initiatives include activities to generate greater ease of access and specifically address multi-family and rural residential recovery. The group agreed to:

  • Promote the use of carts instead of bins for curbside collection of OCC where applicable to accommodate greater collection
  • Support efforts to match the frequency of recycling and trash collection to provide for equal access to recycling
  • Establish clear and harmonized messages and graphics for household recovery of OCC including what can be recycled and how to do it
  • Develop more direct recycling messages on boxes to remind consumers to recycle
  • Work with additional groups on recycling education to increase understanding and encourage recycling behaviors
  • Support the development of building codes that make recycling easy for multi-family dwellings
  • Encourage replication of successful multi-family and rural recovery programs

For years OCC has been a recycling success story. The group believes a renewed focus on its recyclability will spur additional recovery efforts.

The group led by FBA included AICC – The Independent Packaging Association, American Forest & Paper Association, AMERIPEN, Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, Waste Management, and member companies Cascades, Dusobox, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Kruger, PCA, Pratt Industries and WestRock.

Source: Fibrebox.org


Pregis enters into definitive agreement to purchase FP International

DEERFIELD, Ill.June 19, 2018 – Pregis LLC, a leading manufacturer of innovative protective packaging materials, equipment systems and surface protection, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Free-Flow Packaging International, Inc. (FP International). The acquisition is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory review.

“The acquisition of FP International will benefit our combined customer base by providing a robust set of diverse solutions and accelerated product development—most notably to address growing e-commerce shipping requirements. This also significantly strengthens Pregis’ geographic position within new international markets, supporting our global growth strategy,” said Kevin Baudhuin, president and chief executive officer. “Additionally, we look forward to welcoming FP’s exceptional professionals to the Pregis team. Our cultural similarities will fuel future growth.”

FP International has a 50 year history of providing a wide range of protective packaging solutions. Its well-known brands include the MINI PAK’R®, PRO PAK’R® and POWER PAK’R® and many other protective packaging products. The company was founded in 1967 by Arthur Graham, who pioneered the use of free-flowing interior packaging material. FP International has been transformed over the past two decades from a single-product company to a leading provider of protective packaging solutions with multinational operations.

FP International President Joe Nezwek said, “We’re excited to become a part of Pregis’ expanding protective packaging portfolio. This will enable us to continue FP’s 50-year commitment to innovation and outstanding customer service. As one company, we can accelerate our efforts to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Headquartered in Fremont, California, FP has five manufacturing facilities—two in the United States plus GermanyFrance and the Netherlands—supported by 360 employees. Pregis plans on continuing manufacturing operations in those locations.

Serendipitously started with a batch of discarded soda straws five decades ago, FP International has grown to become a global leader of innovative protective packaging products and systems.  Now widely recognized for its sophisticated product design and customer-centric culture as well as its trail-blazing technology, FP International operates on three continents, providing interior packaging solutions to a wide array of industries, from automobiles to toys.

FP International is the sixth acquisition Pregis has completed in the past four years under Olympus Partners ownership. The other five are Rex Performance Products, Sharp Packaging, 3M Company’s PolyMask protective films business, Easypack paper-based protective packaging systems and Eagle Film Extruders.


FSK calls for entries for the 2018 Innovation Award Foamed Plastics

 

Stuttgart, 19.06.2018 – The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) is once again calling for entries for the Innovation Award Foamed Plastics in 2018.  The competition is open to young talents and specialists, professionals and companies – to submit innovative ideas, forward-looking concepts and new developments in the field of foam plastics.

The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) has set itself the goal of promoting young industry professionals and motivating them to submit new ideas, concepts and developments.  Each year, the FSK presents an innovation award in the categories “Technology” and “Design and Construction”. The prize is awarded alternately to the Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes divisions. In 2018, the competition will be specifically for innovations in the field of foamed plastics. Applications are open until        3 September 2018 to individuals and groups from universities and companies across Europe.  Submissions from junior professionals and senior professionals or companies will be evaluated and awarded separately in order to ensure a fair and appropriate assessment and according to the level of knowledge and experience.  The evaluation is carried out by a jury of experts selected by the FSK. The criteria are the newness and innovative power of the submitted products and solutions, as well as their market and competitive ability.

Application documents can be requested from the FSK office or downloaded from its website. The award ceremony will take place in Papenburg on 28/29 November as part of the 19th International FSK Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics. The winners in the category junior professionals will receive an additional cash prize of up to 3,000 Euros in order to establish their innovations on the market.

Application documents can be found on the FSK-Website.

For further information, please send an e-mail to fsk@fsk-vsv.de or call +49 (0)711 993 7510.


Polymer Logistics to Showcase Reusable Packaging & Merchandising Systems for Produce and Floral at 2018 United FreshMKT & International Floriculture Expos

See innovative produce and floral transport and display solutions at United FreshMKT booth #1538 and IFE booth #5255 in Chicago June 25-27, 2018

Tampa, FL (June 18, 2018) – Polymer Logistics, a global leader in reusable packaging and merchandising systems, will present innovative products and services for transport packaging, retail and promotional display, and asset management at the 2018 United FreshMKT and International Floriculture Expos at McCormick Place in Chicago, June 25-27, 2018.

“We are laser focused on helping retailers and growers deliver delightful shopping experiences and profitable growth across the store,” said Fred Heptinstall, CEO of Polymer Logistics North America. “Our transport and merchandising systems work together from source to store to door. We work with our partners to strengthen the total supply chain through innovative design, sustainable and efficient operations, unsurpassed quality and freshness, enhanced retail merchandising, and cutting-edge asset management systems.”

The Polymer Logistics Fresh Look flower stand will be featured at IFE booth #5255. Modular, easy to assemble, and flexible, this innovative merchandising unit enhances the presentation of flowers and brings an instant market fresh look to the entire floral department.

At United FreshMKT booth #1538, attendees can see and learn more about Polymer Logistics reusable transport, display, and in-store decor, product handling and mobile merchandising options for perishable food and floral applications. All Polymer Logistics packaging and merchandising solutions can be ordered in the color that best complements store decor.

“Our high-impact product presentation and efficient supply chain packaging systems deliver results,” said Heptinstall. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago and discussing how we can work together as supply chain and merchandising partners.”


Molson Coors Celebrates Father’s Day with a Dedicated Returnable Beverage Crate for Their Croatian Beer Brand Ožujsko

June 17th, we will be celebrating dads around the world. To celebrate the occasion, Croatian beer brand Ožujsko contacted DS Smith Plastics to design a special Father’s Day returnable beer crate.

Returnable beverage crates are the ideal tool for advertising or seasonal promotions. From a simple means of transport, they have evolved to a hi-tech marketing tool with limitless possibilities.

To increase the brand awareness of their customer’s product and with Father’s Day coming up, Molson Coors’ Croatian beer brand Ožujsko decided to celebrate fatherhood with a special beer crate. They contacted the DS Smith Plastics design department to create a returnable beverage crate with silk screen printing and with extra free space to personalise with the father’s name.

The text ‘Žuja za tate’, is silk screen printed together with the brand’s name. Žuja is a nickname for Ožujsko, given by customers and ‘za tate’ means ‘for dads’.  To promote the beverage crate on their website all Croatian dads who became a parent in 2018 can register for a free beer crate filled with 20 beers and chocolate. Every crate is personalized with the name of the father.

The returnable beverage crates last for decades and are 100% recyclable after their long life, which allows for significant savings on packaging and CO₂ emissions.


Automotive Manufacturers Use Dividers Made of Polypropylene Plastic to Protect and Efficiently Transport Small Automotive Parts Between Plants

DS Smith Plastics Alcala de Henares offers customized polypropylene plastic dividers to transport small automotive parts, such as auto forks, between assembly plants.

One challenge shared by automotive manufacturers is the safe transportation of small automotive parts such as auto forks, between assembly departments or plants. To meet these requirements, DS Smith Plastics offers customized dividers with special hollows to separate the parts for maximum protection and space optimization. The dividers are also completely customizable, so they can be designed to fit in any sized container the customer may need and can specialize in the transportation of a variety of automotive parts.

Some small automotive parts are soiled with oil as the result of the production process, requiring a material, such as polypropylene plastic, that is resilient to oil, water and other chemicals maintaining the sleek and clean design of the dividers, making them perfect for the luxury sector. Dividers made of polypropylene plastic are reusable, and when used as single-use by the customer, they can be recycled for a second life-cycle.

Polypropylene dividers manufactured by DS Smith Plastics can be fit to an outer packaging box and both the dividers and the outer polypropylene plastic box. The dividers can be customised or adapted to any part to securely protect and efficiently transport them throughout the supply or manufacturing chain.

DS Smith Plastics capabilities include designing services for optimizing the packaging thus maximum the number of parts that could be transported per divider or box.


IPP is to further strengthen its ties with PepsiCo in Belgium

Eindhoven, June 2018 – Back in March, IPP, a division of Pooling Partners, introduced the: “Pallet Pooling Next Level: simple works best” model onto the Belgian market. This model embodies simplicity, resulting in immediate and significant cost-savings.

FMCG supply chains are opting for IPP pallets

IPP is to further strengthen its ties with PepsiCo in Belgium.The timing of the new model’s launch is opportune, according to Pooling Partners. The FMCG market is increasingly encouraging the use of pool pallets – the reason being superior quality and efficiency enhancement throughout the supply chain. In essence, pallet pooling results in an all-encompassing, easy service provision for the customer. One only needs to inform on needed pallet quantities, the timing and place. Moreover, no further (upfront) investment is required. The product is leased as it were; a concept that dovetails seamlessly with the prevailing ‘to rent, not own’ trend. As such, pallet pooling is Circular Economy-aligned, for it provides easy repair of breakages, free of additional charge.

PepsiCo Belgium’s snack division is also opting for IPP

IPP states that its pooling offer is all about simplicity: simple invoicing, straightforward communication and guaranteed stock levels are its key benefits.

The focus on simplicity ensures smooth-running partnerships, and has already seen many logistics managers change tack. This year PepsiCo Netherlands has opted to continue its partnership with IPP. Additionally, beginning in June, PepsiCo in Belgium will start supplying snacks on IPP pallets. Harold Notkamp, 3PL & Productivity Manager Benelux – ‎PepsiCo, concurs: “We have extended and expanded our partnership with IPP due to the smooth-running processes and cost-efficiency the model generates, whilst simultaneously contributing towards our sustainability policy.”

Source: Pooling Partners


Alstom Chooses AkyPak™ Reusable Containers to Transport Train Components

DS Smith AkyPak

When Alstom, a French multinational supplier and developer of high speed trains and trams, approached DS Smith Plastics, Extruded Products they were looking for reliable and durable packaging to protect their train assembly components while they are being transported between different manufacturing locations. Alstom needed a reliable and reusable transport container which could better protect the components they were transporting.

DS Smith Plastics offered AkyPak polypropylene containers because of their durability, longer life cycles of at least five years, low maintenance and simplified material handling and logistics when compared to traditional solutions. Furthermore, AkyPak three-piece foldable polypropylene containers could be reused from one shipment to the next.

To delight its customer, DS Smith Plastics Extruded Products assigned one engineer to the project and relocated him to another DS Smith Plastics location in La Chevrolière, France to be closer to the customer.

Due to the flexibility of DS Smith Plastics at La Chevrolière, France, the business was able to develop customized plastic containers with a variety of fittings used to protect ridged and delicate parts for Alstom France.

Story and image credit: DS Smith


Svenska Retursystem Hires New Sustainability Manager

svenska retursystemSvenska Retursystem continues to reinforce its sustainability work through the hiring of Pontus Björkdahl as new sustainability manager.

“I am looking forward to working in an organization that has incredible ambitions with its sustainability work and which has previously had a high level of competence in the field,” said Björkdahl. “My mission is to ensure that the company is still at the forefront.”

Former sustainability manager Marie Winslow Andersson continues the company in the role of Central Sustainability Specialist and will focus on running internal work on the company’s production and logistics facilities as well as sustainability efforts linked to company carriers. The transport is a key issue for how sustainability can be achieved in the return system. Anna Elgh, CEO of Svenska Retursystem stated that strengthening its sustainability efforts “…is a strategically important issue to ensure that the return system continues to be the most sustainable alternative for the grocery and restaurant and the large-scale industry.”


DS Smith Plc to Acquire North American Corrugated Packaging Business

DS Smith Plc has announced an agreement to acquire Corrugated Container Corporation (CCC), a high-quality corrugated packaging company in North America.

The acquisition follows DS Smith’s recent purchase of Interstate Resources, building on the company’s paper and packaging capacity in the region.

CCC is a family owned business employing approximately 190 people across its four operations in Tennessee, North Carolina and two sites in Virginia. The acquisition of these packaging sites will significantly boost DS Smith’s box-making capacity, and complements its existing footprint in North America.

CCC’s capabilities include a strong focus on high-quality, sustainable retail ready and display packaging, an area where DS Smith is achieving strong growth in Europe.


Chris Powell Appointed as Corporate Controller for Pelican Products, Inc.

TORRANCE, CA – June 4, 2018 –Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging and advanced portable lighting systems, has appointed Chris Powell as Corporate Controller to manage global financial operations.
“Sound fiscal policy and practices are the cornerstone of any successful business and Chris’ diverse experience will ensure that Pelican continues to offer the high level of service and quality that our customers have come to expect,” said Don Jordan, Chief Financial Officer, Pelican Products.
As Corporate Controller, Powell will have direct oversight of the company’s global Accounting department which provides financial services for Pelican’s Commercial/Government, Consumer, BioThermal and International divisions. His responsibilities will include financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, tax compliance, and various special analyses.
Mr. Powell brings extensive financial leadership experience to Pelican. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles and subsequently served in key financial leadership roles at Qualstar, Guidance Software, ReachLocal, Beats by Dre and Velocify, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics / Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.
Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

LOSCAM Sponsors Inaugural MEGATRANS 2018 Melbourne

May 28, 2018 – LOSCAM was a supporting sponsor of the inaugural MEGATRANS 2018 exhibition, held in Melbourne during May 12-14. Supported by the Victorian State Government, Australian Logistics Council, Port of Melbourne and the Victorian Transport Association, MEGATRANS showcased the forefront of innovation and collaboration across the logistics, warehousing, infrastructure and transport sectors.

LOSCAM returnable packaging solutions, including IBC’s I6 & I8, Foldable Bin LB750 and Heater Mat, were among the solutions showcased. LOSCAM Customer teams performed product demonstrations to illustrate each product’s functionality and to facilitate discussions on the product designs, features and benefits.

Along with demonstration sessions on Loscam product solutions, LOSCAM supported the inaugural event with a pop up Pallet Café, which encouraged networking between Australian and international supply chain industry partners and Customers to survey the end to end effective flow of goods, services and related information.

Michael Winter, LOSCAM Australia Customer Solutions Manager, said, “We welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate LOSCAM’s complete returnable packaging solutions. Our networking lounge provided an engaging environment for our team to promote the benefits of pooling equipment through various applications in supply chain.”

Over the three days, 9,604 visitors attended the MEGATRANS 2018 Expo.

LOSCAM Café & Bar

 

Loscam MEGATRANS

Product displays and demonstrations


Orbis is shifting its Mentor headquarters in $15M move

May 20, 2018 – ORBIS, a pallet and plastic packaging producer, searched widely for room to grow but satisfied its outsized space requirement three miles away as it seeks to consolidate to one site from its two current locations on Tyler Boulevard in Mentor.

The subsidiary of Neena, Wis.-based Menasha Corp. has leased 276,000 square feet at the former Caterpillar plant, 7206 Justin Way, now an industrial park that S.L. Equities of Los Angeles created by subdividing the former Caterpillar plant where tow motors once were made. Justin Way is a side street of Tyler. Read more at Crain’s Cleveland Business.


Pallet Machinery Group Features Storti Freedom, HY-400 and Ultimizer at the Richmond Show

Storti freedom pallet nailing lineMay 15, 2018 – Pallet Machinery Group will be featuring three products from its diverse line at Expo Richmond, taking place May 18 and 19 in Richmond VA.

The first featured product is the Storti Freedom pallet nailing system, which the company has been advertising in Pallet Enterprise Magazine. “It is stringer only, as opposed to most Storti lines which are block and stringer,” explains Greg Wine, owner of Pallet Machinery Group.

Storti Freedom features of note include fast changeovers, as well as a two board hopper system as opposed to a single hopper. “This could be loaded by a conveyor from a robot,” Wine says. “Robot can feed boards onto the conveyor and the conveyor can feed the hopper.” While Storti pallet nailing lines have been used with robots in Europe for 10 or 15 years, Greg notes, the trend is newer in the U.S. He is aware of two or three installations with robots in Texas, and one in Virginia.

Another advantage for Freedom is that it nails the entire board in one stroke, as opposed to stopping three times to nail a 6-inch board. For example, on a GMA pallet, it would stop just seven times as opposed to 16 times.

The second featured product Expo Richmond is the HY400 saw, which Wine states is ideal for softwood splitting applications in the Western states. He describes it as faster, thinner kerf and more flexible than the competition. “We can put three saw blades on top and three blades on the bottom,” he notes. “We have customers running it at 400 feet per minute.”

Pallet Machinery Group will also be featuring a board scanning system from Ultimizers. They will demonstrate a board scanning system that can be used in conjunction with the HY saw. “We have several customers who have done Ultimizer inline with our HY saw,” Greg reports.

“Those are the show highlights,” he concludes. “We will have many more features as well.”

For more information, visit Pallet Machinery Group at Expo Richmond, or online at www.palletmachinery.com.


USA Made Light Duty Stackable Pallet

Lightweight plastic pallet stackable

May 9, 2018 – Chicago, IL – One Way Solutions announces the release of an “unbeatable” USA made, stackable light duty 3 runner plastic pallet, offering high capacity, low tare weight, and reinforced perimeter for increased impact-resistance. This 40×48 pallet weighs only 18 lbs, yet provides 2,800 lbs of dynamic capacity. High pressure injection molded with high quality recycled HDPE resin, this pallet has a 9,000 lbs static capacity- heavyweight characteristics at light duty pricing.

Every consideration has been taken to minimize weight while maintaining strength and durability:

  • 9 legs feature structurally neutral knockouts to reduce weight and cost.
  • Tapered edges assist fork tine entry and assist splitting a pallet off a nested stack.
  • The pallet deck perimeter is reinforced with extra ribs to increase impact resistance.
  • 3 runners are installed prior to shipping or by the buyer – a simple assembly to reduce to freight costs.

Ideal for one way export shipments, light-medium duty reusable applications, WIP, storage, display, and distribution applications.

The 4 way entry is compatible with nearly all fork trucks and hand trucks. The open deck design allows for easy handling and cleaning. A 53’ truck fits 1600 unassembled pallets (540 if shipped assembled).The product is now available on the One Way Solutions website and will ship out next business day to any location.


Compact Line – New IBC Size Offered by WERIT

WERIT IBC Compact Line

Altenkirchen – 9 May 2018 – WERIT has developed a new IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container). The Compact Line with 300 l capacity, a comparatively small IBC, closes a gap in the market. The container is ideal for production environments with limited space and for liquids that need to be processed quickly.

 Compact Line is the first 300-liter IBC on the market. With the new development WERIT covers the demands of manufacturers of high-quality filling media, supply the small and medium enterprises. With the compact dimensions 800 mm x 600 mm x 996 mm, the container fits even through ordinary doors and saves space in production, storage and transport. The integrated nestable wooden pallet IBC is stackable and can be easily transported with trucks and forklifts. The solid construction and the high stability enable positive locking and stowing, eliminating additional load securement costs in the supply chain.
The filling of the Compact Line is easy using a 150 mm large lid opening. A resealable and very robust sliding faucet valve is used for removal. The level can be seen at a glance on a scale on the transparent inner container and the special shape of the Compact Line allows an almost complete emptying.  After cleaning or re-bottling, the container can be reused.
By UN and FDA approval the IBC Compact Line is suitable for the transport of foodstuffs and hazardous goods.

Source: WERIT, German translation


ORBIS® CORPORATION ACQUIRES HINKLE MANUFACTURING

Customers to benefit from decades of highly engineered custom dunnage design experience

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — May 1, 2018 — ORBIS® Corporation, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, has acquired Hinkle Manufacturing of Perrysburg, Ohio. Hinkle serves the automotive market with highly engineered custom dunnage designed for part protection. Hinkle also operates a thermoforming plant in Dearborn, Michigan, where it produces trays and other plastic components. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Hinkle’s plastic and foam dunnage expertise solves unique protective packaging needs with decades of specialized design experience. Founded in 1962, Hinkle employs 125 at its two locations.

“The expertise and capabilities of Hinkle Manufacturing expand our portfolio of custom reusable packaging products and bring even more solutions to the evolving and growing needs that we are seeing in the marketplace,” said Bill Ash, president of ORBIS Corporation. “Our commitment to providing unmatched products and services includes ensuring that our customers have the best options for their reusable packaging needs. Hinkle Manufacturing and our recent acquisition of Response Packaging will strengthen our custom solutions offerings.” ORBIS Corporation announced its acquisition of Response Packaging of Piedmont, South Carolina, on April 2, 2018. Response Packaging designs and manufactures reusable custom fabric dunnage and fabricated steel rack solutions.

ORBIS Corporation manufactures plastic reusable totes, bulk containers, pallets and dunnage. Additionally, it offers the ability to track and manage these assets in the supply chain through its Reusable Packaging Management (RPM) services offering. ORBIS has 2,500 employees in more than 50 locations across North America and Europe.

“We are delighted to welcome Hinkle Manufacturing to our ORBIS business. We see strong complementary value in combining the custom products of Hinkle and ORBIS, and we look forward to offering customers a wider array of solutions,” said Jim Kotek, president and CEO of Menasha Corporation.

For more information about ORBIS, please visit orbiscorporation.com.


Trilatec optimistic its squAIR-timber pallets will prove ‘a weight winner’

The squAIR-timber system offered by Trilatec is up to 80 percent lighter compared with conventional pallets. Moreover, disposal of the new material can be carrier out in an environmentally friendly way, using a paper recycling facility. Costs for special wood disposal are saved because squAIR-timber is manufactured of 100 percent recycled material.

One metre of the material carries up to five tons if weight is evenly distributed, and it has a net weight of only 1.2 kg/m. Timber of the same dimensions has a net weight between three and four kg/m. “The key to the stability lies in the manufacturing process,” said Stefan Trinkaus, technical director at Trilatec. “After working cold glue combinations into layers of cardboard fibres, they are laminated together under pressure. This process enables water resistance in the product, thus it is suitable for multiple use and at the same time ISPM15-compliant.”

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RM2 Raises $18.2 Million

April 14, 2018.  RM2 has raised $18.2 million after issuing 1.28 billion first tranche placing shares and 3.16 billion conversion shares. Shareholders passed all resolutions put to them at an extraordinary meeting held April 13.

RM2 reported that it has entered into a Phase 1 agreement for an initial deployment of RM2 ELIoT (tagged) pallets through June 30, 2018, with a Fortune 500 company in North America following a year-long trial in the customer’s supplier network.

In addition, it announced having completed a major trial with another North American company and discussions on a large-scale implementation are expected to commence.  The Company has also expanded ongoing trials with other major US-based customers.


Brambles Limited Divests its interest in the Hoover Ferguson Joint Venture to Focus on Core Businesses

April 11, 2018.  Brambles Limited has completed an agreement to divest its 50% interest in the Hoover Ferguson Group Joint Venture (HFG) to its co-venturer, First Reserve, a leading global private equity investment firm exclusively focused on energy. The principal terms of the divestment were:

  • HFG repaid to Brambles on completion the principal and accrued interest on HFG’s US$150 million subordinated shareholder loan
  • At the time of its formation in October 2016, Brambles received consideration of approximately US$77 million from First Reserve to equalise their respective ownership interests in HFG. Of this amount, approximately US$37 million was deferred. The deferred consideration remains in place and will continue to accrue interest at 6.25% per annum and be guaranteed by First Reserve. The maturity date of the deferred consideration will be no later than 31 July 2026
  • Brambles’ interest in HFG was transferred to First Reserve for nominal consideration.

The divestment of Brambles interest in HFG will give rise to a non-cash write-down of the investment which had a carrying value of US$4.9 million as at 31 March 2018. This charge will be included in the full year FY18 results and will be classified as a significant item.

“Focusing investment in our core businesses that provide significant opportunities for growth and strong returns is one of our strategic priorities,” stated Graham Chipchase, Brambles CEO. As a result, the Board no longer sees the logistics operations in the oil and gas industry as a core business for Brambles and saw limited opportunity to deliver strong shareholder returns from our investment in HFG.

“We are pleased, therefore, to have reached a mutually-beneficial agreement with First Reserve to exit our investment. This includes securing repayment of our $150 million shareholder loan and preserving our long position in relation to the deferred consideration.

“We will use the funds from the shareholder loan repayment to pay down debt and to fund automation projects across the Group.”


PNEUMATIC LEVELER AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTS PALLET LOAD HEIGHT

The P3™ All-Around level loader from Presto ECOA Lifts is economical as well as ergonomic.  Though it requires no electrical power and little maintenance, it virtually eliminates the productivity-robbing, injury-producing bending, lifting, reaching, and stretching common to pallet-loading applications.
The pneumatic airbag of the P3 All-Around automatically lowers or raises a pallet as boxes are added or removed, maintaining the top layer at a convenient height.  And the turntable ring (or optional solid turntable platform) at the top of the unit allows the user to spin the load so he or she can stand in the same spot throughout the loading or unloading process.
The stable base of the P3 All-Around is smaller than most competing equipment.  This allows the user to step even closer to the unit’s platform, further improving the ergonomic benefits of the P3.  Fork pockets at the base allow for easy relocation.
The P3 All-Around can accommodate loads from 400 to 4,500 lbs.
For more information, contact Rick daSilva, Presto ECOA Lifts, 50 Commerce Way, Norton, MA 02766, TEL: (508) 952-4000, TOLL FREE: (800) 343-9322, FAX: (888) 788-6496, www.prestolifts.com or email: info@PrestoLifts.com.

PORTABLE TILTER POSITIONS CONTAINERS FOR EASY ACCESS TO CONTENTS

NORTON, MA — PT Series Container Tilters from Presto ECOA tilt containers up to 85° to allow workers to access contents without bending into the container. As containers tilt up, items, even those at the bottom, end up at a comfortable position for easy retrieval.
These portable, battery-powered container tilters go anywhere they are needed making them ideal for applications that require sharing between multiple users or work cells, or where workers need to pick up and return containers to and from staging areas. They work with a variety of containers including wire baskets, plastic totes, and gaylords.
Power is provided by a 12V maintenance-free, leak-proof battery with internal charger.  Optional 115V AC or air motors are available. Tilt is controlled by a pushbutton pendant that allows operators to tilt the load to any angle between 0° and 85°. The units push handle lowers when not in use further improving access to container contents. A foot operated floor lock keeps the tilter securely in position as items are being accessed.
Non-Straddle (PT Series) units work with most standard containers or choose a Straddle (PTS Series) unit for use with containers that have reinforcing leg bars. Both configurations are equipped with 40 inch long forks. Capacities of 2,000 or 4,000 lb. are available.
For more information, visit www.prestolifts.com.

Flexcon’s New ASRS Tote Boxes, Plastic Pallets, Divider Systems on Display at Modex 2018

Flexcon Container will exhibit its new Universal and ASRS Tote Boxes, Divider Systems and Pallets at Booth #4037 in the 2018 Modex Show in Atlanta from April 9 to April 12th ,2018. Flexcon’s Totes and Divider Systems can handle, store and protect an infinite range of products in any automated, semi-automatic or manual system with maximum space efficiency!

Flexcon will feature their newest ASRS totes which are compatible with virtually any robotic system. Their ASRS totes have unique reinforced bottoms which resist deflection under heavy loads to enable their clients’ ASRS systems to be more space efficient, permit higher product density and to run faster. Other new products include “X-Corr” triple-strength totes and pallet-sleeve systems and a new line of molded plastic pallets. “We will also display several major client-based product innovations in our booth this year,” according to Ken Beckerman, President and CMO. “Flexcon now has the perfect containers, pallets and dividers for any part of any client’s supply chain. All of our containers, divider systems and pallets help protect and organize our clients’ products throughout their supply chains.”

Flexcon helps make carousels, ASRS, VLMs and virtually any form of automation, storage and production system better by providing the ideal containers, dividers, pallets and bulk boxes to protect the end users’ products throughout their supply chains. They work closely with their clients to help optimize their operations by focusing on space efficiency, functionality, aesthetics and cost. Flexcon has been supplying these solutions for over 50 years and is proud to have over 70% of the Fortune 500 Companies as clients.

Flexcon is also pleased to announce its new and improved heavy duty 45×48 stackable pallet with lip.  At 35% stronger than the previous version, its durable one-piece construction helps it achieve 3,000 lbs. dynamic capacity, 20,000 lbs. static capacity. This pallet is high pressure molded for increased durability & strength. An improved deck substantially reduces deflection under load.

Features:

  • 4 way forklift entry
  • 1″ discontinuous lip
  • 6-runner (Cruciform) bottom
  • 100% recyclable
  • 468 per trailer

This pallet is ideal for in-house, closed loop and export applications. These pallets can be sanitized with water or steam, making them safe & sanitary for storage and shipping.

For more information, visit www.flexcontainer.com.


ORBIS® Corporation Acquires Response Packaging

Customers to benefit from broader packaging solutions and capabilities

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — April 3, 2018 — ORBIS® Corporation, North America’s leader in reusable packaging and part of Menasha Corporation, has acquired Response Packaging, headquartered in Piedmont, South Carolina. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009, privately held Response Packaging conceptualizes, designs, prototypes and manufactures reusable custom dunnage and fabricated steel rack solutions. Included in the acquisition are design, testing and manufacturing facilities in Piedmont, and Greenville, South Carolina; Auburn Hills, Michigan; and León, Mexico.

Response Packaging will operate and be branded as a part of ORBIS Corporation. “This acquisition brings us talented people, efficient plants and strong capabilities in geographic areas where ORBIS wants to grow,” said Bill Ash, president of ORBIS Corporation. “Response Packaging is strongly aligned with ORBIS in areas like supply chain expertise, innovation and customer knowledge.”

Response Packaging has 245 employees in the U.S. and Mexico and serves the automotive and industrial markets with highly engineered custom dunnage designed for part protection. Additionally, it specializes in fabricated steel rack and dunnage systems for the safe and efficient transport of vehicle components in the supply chain.

“ORBIS has been pursuing a strategy to expand its custom business to serve customers with a broader portfolio of solutions,” said Jim Kotek, president of Menasha Corporation. “The acquisition of Response Packaging supports this objective by adding complementary capabilities and establishing a manufacturing presence in the Southeast, and expanded capabilities to meet our customers’ needs in Mexico.”

As a leader in automotive parts packaging, ORBIS Corporation manufactures plastic reusable totes, bulk containers, pallets and dunnage. Additionally, it offers the ability to track and manage these assets in the supply chain through its Reusable Packaging Management (RPM) services offering. ORBIS has 2,300 employees in 50 locations across North America and Europe.


 Industrial Container Services acquires Tote Detailing Specialists’ operations

(April 2, 2018) Industrial Container Services, has acquired the intermediate bulk container (IBC) reconditioning and recycling operations of Tote Detailing Specialists.

The acquisition includes all of the machinery, equipment and inventory utilized at TDSI’s Joliet, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas facilities. The businesses will become operating entities of Industrial Container Services, LLC.

ICS president and CEO Charles Veniez said: “The acquisition of Tote Detailing is yet another example of ICS’ commitment to our fast-growing IBC platform.

“With TDSI as part of our team, we are now firmly ensconced in the robust Chicago industrial market and the booming Texas oil patch. Combined with the full ICS product and service portfolio, this will create real opportunity for our customers, shareholders and employees alike.

“We are pleased to welcome the TDSI group into the ICS family and look forward to their help in supporting our mission to provide customers with the highest quality products and the most dependable service, all while adhering to the strictest environmental standards found anywhere in the industrial packaging industry.”

TDSI president and CEO Brad Noyes said: “I am excited to announce the merger of Tote Detailing into the ICS group of companies. When it came time to choose the best partner for TDSI, our customers and our employees, ICS was clearly the best fit.

“I would like to thank everyone at both TDSI locations, as well as our valued customers for their many years of support, knowing they are in good hands going forward. I look forward to helping transition the business over to ICS in order to make sure our customers always to get the high-quality products and excellent customer service they are accustomed to.

ICS is the largest provider of reusable container solutions in North America. Through multiple brands, ICS operates over 50 strategically located facilities in 21 US states and 6 Canadian provinces. ICS is well-positioned to service local, regional and North American customers alike, and strives to be the supplier of choice for high-quality, environmentally-responsible container solutions.

ICS offers unparalleled expertise with over 100 years of experience in the industrial container space and is focused on anticipating customer needs and exceeding expectations. The company offers the most complete container management systems available including reconditioning, manufacturing, distribution, used container collection and recycling services for all major industrial packages.


STAY-RITE Introduces an All-in-One Reusable Material Handling Device

Top corner support boards allow for the safe stacking of open top bulk containers and gaylords; eliminate the risk of 

STAY-RITE™ Universal Stacking Platform Device, with a uniquely simple patented design, provides an all-in-one, innovative packaging, material handling, and storage solution for bulk open-top containers. By reducing direct contact between stacked containers and pallets, STAY-RITE instantly removes the vulnerability where damage and breakdown occur with these containers. Made with recycled plastic material, STAY-RITE is a reusable and economical material handling solution, placed in each of the four corners of an open top container, helping to prevent a stacked container and pallet from collapsing into the container below.

Because of its rigid, yet lightweight and durable design, STAY-RITE fits onto octagonal, hexagonal, square and circular open-top containers. It also supports a variety of pallet sizes. Without the need for any additional assembly or equipment, STAY-RITE’s load bearing capability can support thousands of pounds of static load weight to various heights. Every STAY-RITE is manufactured from recycled material and can be easily recycled as-is, after multiple reuses. STAY-RITE offers the ability to strengthen and reinforce box corners, reduce liability from falling inventory, and increase productivity through its smooth handling application.

For additional information and ordering for STAY-RITE™ visit www.StayRiteSolutions.com.

 


Wood Packaging Supports Healthy Forests and Strong Communities

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) has released “Wood Packaging Supports Healthy Forests and Strong Communities” video that puts a spotlight on the vital role wood packaging plays in our communities.

NWPCA collaborated with leading forest conservation organizations to produce this video. Participating in this project were Tom Martin, President and CEO, The American Forest Foundation; Larry Selzer, President and CEO, The Conservation Fund; Jay Farrell, Executive Director, The National Association of State Foresters; Carlton Owen, President and CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities; and Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief, U.S. Forest Service.

“We’re proud of the work of our members in supporting the missions of these conservation organizations, providing economic and employment opportunities in rural communities, and improving the health of our nation’s forests,” said Brent McClendon, CAE, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) President and CEO.

“The wood packaging industry is a critical player in advancing the health of our forests because they use the small diameter wood for making pallets that cannot be used in higher end products,” stated, Carlton Owen, President & CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities. “Without markets for that low value material, we can’t move our forests to a healthier, more resilient condition.”

The 3-minute video is a project of Nature’s Packaging®, a North American initiative to promote the use of wood-based packaging to users seeking sustainable, responsible and economical packaging solutions. View the video on YouTube. Learn more about Nature’s Packaging at NaturesPackaging.org.


Pooling Partners appoints Duncan Moser as new CEO Production Companies

Eck en Wiel, March 16th 2018 – Pooling Partners has appointed Duncan Moser as CEO Production Companies. Starting April 2, he will be committed to strengthening the international position of the production companies of Pooling Partners in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.

Moser brings with him extensive knowledge and experience in the field of operations and supply chain management. He started his career with Heineken more than 20 years ago. Since then, he has been responsible for operational improvement activities in Asia-Pacific and worked as Brewery Manager in Suriname. In recent years, Moser was in charge of packaging operations and supply chain optimization at Heineken Nederland Supply. He closely collaborated with suppliers to reduce costs and improve sustainability and innovation.

Future-proof

As the new CEO Production Companies, Moser will dedicate all of his knowledge, experience and time to the production companies of Pooling Partners. Developing a long-term vision and strategy are his main priorities.

“Pooling Partners is an incredible family business with a strong position in the European market,” according to Moser. “I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to the next stage in the development of Pooling Partners.”

Ingrid Faber, CEO of Pooling Partners, is excited: “Duncan is another valuable addition to our organization. Duncan will focus entirely on the production companies and thanks to his extensive knowledge and experience, I have the utmost confidence that we will develop a clear, long-term strategy that arms us for the future.”


New Heavy Duty Stackable Pallet Offers Unbeatable Capabilities For The Cost

 

Chicago, IL – One Way Solutions announces the release of an incredible new heavy-duty stackable plastic pallet that offers a stable, stackable body at a cost-effective price. This 40 x 48 pallet has a light-weight cruciform perimeter base, making it extremely stable for heavy-duty loads and perfectly suitable for block stacking and automation.

Benefits of the pallet include: 

  • 100% recyclable
  • Resistant to insects, bacteria and fungi
  • No sirex treatment required
  • Maintenance free
  • Hygienic and clean

The product is now available on the One Way Solutions website and will ship out the next business day.


Rebranding and Major New Products Lines

BUBL Bag will trade as BUBL Packaging following strong Sales growth and Innovation Funding Award

BUBL Bag is to trade from now on as BUBL Packaging; the change of name reflects the company’s rapidly expanding number of product lines and follows strong sales growth in the past year of the original BUBL Bags. Following the recent win of prestigious EDGE Award funding BUBL Packaging invested in product development and two new product lines are now available.

BUBL Packaging’s products replace cardboard boxes, padded envelopes, void fill and bubble wrap; the packing process takes much less time than traditional packaging. In addition, they take up very little space and can be reused many times, so they are much more cost – effective that traditional packaging. All material used is recyclable.

The products inflate to provide a secure, air – filled pocket that offers maximum protection for valuable or fragile goods, so transit damage, which accounts on average for up to 8% of all product returns*, and a much higher percentage in some categories, is dramatically reduced.

Two new product lines have been added since the original BUBL Bag: –

  • BUBLPods provide advanced protection for high – value products ranging from mobile phones and laptops to crystal, artwork, and televisions. The air – filled tubes can be customized for specific product variants.
  • BUBLCases are perfect for transporting valuable technical and audiovisual equipment. The robust design is ideal for heavy duty, multi-trip use.

The company has also created BUBL Tec to highlight the technology behind the packaging system and enable rapid customization.

Ross Woodburn, managing director, BUBL Packaging said: “The rebranding makes it very clear that we are in the business of packaging, and the new product lines extend our offer to address a much wider range of product categories.


AkyPak™ Reusable & Foldable Bulk Containers

AkyPak sleeve pack DS Smith

Kayserburg, France, March 12, 2018 – DS Smith Plastics, Extruded Products has launched their new line of AkyPak bulk containers designed to optimize costs associated with logistics management.

AkyPak bulk containers are composed of a thermoformed lid and pallet and a customizable sleeve for cargo optimization. When empty, the sleeve is folded in between the lid and pallet and shipped flat reducing the cost associated with returned logistics & transportation.

The lid and pallet are made of thermoformed HDPE and the sleeves of polypropylene plastics. All three components are highly reusable (average of 7 years) and can be recycled at the end of their useful life. Other benefits include lightweight, stackability and ergonomics.

DS Smith Plastics’ AkyPak line of bulk containers includes three main models:

  • AkyPak Classic, a returnable in 3 separate, stackable parts to optimize logistics flow.
  • AkyPak Advanced is compacted into a single unit return position to avoid loss of pieces.
  • AkyPak 4You, a custom-designed bulk container per customer’s specification.

RM2 Extends Life into April, Will Focus on IoT Technology

After warning investors that it would run out of money in mid-March unless new support emerged, composite pallet company RM2 reported on March 9 that it has generated extra cash through selling a building, giving it enough cash to carry it into April. It said it continues to proactively transition the business to focus on IoT technology in pallet applications, “servicing its existing customers and developing new relationships with certain Fortune 500 companies.”

As a part of that transition, RM2 will continue to reduce resources and investments in non-core, nonvalue-add activities so that it can increase its investment in service. Following the sale of a non-core office building in Switzerland and repayment of the related mortgage, it received net proceeds of approximately $2 million and is, therefore, able to extend its cash resources to continue operating through mid-April based on information available to it at the time.  The timeframe is dependent on the outcome of ongoing discussions with third parties, including manufacturing partners and sources of financing.

It stated that it is in advanced stages of financing discussions with the support of its existing shareholders and will announce developments to the market at the earliest possible opportunity.   

RM2 reported that trials of its ELIoT smart pallets are producing remarkable results for customers’ supply chains in North America.  The RM2 ELIoT proprietary tracking technology communicates the precise location of specific pallets, allowing misdirected or mishandled goods to be identified immediately, permitting customers to reduce loss, mishandling, spoilage, and theft, thereby creating significant cost savings and supply chain efficiencies.

Significant opportunities with Fortune 500 companies are in final trial phases, RM2 reported, saying that the conversion of a subset of these opportunities, deployed and financed on schedule, is expected to result in RM2 generating positive EBITDA in 2019.

RM2 also noted that its ELIoT Pallet won the Material Handling Product News’ 2017 Product of the Year award in the category of Packaging and Pallets.  


Industrial Container Services, LLC Acquires Next Day Container

Maitland, FL — Industrial Container Services, LLC (ICS) of Maitland, FL announced today that it has acquired the intermediate bulk container (IBC) reconditioning and recycling operations of Next Day Container, Inc. (NDC). The acquisition includes all of the machinery, equipment and inventory utilized at Next Day’s Delphi, IN facility, and the business will become an operating entity of Industrial Container Services, LLC.

“The acquisition of Next Day Container is a big step forward for our fast-growing IBC platform,” said Mr. Charles Veniez, President and CEO of ICS. “Their central location and brand-new high-speed production line, combined with the full ICS product and service portfolio, will provide great opportunities for our customers while opening up new markets for ICS. We are pleased to welcome Ken Mushen and his team into the ICS family and look forward to their help in supporting our mission to provide customers with the highest quality products and the most dependable service, all while adhering to the strictest environmental standards found anywhere in the industrial packaging industry.”

“Speaking for the owners and employees of Next Day Container, we are all excited to announce the merger of our IBC business into the ICS group of companies. When it came time to choose the best partner for NDC and our customers, ICS was the clearly the best fit” said Mr. Ken Mushen, President/CEO of Next Day. “Along with my partners Mark and Steve, we would like to thank all of our customers for their many years of support. I look forward to continuing on as the Facility Manager for the Delphi, Indiana plant and making sure our customers always to get the high-quality products and excellent customer service they are accustomed to.
ICS is the largest provider of reusable container solutions in North America. Through multiple brands, ICS operates over 50 strategically located facilities in 21 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces. ICS is well-positioned to service local, regional and North American customers alike, and strives to be the supplier of choice for high-quality, environmentally-responsible container solutions. ICS offers unparalleled expertise with over 100 years of experience in the industrial container space and is focused on anticipating customer needs and exceeding expectations. The company offers a complete container management systems including reconditioning, manufacturing, distribution, used container collection and recycling services for all major industrial packages.


Recognizing & rewarding excellence at Industrial Pack 2018

Industrial Pack hosts the Industrial Pack Awards

Atlanta, US (03/09/2018) – The industrial packaging industry will be gathering in Atlanta to celebrate excellence as the winners of the inaugural Industrial Pack Awards are announced at 5.30pm on April 4 in the Networking Bar at Industrial Pack 2018.

The event will provide the world’s first recognition of those organizations and individuals within the industrial packaging community that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of packaging materials and/or processes. The awards ceremony, which comprises of five categories, will be hosted by Industrial Pack’s show manager, Tim Rusbridge, and will provide guests with an opportunity to join friends, colleagues and peers in celebrating innovation.

The five categories include:

  • Excellence in Industrial Packaging
  • Excellence in Transit Packaging
  • Excellence in Protective Packaging
  • Environmental Initiative of the Year
  • Best Booth in Show (judged onsite at Industrial Pack 2018)

“We have received a tremendous response with a high number of excellent entries”’ said Tim Rusbridge, Event Manager”. The awards will be judged by the event’s Advisory Board members: Susan Nauman, Executive Director, Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America (IPANA); Paul W. Rankin, President, Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA); Steve Mohr, Executive Director, National Accounts, Sigma Supply of North America, Inc and Lonnie Jaycox, CPP, CDGP, Independent Packaging Engineer.

Paul Rankin, President, Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) commented “I am very excited to be a part of the Industrial Pack Awards as a panel judge. I am also looking forward to sharing my thoughts on topics of immediate and long-term interest to the North American container reconditioning industry. The conference offers an excellent opportunity to network with fellow packaging engineers and see firsthand the latest product designs, and industry trends that deliver the best possible solutions to the packaging supply chain.”

Industrial Pack exhibitors and visitors will have exclusive access to the Industrial Pack networking drinks and awards. Additionally, all attendees will be entered into a free raffle, with five lucky winners each receiving a bottle of bourbon!

For more information on Industrial Pack 2018, and to register free of charge in advance, please visit: www.industrialpackexpo.com


Sanitizing RPCs in Small Scale Produce Distribution

For many smaller produce distributors like family farms and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operators, reusable transport packaging can help streamline operations and significantly reduce costs for the recurring purchase of cardboard boxes. However, most of these smaller operators don’t have commercial washing equipment to ensure sanitary conditions of their transport packaging materials, especially critical in the distribution of fresh produce. A new guide offers best practices for RPC sanitation in small-scale operations. The guide was published by published by Use Reusables, a project by public agency StopWaste. It is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

New Guides: Reusable Transport Packaging in Small Scale Operations

Reusable transport packaging can help streamline operations and reduce packaging costs for businesses of all sizes. However, for smaller scale operators like family farms, it is usually not economical to invest in automated maintenance equipment such as commercial washers sanitize, or RFID tag systems to track reusables totes, pallets and pallet wraps. A new series of guides for small-scale operators offers best practices, including cleaning and sanitation (available in three languages) and container loss prevention. The guides were published by Use Reusables, a project by public agency StopWaste.


Hygiene and Strength Optimized in New Flow-Through Pallet Design

A NEW plastic pallet offering optimum hygiene and strength has joined the range offered by Goplasticpallets.com.

Manufactured from recycled high-density polyethylene by SmartFlow and available exclusively in the UK through Goplasticpallets.com, the SF 1210 M3R and M5R have a 100% flow-through design.

Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of Goplasticpallets.com, said: “Cleanliness and strength are two key offerings with this new pallet and, thanks to the smooth and robust design, both will be maintained with use. The SF 1210 M3R and M5R are not porous – it physically cannot absorb any liquid it comes into contact with – and its smooth shape gives nowhere for contaminants to hide and multiply. With demand increasing for solutions where hygiene can’t be compromised, there is further peace of mind in the open structure of this pallet, which makes it easy to clean efficiently, and it is fully recyclable.”

With no ridges, joins or wood grain to trap dirt, it is ideal for food and pharmaceutical applications where clean handling and storing is a priority. It includes the option of reinforcing metal bars, doubling its racking capacity from 500kg in rack to 900 – 1000 kg. Depending on the number of runners, the SF 1210 comes in at a weight of 13.5kg (M3R, with three runners) and 14kg (M5R, with five runners).

As a multi-way pallet for light and medium weight products and a one-way solution for products which have to be stored in racks, the SF 1210 M3R and M5R pallet measures 1200mm (L) x 1000mm (W) x 150mm (H). It is available without a rim, with a 7mm rim, and even a 22mm rim, which is the perfect choice for the automotive industry.

Goplasticpallets.com is the UK’s leading independent supplier of plastic pallets with 160 different varieties to choose from, many available for next day delivery.

Goplasticpallets.com’s new SF 1210 M5R

 

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Goplasticpallets.com’s new SF 1210 M3R with reinforcing bars.


Relogistics takes step to help end hunger with donation to Second Harvest

Relogistics Services, the leader in pallet and container management services, has announced their philanthropic efforts will support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida with a $10,000 financial donation. Second Harvest is an organization they have partnered with in various locations across the country in previous years.

About Second Harvest Food Pantry, Orlando Florida

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, non-profit organization that serves more than 550 feeding partners located in six Central Florida counties. Their motto is fight hunger, feeding hope; and this is exactly what they do. Last year, volunteers, donors, and a caring community distributed more than 56 million meals to struggling families, seniors, kids, veterans, and others. Statistics conclude that 1 in 6 people in Central Florida are food insecure and that approximately 498,000 people turn to Second Harvest food pantries to feed themselves and their families. According to Second Harvest Food Bank, every $10 contributed provides forty meals for those in need.

Mike Hachtman, President, Relogistics Services stated, “We are fortunate enough to run businesses in the state of Florida, and more specifically in the Orlando area. Supporting the residents of the area and families who need a helping hand is a critical component of our framework and something we feel extremely passionate about.”

“While hunger in Central Florida remains a daunting challenge, we are able to keep closing the gap of need with generous support like the recent gift from Relogistics,” said Dave Krepcho, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “We are proud to be able multiply the gift up to nine times in terms of the dollar value of food being provided for our neighbors in need,” he added. The financial gift from Relogistics will allow Second Harvest to distribute approximately $90,000 worth of groceries to those in need.

About Relogistics Services

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Relogistics is the leading provider of pallet and container management services. Relogistics supports customers at 58 locations, servicing more than 1,000 retail outlets and processes more than 325,000 trailers including 80 million pallets and 110 million reusable containers annually.


MAUSER Acquires MaschioPack North America From Colonial Group, Inc.

MAUSER USA, LLC has acquired the manufacturing assets of MaschioPack North America of Atlanta, GA.  This acquisition provides MAUSER the opportunity to expand its North American intermediate bulk container (IBC) footprint, as well as supply additional manufacturing support for its reconditioning affiliate, National Container Group (NCG).  MAUSER will continue to supply former MaschioPack customers from the Atlanta location while investing in the facility to align it with other MAUSER product offerings.

“We are excited to further expand our presence in the Southeastern US market,” remarked Glenn Frommer, President and CEO of Mauser USA LLC.  “This acquisition provides us the opportunity to more effectively service our North American customers while at the same time, welcoming new customers into our family.”

“IBCs and reconditioned packaging are the two fastest growing segments within the industrial packaging industry,” stated Jeff DeLiberty, Director of New Markets and Business Development.  “These assets will not only serve as a critical part of Mauser’s growth strategy in North America, but will also provide the necessary support for NCG as the reconditioning industry continues to expand.”

In the coming months, MAUSER personnel will work closely with the MaschioPack team and their former customers to ensure a seamless transition to the MAUSER design of products.


EcoVadis: LPR is recognized once again for its commitment to CSR

For the third year running, the European pallet-pooling specialist LPR-La Palette Rouge (a division of Euro Pool Group), has been rated “Gold” by EcoVadis for its Corporate Social Responsibility policy. With a score of 71/100, a 4 point improvement on 2016, LPR is once again in the top 1% of the companies assessed.

As a major player in the supply chain, LPR is fully aware of the importance of its contribution to “responsibility” and continues to pursue the goal of social responsibility across the whole range of its activities, including with respect to its employees.

This commitment is based in particular on its relationships with its customers, its network of partners and subcontractors, and also its policy of procuring raw materials from PEFC-certified forests. LPR’s business (pallet pooling) is circular by nature and thus a perfect candidate for the circular economy.

LPR has long sought to provide a service involving optimized, multi-modal transport systems and transport loops for its customers, reducing “empty kilometers”, and service centers located close to distribution hubs.

With this in mind, and with its customers’ interests and satisfaction at the heart of the objective,  in 2018 the pallet-pooling specialist will offer its partners the opportunity to partially offset their environmental impact by planting trees, whilst helping them calculate saved CO2.

LPR aims to pursue all of these objectives and reduce its own carbon footprint by 20% by 2025.

 


CHEP Recognized as Green Provider by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive (S&DCE) magazine congratulates CHEP Pallecon Solutions and CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions on being named to their 2017 Green Providers list.  The annual award recognizes companies whose products, services or exemplary environmental stewardship are promoting sustainability within supply chains while making a positive impact on the environment as well as their bottom line.

This recognition follows a recent announcement that Brambles, the leading supply-chain logistics company operating through the CHEP and IFCO brands, was ranked as the top performing company by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in the global Commercial Services and Supplies industry category for 2017.Brambles’ approach to sustainability has helped establish the company as a leader in this area, with recognition from publications like S&DCE speaking to their continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions, water usage and waste sent to landfills.

Clients who convert from one-time use cardboard packaging to CHEP reusable containers save valuable storage space and streamline transportation, ultimately reducing the number of trucks on the road and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.  Additionally, CHEP’s collapsible stackable containers can be reused for several years, then fully recycled after their useful life, avoiding the landfill waste and the depletion of natural resources associated with single-use packaging.

As a part of the Brambles family of companies, CHEP Pallecon Solutions and CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions continue to innovate in an effort to achieve their outlined 2020 Sustainability Goals (shown at right). For more information on our sustainability efforts, please visit www.brambles.com/sustainability.


Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Market in North America

The flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) market in North America is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 7% during the period 2018-2022, according to a new market research study by Technavio.

According to a senior analyst at Technavio, “There are many risks associated with the use of FIBCs. To curb these risks, the polypropylene fabrics are first UV treated and made insulation proof. Therefore, the bags can be made shockproof while filling or discharging of products. Furthermore, the use of FIBCs enables cost reduction of around 45%-55% associated with packaging when compared with traditional corrugated cartons. The benefits of FIBCs over other kinds of packaging will create greater demand for FIBCs for industrial applications, which will drive the FIBC market in North America during the forecast period.”

Market trend: innovative FIBCs available in the market

The diversity of offerings by FIBC vendors has been increasing steadily by incorporating more innovative FIBC products, which have been catering to the needs of the end-user segments. Vendors provide bulk bags in various shapes, sizes, capacities, and properties. Vendors offer new innovative bulk bag solutions, which further cut down the packaging cost.

Market challenge: fluctuations in raw material prices

The instability in raw material prices is one of the key challenges faced by vendors. Polyethylene and polypropylene are usually derived from crude oil. But, the growing fluctuations in the crude oil prices have a drastic impact on manufacturing cost. These price fluctuations have a major impact on the cost of producing FIBCs.


The Global Folding IBCs Market Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 4.8% During 2017-2027

A new research report by Future Market Insights, titled ‘Folding IBCs Market: Global Industry Analysis 2012 – 2016 and Opportunity Assessment 2017 – 2027’ says  that the global folding IBCs market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period, reaching a market size of over US$ 520 Mn by the end of 2027.

Based on material, plastic material leads in terms of market size, with an expected market size of over US$ 430 Mn by the end of 2027. However, the metal material for folding IBCs segment is expected to witness faster demand in the coming years. Metal is expected to lead in terms of CAGR with 5.1% during the forecast period.; On the basis of capacity, 500-1000 L capacity has the highest expected market share US$ 240 Mn by the end of 2027. In terms of CAGR, 1000-1500 L dominates the global market.

Based on packaging content, the liquid segment is way ahead solid and the semi-solids segment with a market share of over US$ 400 Mn by the end of 2027. However, the solid and semi-solid segment is expected to reflect a higher growth rate of over 5.1% during the forecast period.; Among the various application areas of folding IBCs automotive and mechanical part is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. However, chemicals segment is the dominating segment in terms of market size and is also not much behind mechanical segment in terms of growth rate.; Based on region, APEJ is expected to reflect highest market share among all the major regions, with the highest demand for Folding IBCs by the end of the year of assessment.


Brambles announces completion of the sale of its recycled whitewood pallets
business in North America

Sydney – 15 February 2018. Referring to its announcement of January 9, 2018, that it had entered into an agreement to sell its non-core North American recycled whitewood pallet business, CHEP Recycled, to Grey Mountain Partners for an enterprise value of US$115 million, the sale has now been completed.

Following the necessary regulatory approvals, the completion of the sale took place on 14 February 2018 in New York.

The proceeds of the sale were broadly in line with the carrying value of the CHEP Recycled business. The related cash inflow will be reported in Brambles’ full-year results for the 2018 financial year in August 2018.


RM2 Provides an Update on Its Financial Position

February 12, 2018. RM2 has provided an update on its financial position. Based on the information known to it today, as a result of collection of receipts from debtors as well as continued careful cash management and cost reduction measures, it has sufficient cash to continue operating through the first third of the month of March, although this could vary depending upon the outcome of ongoing discussions with third parties, including manufacturing partners and alternative sources of financing

RM2 previously announced on 19 January 2018 that it estimated its cash balance at the end of January 2018 would be approximately $2.0 million and that it would have sufficient cash to continue operating through the third week of February 2018.   

The company remains committed to further reducing its overheads and continues its efforts to monetize certain non-core assets where possible.

Trials of the Company’s ELIoT smart pallet continue to elicit positive feedback from customers.  RM2’s active pallet tracking system has demonstrated to customers how they can rapidly increase supply chain efficiencies.  Pallet losses are reduced through the swift identification of pallets that have exited their authorized supply chain locations.  This has enabled customers to quickly recover those pallets.  Equally importantly, active pallet tracking has enabled customers to identify the root cause of pallet leakage and thereby eliminate further losses.

RM2 states that it continues its discussions with potential funding partners, strategic investors, and customers in order to progress the business.  It continues to take appropriate advice as it explores the financial and strategic alternatives available to it, and will provide further updates as and when appropriate. 


Producers and retailers exceed 1 billion tray movements with Euro Pool System in 2017

“This milestone of 1 billion tray (RPC) movements is achieved with all parties in the chain. We are happy to help our partners to drive the efficiency and sustainability of the fresh food supply chain. Choosing for reusable packaging implies a conscious choice for an efficient and sustainable supply chain.” says Gerjo Scheringa, CEO of Euro Pool System. “We believe that an increasing number of stakeholders will join our pooling formula, reducing the CO2 emission, preventing food waste and creating a better world for the next generation.

“Each and every day, producers, transporters, processing companies and retailers benefit from the advantages of our reusable trays and pallets: they are strong, always available, stackable, clean, traceable and 100% recyclable”.


Swisslog secures order to implement AutoStore in new distribution center for syncreon, a leading contract logistics company

February 8, 2018. Swisslog Logistics Automation, a leading provider of best-in-class warehouse automation and software, will implement AutoStore for syncreon, a leading specialized contract logistics company consistently recognized for its operational excellence. The newly constructed, automated distribution center in Carlisle, PA will serve both e-commerce and retail fulfillment. The new facility occupies approximately one million square feet and is scheduled to begin fulfillment operations in June 2018.

syncreon is globally recognized for optimizing customers’ supply chains, providing tailored, innovative, and scalable solutions that reduce costs and improve performance. According to David Minns, Senior Vice President, Global Procurement, for syncreon, “We believe that a proven goods-to-person picking solution like AutoStore will be a perfect complement to our more conventional picking operations. We are particularly attracted to the easy scalability of AutoStore for our future growth. As a global company, we selected Swisslog as our implementation partner because of their strong global footprint and support organization.”

Swisslog is the leading global integrator of the AutoStore system with more than 85 installations. Swisslog’s AutoStore solution combines intelligent SynQ warehouse management software and unique pick stations not offered by other integrators.

Markus Schmidt, President Swisslog WDS Americas, commented, “It’s exciting to see this technology really take off in the United States. American companies are rapidly adopting goods-to-person automation and turning to Swisslog because of our vast experience compared to other integrators. After installing more than 85 projects, our realization has been perfected to the point that our team can install in short time frames while tailoring solutions that work for our diverse clientele in the E-commerce/retail, consumer goods and production logistics industries.”


New Nestable Plastic Pallet Combines Best Features Into One Powerful Shipping Product

Chicago, IL – One Way Solutions has released a new nestable plastic pallet that combines the high capacity, low tare weight and reinforced perimeter for increased impact-resistance. All of these heavyweight characteristics come at light duty pricing, which makes it the ideal pallet for one way export shipments, light-medium duty reusable applications, WIP, storage, display, and distribution applications.

This 40 x48 USA made pallet weighs only 17 lbs, yet provides 2,500 of dynamic capacity. High-pressure injection molded with high quality recycled HDPE resin, this pallet has a 8,800 lb static capacity.

Every consideration has been taken to minimize weight while maintaining strength and durability:

  • 9 nesting legs feature structurally neutral knockouts to reduce weight and cost.
  • Tapered edges assist fork tine entry and assist splitting a pallet off a nested stack.
  • The pallet deck perimeter is reinforced with extra ribs to increase impact resistance.

The 4-way entry is compatible with nearly all fork trucks and hand trucks. The open deck design allows for easy handling and cleaning. A superior nesting ratio allows 2100 pallets to fit in a 53’ truck, significantly reduces the per pallet shipping costs.

The product is now available on the One Way Solutions website and will ship out next day. Pricing for this item can go as low as $8.99 per pallet.

One Way Solutions is a 3rd generation family-run business specializing in plastic pallets for the Material Handling Industry.


U.S. Department of Labor Cites Pallet Manufacturer After Employee Injured by Machine

NEW LENOX, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Supplyside USA, a New Lenox-based pallet manufacturer, for machine safety violations after an employee was injured while conducting maintenance on equipment. The company faces $91,832 in proposed penalties for two repeated, six serious, and three other-than-serious violations.

OSHA inspectors found Supplyside USA, which operates as Prime Woodcraft Inc., failed to install adequate machine guards, implement energy control procedures to prevent equipment from unintentional operation, and train workers about noise hazards; and allowed combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces.

“Too often, employees are injured because companies lack adequate machine safety procedures and safeguards,” said OSHA Chicago South Area Office Director Kathy Webb. “Employers have a responsibility to evaluate their workplaces for hazards, and ensure safe operations.”

Prime Woodcraft has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. View current citations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.


CHEP Launches New Advanced Container Management Facility in Southern California

 Redlands, CA – January 31, 2018 – CHEP recently opened its newest container service center just outside greater Los Angeles.  The larger space, optimized layout, and investment in state of the art semi-automated cleaning equipment are key enablers to support CHEP’s growing west coast customer base and ensure just-in-time availability of high-quality sanitized containers.

Southern California represents one of the largest consumer markets in the United States. As an established partner with a large number of food and beverage manufacturers in the region, CHEP provides supply chain solutions including container rental, tracking, and optimized logistics.  Redlands emerged as an ideal location for this new site due to its proximity to the concentrated manufacturing hub outside a major metropolitan area.

With consumers driving industry improvements in food safety and sustainable business practices, CHEP has implemented key innovations to better align with their customers’ values and goals. The new CHEP facility in Redlands boasts a high-efficiency hot water pressure washing system in combination with organic drain-safe cleaning chemicals to reduce the environmental impact and ensure consistent quality.

In addition, customers benefit from CHEP’s long-standing business model which replaces corrugated packaging that would have otherwise been sent to landfills, reduces transport miles and emissions, and improves the safety and traceability of food throughout the manufacturing process.

For further information on CHEP’s supply chain solutions, visit www.chep.com/us/en/bulk-liquid-and-dry or call 888-873-2277.


TOMRA Partners with Michigan United Conservation Clubs to Help Protect the State’s Outdoor Heritage

Shelton, Conn  February 1, 2018 — TOMRA has partnered with Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) to raise funds through Tomra Makes Change, the reverse vending provider’s recycling loyalty program.

TOMRA Makes Change members can now exchange their loyalty points for a donation to MUCC. Four-hundred points in the program equates to a $1.50 donation.

TOMRA has more than 500 TOMRA Makes Change-connected reverse vending machines (RVMs) located at retailers throughout the state of Michigan. Any TOMRA Makes Change member who recycles at a TOMRA RVM connected to the program can earn one point per bottle recycled. Points can be redeemed for an array of rewards and charitable donations.

“As an organization helping to preserve the environment, we look to partner with those who share our mission,” said Chuck Riegle, SVP Government Affairs, TOMRA Collection Solutions North America. “Michighan United Conservation Clubs has more than 200 affiliated local clubs and does tremendous work in advancing environmental programs in the state, and we are proud to play a small role in helping them continue their work. They are also an organization that really resonates with the TOMRA Makes Change community, a group of highly-engaged recyclers.”

MUCC led the petition campaign that passed the Michigan Bottle Bill and has multiple conservation programs uniting citizens to conserve, protect, and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.  To learn more about the success of the container recycling law in Michigan, visit http://www.container-recycling.org/index.php/media1/videos/436-keep-michigan-first.

How TOMRA Makes Changes Works

For every container redeemed through the TOMRA Makes Change program, members receive one point in addition to their state’s container deposit value. Members log in to their account on the RVM screen before beginning their recycling session to collect their points. Participating TOMRA RVMs without a touch screen instead print a QR code at the end of the recycling session, which the member can then scan using the TOMRA ReAct app. The app also tracks recycling activity and the environmental impact of a member’s recycling.

Points can be accessed through the ReAct app or tomramakeschange.com and redeemed for gift cards, tech products and eco-friendly goods. Users can also choose to donate their points to a variety of non-profit organizations, converting the points into a monetary donation.

The company established TOMRA Makes Change to reward consumer participation in beverage container return programs. More than 37 million containers have been recycled through TOMRA Makes Change reverse vending machines (RVMs) since the program’s launch in September 2016.


TrackX to Implement Supply Chain Management Solution for Global Appliance Manufacturer

DENVER – TrackX Holdings Inc., an enterprise Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software platform provider, has announced that a leading, household appliance manufacturer has selected TrackX to implement yard distribution and supply chain logistics solutions. The initial implementation will be at one of the customer’s principal U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities with 3 additional U.S. locations identified for deployment in 2018.  The solution includes hardware and recurring SaaS (Software as a Service) fees as well as professional services to integrate with existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

In the first phase of deployment, TrackX’s GAME (Global Asset Management for Enterprises) for Supply Chain Management (SCM) software platform will focus on optimizing yard, dock, and gate related business activities. In the yard, GAME for SCM provides real-time equipment visibility utilizing a variety of IIoT devices to enable real-time tracking of transportation equipment and trailers throughout a large business park. GAME for SCM will manage the arrival, departure, and inventory of all transportation equipment within the facility.  It will also dynamically assign tasks to the shunt drivers responsible for the movement of trailers to and from inventory locations, at the distribution docks and between facilities. The result will include: improved equipment utilization, efficient labor management, increased efficiency at the dock, a reduction in carrier detention charges, improved security and accountability at the gate, accurate inventory, and labor savings across all yard related business processes. Future expansions could include returnable container tracking and further optimization of other high-value assets.

“We are excited to be working with another multi-billion dollar enterprise that is spearheading IIoT initiatives to optimize their supply chain,” said Tim Harvie, TrackX President & CEO. “This customer, a leader within their industry, fully understands that asset tracking and inventory management are fundamental competitive advantages, and we’re proud that they have chosen TrackX to increase efficiencies within their operations.”


Futuropalette 2018 to be Held in Paris, April 5.

Whether you are a pallet user, professional transport, logistics or supply chain, manufacturer or repacker or public sector employee, the Futuropalette 2018 Meetings in Paris, France, organized on the initiative of the FNB and SYPAL, will provide an unmissable meeting of all the participants in the wood pallet sector, according to event sponsors. Click here to find out more.


January 24, 2018. Polymer Logistics, a global leader in reusable packaging and merchandising solutions, will bring fresh inspiration and innovative new products for retail and promotional display, transport packaging, and asset management to Fruit Logistica February 6-8, 2018.

New merchandising products being featured at Fruit Logistica include a modular spill-over display that can be used to extend the primary produce table or as a stand-alone unit in a secondary display location; a larger produce fixture for combined display and storage of high volume seasonal fruits and vegetables; and a modular display solution for enhanced presentation of floral products. All these packaging and merchandising solutions can be ordered in the color that best complements store décor. In addition, the displays and the siding panels are easy to assemble, interchange, and store, making them an efficient, effective, and attractive way to support holiday, seasonal, and other theme promotions.

“Applications for our merchandising units extend to all fresh departments in the store,” said Fred Heptinstall, CEO of Polymer Logistics North America. “Not only do they look great, they are designed to protect product freshness and quality. In addition, our panels can be readily adapted to fit existing fixtures and refrigerated units, making them a cost-effective way to create a consistent look around the fresh perimeter.”

The comprehensive range of products and services offered by Polymer Logistics help transform the shopping experience. Through innovative design, sustainable and efficient operations, unsurpassed quality and freshness, leading-edge merchandising solutions, and effective asset management systems, Polymer Logistics helps its partner growers and retail customers increase shopper satisfaction and realize profitable growth.

To see these new products and more, stop by the Polymer Logistics booth #E-09 in Hall 21 at the 2018 Fruit Logistica, February 6-8 in Berlin, Germany.


January 22, 2018

Sonoco Leads Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, Packaging Sector

Sonoco, one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, has been selected for Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in the packaging sector, and named first in its industry. Among industry peers, Sonoco ranked first in nearly every category – including Innovation, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Financial Soundness, Long-term Investment Value, Quality of Products/Services and Global Competitiveness.

“We are honored to lead the packaging sector this year on Fortune’s Most Admired list,” said Jack Sanders, Sonoco president and CEO. “At Sonoco, we’re guided by the principle of Better Packaging. Better Life. Our goal is to improve the lives of all our stakeholders – including our customers, the consumers who use our packaging, our shareholders and our employees – through innovative packaging and a solid long-term growth strategy.”Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Executives, directors, and analysts rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. Learn more about Fortune’s World’s Most Admired 


January 22, 2018. Tulsa-based Greystone Logistics, Inc. reported sales for the three months ended November 30, 2017 totaled $9,722,102 compared to $9,221,711 for the prior year period for an increase of $511,391, or 6%. Sales for the six months ended November 30, 2017 were $20,009,177 compared to $17,065,972 for the prior period for an increase of $2,943,205, or 17%.

Greystone recorded net income attributable to common shareholders (after preferred dividends and income attributable to variable interest entities) for the six months ended November 30, 2017 of $363,371, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $(76,330), or $(0.00) per share, for the prior period. For the three months ended November 30, 2017, Greystone recorded net loss attributable to common stockholders (after preferred dividends and income attributable to variable interest entities) of $(11,337), or $0.00 per share, compared to a prior period net income attributable to common stockholders of  $41,109, or $0.00 per share.  EBITDA was $3,204,732 for the six months ended November 30, 2017 and $1,315,798 for the three months ended November 30, 2017.

“Although we are pleased with the company’s top line growth, our results from operations were affected by extraordinary costs of ramping up production for our new leasing customer and completing the installation of the previously reported new 3500-ton injection machine”, stated CEO Warren Kruger.  Kruger continued, “Increased margins while growing sales continue to be a major focus for Greystone. On January 17, 2018, we received a purchase order for our 48X40 heavy duty pallet totaling in excess of $4.5 million from a new national customer.  We first called on this potential opportunity over 15 years ago.  Our persistence paid off.  We continue to diversify our customer base and create innovative recycled pallet solutions.  The revenue from this new customer will be recognized over several months beginning about March 2018. Our production and operation teams work diligently to maintain a high degree of utilization of equipment.  This goal has a positive impact by lowering fixed costs allocation per pallet produced thus driving increased margins on greater sales volume. We look forward to our third and fourth quarters which are historically Greystone’s strongest.  Additionally, we are continuing to invest in equipment and facilities to drive growth and shareholder value.”

Greystone Logistics reprocesses and sells recycled plastic and designs, manufactures, sells high quality 100% recycled plastic pallets that provide logistical solutions needed by a wide range of industries such as the food and beverage, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and consumer products. The company’s technology, including that used in its injection molding equipment, proprietary blend of recycled plastic resins and patented pallet designs, allows for the production of high-quality pallets quickly and at lower costs than many processes. The recycled plastic for its pallets helps control material costs while reducing environmental waste and provides cost advantages over users of virgin resin.


January 15, 2018.  CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, won the coveted Environmental Sustainability Award at the sixth Automotive Global Awards. The award recognizes the company’s excellence in delivering a sustainable global supply chain. CHEP received the award along with its customer Endurance Technologies, a leading auto parts manufacturer in India, for their shared achievements in reducing CO2 emissions and their commitment to deforestation.

The Automotive Global Awards honor outstanding achievements in 22 categories of the automotive industry in the areas of logistics, purchasing and supply chain. The annual award, organized by media company Three6Zero, brings together industry-leading logistics providers, OEMs, and external logistics providers to celebrate innovation and growth in the automotive industry.

“Through CHEP’s efforts alone, materials and emissions equivalent to around 360 trees per year have been saved. The huge size of automotive and logistics functions in India is a good example of how much small changes can be made if they are implemented on a larger scale, “says DK Rai, Director, CHEP Automotive in India.

CHEP has been working with over 3,000 customers since 1975, including leading vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 brands. CHEP reduces the total cost of the supply chain per item while improving the efficiency and carbon footprint of its customers with its environmentally friendly, cost-saving multi-use pooling service. CHEP also optimizes transport routes to save empty kilometers.

Atul Deodikar of Endurance Technologies explains: “Working with CHEP has allowed us to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve much better sustainability performance. On the one hand, trees can be saved with the reusable packaging solutions from CHEP for the automotive industry. On the other hand, less packaging material ends up in the landfill. Our company benefits greatly from CHEP’s business model ‘divide, reuse, recycle and reduce waste’. It also helps us make the most of our logistics resources. ”

The jurors commented: “The contribution of CHEP and Endurance Technologies clearly falls into the category of holistic sustainability. By reducing overall transports, there is a demonstrable, measurable and positive reduction in fuel consumption, both for packaging materials and vehicle operation. The work situation itself also benefits because fewer steps are required in all phases. In addition, further pooling opportunities arise. The described process represents a worthwhile and successful application of reusable rather than disposable packaging. ”

The Automotive Global Supplier Award honors CHEP for the second time in a row. In 2016, CHEP Automotive Europe and Tier 1 supplier Eberspächer received the Product Innovation Award for a new, efficient and reusable packaging solution developed to optimize the Eberspächer intercontinental supply chain.