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Trays, bins, folding bins, containers, pallets, pallet crates, bottle crates and interlayers
Several types of product, each made with relevant technology, help to satisfy customers' requirements in terms of quantity under an optimised business model.
The wide choice of production techniques for reusable plastic packaging means that it can be adapted to the technical and economic needs of different client sectors and the required products.
Injection is best suited to long production runs (several hundred thousand). Accuracy within one millimetre makes the packaging suitable for all existing automated systems.
It also allows the design of complex forms for large or small customers' industrial machinery and/or supply chains: from 1Kg units (small trays) to those of much greater weight (pallets and pallet crates).
Thermoforming meets many requirements:
Thermoforming technology limits tooling costs, making it suitable for medium production runs and even complex design for some units. It provides outstanding impact resistance, giving these products a long lifespan (up to 10 years).
Extrusion / conversion is a low tooling cost technology that is suitable for short made-to-measure runs (a few hundred) as well as long runs (e.g. hundreds of thousands of spacers). It allows for different materials and multiple shapes adapted to all customer requirements (e.g. complete solutions containing textile liners).
All these processes are suitable for short, medium or long production runs. Each supplier can adapt the technology used to the customer's specifications.
Reusable plastic packaging is used in many sectors of activity:
- Industry: automobile, electronics, domestic appliances, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and other sectors requiring regular flows of goods
- Agriculture, agribusiness (fresh and dry products), mass catering
- Logistics and transport
- Recycling and environmental industries
A / The advantages of reusable plastic packaging for any sector
- Sturdiness in packing, storing and palletising for certain products
- Safety in use and ergonomics
- Use in damp conditions, washable
- 100% reusable
- Non abrasive (no damage to contents)
- Hygienic and suitable for cleanrooms
- Contact with foodstuffs: direct contact in full compliance
- Suitable for pre-packaged goods: good product protection, resistance to impact and stacking
- Advantages in handling: ergonomic, light, convenient, easier handling, transport of heavy products, automation
- Collapsible: frees up volume in trucks on empty leg
PACKAGING COLLECTION MANAGEMENT
Savings of 15% to 40%, compared with single use packaging, over the whole supply chain, through better logistic flow organisation.
Reusable packaging is adapted to all tracing technologies: RFID - Barcode - QR Code, as per required standard.
A LOGISTICAL SOLUTION
This flow represents regular deliveries between a supplier and a customer. The supplier usually owns the bins and pallets and carries out delivery and collection trips.
A closed circuit logistical solution:
the collected bins and pallets are usually managed by a pooling specialist that recovers packaging materials for its customers.
An open circuit logistical solution:
B / The specific advantages of reusable plastic packaging per client sector
Automobile - electronics - domestic appliances - aeronautics - pharmaceuticals - cosmetics, etc.
- Standardised and/or made-to-measure as per specification
- Industrially integrated throughout the supply chain
- Technologies allowing the manufacture of all dimensions (30/40cm to 1.5 cubic metres and even more)
- Internal fittings to standard packaging units of all formats for protecting and batching articles
- Non dust-generating packaging, suitable for cleanrooms
Recycling and environmental industry
- Providing containers and ancillary aids for the collection and transport of recyclable products and waste to processing sites
- Securitisation with possibility of tamperproof closure systems
LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT
- Easy automation of order preparation
- Optimised filling rates for trucks
- Standardisation increases safety
- Absence of dust
- Damp resistant
- Suited to all stages of the cold chain (temperature control)
- Protection of products and observance of hygiene rules
- 100% direct contact with foodstuffs
- Agriculture: quality protected from orchard to in-store display
- Agribusiness: up to 90% - 95% depending on sector
Products: meat - bread and pastries - seafood - fruit and vegetables - other fresh produce - meat products industry: automation of meat cutting and preparation all the way to the sales area
- Mass catering: control of all incoming product flows including ingredients and packaging types.
All general and specialist retailers - E-commerce - Drive
- Safe and efficient transport
- Increased productivity and automation
- Simplification of supply chain and reduction in load-splitting
- Reduction in MSDs and work accidents
- Reduction in waste compared to single use packaging
- Attractive product display in retail stores
ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF REUSABLE PLASTIC PACKAGING IN LOGISTICAL CHAIN AND TRANSPORT
Operating lifespan: up to 25 years depending on the sector and number of trips (most reusable plastic packaging has a useful life of 5 to 10 years).
Prevention: reusable packaging contributes to limiting source production of raw materials.
Environmental impact in the supply chain: reusable packaging contributes to the reduction of the supply chain carbon footprint.
End of life of reusable packaging: when no longer fit for use, it is 100% recyclable.
Recycling: packaging materials are recycled for use in several applications: recovery in reusable plastic packaging for non-food and building trade applications, road surfaces or industrial plastic products.
Many studies have demonstrated the superior environmental performance of reusable plastic packaging.
REUSABLE PLASTIC PACKAGING IN COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS
- Strict observance of regulations on materials in contact with foodstuffs (Guideline Regulation (EC) N° 1935/2004 and Plastics Regulations (EU) N° 10 2011).
- In terms of best manufacturing practices, observance of European regulation GMP (EC) N° 2023/2006.
- Best hygiene practices: plastic packaging companies have drawn up a Guide de bonnes pratiques d'hygiène (Best Hygiene Practices Guide) published in the Official Government Journal since 1999.
A / Ongoing innovation by our member companies for constantly evolving sectors
KEY DATES / TIMELINE
Packaging developments along the years:
- 1960-1990: Internal flows in companies
- stackable but heavy products
- developed in line with industrial evolution (KANBAN)
- 1990-2000: Beginning of supplier/customer flows
- identifiable, recyclable, fold-down and fit-in products
- 2000-2010: Inter-site distances increase and the beginnings of traceability stimulate the development of reusable plastic packaging
Reusable plastic packaging is developed and adapted to new forms of logistical organisation in companies
B / Ongoing development in a growing market
LOGISTICS / SUPPLY CHAIN
- One single product throughout the supply chain
- Development of higher flows in supply chains such as the automobile and retail sector with greater service orientation of supply chains
- Increased international flows bring about greater standardisation
- Suitable for all automated systems
|Automation from storage to shipment|
- Home selling
- Automation of order preparation
- Switching to large capacity for bulk delivery
- Substituted for other materials
- Waste reduction: circular model (lowers CO2)
- Reusable plastic packaging's development vector is direcly related to logistical flow control. Reusable packaging goes from the production line to the end user
- Development of production contracts necessarily within the logistical chain
- Suits fragmented production where sub-assembly production lines are remote from final assembly
- Reliability in use: meets specifications accurately and capable of meeting developments in customer specifications
- Substituted for other materials with higher carbon footprint
- Bottle crates as vectors of strong and reliable communication with up to 5 colour printing
- Interlayers for empty recipient transport
- Pallet trucks can be used for shelf-filling
- Setting up bottle crate and interlayer depots
- Replacing wooden pallets by trucks
- Promote ready-to-sell systems from supplier to point of sale