Reusable, recyclable plastic packaging promotes sustainability and efficiency along with supply chain

OCONOMOWOC, Wis., USA — March 8, 2018 — ORBIS® Corporation, an international leader in reusable packaging, is featuring the GitterPak® FLC and a range of reusable plastic pallets at LogiMAT 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany, Hall 6/Stand A11, from March 13-15. At the show, ORBIS Europe experts will present these products, which are specifically designed for European applications.

“European supply chains are making the move toward reusable, recyclable plastic packaging,” said Alex Hempel, market manager for ORBIS Europe. “The all-plastic design, sustainability benefits, durability, transportation efficiencies and high-weight load capacity are hard to compete with — especially during such a transformative time for global supply chains. Companies need packaging that can withstand major system advances and add value to supply chains.”

The GitterPak

Launched in 2017, the all-plastic, collapsible GitterPak is the first FLC of its size to hold up to 900 kilograms and is an exact gitterbox (steel container) replacement. The GitterPak allows trucks to cube out before weighing out because it features a lighter tare weight than steel containers. For return trips, the GitterPak collapses, to fit 3.5 times more bins per return truckload than fixed-wall containers. 

The standard 1200mm x 800mm footprint of the GitterPak makes it ideal for sequencing parts, as well as right-sizing part shipments for line-side assembly and work-in-process operations. This FLC will not rust when met with moisture, prevents metal-on-metal part damage with smooth interior walls and contoured surfaces, and gives excellent interior access with an ergonomic design — large access doors available on up to four sides — and easy part replacement.

Reusable Plastic Pallet Systems

Many companies are increasing their supply chain sustainability initiatives to reduce the impact their systems have on the environment. For material handling, one-time-use nonrecyclable packaging can generate a lot of waste, and ORBIS’ reusable plastic pallets are designed to outlast traditional pallet materials for less daily pallet disposal. When plastic pallets are at the end of their useful life, they can be fully recycled and reprocessed into new products.

Plastic pallets are structural-foam molded in high-density polyethylene and designed for safety, sustainability, cleanability and product protection. They can be used during picking, assembly, processing, storage and distribution in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, automotive, consumer goods, and food and beverage. Their consistent European-standard footprints and smooth, durable structure allow for repeatable performance throughout the supply chain. These pallets can be combined with plastic layer pads and top frames to create secure unit loads for shipping goods.

Visit ORBIS at Hall 6/Stand A11 during LogiMAT to speak with local reusable packaging expert Alex Hempel. He can speak in-depth about FLCs, and reusable plastic pallet systems and totes, and how they improve supply chain sustainability and efficiency.

For more information. visit orbiscorporation.de.

About ORBIS Europe

ORBIS helps European companies move their product faster, safer and more cost-effectively. Whether shipping cans to a soft drink bottler for filling or trim parts from a tier supplier to an automotive OEM, reusable pallets and FLCs help move product faster, safer and more cost effectively. ORBIS has more than 50 global locations in North America, Europe and Asia and is a subsidiary of family-owned Menasha Corporation, founded in 1849. Using a proven approach, ORBIS experts analyze customers’ systems, design a solution and execute a reusable packaging program for longer-term cost savings and sustainability. Using life-cycle assessments to compare reusable and single-use packaging, ORBIS also helps customers reduce their overall environmental impact. As a steward of sustainability, ORBIS is committed to a better world for future generations. ORBIS tracks and measures its own resource utilization to continuously conserve natural resources and reduce waste. For more information, please visit www.orbiscorporation.de, www.facebook.com/ORBISCorporation, www.twitter.com/orbiscorp or www.youtube.com/orbiscorp.


Andrea Larson