Making plastic packaging too good to waste
Continuous innovation is at the heart of our business. We see it as our task to ensure our clients are prepared for future challenges. In today's competitive markets, advantages resulting from smart design will rapidly translate into improved performance and considerable benefits.
Foldable containers that are stronger but weigh less will result in less fuel consumption during transport. Containers with 10% more transport volume and 30% less return volume when folded can make the difference in highly competitive markets like the automotive industry or agriculture.
Many of the major innovations in plastic packaging systems were developed by Schoeller Allibert. We invented products like foldable large containers, such as the Magnum Optimum®, and bottle crates with in-mold labels. In addition, we invented and optimized production techniques like injection molding and mirror welding, each time resulting in lighter, stronger, and cleaner crates and containers. We take all the necessary steps to create a sustainable packaging cycle.
Schoeller Allibert is always at the forefront of returnable packaging solutions as a leader in the market. This requires a high degree of innovation throughout the organization. Of course, our new products are the most noticeable sign of innovation:
Combo Fructus® and Combo Excelsior® & Combo Excelsior Hybrid®
Three new Intermediate Bulk Containers for fluid handling which contain many new patented features.
They can be filled with liquids in a liner bag (in the IBC), transported to their final destination, and then folded for lower return logistic costs. IBC’s can be used for liquid food, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals.
We have challenged ourselves to design improvements for the Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) concept in two major areas:
By winning several innovation awards for these products we have an independent acknowledgment that we succeeded.
BaYoPal® 1200 x 1000 mm pallet
The smartest pallet in the market! With this pallet concept, we created a perfect product fit for pallet pools and companies that base their decisions on the total cost of ownership. This pallet is very robust thereby minimizing damage. However, when damage does occur due to misuse, it is perfect for easy repair.
Magnum Optimum® 1208
Our MO 1208 is a Foldable Large Container with a footprint of 1200 x 800 mm. This is the newest version of our MO 1210 container which has been successful in the market for many years. Schoeller Allibert wouldn’t be Schoeller Allibert if we hadn’t introduced some fantastic innovations during the process of creating this smaller sized Magnum Optimum®. These innovations make the MO1208 both extremely easy to use and durable.
In a world that depends upon logistics and transport, all shipped in packaging materials, we need to reduce the environmental impact caused by packaging waste. At Schoeller Allibert, we believe RTP (returnable plastic packaging) systems are the answer.
We are at the forefront of this revolutionary development.
We, Schoeller Allibert, support the United Nations environment campaign (www.unep.org).
In practice this means that:
It is our ambition to design and produce our products with minimal environmental impact.
Our targets are:
Schoeller Allibert offers its clients recycling knowledge and services. We offer full support and can take care of collecting, recycling and re-using returnable packaging materials that are ready for replacement. The products that are recycled at our facilities can even be safely used as food packaging. To support this the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) have provided scientific advice and approval for our recycling process installed at three of our sites in the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain.
Making a new crate from your old crates is good and completely embedded within our DNA, but what we also want to be is a significant part of the solution for the problems that one-way plastic packaging creates. So we decided to invest in technology that enables us to upcycle the waste of one-way plastic packaging in our durable returnable packaging. By doing this we make the waste of a non-durable product into a very durable packaging product that can, and will, be used and recycled for many decades.
Recyclability is an important feature of returnable plastic packaging systems. Schoeller Allibert offers all the recycling services necessary. We collect used containers and crates. After cleaning, grinding, washing and drying, they are ready to be remoulded and re-used. No pollution, no waste. We take care of all the necessary steps, creating a sustainable packaging cycle.
Using fewer scarce commodities is an important development for the packaging industry. By focusing on recycling, companies can considerably reduce their purchase levels of commodities and supplies. This is an important contribution to saving our environment. We feel a responsibility to support and endorse this positive development. We’re confident recyclability will set the standard.
Besides the recycling, smart designs, the innovative mould and process technologies, the material used strongly contributes to the efficiency of the logistic solution. And it doesn’t stop with “off-the-shelf-solutions”: our specialists test current materials and improve them it where needed. Supported by the test equipment in the Corporate test centre, the specialists can combine mechanical tests with thermal polymer analysis to make the best material choices and developments. We develop material modifications and additives to ensure the best combination of cost, performance and sustainibility.
Schoeller Allibert’s Corporate Test Centre is located at Bruchterweg 88 in Hardenberg which is in the same industrial area as the Schoeller Allibert factory in the Netherlands. The Centre’s main activities include new product testing prior to release, benchmark testing of competitor products and tests as part of the development process of product innovations. The Centre is also used by our customers; the market managers use the Test Centre for customer product workshops and we also offer customers the opportunity to use our test facilities to simulate their own application.
Test/product related experience and expertise The Test Centre has two fulltime Test Engineers with many years testing experience of returnable plastic packaging to related test standards such as ISO. The Test Engineers are supported in their task by Schoeller Allibert’s team of product designers. Together they make the best simulations of field applications using reproducible and representative tests in a controlled environment. This is of key importance within the whole development process and beyond.
Test facilities The Test Centre is equipped with: - climate chambers with temperature ranging from -30°C up to 150°C - large compression testers up to loads of 16 tonnes - smaller compression testers up to loads of 1 tonne - racking testers, for static racking and forklift tests - drop testers, up to 6 meters for bottle crates and 4 meters for large products (e.g. Big Boxes) - Facility for bullet impact tests - Inclined plane tester (1 tonne and 1 m²) for dynamic impact/forklift tests - Slip angle test for pallets - Push and pull unit to simulate wear - Combo filling pump - Quick compression tester - Drop dummies for bottle crates - Shaker tester - The material test laboratory has equipment such as static and dynamic material testers; DMA and DSC analysis equipment.
Schoeller Allibert strives to continuously improve its products, services and processes. Customer satisfaction is SA’s number one priority. Because customers work on an increasingly global basis with SA, we are working with a certified QA system in the USA and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) group. We are busy implementing this in our Asian sites as well. Schoeller Allibert keeps its customers at the forefront of their markets.
Schoeller Allibert is proud to be an ISO certified company with many of our sites conforming to:- ISO 9001: Quality - ISO 14001: Environment - ISO 22000: Food Safety - ISO 50001: Energy
Reduce transport and packaging costs Schoeller Allibert is your partner in reducing transport and packaging costs. Cost Reduction Returnable plastic packaging is less expensive than traditional materials like wood or cardboard: it is durable, sustainable, light, strong and safe. These are all factors influencing the costs per packaging unit per journey. Logistic cost analysis Making a thorough logistic cost-saving analysis for your company is a first step in deciding upon a new returnable packaging system. With our Logistics Analysis capabilities, we can assess your current packaging flow and pinpoint an optimal cost-effective solution. We can help comparing the packaging system you’re using today with our reusable plastic packaging systems. Our knowledge is built into software that helps pinpointing an optimum packaging solution for your products. Improving your logistics flow starts here. Ask us to run a Comparative Logistics Analysis of your packaging system and we will show you the results!