Like virtually no other packaging commodity, corrugated paper quality varies widely from pulp-rich North America to markets that import recycled paper like the Far East. Now, the economic slowdown in the Far East may be changing the outlook for corrugated.
A brochure from Pactiv Inc. (Duluth, GA) details a variety of protective packaging options including foam, air cushioning, foam plank, ProFlex(TM) Profiles, mailers, protective packaging systems and Hexacomb® honeycomb.
The folks at Bone Appetit, maker of gourmet pet treats, have revised their thinking about foam peanuts as void fill. They now prefer Sylvacurl, recyclable, biodegradable and reusable wood shavings from Eastview Enterprises (East Hardwick, VT).
Edgeco's (Little Ferry, NJ) new Honeycomb Separator Panel can support 300 to 2ꯠ lb without crushing due to its unique cell structure. The 4-lb, 40" x 48" panel is said to be lighter than wood or plastic and to provide lower shipping costs while cushioning the product.
The Instapak® Molding Wheel from Sealed Air Corp. (Danbury, CT) produces just-in-time, custom-molded cushions at up to 6/min. For use with the manufacturer's SpeedyPacker(TM), which dispenses liquid foam into a bag for the molding process, the Instapak wheel holds six custom molds.