Download this free, 140-page Flexible Packaging Playbook jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.  Learn more »
Glenroy invites you to download this playbook.
Article |

Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
FILED IN:  Sustainability  > Strategy
Supplied by Fres-co System USA (Telford PA) the 7.5-mil polyester/foil/biaxially oriented nylon/linear low-density polyethylene bag replaced a bag-in-box package. The new package eliminates three steps on the packaging line-box erecting bag placement and bag labeling-and represents an 80% source reduction by weight according to Ciba senior packaging engineer Walter Meisner. The bag is interesting in that it contains a one-way degassing valve similar to what Fres-co uses for its premade coffee bags. Since the product consists of 99% corn and oil Ciba fills the contents under a nitrogen modified atmosphere to extend product shelf life. The one-way valve allows the excess headspace in the bag to bleed out as bags are palletized creating dense and brick-like packs. Otherwise says Meisner the trapped air would create an unstable bag that doesn't stack very well. Meisner says the bag withstands static load drop impacts and vibration stresses during distribution thanks
ADVERTISEMENT
to "the weight and gauge of the material and the strength of the sealant layer." Strong visual impact is provided by four-color reverse-printed gravure graphics on one side with room enough for complete product directions on the other. A reinforced die-cut carry handle completes the package which won an AmeriStar award at Pack Expo last November.

Comments(0)

Add new comment

E-BOOK SPECIAL REPORT
42 Best Package Designs: 2014 edition
Sign up to receive timely updates from our editors and download this e-book consisting of our editors' picks of most notable package designs. Updated for 2014!
x

 

Newsletters
Don’t miss intelligence crucial to your job and business!
Click on any newsletter to view a sample. Enter your email address below to sign up!
GENERAL INTEREST

New Issue Alert

Packaging World Magazine

eClip

Breaking packaging news

Packaging Insights

Pertinent packaging issues

PACKAGE DESIGN/
DEVELOPMENT

Greener Package

Sustainable packaging

Shelf Impact

Package design strategies

Each newsletter ranges in frequency from once per month to a few times per month at most.