Top Packaging Solutions
Supply Chain Digital profiles some of the most modern designs on the market, from packaging manufacturers who are pioneering groundbreaking products.
LINPAC Allibert Innovation
Packaging leader LINPAC Allibert specialises in the development of returnable transit packaging. It has brought some of the most innovative designs in the industry to market. In fact, it was the first manufacturer to install steel bars into plastic pallets in order to increase the fork entry width and the mechanical strength of the pallet. Other designs include:
- Maxinest – these containers were developed specifically for the food and grocery supply chain. LINPAC worked in consultation with major retailers, closely observing food in transit. The range includes 11 variants and fits with all standard distribution and display cabinet arrangements. It works with the latest filling, weighing, handling and pallet storage methods.
- Pallet collar – the polypropylene pallet collar transforms a wooden or plastic pallet into a bulk container. It is designed to provide extra protection for valuable and delicate goods, and also saves the time and cost of stretchwrap, thereby reducing waste.
With over 30 years’ experience in the polypropylene plastic packaging industry, Tri-Pack Plastics designs and manufactures packaging solutions for a range of markets, including chilled foods.
- Coolseal – the latest development from Tri-Pack, it is designed for use in chilled distribution and uses thermal insulation. Its patented manufacturing process means that the edge of every pack is sealed, trapping air inside, which acts in a similar way to double glazing, according to the company. By restricting the flow of temperature, chilled goods such as fish, remain chilled. The boxes themselves are constructed from lightweight polypropylene – a material that is easily recycled.
International Paper’s bulk packaging is designed for the transportation of large volumes of goods. As well as transit packaging, the company also provides shelf-ready packaging solutions and packaging for fruit and vegetables.
- Vitabox – The Vitabox is a lightweight and cost effective alternative to traditional wooden pallet containers. International Paper produces boxes using renewable resources – virgin fibres from sustainably managed forests. This is the ultimate green packaging solution as the Vitabox is 100 percent recyclable and fully biodegradable.
- Octabins – For bulk and loose products, and heavy duty packaging, the Octabins can be utilised in place of metal, plastic or bulk wood packages.
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.