The packaging industry supplies manufacturers with protective packaging solutions for the safe transportation of raw materials across sectors. Whether it’s boxes for car parts or barrels for oil and barley, packaging comes in all shapes and sizes and there isn’t one industry in the world that doesn’t rely on it.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
Manufacturing is the fabrication, processing or preparation of products from raw materials and turning them into goods. Modern day manufacturing falls within three main areas (industrial materials, industrial products and consumer products) and spans across industries such as:
- Transportation and vehicles
- Food products
- Print and publishing
- Consumer goods
- Mining (oil, gas and precious metals).
WHAT TYPES OF PACKAGING ARE USED?
The packaging industry serves every other industry in the world, in the containment and protection of material goods. Each industry sector has different requirements of their packaging, which will be determined by the materials they produce and the conditions and nature in which they will be shipped. Below are some of the most versatile options that suit a range of industries and methods of transportation.
Double-wall cardboard boxes, as the name suggests, offer double strength protection for high resistance, strength and durability. Holding up to 30kg in weight, they serve across industries (particularly consumer goods, food products and pharmaceutical). They are a great all-round solution for bulk products that can be shipped and stored together without the worry of cross-contamination.
Fibre drums have many uses, with the most appropriate being for the storage and transportation of powders, solids, semiliquid and hazardous products. They are also often used for electrics, wiring and cables. They can be stacked and are a cost-friendly, eco-conscious alternative to plastic or steel drums.
Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are often used for the safe transportation and storage of bulk liquids and food-grade materials. With the additional top and bottom discharge taps, they are also a convenient solution as storage dispensers.
Industrial plastic drums are a popular choice for the storage and transportation of liquids, such as oils, juices, food flavourings and colourings. While they are mostly used in the food industry, they are all UN approved making them suitable for the transport and storage of hazardous materials such as chemicals and detergents.
Steel drums are also UN approved for both liquids and solids, and are a popular option for agriculture, mining and chemical industries. All the drums are reusable once they’ve been cleaned and decontaminated, and provide exceptional versatility in the range of materials they can store.
WHY IS PACKAGING IMPORTANT TO THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY?
The packaging industry is integral to the manufacturing industry for a good number of reasons. Items need bubble wrapping, securing together and loading into containers to get from the warehouse to the shelves.
As most industrial materials are often hazardous or dangerous, they can be a health and safety issue and packaging plays a significant role in health and safety practice. Materials such as chemicals, cement, metal and glass need to be shipped safely and efficiently, and this is the domain of the packaging industry.
Other important uses include:
- Preventing damage/contamination to contents.
- Protecting those who process/handle contents to prevent accident or injury.
- Making it easier to handle, store, ship and distribute contents.
THE GROWTH OF RECYCLED PACKAGING
With an increase in consumer awareness around waste, there is a growing demand for eco-friendly alternatives and a pressure on corporations and the packaging industry to provide them.
Widespread use of single use packaging (particularly plastics) is less favourable by consumers who are actively seeking brands and products that align with their change in environmental values.
The packaging industry is working to produce solutions that can be repurposed or recycled, and waste by-products, which are easily biodegradable. Corrugated cardboard is now the most recycled material across industries.
Materials such as metal, cardboard and hard plastics are used in boxes, pallets and drums, which are all reusable. This falls inline with environmental targets set by the government, towards the common goal of a greener and cleaner packaging industry.
CONTACT ITP PACKAGING FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING
ITP Packaging stocks a comprehensive range of packaging that’s designed to meet a wide variety of industrial storage and transport needs.
If you need further information on the best types of packaging for your industry, our expert staff are on hand to answer any of your questions. Contact ITP Packaging today to find out more.