IP Newsletter March

Industrial Pack Heads for Atlanta

As thousands of industrial, protective and transit packaging buyers and suppliers begin to make preparations for the 2nd annual Industrial Pack trade event, running March 27-28, we take a look at what’s in store at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta.

Visitors can look forward to a trade show boasting 100 leading providers of packaging products and materials including many of the biggest names in the business: Greif, ILC Dover, Mauser, Shorr Packaging Corporation, Nefab, Signode, Tri-Sure and IPL to name but a few. Packaging formats on show will include drums and pails, IBCs, pallets, dunnage, corrugated board packaging, intelligent and smart packaging as well as recycling, reusables and testing services.

A highlight for many will be the Industrial Pack Conference. Running over the two days of the show, the free-to-attend conference addresses a host of subjects relevant to packaging buyers today. Among the speakers are Phil Carver, from Nissan, who will be talking about modular returnable packaging. The hot topics of augmented reality and digitally enhanced packaging will be discussed by teams from OneMagnify and Dream Syndicate. The Industrial Packaging State of the Nation address will be given by Kyle Stavig, CEO of Myers Container LLC and chairman of IPANA; while Paul Rankin, President of RIPA, shares the latest news from the reusables side of the industry. A number of technical presentations will focus on steel drums, composite IBCs, plastic drums, polyethylene manufacturing and rigid IBCs; and the tricky topic of managing emergency incidents will be presented by J. Aaron Montgomery, President of OURAY Environmental Services LLC. Visitors can check out the Industrial Pack website for the full conference program.

For those interested in seeing packaging truly in action, Pack Testing Live is a feature of the event which will see a number of companies put their packaging products through their paces in a live testing environment. From rough handling to drop tests, the feature will give visitors the chance to hear from experts explaining how and why the tests are executed, as well as watch them being performed.

In addition, Industrial Pack will also run alongside Design-2-Part which is the region's largest sourcing event for engineers and buyers of custom parts, components, design, prototypes and assemblies. Industrial Pack show director Tim Rusbridge commented: “Having the two shows running side by side makes good sense. Manufacturing and packaging go hand in hand so now engineers can take stock of the latest innovations across both disciplines at one time and place.”

Visiting Industrial Pack is free of charge but visitors are advised to pre-register in advance to avoid any queues on the day.  The event runs through March 27 & 28, and takes place at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, from 10:00am each day.

Apex Companies Opens New Virginia Facility

Apex Companies, a storage and material handling solutions provider, has announced the opening of its new “quick ship” warehouse in Emporia, Virginia. The facility provides over 45,000 square feet of storage space to support Apex’s growing new and used pallet rack business.

The new Emporia location allows Apex to reach customers in the Mid-Atlantic region faster and with lower shipping costs vs. the Apex Illinois facility.

“Our customer base is growing, notes Peter DeHaan, National Account Sales at Apex. “The Emporia location is centrally located allowing us to deliver orders quickly for our Mid-Atlantic and East Coast customers. It also gives us a convenient spot to deliver quality used rack that we recover from tear-down jobs in that part of the country,” adds DeHaan.

IP Awards Return for Second Year

The Industrial Packaging Awards return for their second edition at the end of March. Recognizing excellence throughout the industrial sector, winners will be announced at an awards and networking party due to take place at Industrial Pack, Atlanta, on Wednesday March 27, from 5.30pm.

Awards in five categories will be presented, including: Excellence in Industrial Packaging, Excellence in Transit Packaging, Environmental Initiative of the Year, Excellence in Protective Packaging and Best New Product of 2019.

 Golden West Packaging Group Acquires Allpak Container

Golden West Packaging Group LLC, a packaging business investment company, has acquired Allpak Container, which has operations in Cheney and Renton, Wash.

Allpak Container designs and manufactures high-end consumer and industrial packaging for more than 450 customers in agriculture, beauty, beverage, commerce, food, health, industrial, recreation, and the wine and spirits markets. 

Golden West Packaging CEO Steve Strickland commented: “Golden West acquires well-established packaging businesses and develops them into high performers, and Allpak is a great extension of this strategy. Allpak is a strong business with a customer-centric approach, skilled workforce and deep focus on operational excellence, which is evidenced by their ISO and AIB International certifications. Golden West, which now operates nine manufacturing plants across the country, brings Allpak substantial resources and proven sales and service capabilities to drive more production through Allpak’s facilities.”           

UPA Announces Evolve or Perish Event 2019 Dates

United Packaging Associates association (UPA) has announced the third annual Evolve or Perish event, which will be held on April 12th in Tampa, Florida. 

As UPA's signature event, it is a highly intense gathering, with everyone contributing around a convening theme and question. This year, that theme is: Packaging a future of radical change: are we ready to meet the challenges of transformative technologies and changing markets?

Andy Draybuck, Vice President and one of the founding members of United Packaging Associates, commented: “Looking ahead, we feel that we cannot afford to have people sitting on the sidelines if this industry is to thrive and survive. We need to change the way we engage by tapping into the skills, experience and knowledge of everyone in the room as it relates to our day-to-day work and the future ahead.”

Details can be found at https://unitedpackagingassociates.com/event/eop-2019/

Unilode and PalNet Develop Integrated Digital Solution for Pallets

Unilode, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) management and repair solutions, and PalNet, one of the leading ULD manufacturers, have jointly developed an integrated digital solution for all types of PalNet pallets. The integrated solution minimises the risk of damage or loss of the digital tag and does not obstruct daily operations or interfere with pallet stacking.

Unilode’s digital technology is based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5, enables ULD tracking and measurement of temperature and shock. The solution will be introduced to Unilode’s entire ULD fleet, starting Q2 2019, and is also available for non-Unilode customers. All existing PalNet pallets, including heavy duty pallets, can be retrofitted with the integrated digital solution. Pallets can also be acquired ex-work with a pre-installed tag. [Image courtesy of Unilode]

This month we’ve been talking to Troy Wood, packaging planning specialist at Volkswagen.

This month we’ve been talking to Troy Wood, packaging planning specialist at Volkswagen.

Tell us a little about your role at VW:

I am a packaging planning specialist in the logistics planning group at Volkswagen Chattanooga. My responsibilities include management of inbound parts, lean process improvement and supporting Volkswagen’s environmental goals. Additionally, I evaluate packaging to ensure it meets the needs of our production lines, warehousing and part suppliers. My objective is to find the best solution which also minimizes waste and energy consumption.

What will be your main focus for the year to come?

In the year to come, my main focus will be to continuously seek ways to improve the packaging of current parts and to explore new techniques to plan for future parts. Increasing pack density, implementing environmentally friendly dunnage and exploring container options may benefit the environment while also achieving our business goals.

What is the biggest change you have seen in the packaging industry in the last 3 years?

The biggest change I have seen in the packaging industry is the integration with automated industrial trucks. By automating the handling of containers, the risk of damage and the need for maintenance are both reduced, while also making it possible to clearly identify points of weakness in a process.

Which innovations do you see as setting the agenda in the years to come?

As we begin to prepare for electric vehicles, an essential innovation will be around the transportation of heavy parts with highly sensitive technical requirements. The weight of batteries, motors and chargers for electric vehicles is substantial and must be handled with specific conditions in mind. There is a need to reduce packaging development and manufacturing costs, which requires an evolution of the industry’s common standards and best practices.

What will be the focus of your visit to Industrial Pack?

I hope to see what progress the industry has made towards planning and development for the imminent increase in demand of electric vehicles. Electric mobility will impact the automotive industry on a significant scale. It is imperative that supporting industries, such as packaging, are prepared for the future.

With thanks to Troy and the VW team