UK – A new fold-flat plastics container is helping deliver higher standards in performance, weight, folding/unfolding time, space, reusability and recyclability.
Launched by DS Smith, Plastics Division, the Duca-Pak has an internal volume capacity and height that is 15% greater than existing ‘optimised return solutions’ and has enhanced ergonomics.
Its lid weighs less than 6 kg and has an integrated belt system that interlocks the pallet and the sleeve and replaces locks. Four hooks on lid allow fixing the lid on the pallet while loading the container. Thanks to this combination system, the space needed by the container in use is only limited to its own footprint at all steps of the logistics flow.
“Duca-Pak has been designed with the highest standards of performance in mind. Durability, efficiency, re-usability and recyclability,” commented Mark Lightowler, Managing Director of DS Smith, Plastics Division business.
“All damaged elements of this container can be easily recycled at the end of their working life and turned into new containers. This is in line with DS Smith’s Supply Cycle Thinking that eliminates complexity, embraces reusability and recyclability in the design of our products”.
DS Smith, Plastics Division ‘6 seconds’ ease of use systems, which is optional in other containers, have been integrated to the new Duca-Pak design. The name of this system corresponds to the estimated time that takes to fold or unfold each container (6 seconds). In addition to these improvements in volume and ergonomics, the foldable sleeve’s core structure is made of recycled material utilizing a new technology that offers increased performance to vertical compression.