Canadian Packaging

In the fold

DS Smith, Plastics Division launches award-winning foldable container.


November 19, 2014
Canadian Packaging

WORMHOUT, FRANCE—DS Smith, Plastics Division has announced the official launch of a new fold-flat plastics container—a container that recently won the Magna Logistics Supplier’s award for innovation.

With the introduction of Duca-Pak—a new addition to the established family of Uni-Pak foldable containers known for their durability and performance—DS Smith, Plastics Division is delivering higher standards in performance, weight, folding/unfolding time, space, reusability and recyclability.

Duca-Pak internal volume capacity and height is 15 per cent greater than existing ‘optimized return solutions’ and has enhanced ergonomics. Its lid weighs less than six-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,” says DS Smith, Plastics Division managing director Mark Lightowler—the business that manufactures Ducaplast Optimized Container Solutions. “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 ‘six 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 (six 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.

DS Smith, Plastics Division is a fast growing division of DS Smith Plc., a plastics and packaging multinational with operations in more than 20 countries. Duca-Pak is manufactured by Plastics Division’s Rigid Packaging Group’s located in Wormhout, France, and specializes in manufacturing in manufacturing HDPE (High-density polyethylene) twin sheet pallets and lids to make light and strong packaging solutions with excellent impact resistance.

Company information can be found at www.dssmith.com/plastics/about/organisation.


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