A new packaging solution from RPC Promens Industrial and RPC Promens Innocan is delivering improved logistics, easier handling and a reduced environmental impact for a broad range of liquid crop protection formulations from Dow AgroSciences.
The bespoke 10 and 15 litre PET containers feature a specially-designed safety top that enables them to be auto-stackable and eliminates the need for an outer cardboard box. The new packs are also around 30% lighter than the HDPE containers they have replaced.
The square design provides excellent strength and durability, as well as improved handling for the end user. It also delivers an efficient palletisation pattern for increased pallet loads, thereby optimising logistics in terms of both pallet-fill and truck-fill rates. The increased pallet load and bottle weight reduction is leading to a 20% carbon dioxide footprint reduction per litre over the lifecycle of the bottle compared to the currently-used HDPE jerrycan. The centred 63mm neck is compatible with closed transfer systems and allows easier pouring, while bore seal caps minimise operator exposure to concentrated product as no additional sealing has to be cut.
The safety top can also be removed after use if a separation before recycling is desired. “The new packs represent a major advance in terms of their lightweighting, improved logistics and elimination of the outer case, all of which have reduced their overall environmental impact,” comments the Dow AgroSciences’ EMEA Packaging Team.
“We are delighted with the solution from RPC, and with their enthusiasm and commitment throughout the development of the project.”
The new bottle has been named Best Packaging Innovation in the recent Agrow Awards, organised by the leading global crop protection and agrochemical journal.
The PET containers are produced by RPC Promens Industrial Ettlingen and were developed in collaboration with RPC Promens Innocan.