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Agricultural Industry New packaging possibilities

Greener packaging that does not compromise performance is now available from bpi.visqueen

In all sectors of today’s eco- conscious society, the animal feed industry included, the way that we package our goods is increasingly scrutinised. Users and consumers alike are now looking for packaging that not only protects and contains a product, but that also does so in a way that is profitable, efficient and that above all reduces our impact on the environment. As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of industrial packaging, British-based bpi.visqueen is perfectly placed to help its animal feed

customers to meet these goals. Drawing on its considerable size, infrastructure and technical expertise, the business is able to offer users a whole range of high quality, high performance solutions that are stronger, thinner and greener than ever before.

Next generation solutions In particular, bpi.visqueen has invested heavily into product R&D and the latest manufacturing technology to develop its Polisax range of heavy duty sacks. Available in a wide selection of size and colour options, the range has been designed to offer exceptional durability and strength, ensuring better product protection during transportation and storage.

As Jerry O’Brien, commercial director at bpi.visqueen, explains: “Created specifically to

address the growing demands placed on modern animal feed operations, the Polisax range can help users to

significantly reduce spoilage rates and to extend the shelf life of a product. A case in point is our Ventisack product – a high-strength, tear resistant, co-extruded FFS film that can be used to create sacks with a revolutionary back seam.

“This unique seam allows air to vent from the formed sacks quickly during packing, but still has the ability to keep the weather, and water in particular, out. This is particularly important in the animal feed sector, where products are often stored outside at the mercy of the elements and at risk from water ingression.”

Going greener

In addition to offering users greater levels of product performance, bpi.visqueen has also invested considerable time, effort and resources

into the latest manufacturing processes to help meet the increasing demand for more sustainable packaging solutions. “To help users minimise the environmental impact of their packaging operations, bpi.visqueen has become a key exponent of downgauged packaging,” explains Jerry O’Brien. “This essentially entails using the latest extrusion technology and advanced polymers to offer films with all the strength of conventional products, but from a considerably thinner film profile.” This ability to create packaging using a thinner film and by virtue, less film by volume, delivers significant environmental benefits in that it leads to a marked reduction in packaging waste to dispose of post-use. Plus, in the case of bpi.visqueen, this downgauged packaging is also 100% recyclable.

Advanced printing techniques

As part of its commitment to adding long term value to all its customers in the animal feed industry, bpi.visqueen also offers users greater scope to raise their company profile and to promote brand awareness. The manufacturer’s Polisax range can actually be printed in up to eight colours using process print technology to give enhanced aesthetic qualities. This can prove invaluable in helping products to achieve greater ‘stand out’ at the point of purchase. In addition, print can also be applied to the gusseted section of the pack. This 360o

coverage around the entire film tube

means no wasted areas of plain white space along the sidewalls of the resultant sacks and no lost opportunity to promote a marketing message.

As Jerry O’Brien sums up: “As a business, bpi.visqueen is committed to developing products that really do push the boundaries in terms of choice, performance and quality. “The Polisax range is the perfect example of this commitment in practice.”

For more information contact bpi.visqueen on tel: 01294 605111 or visit:

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