VCI Packaging Film Alternative
Corrosion Inhibiting cardboard material / packaging
Bio VCI corrugated board coating – used to create cardboard VCI packaging – is proven in independent tests to provide the highest levels of corrosion protection for ferrous metals in transit / storage.
Using Bio VCI cardboard also reduces the need for additional products such as VCI papers or films (eliminating secondary packaging), speeds up packing times, boosts productivity and streamlines overall packaging inventory. Read More
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More info on corrosion inhibiting packaging
Bio VCI is an anti-corrosion coating that inhibits the onset of corrosion on metal products during storage or transit.
Ideal for automotive, aerospace and engineering industries, VCI cardboard packaging can help you and / or your customers avoid the costs associated with having to replace metal items that have corroded in transit.
With several independent research institutes calculating that damage from corrosion costs the engineering industry in Europe millions of pounds every year, utilising a protective coating such as Bio VCI can be crucial in protecting items against corrosion both whilst in transit and also when being stored and awaiting use.
This in turn minimises returns, replacements, and the need to write off damaged stock. It can even improve the perception of your business, and lead to repeat business through reliable supply.
VCI Films, papers, bags, and secondary packaging
Bio VCI is an incredibly effective way of reducing packaging inventory and costs throughout applicable supply chains.
Instead of having to source specialist VCI films, papers or bags, Bio VCI packaging offers an all in one solution. Besides the cost savings this provides, eradicating the need for secondary packaging also streamlines the packing process, saving time and improving productivity.
Another commonly used alternative to VCI papers and bags is the use of grease and similar protective coatings directly onto the metals’ surfaces.
As with eliminating the requirement for secondary packaging, another key benefit of Bio VCI technology is that it enables end users to use products directly out of the packaging without having to clean off these surface coatings. This can vastly reduce packing and unpacking times and enhance productivity and efficiency.
And finally, unlike many other VCI packaging papers, Bio VCI can be handled without PPE and, correctly stored, the shelf-life can be more than 18 months.
Trade supply to sheet plants
For sheet plants looking to offer Bio VCI packaging, GWP Coatings can offer either coated sheets or finished packaging through our sister division GWP Packaging.
As official members of the Sheet Plant Association (SPA) you can be assured that all coated board or finished packaging supplied is done so on a totally confidential trade service.
Based at a modern manufacturing facility in Cricklade, all board is coated in-house. You can specify either high or low volume runs starting at just 200 sq. m (500 sq. m for Bio VCI packaging sheets), allowing you to offer your customers competitive options and prices no matter the size of their order.
Lead times are typically as low as 48 hours, allowing your sheet plant to be reactive to urgent requirements without holding stock.
Bio VCI (and the majority of other coated board GWP can supply) can also be easily converted and glued using standard equipment / methods.
In summary, by offering your customers VCI cardboard packaging, you can help them to minimise the cost and size of their packaging inventory, improve their packing times and improve their relationship with their own clients.
Key benefits of VCI cardboard packaging
- Reduce costs associated with corrosion damage, reducing returns and “written off” stock
- Eliminates secondary packaging such as VCI papers, minimising packing times
- Removes the need for greasing items prior to packaging, considerably streamlining operations
- Reducing inventory of specialist packaging items (VCI films etc.) also minimises purchases / costs
- No PPE required to handle Bio VCI coated board, improving efficiency and safety
- Fully recyclable, eliminating the need for complex disposal methods incurring significant costs
- Allows you to offer a wider product range, with potential for upselling and increased sales
- Runs from 500 sq. metres, allowing you to fulfil low volume orders competitively
- Short lead times (within 48 hours) eradicates need for and costs of storing material on site
- Easily glued and converted on standard machinery / equipment
Commonly asked question about VCI Packaging
All statements, technical information and recommendations contained herein are based on tests GWP Coatings believes to be reliable, but the accuracy or completeness thereof is not guaranteed.
GWP Coatings warrants Bio VCI products will be free from defects when shipped to customers. GWP Coatings’ obligation under this warranty shall be limited to replacement of product that proves to be defective. To obtain replacement product under this warranty, the customer must notify GWP Coatings of the claimed defect within six months after shipment of product to customer. All freight charges for replacement product shall be paid by customer.
GWP Coatings shall have no liability for any injury, loss or damage arising out of the use of or the inability to use the products.
Before using, user shall determine the suitability of the product for its intended use, and user assumes all risk and liability whatsoever in connection therewith.
No representation or recommendation not contained herein shall have any force or effect unless in a written document signed by an officer of GWP Coatings.
The foregoing warranty is exclusive and in lieu of all, other warranties, express, implied or statutory, including without limitation. Any implied warranty of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. In no case shall GWP Coatings be liable for incidental or consequential damages.
Commonly asked question about VCI Packaging
Require further info on how VCI packaging works? Need conversion info? Or just have general questions?
If the below frequently asked questions do not help, then please contact a member of the team here at GWP.
What is VCI?
The term “VCI” stands for Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor. Also known as vapor phase corrosion inhibitors (VpCI), products with these properties protect metal surfaces from rust and corrosion.
How does VCI cardboard work?
Bio VCI technology works through VCI molecules vaporising out of the coating on the board and saturating the area within any packaging that has been assembled. The VCI molecules are drawn out of the coating due to polarisation and attach themselves to the metal surface of any goods inside the packaging. The coating then prevents any reaction with oxygen that would cause rust to appear on metal surfaces.
I’m a sheet plant operator – can I offer this to my customers?
GWP Coatings’ sole focus is supplying UK sheet plants with corrugated cardboard that has been treated with a range of different surface coatings – including VCI cardboard packaging sheets. Runs are available from 500 sq. metres, meaning you can order the specific amount for individual jobs, as well as being able to cost effectively fulfil lower order volumes (boosting your overall sales).
Is BIO VCI safe to use?
Bio VCI is a completely safe coating, meaning that sheets of board that have been coated can be handled with no risk to you or your operatives. This removes the need for PPE, saving you the costs of purchasing specialist protective equipment and also streamlines operations in your plant.
Is VCI Packaging environmentally friendly?
The VCI chemicals used for this coating do not contain any nitrates, heavy metals, silicon or any other potentially dangerous substances. The benefit of this is that board coated in Bio VCI is therefore biodegradable, recyclable and does not pose any threat to the environment. This means that your plant (or your customers) will not have to take any special measures to dispose of unused Bio VCI coated board, minimising disposal costs and additional storage prior to disposal.
How long will the VCI properties last?
Board that has been coated in Bio VCI should be converted within two-three months of manufacture to ensure maximum benefits of the anti-corrosive elements. However, it can be stored for longer periods provided it is fully wrapped in stretch or shrink wrap.
Wide selection of specialist finishes for corrugated cardboard
Need your cardboard packaging to be water resistant? Or a specific Pantone shade? Or even protect items from static? All of this, and more, can be found in GWPs’ range of specialist coatings.