Hybrid Packaging Solutions
Combining materials to provide optimum protection
Typically manufactured from durable corrugated cardboard and a range of low density foams (including Plastazote, Stratocell and Ethafoam), composite packs provide tailored levels of protection for delicate or expensive items during transit.
With custom sizes, recesses to perfectly follow the contours of your product, and additional options including external print and even specialist surface coatings, composite packaging from GWP will not only prevent costly damage but can also increase packing efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction. Read More
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More information on composite packaging
Often created from a range of materials including timber, plastics, polystyrene and plywood, composite packs are arguably most successful when using a combination of durable corrugated cardboard and engineered foam inserts.
GWP can provide your business with custom sized, fully tailored composite packs using these materials – as well as Correx® plastic instead of traditional corrugated cardboard outers – that provide the optimum level of protection for your specific parts or products.
This minimising of transit damage – and in most cases completely eliminating it – not only reduces your business’ costs, but can have a number of other benefits too.
It reduces the need for sending costly replacements and the burden of processing customer returns. It also leads to improved customer satisfaction – through reliable supply – and aids the potential for repeat business.
It also minimises the cost of damaged and / or written off stock to your business.
Engineering your business’ composite packs
GWP will be able to select a suitable form of outer transit packaging, along with foam material based on complex calculations, to ensure that any items you are shipping will have a truly bespoke level of protection.
But there are more options for your composite packs.
Besides the material choices, if you are using corrugated packaging for your outer then it is possible to enhance this further with a number of coatings. This can include resistance to moisture, anti-static properties, anti scuff surfaces and even the ability to inhibit corrosion (VCI).
This is in addition exterior printing for branding, logos, instructions, part numbers and so on.
GWP can also engineer the foam element to improve the efficiency of your packing operation, reducing labour costs into the bargain. And, composite packs can either be supplied in component form (for erection at your site) or fully assembled to further improve your productivity.
Key Benefits of composite foam packaging at a glance
- Tailored specifically to your product / application
- Exceptional levels of transit protection (optimised for your requirements)
- Cost reduction through minimised returns / replacements, plus improved customer satisfaction
- Can also aid packing efficiency / ease
- Various outer material grades and strengths
- Can be produced using Correx® plastic material
- Various printing options
- Cost and admin savings by sourcing all materials from a single supplier
Questions about hybrid packaging
Composite packs are a little utilised form of transit packaging, which means there tends be numerous questions about their use. The most common of these are covered below.
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What is a composite pack?
A composite pack is effectively a form of packaging that combines various differing materials. This is typically corrugated cardboard and foam material of some sort, but can also include Correx®, plastics, timber, and other commonly used packaging materials. The mix of materials allows for much higher levels of transit protection to be achieved.
Wouldn’t corrugated fittings be better?
Corrugated fittings are a great alternative to composite packs in many scenarios. They are cost effective, provide good levels of protection, and are environmentally sound too. However, for very delicate or very expensive items, composite packs will provide a more suitable level of performance.
Is foam environmentally friendly?
Whilst many foams are made of recycled and recyclable materials, they are more difficult to process than corrugated cardboard. However, foam packaging can be used over multiple trips, improving their sustainability, and as they can prevent serious damage to parts or components (which may then end up in landfill) they can be a sensible choice for many applications.
Will composite packs help prevent damage to my products in transit?
Composite packs can be engineered to provide specific levels of protection for your products. This includes using specialist software to precisely calculate the amount and type of foam required to protect from specific handling conditions. As such, they can often completely eradicate any issues you are having with product damage during shipping.
Can my composite packs be printed?
If you use corrugated cardboard (or Correx®) for your outer composite packaging, you can choose to have this printed using a number of different techniques. This allows for simple logos, instructions and even complex graphics and diagrams to be added to your packaging.
Custom Composite Packs
Options for enhancing your composite packaging
Although composite packs are a great way of protecting valuable or delicate items, they can be enhanced still further. Please see below for a list of the most commonly requested extras.