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14 BULKDISTRIBUTOR IBCs & Drums March/April 2016 Mauser receives UL fire certification Hoyer expands range M H auser Group has received certification for its SM13 EX UL IBC design from UL, a global independent safety science organisation based in Northbrook, Illinois, USA. With this certification, the SM13 EX UL will be permitted for storage of some classes of combustible liquids in accordance with NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code. Mauser claims that by using the 1,000 litre unit, customers will be able to store combustible liquids in storage areas into the more efficient IBC design as opposed to conventional 55 gallon (220 litre) steel drums when protected with fire sprinklers in accordance with the requirements and limitations referenced in NFPA 30. “By developing an IBC solution that performs to the UL global performance standards, we believe that MAUSER’s solution to accommodate flammable products storage will be attractive to customers worldwide,” commented Siegfried Weber, senior vice president, global sales and marketing for Mauser. “We think the SM13 EX UL incorporates a variety of innovations. Most notable is the fire-resistant blanket design that not only encloses the entire IBC, but also the entire valve,” he continued. “The unit incorporates reinforced steel legs to provide maximum stability in the event of a fire and is also designed with anti-static resin as well as a grounding system to dissipate any charge the unit or product may have to allow the usage of this unit in explosive zones 1 and 2.” “It was quite a challenge to design an IBC that performs to UL standards,” said Klaus Peter Schmidt, head of global product development at Mauser. “From identifying the ideal materials to engineering the structured pallet supports, it took tremendous team work to bring it all together.” The UL fire exposure test protocol was revised in 2014 and became effective in 2015, making the performance standards more challenging with enhanced relevancy to the end-use application. In order to pass the test, two units needed to retain their product with no leaks while surviving a 20 minute heptane fire, stacked one upon the other. The two units must remain stacked after the 20 minutes without more than a 5deg lean in any direction. “Supporting users of IBCs as well as authorities having jurisdiction that now have more flexibility to specify the use of an IBC that has demonstrated compliance with the latest UL safety requirements also supports UL’s mission to create safer working and living environments worldwide,” said Dan Steppan, senior staff engineer with UL. “We are pleased to see manufacturers developing products that meet these stringent requirements.” The SM13 EX UL IBC is currently undergoing customer trials and qualifications in North America and several European markets. www.mausergroup.com With the UL certification the SM13 EX will be permitted for storage of some classes of combustible liquids in accordance with NFPA 30 Greif sales down G reif reported a fall in net sales for its rigid packaging & services division in the first quarter of 2016. Net sales decreased to US$534.9 million for the first quarter compared with $649.7 million for Q1 2015. Excluding the impact of divestitures, net sales decreased $94.1 million compared against Q1 2015 due primarily to the negative impact of foreign currency. Operating loss was $2.6 million compared with an operating profit of $20.2 million in the previous year’s quarter. The decrease was primarily attributable to $36.8 million of non-cash asset impairment charges incurred during the first quarter related to the pending divestiture of a non-core business. Operating profit before special items and excluding the impact of divestitures was $35.5 million versus $23.3 million for the first quarter of 2015, due primarily to improvements in gross profit margin and reductions in SG&A costs related to transformation efforts across the division, partially offset by a foreign currency negative impact. Net sales in flexible packaging decreased $15.2 million to $72.9 million compared with $88.1 million Q1 2015. Excluding the impact of divestitures, net sales decreased $12 million, again mainly due to the negative impact of foreign currency and lower sales volumes partially offset by pricing improvements. Operating loss was $3.1 million versus an operating loss of $8.8 million in the last year’s Q1. www.greif.com WWW.BLUEPACK.DK over has expanded its fleet of IBCs by adding two new container types. The product range now also includes a steam-heatable IBC and a cube-shaped IBC that is particularly space-saving in storage and during transport. The steam-heatable 1,000 litre container gives customers in the chemical industry and food sector the ability to use steam, water or oil as the heating medium, thus ensuring heating that is quick but gentle on the material. It is also suitable for use in explosion hazard areas and is designed for temperatures up to 150 degC and a pressure of up to 6 bar. The cube-shaped Meter Cube has a volumetric capacity of 1,000 litres and represents a practical alternative to a plastic IBC, says Hoyer. Firstly, the container is highly space-saving due to the special dimensions, and, second, it is made of stainless steel, so its characteristic feature is high quality. As a result of its flat construction, it can also be stacked two-high for transport. This increases the quantity of units that are possible per transport, claims Hoyer. Uwe Bartels, Hoyer’s European sales manager IBC Logistics, said: “With the new container types in our product portfolio, we can present our customers with two innovations that are positively tailor-made for the market’s needs in both the food and the non-food area. Dangerous goods approval is also available.” The small container’s equipment can be customised to client’s needs. For examp le, IBCs can be supplied with special fittings, outlets, couplings and seals. Transport tracking is made possible by radio-frequency identification (RFID), and a global positioning system (GPS) can also be integrated on request. In addition, Hoyer offers services such as leasing, transport, maintenance, cleaning and fleet management. www.hoyer-group.com CurTec in Asia C urTec has signed a new distribution partnership with Univar Singapore which will be distributing CurTec’s packaging across the Far East. The Rijen, Netherlands, based company manufactures plastic packaging products for the pharma, specialty chemicals and food ingredients markets. “Joining forces with Univar not only means we can increase our market exposure but also raise the level of service to existing customers,” a company spokesperson said. CurTec has partnered up with Univar because of the latter’s detailed knowledge of the specialty chemicals market, as well as it success in the past couple of years. www.curtec.com Wood over plastic T he European Pallet Association (EPAL) attended the Gulf Packaging & Polymers Show (GPPS) in Abu Dhabi in February 2016. At the delegate conference that ran in parallel, Martin Leibrandt, CEO of EPAL, spoke about the advantages of the EPAL-licensed wooden flat pallet, the EPAL system with its worldwide open exchange pool, and the further development of the additional digital services on offer from EPAL. EPAL presented its full flat pallet portfolio at the GPPS: the conventional EPAL Euro pallet, the EPAL 2 and EPAL 3 pallets, and the newly developed EPAL half pallet. An “artistic” half pallet with motifs by Düsseldorf-based photographic artist Christian Gäbel was integrated into the stand along with an outdoor armchair made from EPAL Euro pallets. In 2014, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) packaging industry was estimated to be worth US$41 billion. According to market research institute Smithers Pira, MENA is expected to grow at an annual rate of almost 5 percent between 2014 and 2019 to US$52.4 billion, higher than the 4 percent p.a. predicted for the global packaging market. Sustainable materials such as wood are playing an increasingly important role in the development of the MENA packaging industry and were therefore a focal point of the GPPS conference. Schütz opens in Singapore S chütz is opening a local sales office and distribution centre in Singapore to boost the company’s presence in Southeast Asia. Since 2006, customers in Singapore have been supplied with the firm’s range of products directly by Schütz Malaysia. The new Singapore office, which opened in January, complements this existing channel. The distribution centre also supplies customers which require smaller quantities of IBCs or drums. Additionally, Schutz can deliver from there to customers with special logistical requirements, for example, just-in-time deliveries of smaller batches. The IBCs and drums are sent from the company’s factory in Nilai, 50km south of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, to the new warehouse. From here, the products are distributed promptly on to customers in Singapore. www.schuetz.net Schütz IBCs and drums are dispatched from the company’s factory in Nilai, Malaysia for distribution in Singapore