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[post_date] => 2018-06-25 10:16:04
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[post_content] => Greif has announced plans to open its seventh steel drum plant in Russia. Located 80 km south-west of Moscow in "the fast-developing" region of Kaluga, the plant, the company says, will be "the largest of its kind in the country" and is expected to create 50 new jobs. Covering an area of 6,000 m² within the Vorsino Industrial Park, it will boast inter alia
an automatic steel drum line with a capacity of 2m units per annum and benefit from an "advantageous geographic location within the Moscow transportation hub and proximity to several of Greif's key customers".
Moreover, in response to continued market growth, a further investment in the Vorsino site is planned for early 2019 with the installation of Greif's second intermediate bulk container (IBC) line in Russia after that established in Kazan. "The opening of a brand new hi-tech facility in the central region further strengthens Greif's leading position in the Russian industrial packaging market, which we have operated in for the last 25 years," says Konstantine Savinov, general manager of Greif Russia. "It will allow us to better serve our existing customer base by offering greater flexibility, reduced lead times and lower transportation costs, whilst also allowing us to secure new contracts in this rapidly growing market."
NEW IBC PLANT
The news comes hot on the heels of Greif’s unveiling of a new IBC production site in Ede in the Netherlands this past May. Developed in close cooperation with Greif's longstanding industrial packaging partner Tholu, the multi-million-euro facility, the company reports, "has been designed to offer customers the very latest IBC technologies available to the market, with a specific focus on the food industry".
Situated adjacent to Tholu's IBC reconditioning site, "the modern, fully enclosed facility" includes a warehouse and production plant with two IBC lines and covers a total area of 90,000 m². Equipped with clean room blow moulding capabilities, the plant complies with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and ISO 22000-4. This investment, Greif notes, follows the opening of its state-of-the-art IBC facility in Mendig, Germany and will itself be followed by the opening of other new facilities across Europe, the Middle East Africa (EMEA) "over the next few years".
"We are extremely excited about this new venture, which marks another step in our roadmap to become the world's best performing customer service company in industrial packaging," says Luca Bettoni, Greif EMEA IBC and plastic product manager. "Located in the heart of the Netherlands with excellent transport links means we are ideally placed to serve customers in the Benelux region and allows us to offer them our full portfolio of GCUBE™ IBC solutions."
Greif, which currently has nine IBC facilities across the EMEA region out of its 13 global site, entered the IBC market with the acquisition of Fustiplast in 2010 and in the last eight years has become what it says is “the fastest growing and highest investing company [in] IBC production". Furthermore, it continues, the company's GCUBE IBC "heralds the new generation of IBCs – efficient, safe and rugged, ideal for shipping bulk quantities of hazardous and non-hazardous products".
Indeed, Greif has further enhanced its IBC portfolio with the launch of its GCUBE® Shield barrier protection technology. "Developed to be applicable to all of Greif's three-layer machines already producing standard GCUBE IBCs, the innermost layer remains 100 per cent high density polyethylene (HDPE), which complies with current legislation for food and chemical compatibility," the company says. Meanwhile, "the newly introduced intermediate layer contains the GCUBE Shield blend that reduces the permeation of gases both in and out of the polyethylene and the external layer allows customisation, including colours and antistatic [capabilities]".
"GCUBE Shield took two and half years to develop and offers revolutionary barrier protection compared to fluorinated and six-layer IBCs, with improved product stability, shelf life and operational performance," Greif asserts, noting that the GCUBE Shield technology is fully recyclable "as the barrier blend can be reused for further applications". At the same time, GCUBE Shield offers users a range of other important benefits. For example, food products "are now better protected against oxygen permeation into the container, which means the shelf life of contents are extended", while solvent-based products or agrochemicals are now “better protected against gases lost, retaining their original characteristics to ensure product performance and effectiveness".
Suitable for numerous applications, such as those within the flavours and fragrances, paint, agrochemical, speciality chemicals and food and beverages sectors, GCUBE Shield units are currently being produced at Greif sites in Italy and Germany and will be rolled out to the Netherlands, Russia, China and the US in the near future.
"We are continuously investing in our GCUBE IBC solutions and the Shield barrier technology is an extremely significant development," Bettoni says. "We are the first company to introduce the blend of polymers to proactively reduce permeation from IBCs. Ultimately, our investment means that customers benefit from a longer product shelf life; a reduction in dangerous emissions into the air coming from their product; and increased protection of their product against oxygen permeation from outside the container."
IF THE CAP FITS
Similarly, Greif-owned closures producer Tri-Sure® has unveiled the MPV3 plastic cap for smaller packagings, including UN-approved units. "For many years, agrochemicals have faced the problem of venting in/out and equalising air pressure," Greif says. "External impurities plugging up the small opening on the traditional cap design often lead to poor venting function thus increasing the danger of human contact."
However, this new patent pending system uses the minute gaps between the thread of the cap and the bottle neck of the container, in combination with a PTFE membrane embedded in the sealing disc, to perform the venting function. This "novel idea", Greif continues, "enables the cap to function without the opening on the top and avoiding any possibility of contamination during storage". Moreover, this "latest evolution for the agrochemical industry is the combination of induction heat seal (IHS) and MPV3" and "protects the product from intentional tampering while allowing air pressure to equalise and reduce transport risks".
Describing itself as being "strategically positioned with more than 200 operating locations situated across over 40 countries", Greif recently announced second-quarter net income of $45.1m from net sales worth $968.3m. This compares to respective prior-year figures of $36m and $887.4m. "Greif delivered solid second-quarter results," says president and CEO Pete Watson. "Sales, operating profit before special items and earnings each increased versus the prior-year quarter, with particularly strong performance seen in our Paper Packaging and Flexible Products segments. Our Rigid Packaging segment was impacted by customer operational interruptions, weather issues and rising raw material costs. We continue to pass raw material costs along via price adjustment mechanisms and expect an improved second-half performance from this segment."
[post_title] => Greif: Opening up
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