DHL develops eco-friendly packing material “Multipurpose Returnable Container”

19 12 2012

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23 hours ago | News | written by Vanessa Delgado, 2degrees

DHL’s Supply Chain division in Japan has developed “Multipurpose Returnable Containers (MRC)” that can reduce the environmental footprint during shipping of precision equipment by reusing the containers multiple times.

Main specifications and improvements

  • Improved shock absorption: through new technology, the containers improve fortitude by trapping air within the two layers of urethane film.
  • Less weight: the weight of the container itself has been reduced to 5kg, approximately 50% less than the weight of previous containers, by using hardboards made from recycled paper for the frame supporting the urethane film.
  • Better load capacity: MRCs have also achieved a maximum load capacity that is 2.5 times that of previous containers.
  • Improved durability: a container can be reused up to 100 times.
  • Space maximization: these containers can be folded to half their original size.
  • Versatility and customization: MRCs are versatile enough to be used for products in various sizes by adding some auxiliary components. This means that the more than 50 types of foam absorption materials that had been individually designed for each Fujitsu product are no longer necessary.

The successful development of these returnable containers means reductions of approximately 4 tons of CO2 emissions and 3.7 tons of packing materials annually in the delivery process for IA server repair services, ordered from Fujitsu.

The containers were developed to promote the 3R principle – to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – while minimizing shocks and vibrations during shipping, with a particular focus on durability, work efficiency, versatility, and load efficiency.

 

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