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Nine new companies join Reusable Packaging Association

Expands the depth of membership as well as increasing the association’s international presence.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
April 05, 2011

Nine new members have joined the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) in 2011, expanding the depth of membership as well as increasing the association’s international presence.

The Reusable Packaging Association is a collaborative effort between manufacturers, poolers, distributors, retailers and educators to promote the environmental, safety, and economic benefits of reusable packaging. The RPA serves as the collective voice of the industry and uses its knowledge of the members’ products and services to advance the adoption of reusable packaging and systems throughout the supply chain.

The nine new members are Monoflo International, Millwood, Inc., Anwood Logistics Systems Company Ltd (ALSCO), Coroplast, Inc., Amatech/Polycel, Inc., Fitz­mark, Inc., Lomold USA, Poly­mer Solu­tions Inc., and Wave Reac­tion. ALSCO is the RPA’s fourth member from outside the United States. Many of the new mem­bers will be exhibit­ing in the RPA Reusable Packaging Pavil­ion at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Sep­tem­ber 26 to 28.

“The addition of these five respected companies is a great start for membership for 2011,” said Jerry Welcome, President, RPA. “The growth in our membership demonstrates the impact and importance of the association in the understanding and adoption of reusables.”

Millwood Incorporated and its subsidiaries supply consumable packaging such as wooden packaging, plastic bags, stretch-film, shrink film, fiber-board separator sheets, slip sheet, corner boards and lumber.  Millwood offers retrieval/recycling programs in these product lines to both, independent-small business facilities and Fortune 500 companies.  Millwood’s Liberty Technologies division can provide turn-key integrated turn-key packaging systems which include a variety of options such as: stretch-wrap, shrink-wrap, palletization, strapping/banding, various conveyances and bundling.  Systems can be designed specific to customers’ needs through in-house engineering staff.  Additionally, Millwood can provide full dock clearing programs for manufacturers and distribution facilities which include removal of scrap pallets, corrugate, plastics, office paper and other recyclables.

Monoflo leverages leading technology to provide plastic reusable systems that offer unique solutions to the many industries they serve. They understand that today’s marketplace is facing increased pressure to reduce costs, limit risk exposure, and improve supply chain performance. The company supplies handheld containers including ones it pioneered as well as plastic pallet and bulk containers that are the market’s performance leaders.

Coroplast is a manufacturer of profile extruded polypropylene sheet. While the majority of its products are sold through distribution to various industries, including graphic sheet, construction, and single use packaging, they are targeting growth in the reusable packaging sector. Its products are used as dunnage in applications such as automotive part reshippers but the company is also targeting several other industries, such as agriculture, for further penetration in this segment.  An example of this would be a collapsible lightweight carton used in the harvesting and processing of crops.

ALSCO, based in China, is the association’s fourth international member. It is a leading logistics services and packaging manufacturer and solutions provider in the Asia-Pacific region.  ALSCO has been providing quality products and returnable packaging solutions for the automotive, retail and transport industries across the world since 1998.  Among the company’s clientele are top OEM car manufacturers such as GM, Toyota, VW, Ford, Honda and Mazda.  ALSCO is starting global operations to offer the company’s customers a complete supply chain solution for returnable packaging.  ALSCO’s products range from returnable packaging to intelligence logistics systems to match different demand of the company’s clientele.

Amatech/Polycel man­u­fac­tures custom-designed, reusable, col­lapsi­ble cor­ru­gated plas­tic boxes, dun­nage, and related ship­ping and stor­age prod­ucts. Appli­ca­tion engi­neers assist OEMs, dis­trib­u­tors, sales reps and con­sul­tant to cre­ate eco­nom­i­cal and user-friendly designs. Amatech/Polycel assists cus­tomers in every step of the process from con­cept, design and pro­to­typ­ing, to final man­u­fac­tur­ing. In busi­ness for over 20 years, the company has loca­tions in Erie, PA and Columbus OH.

Wave Reac­tion pro­vides return­able con­tainer man­age­ment soft­ware and RFID track­ing hard­ware used solely for reusable pack­ag­ing solu­tions.

Poly­mer Solu­tions Inter­na­tional Inc is a global man­u­fac­turer of a wide vari­ety of reusable plas­tic mate­r­ial han­dling prod­ucts includ­ing pal­lets and ship­ping con­tain­ers for the bev­er­age, food, indus­trial and med­ical indus­tries.

LOMOLD USA LLC mar­kets the LOMOLD™ pal­let and pal­let sys­tem. The LOMOLD™ pal­let sys­tem is an inno­v­a­tive, com­plex, 3-dimensional long-glass fiber com­pos­ite pal­let and related prod­ucts.

Fitz­mark Inc man­ages and admin­is­ters freight needs for a num­ber of indus­tries. One of its special­ties is work­ing with com­pa­nies that own a fleet of return­able assets. Another area of focus is on con­sol­i­da­tion of LTL freight into large par­tials to cre­ate freight cost sav­ings for cus­tomers and allow them to move their con­tainer assets or smaller freight quan­ti­ties at lower prices than tra­di­tional LTL modes. Fitz­mark is also the sole sales agent for the Smart­Vault and PharmaVault. These are return­able, reusable ship­ping solu­tions unique to their vertical indus­tries that are designed specif­i­cally to ship high-value goods that are sub­ject to tam­per­ing, theft and dam­age.


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