Nine new companies join Reusable Packaging Association
April 05, 2011 - MMH Editorial
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.