In 2011 BillerudKorsnäs invested in PACCESS Packaging in order to establish a strong platform in the growing Asian market. PACCESS Packaging offers packaging services for leading multi-national companies with branded products, often manufactured in Asia and marketed globally. These brand owners all have one thing in common – they use the packaging to support their marketing and to optimise the flow of products along the supply chain.
Major cost savings and higher profile
One of PACCESS Packaging’s customers is a growing US company that markets sportswear, shoes and accessories globally. The mission was to minimise material consumption, increasing cost efficiency, systematising the company’s packaging development and producing a comprehensive packaging programme for consumer sports shoes. The end result was a cost saving of 30%. Stronger packaging paper and improved design cut material consumption by 12%, with the reduced volume of the packaging also leading to more efficient shipments. A system was also developed to purchase packaging from a single source in order to shorten development time and achieve a coherent graphic identity.
Reclaiming the shopping bag
Use a paper carrier bag and it can be recycled into something new. Use a plastic bag and it’s around forever. It’s small wonder then that plastic bags are being banned or phased out due to environmental concerns. While we understand that plastic will be around for some years to come, many countries are doing their bit to ensure that it is not used unnecessarily.
There are now bans or restrictions in 25 per cent of the world including China (where plastic bag use has dropped by 66 per cent since 2008), parts of India, France, Italy, South Africa, Tanzania and Vietnam. In these countries paper bags and durable reusable bags confirming environmental credentials, impressing consumers and protecting the environment are replacing plastic bags. Billerud Consumer Packaging Solutions help you make that transition.
Plastic bag use in China (billions)