SOUTH AFRICAN FREIGHT INDUSTRY

A truly green logistical solution set to disrupt the South African freight industry.

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Global warming and the significant results of climate change are topics of real concern to companies in the freight and logistics industries today because of the threat of stiff penalties for carbon emissions. That creates an urgent need for solutions that are light, reusable and biodegradable, and therefore able to create a greener footprint for those organisations.

Yet as solutions evolve to meet that need, the traditional requirements that they are rugged, strong and reliable continue.

One solution that is seeing increased popularity is honeycomb paperboard, which is an exceptionally light, yet rigid paperboard panel, produced by laminating layers of thick paper onto a paper honeycomb core, resulting in a sandwich-like structure with unsurpassed crush resistance and rigidity.

The material has a number of versatile uses but as a substitute for traditional wood or plastic pallets and packaging, it comes into its own.

“Honeycomb paperboard is best known for its use in hollow-core interior doors and has been commercially in use since the 1950s, in a wide variety of applications, including in constructing fuel tanks for Dakota aeroplanes,” says Jan Vreken, CEO of Kimmo, a Johannesburg-based honeycomb manufacturer.

“But the technology has come a long way and these days it’s appeal is broadening because of its ability to reduce the overall tonnage of any transported load, with the subsequent reduction in fuel need and tyre wear, all while providing the same support for and protection of the products being shipped as its plastic and wood competitors,” he says.

Among the benefits honeycomb pallets and packaging can offer logistics companies are that it is 100% recyclable, hard wearing and reusable, yet light weight, and easy to handle.

‘That’s good news for everyone,” says Vreken. “Honeycomb offers a solution that required no compromise. It’s the best of both worlds.

For more information, contact Linda Liquorish at Liquorish Inc on 011 705 1459 or linda@liquorishinc.com

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