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Contrak Container owner John Judd and sales manager Adrian Walsh say the
company's new bins stack-up well on logistics.
More than 75 per cent of exhibition space for AUSPACK PLUS 2013 has been sold.
thinks outside box
THE packaging industry is not
exactly known for being eco-friendly
but SA Crate chief executive officer
Paul Bowles is determined to change
He is on a quest to replace
polystyrene with Post Me -- an airbag
product made with biodegradable
cardboard and non-toxic vegetable
"We introduced it 18 months ago
and it's now been sold into more
than 200 wineries, including Jacobs
Creek, Treasury Wines and Lion
Nathan Group," he said.
Mr Bowles knows a thing or two
about new technologies, having
worked in the silicon chip industry
overseas before returning home to
be closer to family.
He has been with SA Crate for four
years, and sees Post Me as a game-
changer for the packaging business.
"It principally replaces polystyrene
-- the world's most toxic product --
with lighter, more effective
packaging," he said.
"Just because polystyrene isn't
manufactured in Australia, we don't
seem to care how toxic it is -- I mean
you have people dying in factories in
Chile making the stuff, and it isn't
Mr Bowles hopes the product will
not just be taken up by winemakers
but by growers, retail, and Australia
"It's much cheaper and lighter than
bubble wrap, so there's a wide range
of areas this could be useful for," he
Details: 08 8349 4556 or sacrate.com.au
New bins go easy on fruits
IN response to surging demand for a
different-shaped product, Mount
Barker-based Contrak Container has
come up with a new bin.
Owner John Judd said the bin
featured 562-millimetre walls, instead
of the full-size 780mm walls, to
reduce fruit and vegetable crushing.
"We had many requests from the
farming community, especially soft-
fruit growers," he said.
"It comes in vented format or non-
vented, and both the half-size and
full-size products fold down to
290mm high, which is ideal for
logistics and transportation."
"Both bins hold approximately 350
kilos, and stack eight-high. When
folded, they will stack nine-high for
"If companies require company logo
or colours, we can to include this."
Mr Judd started the company in
2003 after 20 years with CHEP.
Together with sales manager Adrian
Walsh, he has overseen rapid
expansion of the business that
manufactures a range of plastic
crates for the produce, warehousing,
automotive and general
Details: 08 8278 8882 or contrak.com.au
CHEP unleashes functional prototypes
CHEP is developing interesting new
prototypes for the fresh produce
Business development manager
Alan Brunato, who has been with
the company since 2009, singled-
out one that the company is keen to
"We have the FB 4, a foldable
produce bin that's more robust than
existing options," he said.
CHEP says it is manufactured from
food-grade plastic, does not absorb
moisture, features vents to protect
produce, and when empty, folds
down to fill a third of the space a
fixed bin would.
The company is keen to get
feedback on two other prototypes --
a new-generation foldable produce
crate, and a banana crate.
The foldable crate for fruits and
vegetables is more compact than
the version it already has, increasing
the number of empty crates that can
fit on a pallet by 24 per cent.
It features a new latching
mechanism, easier fold-down, better
load stability and protection.
The banana crate, being trialled
with Australian growers, is an
innovation from CHEP's European
stable-mate IFCO and has been in
use for several years in the Northern
It is designed to protect the fruit
as it travels through the supply
Details: 08 8403 7600 or
Chep Australia business development manager Alan Bruantoi is
keen to get feedback on their innovations.
THE PLASTIC BIN SPECIALISTS
JCO BB 5602
JCO BB 450
Harvesting Bins ideal for
Cherries and Stonefruit
Inquiries and Sales
Phone 1300 406 368
Mobile: 0411 210 021 Fax: (03) 9848 3436
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PO Box 6003 Doncaster, Victoria 3108
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