Bag-in-Box Packaging for Motor Oil and Lubricants Conquers European Markets

While Bag-in-Box format is widely available for motor oil and lubricants in North America, it did not hit the shelves in Europe until last year thanks to Fuchs Silkolene and DS Smith. Discover the reasons behind the success of Bag-in-Box for automotive industry.

Why has Bag-in-Box been chosen by major oil brands such as Fuchs, Castrol and JCB, and well accepted by motor sports enthusiasts?

Rapak, a leading manufacturer and supplier of Bag-in-Box packaging believes that the success lies in the combination of value, convenience and sustainable properties.

Cost & Value

Oil-change service locations strive to offer a wider range of specialty oils and lubricants, but may lack space to store a good selection packaged in bulk tanks or plastic PET bottles. Extremely light, stackable and space-optimized, Bag-in-Box packaging provides extra shelf space and efficiencies in logistics and transportation costs.

Bag-in-Box packaging utilises up to 6 times less pallets and trucks on the road every year compared to oils & lubricants in PET. Furthermore, Bag-in-Box packaging is energy-efficient. One bag only requires 0.01 kWh to be produced or less energy than what is used to toast 1 slice of bread.


An oil change service is completed quicker using Bag-in-Box packaging that with oil packaged in PET plastic bottles, as less time is spent de-canting product from outers (opening, collapse and disposal). Dispensing oil with a Bag-in-Box tap dispenser allows the user to fill the measuring jug easily and more hygienically, further reducing the overall time to change oil. The convenience of shorter service time and labor efficiencies are some of the benefits that are passed to customers and service professionals.

Bag-in-Box offers a reliable and controlled anti-glug pour, making the packaging format perfect for top-ups if required. It also features a collapsible inner bag that ensures maximum evacuation of the product and no air ingress, resulting in minimum oil waste and spills.

As a leading expert in Bag-in-Box technology DS Smith Plastics, Rapak takes all motor oil producers requirements into consideration when designing and manufacturing taps and bags and outer carton boxes. Requirements include viscosity ranges, air return, flow rate, leakage risk, tamper resistance and dosing control.


Bag-in-Box packaging is significantly better for the environment than other packaging formats and provides customers with a reduction in costs associated with disposal of empty packaging. The numbers speak for themselves: 380 kg of CO2 are saved for every 10 L of oil contained in 10L BIB instead of 10L plastic container.

When it comes to packaging waste, cardboard box is 100% recyclable, whilst the light weight inner bag can be disposed of in accordance with legislation. Whereas plastic bottles are sent to landfill at an ever increasing cost, Bag-in-Box bags are up to 85% lighter, which results in minimal space, number of skips and disposal costs.

These reasons make Bag-in-Box the packaging format of choice oil and lubricants. For its launch, Fuchs Silkolene, a multinational supplier with more than 70 years´ experience, has selected Rapak as a partner. Bag-in-Box packaging combines skills from three DS Smith businesses: the bag is from flexible packaging experts Rapak, the tap from injection moulding specialist Worldwide Dispensers, and the cardboard box from DS Smith Packaging.

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