Polypropylene’s Strength and Durability Makes it the Right Packaging Material for Transporting Fragile and Sensitive Automotive Components in Manufacturing Operation Settings

Automotive manufacturers are relying on reusable plastic packaging such as AkyPak® polypropylene trays for their manufacturing supply chain logistics to reduce product waste of glass and other fragile automotive components.

A leading automotive manufacturer approached DS Smith Plastics, Extruded Products to design a returnable tray to optimise protection and reduce the waste produced in the transportation of sensitive automotive glass components in their supply chain. Glass components such as windows for cars require optimum protection against scratches and breakages. Polypropylene packaging is both scratch and breakage resistant.

The manufacturer’s key packaging requirements included being able to place glass components flat or lying down to prevent deformation of glass windows; and tray’s stack-ability for space optimisation. Products stored or transported in a vertical position often bend and deform hence, by designing a reusable tray to keep glass components lying flat would reduce waste of damaged products, CO2 emissions and logistics and transportation costs.

To meet customer requirements DS Smith Plastics, Extruded Products’ proposal included the AkyPak returnable trays.

Made of Akylux® extruded polypropylene sheets the advantages of our reusable packaging solutions include durability, lightweight, and recyclability at the end of its useful life.

The proposed reusable trays come with an expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam dunnage made to fit each glass component in place on trays. This EPP dunnage option ―manufactured by DS Smith Plastics, Foam Products― offers extra protection by holding parts in place during transportation. EPP foam has shock-absorbing properties that prevent sensitive and fragile products from scratching and breaking while in storage and during sudden shifts during transportation.

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