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ITB offers sustainable packaging solution
ITB offers sustainable packaging solution

By Mike Brennan | MiBiz

HOLLAND — A Holland manufacturing startup has taken the international packaging industry by storm creating an eco-friendly divider that’s generating as much buzz in the business as bubble wrap did a half century ago.

ITB Packaging LLC — the original name was The Box Packaging — makes lower cost, flexible package dividers made of paper, fabric and bubble wrap, but not cardboard. The end result is more products can be packed in boxes that weigh less.

Depending on the shipping container, paper dividers can add 10 to 20 percent more product per box and fabric dividers can add up to 40 percent more pieces. The weight of the dividers is also about 50 percent less than with cardboard.

More products and less shipping weight have resulted in big cost savings for Johnson Controls Inc., said North American Packaging Buyer Dave Colclough.

“The biggest draw is the shipping cost savings associated with their new product,” he said. “We average 20 to 25 percent. We use them for shipping interior auto parts into the OEM assembly plants. We probably have upwards of a dozen different ITB designs in use.”

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