Transport packaging

Studies show that up to 4% of all transported goods are damaged (source: KULeuven). The cause is often the transport packaging. These damages represent major economic losses throughout the different branches of industry. Transport damage generates not only waste, but also damage to image. 

A well thought-out transport packaging system can reduce these losses and thus increase profitability.

ESTL carries out packaging testing in a scientific and pragmatic way to achieve the right balance. We help our customers guarantee stability by optimising their packaging process (e.g. wrapping film testing, packaging machine settings, making stacking diagrams, primary and secondary packaging concepts...).

Transport damage: a question of balance

Economic losses due to 'packaging' are mainly due to:

  • Under-packaging: the packaging is insufficient to survive the stresses of transport, resulting in damage. The loss incurred includes: the value of the product, transport costs, 'rework' or handling costs, damage to image... 
  • Over-packaging': the packaging is stronger than necessary. There is a small economic loss per unit of packaging sent because each unit could in principle be produced more cheaply.

Transport packaging is the cornerstone of good cargo securing and is therefore an important safety aspect. 

economic loss due to transport damage

Transport packaging: case study

Before the optimisation, the customer had a high number of damages during transport. By optimising the transport packaging, we were able to significantly increase the stability. As a result, the customer has fewer transport problems. The following parameters were adjusted:

  • position of the intermediate sheets
  • winding pattern
  • stacking pattern


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