Specialist glass packaging

According to research by Research and Markets, the global production of glass containers in 2015 was 50.63 million metric tons. That’s a lot of glass being stored and transported all over the world for everything from decor and home design to glass bottles for the food and drink industry. A variety of specialist glass packaging makes this possible.

The costs and consequences of unreliable packaging for food and drink products can cause significant financial pain. Damage or contamination of products due to glass breakage, in itself costly, can be magnified by damage to brand reputation. For high-value products such as wines and spirits, the losses can be out of proportion to the cost of good quality packaging materials.

How to secure glass during transit

Special care must be taken to ensure the structural integrity of the glass, especially when supply chains reach national and international lengths.  Safety within warehousing systems is also an area of concern. Without adequate protection, glass containers can easily become damaged.

Specialist glass packaging includes the way glass goods are packaged and the packaging used to secure them.


Essentially this is a polythene product with air sealed into it to provide a cushion. For transporting bottles, the air-filled blisters are usually arranged longitudinally, with additional support for the neck of the bottle where necessary.

Sometimes referred to as airpack, air packaging, or similar, this method of packaging is perfect for reducing breakages during transportation. So whether you’re shipping large volumes of soft drinks or higher value items like alcohol or oils, it’s one solution. The great thing about air packaging is the minimal space required. It takes up much less space than traditional competitors such as polystyrene, without scrimping on the protection offered.


By now, bubble wrapping may be seen as a traditional form of packaging, though it’s been a common packaging material for barely fifty years. It’s a pliable, transparent polythene material with regularly spaced protruding hemispheres of air.

The bubbles themselves are commonly available in a variety of different sizes, meaning that packaging can be sourced according to the product being transported but, as ever, there’s a differentiation in quality according to the price you’re willing to pay.

The advantage of bubble wrapping is its shock-absorbing properties. This is why it’s commonly used by companies transporting bottles, wine in particular.

Specialist technical films

One of the most effective glass packaging solutions is specialist technical films. Designed with technical quality and efficiency as a priority, this easy-to-apply polythene holds products fast, restricting movement and reducing damages, breakages, and contamination.

By producing thinner, lighter polythene with the strength and resilience of thicker films, manufacturers of these specialist technical films can ensure distributors run a more efficient supply chain, reduce their packaging costs and saving them space.

For over twenty years, Marpak Extrusions has been at the forefront of the supply and manufacture of polythene packaging materials. Our expertise has been built up working closely with the glass manufacturing sector, allowing us to tailor our world class polythene films to provide ever thinner and more manageable plastic packaging without sacrificing any of the protective properties that you’ve a right to expect.

To secure glass containers with specialist technical film, call Marpak Extrusions on 0113 277 5518 or contact us online.

Pallet Covers: protecting your products

Supply chain optimisation is complex but there is one simple way to see improvements. For almost any business involved in product manufacture, protecting your goods during transportation is a vital consideration.

When smaller items or goods are being shipped in bulk, one of the most effective ways of offering protection is through specially-designed pallet covers.

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Choose Marpak Green for sustainable polythene

For virtually every branch of the manufacturing industry today, packaging is one of the most vital resources. It goes almost unnoticed and is usually quickly disposed of, but it protects the quality of everything you produce, from factory to your customers’ hands. As a result, it’s something that requires serious consideration.

One of the products you’re most likely to use is polythene. It was the Imperial Chemical Industries who recognised polythene’s real potential in the 1930s and it was they who developed it into the packaging material that’s been an ever-present feature of our landscape ever since. However in the late 20th century we began to view polythene differently.

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Goods of any shape and size spend much of their life on a pallet between the factory and the store shelf. It’s essential the product in question is protected as much as possible from dangers such as moisture damage, abrasion, or theft.

The most effective and economical is plastic pallet wrap, with its ease of use and low cost, high quality pallet wraps are an effective way to maximise company profits.

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If the twentieth century taught us anything, it’s that we cannot expand our operations in any area indefinitely, without acknowledging the effect we’re having on our environment.

From the Dustbowl of the 1930s to the Fukushima event just a few year ago, again and again we have seen the potentially catastrophic effects of using non-sustainable or high-waste methods to grow our businesses.

It is possible to adopt practices that make us far less susceptible to environmental crises. Many of these practices will also save us money and improve the standing of our brand within our chosen marketplace. Put simply, green is the new black. But where to begin?

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Why specialist plastic wrap is best for your furniture

Moving house remains one of the most stressful undertakings we experience as functioning adults. According to its 2015 national property survey, Which? reported that 70% of 1,990 respondents found moving house stressful. One contributing factor is the physical relocation of your property from one residence to another. Specialist plastic wrap for furniture can help.

Whenever you’re preparing to move furniture and other delicate items, a lot of thought has to be put into protecting those items from damage. You might be undertaking a house move for yourself or you might be in the home removal business. You might manufacture furniture for delivery. Either way, the possibilities of damage to delicate workmanship and fine finishing are almost endless.

So what are the best kinds of plastic wrap for furniture, and what should you look for?

Shrink wrap: airtight and adaptable but mind its slipperiness

Polythene shrink wrap is a good solution for many items. It can protect wooden furniture from superficial damage. It can also help to keep parts in place and prevent doors from swinging open.

The greatest strength of shrink wrap is its airtight quality. It’s also adaptable, making it a useful all-purpose wrapper. Whether it’s a piano or a sofa, plastic shrink wrap fits tightly round an item to protect it from moisture or dust.

The drawbacks? If the shrink wrap is made from poor-quality plastic or is incorrectly fitted, trapped moisture can damage furniture. Shrink wrap can also be slippery to carry and needs removing carefully, otherwise further damage is a risk. Reuse of polythene shrink wrap is unlikely so it can also be wasteful, although greener options do exist to minimise environmental harm.

“If the shrink wrap is made from poor-quality plastic or is incorrectly fitted, trapped moisture can damage furniture.”

Overall, shrink wrap is a great solution for covering many items, particularly upholstered items that are at risk of dust or staining. It’s ideal for oddly-shaped items too, so if you’ve got a grand piano to cover, shrink wrap could be your friend.

Specialised furniture covers, ready for use

Specialist plastic wrap for furniture is another great solution to keeping items safe in transit. The mattress and furniture industry is already an extensive users of such covers, allowing products to be delivered in perfect condition, ready for use. They’re easy to use and quick to unwrap again on delivery.

The great advantage of these products is they’re ready to go. A specialist polythene cover can be slipped onto a mattress in moments, making them brilliant for use in storage and transportation. For prolonged storage, be sure to use covers with airtight seals.

“A specialist polythene cover can be slipped onto a mattress in moments, making them brilliant for use in storage and transportation.”

It’s not only beds and mattresses either. Furniture covers are available for single, double, and three-seater sofas together with numerous other shapes and sizes.

Reducing the risk of damage

Transport and storage are high-risk areas for furniture. With the best will in the world, a warehouse is always at risk of dust, water damage, and pests. Items in transit are continually at risk of a sudden knock or jolt. Even if furniture reaches its destination unscathed, it then needs carrying into the property.

Plastic wrapping furniture may seem like unnecessary additional expense, but transportation remains the biggest cause of damage to goods, of all types, prior to delivery. And with large, cumbersome items such as beds and sofas, the risks are greater due to excessive manhandling and the need for occasional storage.

Good quality furniture with a fine polished finish is particularly sensitive to bangs and bashes. Upholstered items are vulnerable in dusty environments. In each instance, damage can be reduced significantly when a good quality plastic wrap is used.

Marpak Extrusions has been building its experience in the blown film extrusion market for over thirty years. With our frequently pioneering, technical solutions, we’ve built up an impressive track-record of meeting our customers’ transport and storage needs. We supply plastic wrap for furniture and mattress covers in all the standard bed sizes and dimensions. We can also manufacture them bespoke to your specifications, providing the best available protection to products through haulage and storage, every inch of the way.

To find out more about our specialist plastic wrap for furniture, get in touch online or call us on 0113 277 5518

Why should you use sustainable pallet covers?

Sustainable pallet covers can improve your carbon footprint and reduce your overall costs.

Traditional polythene is the most widely produced type of plastic available. However, it is also widely known as a material that’s bad for the environment. Research for ‘The New Plastics Economy: rethinking the future of plastics’ estimates that only 5% of plastic packaging is recycled globally, compared to 40% that is deposited in landfills.

Eco-friendly polythene provides a solution to this problem, giving your business a sustainable, cost-effective alternative to traditional plastics.

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The process of transporting and storing furniture is a crucial element of any furniture producer and supplier’s business. The furniture you deliver to your customers should arrive in excellent condition, with no signs of a dusty warehouse, bad handling or instability during the drive to its final destination.

Although you may keep your storage units and lorries free from dirt and dust it’s easy for furniture to become damaged if not properly protected. Damaged or dirty goods result in a loss of profits, customer retention and trust, and it damages your brand image too.

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Optimising the storage in your warehouse is vital to running a smooth and efficient business. Having a lack of space for new stock can prevent your business from growing, and if your warehouse isn’t optimally laid out it can make workers less efficient and productive.

If you don’t have the resources to get extra space for storage, you need to be able to make the most of the space you’ve got, so try out a few space-saving tips to maximise the efficiency of your warehouse.

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