Glossary - DELTA Packaging

Material reduction

In times of increasing raw material prices and shrinking natural resources, the topic of material reduction gains more and more significance in the production industry.

The benefits of material reductions are obvious: With the amount of the reduced materials, the costs decrease in more than one sense. On the one hand, material costs are reducing, likewise, do the expenses for storage and transport. On the other hand, disposal expenditure is cut. A welcome side effect is the conservation of the environment by saving energy for manufacture and transport.

The material reduction can be achieved through various different measures. For example, the strength of the material used can be reduced. This does, however, raise the risk the packaging component produced this way is less durable. To avoid a loss in quality, this can be addressed with a qualitative improvement of the starting material, or materials with superior properties are used instead. In case of the latter, the cost benefits can be more than balanced out by the material reduction.

Essential changes can also contribute to a saving of materials. An example of this is corrugated board, which features high stability due to the use of the wave shape, whereby the hollow spaces in the interior allow a material reduction compared to a solid board.

In the packaging industry, waste reduction and the efficient use of transport and storage capacities are paramount. This is why packaging is supposed to be light, use minimum space, and be easily disposable or reusable. Material reduction thus contributes to the facilitation of more sustainable management. It saves resources and ensures more sustainable management. In the end client satisfaction is guaranteed if they face little packaging. Therefore, the material reduction is last but not least a valid sales argument and contributes to customer retention.