Swedish research and technology institute Innventia has found very low damage rates to paper sacks on the way from the filler to the retail store.
Kennert Johansson, senior project manager, said less than one bag per hundred is affected in this part of the supply chain.
“This is entirely realistic considering the evidence we have gathered.” The investigation looked at the do-it-yourself (DIY) and the builders’ merchant retail supply chains for paper and plastic form-fill-seal (FFS) cement sacks. The spoilage rates observed for FFS bags are comparable to those of paper sacks.
CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC said the finding refutes the recent claims that FFS bags are impaired less than paper sacks.
“The study confirms that due to their unique properties, paper sacks ensure ideal protection and durable storage for powdered goods,” said Stina Blombäck, senior adviser at CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC. “Nevertheless, we see the outcome as a challenge and are therefore working on a solution and guidelines for the industry in order to reduce damage and loss in the supply chain even further.”