Humble Beginnings Of The Fibc
FIBC is an acronym for Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (Also commonly known as a Bulk(er) Bag). Although there is disagreement on exactly where FIBCs were first used it is certain that they have been employed for a variety of packaging purposes since the 1940’s. These forerunners of the FIBC as we know it today were manufactured from PVC rubber and generally utilised within the rubber industry for the transportation of Carbon Black to be used as a reinforcing agent in a variety of rubber products.
By the 1960’s, with the development of polypropylene, combined with advances in weaving, the FIBC as we know it today came into being and was rapidly adopted by a wide variety of oil and chemical companies to store and transport powdered and granular products.
It was during the oil crisis of the 1970s that the FIBC really came into its own for transporting huge quantities of cement to the Middle East from across Europe, for the rapid expansion of the oil producing countries. At its peak, upwards of 50,000 tonnes of cement was being shipped out on a weekly basis to feed the vast building programme.
Today, it is claimed that the modern FIBC transports a growing figure of over one quarter of a billion tonnes of product each year and is used to handle, store and move products as varied as cereals to powdered chemicals and flour to animal feeds.
With a capacity of up to 3 cubic metres and load capability ranging from half a tonne to two tonnes, FIBCs are highly cost effective, easily recyclable and ideal for virtually any free-flowing granule, powder, pellet or flake.
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