Choosing FIBC

What is an FIBC ?

An FIBC is a flexible container, sometimes called a “big bag” or “bulk bag”, with a capacity up to 3 cubic metres, carrying loads from half a tonne to 2 tonnes. FIBCs are suitable for any free-flowing material in powder, granular or flake form. They are lifted from above by conventional handling equipment such as forklift trucks and cranes. They are the most cost-effective packaging and transport unit load system of all, as they require no secondary packaging or pallets.

Why use FIBC ?

  • Established: Over a quarter of a billion tons of product is transported in Europe every year in FIBCs and the market is still fast-growing
  • Versatile: Used for chemicals, minerals, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, fertilisers, plastics, cement and many more

Advantages of FIBC include

  • An FIBC can carry up to 1000 times its own weight
  • No pallets needed as each FIBC has integral lifting loops
  • Reusable FIBCs fold float to take up minimal space when returned
  • Colour printing turns the FIBC into a mobile advertising board promoting company and brand or displaying vital product and handling
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  • Massive savings in meeting EU Packaging Waste Regulations-no pallets or secondary packaging and lowest packaging weight per tonne shipped
  • Designed for easy recycling when working life is over
  • Customised to suit material, plant and distribution system

News

CE marking of FIBC not permissible according to European legislation – Read the EFIBCA notice Information on the CE Marking of FIBC and more about Directive 2006/42/EC classifications.

EFIBCA article Testing the UV Resistance of FIBCs published in Bulk Distributor Magazine.
Also, read Bulk Distributor article Making the right choice and other articles under Press Releases.

EFIBCA Members uphold high standards – By committing to the EFIBCA Code of Conduct, companies pledge to adhere to recognized ethical and moral principles of business practice… Find out more

EFIBCA Newsletter No. 11

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