Recyclable shipping containers don't collapse or burst
A fibers manufacturer switches to reinforced shipping containers after bulk boxes result in product waste, unloading problems, and spill cleanup.
Du Pont's Spruance plant, Richmond, Va., manufactures Nomexa® aramid fibers and tow [raw fibers], two different forms of the same polymer. The fibers manufacturer receives petroleum-based raw materials to make the fibers. Aramid fiber production uses a proprietary manufacturing process that creates a randomly oriented, wet fiber form. Tow is spun and then drawn out into an oriented, single- strand fiber form. During packaging, the aramid fibers are dumped into shipping containers, while the single strands of tow fibers are placed into the containers in a geometric pattern for efficient packing and removal. The fibers are used in paper manufacturing at other Du Pont facilities.