Increasing profits and lowering costs;  switching from IBCs to Flexitanks makes it happen.

Sometimes we’re approached by freight payers to investigate whether the way they are bulk shipping their products is the most efficient way, both in terms of process and price. Here is an example of how one of our industrial bulk product clients, discovered how flexitank shipping could save them time and money. 

Transporting cargo that requires special care like aqueous polymers, can be managed in dry and refrigerated containers.  What we’ve found however, is that we can protect product quality whilst increasing the amount of liquid transported by moving it in flexitanks, when compared to the more traditional shipping method for this product, using IBCs

Commonly used in adhesives, aqueous polymers, need to be transported in warm conditions.  In a liquid state the product remains in perfect condition, but below its comfortable temperature, crystallisation occurs.  At this point, there is no returning the product to its original form or quality. 

Transportation of aqueous polymers is habitually made in IBCs.  During warm climates in dry containers, or in refrigerated containers with a warm temperature setting during winter months.  This however can be a costly method.  IBC drums can cost around €100 each and a dry 20ft container will hold approx. 18 IBCs each holding 1000 litres of liquid. 

Managing the movement of this product by bulk flexitank shipping has proved advantageous. In comparison to IBC transportation, a Flexitank carries 24,000 litres, so that’s 6,000 litres more product in a dry 20ft container (18 IBCs/18,000 litres). More product at less cost. Indeed, any product that has a specific gravity (SG) of 1, can expect to see the exact same results. 




Through summer months, the product would remain stable if moved in a flexitank in a dry container, since the volume of liquid versus the small changes in temperature would have no negative impact on its quality.  Through the winter months, our specifically engineered flexitanks can be moved in 40ft refrigerated containers with a set temperature. 

Making a switch from IBC movements to bulk shipping in flexitanks can make your supply chain operation more efficient.  Loading and unloading becomes simpler and it reduces the handling of the product. You’ll also drastically minimize the risk of contamination.   

For more information on bulk shipping visit the bulk section of our website.

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