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Current Market Info In 2017

Listed below are the market indicators that tend to impact the pricing within the packaging world. Here you will find the most current market price and the percentage difference from the previous quarter.  We continuously evaluate these items in order to provide our customers the most competitive prices.
  • Polypropylene up 416% to $1,036 /Metric Ton since April 2017.
  • LDPE down 10%to $1,161/Metric Ton since April 2017.

  • Oil down 19% to $42.99/Barrel since
    April 2017.

  • Natural Gas down 12% to $2.93/Million BTU since April 2017.

  • Diesel Fuel slight decrease of 3% to $2.489/Gallon since April 2017.

  • Steel Products & Packaging - decreased 0.7% since April 2017.
Exchange Rates:
  • Rupee at $64.48 - gained 0.25% against the dollar since April 2017.
  • Yuan - increased 3.2% since April 2017.
Steps to Avoid Moisture When Handling Bulk Bags 

A bulk bag is made from polypropylene, and by it’s woven nature, is not water proof. Seams and fill and discharge openings also provide a place for moisture to wick into product.

However, steps can be taken to give the best moisture protection when your product needs to be loaded, transported, and stored in a bulk bag.

1. Add Coating:
Bulk bags can have a coating added to the fabric which is made of a polypropylene and polyethylene mix. This helps the fabric become more moisture resistant.

2. Add a liner: Polyethylene liners can be inserted into bulk bags to give further protection to product from moisture.

3. Proper Storage: Skids that the bags are sat on can have slip sheets, even coated, to keep moisture from wicking up into the bags.

4. Adding Covers: Polyethylene cover bags can be used over the bulk bag, to prevent further moisture exposure.

Kevin Gruelle


Global-Pak to get Top Lift Test Machine

Global-Pak has always taken pride in the quality of the manufacturing partners and quality of bags that we sell. We are proud to announce that we have ordered a top lift test rig that we hope to have up and running by the release of our third quarter newsletter. The top lift test machine will allow Global-Pak to increase the spot checks on our manufacturing partners and continue to improve our product quality as well as to be able to test bags for our customers allowing them to understand what design changes may or may not be acceptable to maintain a 5 to 1 SWL.

We at Global-Pak feel this is an important step to allow us to continue our improvement as a company. Stay tuned for updates.

The 5 to 1 Safe Working Load

We often get questions on what a Safe Working Load is and why do we need a Safety Factor of 5 to 1 to handle our bags safely? In the following few paragraphs we will try to give you the background of where the Safe Working Load has its origins and the core test procedures used to ensure a bulk bag or FIBC design that allows you to have the peace of mind to ensure your customer’s safety as well as your employees.

In describing the working condition to which the FIBC is going to be subjected, the terms used are the SWL (Safe Working Load) and SF (Safety Factor). These are the main safety ratings involved with bulk bags. The origins of the 5 to 1 safety factor originates from the OSHA sling lifting guidelines which can be referenced at


these are not bulk bag or FIBCA standards, but general lifting standards that have contributed to FIBC handling guidelines.

The SF is given as 5:1 for single use bags. Safety Factor of 5:1 indicates a single use bag and 6:1 means UN rated or multiple use bag.

The safety factor of 5:1 means that the filled bag when subjected to hydraulic pressure should sustain a minimum of 5 times the SWL after 30 cycles of 2 times the SWL. After the 30 cycles of 2 times the SWL it is taken on the final 30 cycle to destruction, meaning it is subjected to maximum hydraulic pressure until the bag fails.  During this final cycle the bag must pass 5 times the SWL or it is not suitable for normal use.  The maximum pressure the bag design can withstand is called the peak load test. So if the SWL is 2200 lbs (1000 kgs) with SF of 5:1, the bag when subjected to the cyclic test and peak load test is considered passed if it breaks at 11000 lbs (5000 kgs) or greater.

A safety factor of 6:1 means that the filled
bag, when subjected to hydraulic pressure, should sustain a minimum of 6 times the SWL after 70 cycles of at 4 times the SWL. If the bag breaks before 6 times the SWL pressure then it is not suitable for the required duty for UN rating or as a multi trip bag. So if the SWL is 2200 lbs (1000 kgs) with SF of 6:1, the bag when subjected to the cyclic test and peak load test is considered passed only if it breaks after 13200 lbs (6000 kgs) pressure or greater.

These standards were established by EFIBCA in 1985 to ensure maximum safety while designing the FIBC. The latest standard is ISO 21898.

As mentioned earlier, 5:1 indicates a single use of the bag. When we talk of single use FIBC it means the whole process from taking the FIBC from filling the bag to the discharge of the material from the bag. Any FIBC will
typically be handled as follows and this process will be defined as "single use":

bag is filled with the material
2) after filling it is moved to the warehouse of the producer
3) from
the warehouse it is moved to the truck for transportation to customer.
4) at
the customer the bag is moved from the truck to the warehouse
5) the filled bag is then moved from warehouse to the shop floor for discharging
6) material from the
bag is discharged.

We are hoping that you find the information that we put out as helpful as we at Global-Pak find that sharing information and knowledge with our customers helps everyone to have a better experience with their bulk bags. If you have further questions please contact your sales rep or reach out to us at info@global-pak.com for more information.

Jim Foster

Understanding Lift Loops

As readers of our newsletters, you may have noticed that we often try to address customer questions that have been asked during the previous quarter that we think are worthy of sharing or other clients may be interested in sharing with others. The topic of lift loops has come up quite regularly this past quarter.

Below you will find a sheet identifying several different loop designs that are available. Each photo has a brief description of the benefit of the design. A few of the more popular designs are the cross corner loops designed to help the lift loops stand open while handling. For Global-Pak the most popular design of late has been the stevedore loop bag used for crane and single point pick ups. The Global-Pak sewing department has added thousands of stevedore loops over the past several months to existing four loop bags. 

A final design that was asked about quite often over the past quarter was a single loop bag that is made by bunching excess fabric at the top of the bag using lift loop material to lift the bag. The pros of this design is a safe and economical manner to achieve a single point pick up. The cons are that the safe working load of the bag tends to be limited, the filling style is restricted to spout top bags, and often there are challenges in supporting the bags during filling. 

If you have further questions or would like to discuss any special lift loop designs or any other bulk bag questions, please contact your Global-Pak sales rep or contact anyone at Global-Pak for assistance.

Jim Foster

                     Click here to print out lift
                          loop patterns below.
The Elephant Rope

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs. As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead they didn’t try to at all. Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.

The trainer replied; “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was because over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.

Moral of the story: No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.

- By Sofo Archon

Again, thank you so much for your support and allowing us to share our news with you.  We look forward to growing your business and ours.

Kevin Channell
Global-Pak, Inc.


"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."  - John Wooden