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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 
          increased over 11%
          since June 2017

  • LDPE increased 8%per Metric Ton since June 2017

  • Oil increased 13% to $51.67/Barrel since June 2017

  • Natural Gas down over 4% to $2.76/Million BTU since June 2017.

  • Diesel Fuel increase of over 11% to $2.78/Gallon since June 2017

  • Steel Products & Packaging - increased 13.76% since June 2017

Exchange Rates:
  • Rupee - at $65.31, dollar gained 1.05% since June 2017

  • Yuan - loss against the dollar at 1.76% since June 2017
Welcome To The Team

We would like to welcome Dan Grendel to the Global-Pak purchasing team. Dan Grendel will be taking on the role of Global-Pak Buyer.
Mark Your Calendars!

We will be exhibiting at two shows this coming April 2018.

Plan on visiting us at the International Powder Bulk & Solids show in Chicago, this coming April 24-26th, 2018.

Also, mark your calendar and come see us at the Industrial Pack show in Atlanta, Georgia this April 4th & 5th, 2018 at the Cobb Centre.
Benefits of Roll Off Container Liners

What is a roll off container liner? Simply put, it is a large disposable plastic liner that is used in roll off assemblies, dump trucks, and rail gondolas. It basically serves as a large trash bag for your roll off dumpster. Over the years more and more companies have started to use roll off liners, and there are a few different reasons as to why. Some of the commonly known benefits include reducing the risk of leaks during transit, reducing your washout costs, and they increase the life of the container. Also, it is common for regulations to be put in place by each state mandating that you use a liner when hauling specific materials such as asbestos, for example. 

   If you are not familiar with roll off liners, there are many different industries using them and a variety of materials that you should use a liner for when transporting them. Some of the industries using liners include oil and gas, construction, food processing, water treatment plants, sewer plants, dewatering sludge, municipal waste, industrial waste, and even restaurants, airports, malls, etc. that do not have self-contained dumpsters. Some of the materials that are being transported with the liners are drill cuttings, contaminated soils, asbestos, various sludge, recycled sewage, food waste, wet trash, concrete washout, materials in liquid powder form, and municipal waste. You can use a liner for any material even if your material is not going to cause any leakage. It will still provide a barrier between your container and the material keeping your roll off dumpster much cleaner which can help you avoid some other costs such as washout costs.

   Many people who may not know a lot about liners may not be sure if they are worth the additional cost. During a recent study, we found out that on average it takes 45 minutes to clean out a container without a liner. During the winter months, this time can increase to around 1 hour and 20 minutes to clean a container without a liner. This is due to the materials freezing to the container walls which can also cause you to incur a dig out fee. Dig out fees are usually around $100-$150 so with the cost of one dig out fee you could’ve saved yourself quite a bit of money by just using a liner. The labor time and cost is another important thing to take into consideration. The driver may have up to almost an hour and a half in cleaning out the container. If they used a liner and reduced this time, then they could spend that time servicing more customers, thus being more efficient. Another important thing to note is that without a liner you may have some material leak out onto someone’s vehicle which would lead to a claim and an investigation which is all an added cost to you. All of this could be avoided with a simple couple minute installation of a liner. The one benefit that is difficult to prove is whether or not the liners are prolonging the life of the containers. We have discussed this with many people in the waste industry, and almost everyone we spoke to believes that they are prolonging the life of the roll off container. Since the liners provide ultimate leak protection, the liquids are contained in the liner, and they do not just sit in the container, which helps reduce the chance of your dumpster rusting. Also, using the liner avoids the dig out fee. When the material has to be dug out of the container the dumpster can be damaged due to the scraping involved in getting some of the material out. It seems like common sense that the liners would indeed be prolonging the life of the dumpsters.

   The containers themselves are expensive pieces of equipment and should be utilized as long as possible. The liners are an inexpensive way to increase the life of your container while providing other great benefits as well. If you can cut down your unloading and clean out time by simply installing a liner in only 2-3 minutes then why not do so? You will save money on your labor, dig out fees, claims/investigations, and your drivers will have more time to service other customers since they will be spending less time unloading and cleaning out the containers. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, you can contact your Global-Pak sales representative or follow this link-

Nick Good
Global-Pak Top Lift Test Machine

We are proud to announce our new testing rig has arrived!

As mentioned, acquiring 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. Additionally, we'll 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(Safe Working Load).

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
High Temperature Products and FIBCs
We are often asked the question: “How hot can my product be when going into a bulk bag?”

Bulk bag fabric is made by weaving polypropylene tapes together. So, when this question is posed, we refer to the SDS sheet for polypropylene to get the basics. Polypropylene’s melting point is between 230 and 275 degrees Fahrenheit. As a general rule of thumb the polypropylene will begin to soften once it reaches around 195 degrees Fahrenheit. So where you may not see a breakage at this range, you will start to see a change in the physical properties of the fabric, specifically elasticity. If the material does not stretch as it is designed, due to this change, you may be lowering the 5 to 1 safety ratio built into the Global-Pak bag construction. To err on the side of caution, Global-Pak recommends staying under the threshold of 165 degrees Fahrenheit when filling a bulk bag to avoid the softening of the material or semi-melting the fabric and ending up with brittle polypropylene or a compromised tensile strength that will not stretch properly when the bag is handled. 

Specialty liners may help increase the filling temperature of the bag, but this should be specifically addressed with your Global-Pak sales representative. FIBCs with a surface temperature in excess of 120 degrees Fahrenheit may not stack as well and should be supported from the bottom when transporting.

Jim Foster

The Group of Frogs

As a group of frogs were traveling through the woods, two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs crowded around the pit and saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that they’re was no hope left for them.
However, the two frogs decided to ignore what the others were saying and they proceeded to  try and jump out of the pit.  Despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up. That they would never make it out.Eventually, one of the frogs took heed to what the others were saying and he gave up, falling down to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said,  “Did you not hear us?”

The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought  they were encouraging him  the entire time.

Moral of the story:   People’s words  can have a big effect on other’s lives. Think about what you say before it comes out of your mouth. It might just be the difference between life and death.
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.