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Incorporating Fleet Management Techniques in Transit Packaging Will Improve Operation Efficiency, Minimize Risk, and Control Cost: Technavio

According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global transit packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period. This research report titled ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Paper & Packaging
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global transit packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period.

This research report titled ‘Global Transit Packaging Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. To calculate the market size, the revenue generated by vendors is taken into account. The report also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the top five vendors operating in the market.

Transit packaging management is complicated because of increased trade activities and high demand from diverse industries such as food and beverages, consumer care, electrical and electronics, and many more. In addition, it includes container distribution, fleet sizing, repositioning of empty containers, tracking containers, and maintenance activities. These issues can be solved using fleet management techniques, in turn improving operational efficiency, minimizing risk, and controlling cost.

Technavio’s sample reports are free of charge and contain multiple sections of the report including market size and forecast, drivers, challenges, trends, and more.

Technavio’s transportation and logistics analysts categorize the global transit packaging market into four major segments by products. They are:

Corrugated boxes
Pallets
Crates
Others
Global transit packaging market by pallets

The transit packaging market by pallets is expected to grow at a steady pace during the forecast period, growing at a CAGR of around 6%. The high growth of this segment can be attributed to the high demand of pallets from different industries such as retail and consumer goods. As pallets offered by different vendors are becoming increasingly indistinguishable, service delivery and customer satisfaction have become the key performance indicators. The commoditization of products has led to pricing pressures. Though metal and plastic products have not been able to dent the strong position held by wooden pallets, the need for radio-frequency identification (RFID) and hygienic pallets has compelled vendors to explore value-added services such as regular fumigation and repair.

According to Sharan Raj, a lead packaging research analyst from Technavio, “Wooden pallets can be recycled for the production of energy once their shelf lives are over. As pallets are heat-treated and kiln-dried, they contain less moisture and are most suitable for landscape mulch, poultry litter, and as wood fuel. The secondary commercial opportunities of discarded pallets are being explored by manufacturers to decrease the amount of waste going into landfills.”

Global transit packaging market by crates

The transit packaging market by crates is expected to be the second largest segment in the market by 2020 with a CAGR of over 5%. Packaging crates are used for fresh produce products like fruits and vegetables during harvest, post-harvest handling, transportation, and storage. They are available in two types of materials: wood and plastic. Wooden crates are the most prominent ones in the market and account for around 80% of the total crates packaging market. The self-supporting structure of the crates is ideal for shipping heavy goods. The major advantage of wooden crates is that they have good ventilation and can be manufactured locally.

“Plastic crates are made of high-density polyethylene or polypropylene. The use of high density polyethylene is more as it offers ultra-violet protection and provides greater strength against impact. Plastic crates can be categorized as nesting, stacking, stacking and nesting, and collapsible containers,” says Sharan.

Global transit packaging market by others

The market for other packaging products is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period, posting a CAGR of around 5% due to factors like advanced manufacturing processes, technological innovations, and increased integration. The market is strongly supported by the growing packaging industry and the changing consumer perceptions about protective packaging. Foam protective packaging products account for a major share in the market. Foam protective packaging products include molded foam, foam-in-place, polyolefin rolled foam and loose fill and other foam packaging products. Foam-in-place and polyolefin rolled foam are gaining popularity in the market followed by molded foam products.

Rigid protective packaging products include insulated shipper containers, paperboard protectors, and molded pulp. The demand for rigid packaging products primarily comes from the manufacturing and warehousing sector for the transportation of durable goods. Flexible protective packaging includes air pillows, protective mailers, bubble wrap, paper fills, and dunnage bags. Flexible protective packaging products are in high demand because of its increasing popularity in the e-commerce industry, which primarily used protective mailers, air pillows and bubble packaging for safe delivery of the products to their customers.

The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this report are:

Greif
Mondi
Smurfit Kappa
Sonoco
Industry Paper & Packaging
Source http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160906005341/en/Incorporating-Fleet-Management-Techniques-Transit-Packaging-Improve
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Incorporating Fleet Management Techniques in Transit Packaging Will Improve Operation Efficiency, Minimize Risk, and Control Cost

According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global transit packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period. This research report titled ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Paper & Packaging
  • 15 Oct 2016
view notice less notice
Description According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global transit packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period.

This research report titled ‘Global Transit Packaging Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. To calculate the market size, the revenue generated by vendors is taken into account. The report also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the top five vendors operating in the market.

Transit packaging management is complicated because of increased trade activities and high demand from diverse industries such as food and beverages, consumer care, electrical and electronics, and many more. In addition, it includes container distribution, fleet sizing, repositioning of empty containers, tracking containers, and maintenance activities. These issues can be solved using fleet management techniques, in turn improving operational efficiency, minimizing risk, and controlling cost.

Technavio’s sample reports are free of charge and contain multiple sections of the report including market size and forecast, drivers, challenges, trends, and more.

Technavio’s transportation and logistics analysts categorize the global transit packaging market into four major segments by products. They are:

Corrugated boxes
Pallets
Crates
Others
Global transit packaging market by pallets

The transit packaging market by pallets is expected to grow at a steady pace during the forecast period, growing at a CAGR of around 6%. The high growth of this segment can be attributed to the high demand of pallets from different industries such as retail and consumer goods. As pallets offered by different vendors are becoming increasingly indistinguishable, service delivery and customer satisfaction have become the key performance indicators. The commoditization of products has led to pricing pressures. Though metal and plastic products have not been able to dent the strong position held by wooden pallets, the need for radio-frequency identification (RFID) and hygienic pallets has compelled vendors to explore value-added services such as regular fumigation and repair.

According to Sharan Raj, a lead packaging research analyst from Technavio, “Wooden pallets can be recycled for the production of energy once their shelf lives are over. As pallets are heat-treated and kiln-dried, they contain less moisture and are most suitable for landscape mulch, poultry litter, and as wood fuel. The secondary commercial opportunities of discarded pallets are being explored by manufacturers to decrease the amount of waste going into landfills.”

Global transit packaging market by crates

The transit packaging market by crates is expected to be the second largest segment in the market by 2020 with a CAGR of over 5%. Packaging crates are used for fresh produce products like fruits and vegetables during harvest, post-harvest handling, transportation, and storage. They are available in two types of materials: wood and plastic. Wooden crates are the most prominent ones in the market and account for around 80% of the total crates packaging market. The self-supporting structure of the crates is ideal for shipping heavy goods. The major advantage of wooden crates is that they have good ventilation and can be manufactured locally.

“Plastic crates are made of high-density polyethylene or polypropylene. The use of high density polyethylene is more as it offers ultra-violet protection and provides greater strength against impact. Plastic crates can be categorized as nesting, stacking, stacking and nesting, and collapsible containers,” says Sharan.

Global transit packaging market by others

The market for other packaging products is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period, posting a CAGR of around 5% due to factors like advanced manufacturing processes, technological innovations, and increased integration. The market is strongly supported by the growing packaging industry and the changing consumer perceptions about protective packaging. Foam protective packaging products account for a major share in the market. Foam protective packaging products include molded foam, foam-in-place, polyolefin rolled foam and loose fill and other foam packaging products. Foam-in-place and polyolefin rolled foam are gaining popularity in the market followed by molded foam products.

Rigid protective packaging products include insulated shipper containers, paperboard protectors, and molded pulp. The demand for rigid packaging products primarily comes from the manufacturing and warehousing sector for the transportation of durable goods. Flexible protective packaging includes air pillows, protective mailers, bubble wrap, paper fills, and dunnage bags. Flexible protective packaging products are in high demand because of its increasing popularity in the e-commerce industry, which primarily used protective mailers, air pillows and bubble packaging for safe delivery of the products to their customers.

The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this report are:

Greif
Mondi
Smurfit Kappa
Sonoco
Industry Paper & Packaging
Source http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160906005341/en/Incorporating-Fleet-Management-Techniques-Transit-Packaging-Improve
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Masdar and MIT researchers develop device that makes steam from sunlight

Researchers at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have collaborated to create a device that makes steam from the sun, all without the use of solar panels. ......

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Energy & Power
  • 03 Sep 2016
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Description Researchers at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have collaborated to create a device that makes steam from the sun, all without the use of solar panels.

Using bubble wrap and plastic foam, the team of researchers developed a solar-conversion system that floats on water. The device converts 20 per cent of the solar energy captured into steam.

"The technology is particularly suited for the UAE’s dusty climate, as it fully uses the entire spectrum of sunlight for thermal applications rather than just the direct portion, which can be hindered by aerosols," said TieJun Zhang, an assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering at Masdar Institute.

However, the technology is in its nascent stages, according to Steve Griffiths, the vice president for research and associate provost of Masdar Institute. While the device has been proven to generate steam, there will need to be further research and development on the ways in which it can be utilised.

"Right now this is a great scientific finding in the direction of applications that we really care about, and now we just need to put the engineering behind it to figure out the market to make this applicable," he said.

The first deployment and commercialisation will come after researchers pinpoint the area in which this will be best used, whether it is in desalination or even medical sterilisation.

However, another winning factor with the device is the absence of solar panels, which on average make up about 30 to 40 per cent of the total cost for solar photovoltaic projects.

The technology is composed of a floating sponge that has a light absorber, which is in between bubble wrap and foam. The receiver soaks up water and evaporates it, producing a steady flow of steam.

"This project is an excellent demonstration of how international collaboration and use-inspired research can yield cutting-edge scientific findings that have direct application to the sectors that are at the core of the UAE’s continued evolution toward an innovation and knowledge-based economy," Mr Griffiths said.
Industry Energy & Power
Source http://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/masdar-and-mit-researchers-develop-device-that-makes-steam-from-sunlight?
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A New Type Of Bubble Wrap Will Let You Boil Water Without Fire

Boiling water is one of the most crucial needs on Earth. Boiling water makes it safer to drink, can be used to sanitize cooking implements, clothing, and medical tools, and has a host of other uses. B ......

  • United States
  • Water & Sanitation
  • 03 Sep 2016
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Description Boiling water is one of the most crucial needs on Earth. Boiling water makes it safer to drink, can be used to sanitize cooking implements, clothing, and medical tools, and has a host of other uses. But to boil water, you generally need fire of some sort, and that can be very tricky in some of the toughest parts of the world. So MIT developed a way to get water up to boiling with an unusual ingredient: bubble wrap.

MIT had already developed a “sponge” that boils water when you put it in. Also called a “solar vapor generator,” the “sponge” is essentially a thin piece of copper treated to absorb specific parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. When you expose it to the sun, it absorbs the heat, and as water is forced through it, heats up that water. The only issue was that you needed to focus sunlight on the sponge to get it to work and that’s where bubble wrap comes in.

By carefully wrapping the sponge in bubble wrap, the need to focus sunlight to boil water is gone. The bubble wrap serves to both let in a small amount of water at a time and help contain the energy in the sponge. The water forced through heats up, and is ejected into the larger mass of water. In other words, you just need the sun to be out and shining on this sponge to get water boiling.

Obviously, this isn’t perfect; it won’t work for a fair chunk of the day, after all. But by the same token, being able to boil water without fire will be an enormous help to the developing world, in areas without fuel or crucial infrastructure, and in places that might be cut off suddenly from those sources. See, bubble wrap really can do everything.
Industry Water & Sanitation
Source http://uproxx.com/life/bubble-wrap-boiling-water/
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MIT scientists invent solar-powered sponge that can boil water

Foam, specially-coated copper, and bubble wrap are components of a simple but innovative new device that can boil water without electricity, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced on Mond ......

  • United States
  • Science & Technology
  • 03 Sep 2016
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Description Foam, specially-coated copper, and bubble wrap are components of a simple but innovative new device that can boil water without electricity, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced on Monday.

The system, which MIT compares to a sponge, can heat water to 212 degrees under just the heat of the sun, and could be used for applications like sterilizing medical tools in settings without electricity. It even works on cloudy days, the university said, and a key point is that it does not need mirrors or lenses to help focus the sun’s energy.

Bubble wrap covers the top of the puck-like device to help trap the sun’s heat— an idea that one of the researchers on the project got from his teenage daughters’ science fair project, according to MIT.

“This device offers a totally new design paradigm for solar steam generation,” Tao Deng, a professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University who was not part of the research, said in a statement.

While this low-tech system isn’t designed to last as long as others that need to use optics that concentrate the sun’s energy, it is also less expensive, and MIT said that sheets of the material could be used to do things like desalinate water or treat wastewater.

The study describing the device— a solar vapor generator— was published recently in the journal Nature Energy.
Industry Science & Technology
Source http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/25/mit-scientists-invent-solar-powered-sponge-that-can-boil-water.html

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