• Types of wood suitable for packaging Jan 10, 2014
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    Wooden packaging is still extremely popular and is used by a variety of different industries. There are a number of types of wood used in the manufacture of packaging products, depending on the requirements and budget of the customer.

    Why Choose Wooden Packaging?

    Around 95% of pallets are made from wood, including hardwood, softwood, a mixture of them both or a composite wood such as plywood. Each one of them has their unique advantages for packaging, but generally wood is inexpensive, durable and can be recycled when no longer needed.

    Wood is a sustainable material. As forests are cut down to produce products, more trees are planted to cope with the increased demand. It's also an environmentally friendly material. The trees take in carbon dioxide whilst they are growing and then they require less energy during the manufacturing process.

    Hardwood Packaging

    Most wooden packaging is manufactured from hardwoods, including oak, teak and maple. This is a more expensive material, but the products are designed to last. Once they've been used for one journey, they'll be reused, either by returning them to the original customer or selling them on. Hardwoods are extremely durable and less likely to give way under stress. They can, therefore, withstand much heavier loads than other materials and are also suitable for transporting fragile items that are at risk of becoming damaged. Teak wood in particular is resistant to termites, resulting in less damage and contamination of goods.

    Softwood Packaging

    Wooden pallets and crates produced from softwoods are much cheaper to buy than hardwood varieties. However, this means that they're not built to last as long. Often they'll only be used for one journey and then discarded and recycled. One of the main advantages of softwood packaging products is that they're considerably lighter than harder woods. This means that they can't carry heavy loads, but they are easier to lift and transport. As they weigh less, they're also cheaper for exporting goods where weight restrictions and costs apply.

    Plywood Packaging

    For businesses that don't want the costs of hardwood or the limitations of softwood, plywood products might be an option. They are lightweight, making them beneficial for exports where cost is an issue. They are designed to carry fairly light loads. However, they are considerably stronger and more durable than softwood varieties, meaning they'll last for longer and are extremely cost-effective. Due to the make-up of the material, a plywood crate or pallet will absorb less moisture than solid wood, reducing the impact on the items being transported. They offer a number of benefits to businesses in the food-processing and pharmaceutical industries, where contamination is a major concern. They're also able to handle different extremes of temperatures, making them extremely useful for transporting fresh foods that need to be refrigerated while in transit.

    If you thought that all wooden packaging was the same, then you'd be mistaken. The different types of materials each have their own unique benefits and it's important to choose the right one for your own requirements.
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