Achieve Your Sustainability Goals & Lower Your TCO with Right Gauging

Thong Guan right gauging to achieve sustainability goals and lower TCO
Right Gauging: Thong Guan helps you achieve sustainability goals and lower your TCO

Achieving sustainability goals is the trend moving forward. Doing so while focusing on lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) can be daunting. Therefore, in this article, we will talk about using the right gauging to achieve your goals.

Everyone is striving to achieve sustainability goals, albeit a taxing tasks to balance between business growth and sustainability.

On the one hand, sustainability covers many factors—downgauging, bioplastics, reduction of unsaleables, accidents and wastage, and more.

And can be rather costly at the current stage due to various reasons.

While on the other, the business must continue to grow to thrive.

As such arriving at an equilibrium between these two factors has always been a struggle for businesses.

Downgauging for Business but Not Sustainability

Downgauging can happen through the reduction of film thickness. At the moment, we’re proud to say that Thong Guan can achieve 5-micron “thin” stretch films

Despite the trend of continuously downgauging to create the thinnest film, we cannot forgo the fact that it posses the threat of constant tearing.

That leads to unwanted downtime at your production floor and unnecessary wastage.

So, the next question is, how thin is thin without having your goods scattered all over the roads en route?

This makes matter worst if you’re trying to achieve your sustainability goals.

As such, in the bigger picture, downgauging is not the only way to achieve sustainability.

At Thong Guan, we focus on right-gauging to allow you to achieve your sustainability goals while lowering your TCO.

That is why it makes it possible for us to achieve ”thin” stretch films with minimal to zero tearing.

How we achieve the right gauging for you?

Right Gauging with Big Data

Gauge is the measure of the thickness of your stretch film. And typically they may range from 37 to 150 gauge. 

Thong Guan’s thinnest film by far is at about 20 gauge, to be exact 5 microns.

Right gauging is basically finding the right thickness for your application needs. 

However, the thickness is not the only factors to consider in the right gauging.

It is when we ask questions like

  • What is the weight of your load?
  • What is the shape of your load?
  • What are the properties of your stretch film? I.e. holding power, prestretch, high-performance, gauge/thickness, types, etc.

As such, it is safe to say, the best way to right gauging is through data.

The Implications of Right Gauging

It is important to understand that a heavier load puts more force on the stretch film. 

This means you will need a stronger stretch film.

In terms of holding power, you will need less holding power and durability for uniform loads, for instance, pallets containing boxes of the same size. 

On the other hand, you’d require more with irregular and unstable loads.

The heavier the load and the more force the stretch wrap will be under, the stronger your stretch film will need to be.

With the expansive range of our stretch films, you will find different stretch films that come with different properties and holding power.

How does right gauging achieve more sustainability?

It’s simple. 

Best-fit film equals stable load.

That translates to lowered risks of load breaking accidents en route, fewer damages to the loads, reduced risks of road accidents, and no more unsaleables.

Do you know that 4% of all transported goods are damaged upon arrival?

And are mostly caused by incorrect wrapping methods. 

Perhaps, only downgauging was done and not right gauging due to the pressure to reduce the cost of packaging over time.

As such, films are made inferiors.

That is why at Thong Guan, quality matters to us.

Plus, you can opt for the bio-based stretch film if you’d want to take that extra mile towards achieving your sustainability goals.

How does right gauging help in lowering TCO?

But, that’s not all. 

If we look at the entire supply chain and how poor (or good) packaging is impacting your total costs, then you’d probably think twice the next time your Purchasing Department is selecting the films while ignoring the feedback from your head of Production.

This is where Thong Guan comes aims to play a role in connecting your supply chain not just internal but externally through data, and innovative products and solutions.

We do so with the integration of industrial 4.0, the use of big data for smart insights, and superior products that matches your needs.

Testing your wrapping, understanding your stretch film properties, and optimising your entire packaging process flow is the way towards a lowered TCO.

Conclusion

Right gauging with Thong Guan can help you achieve the balance between increasing your bottom line, growing your business while achieving your sustainability goals.

For more info, contact us at info@thongguan.com.

How COVID-19 Impact the Packaging Industry?

Boxes On Conveyor Belt
Boxes On Conveyor Belt

The coronavirus pandemic has affected each and every industry in one way or another. The packaging industry, especially, has applications in numerous global sectors. Therefore, it is important to study the COVID-19 impact on the packaging industry.

Before the global pandemic, most of the packaging companies and stretch film manufacturers were working to fulfil sustainability goals. However, the pandemic has negatively affected such progress. Packaging companies that were trying to develop and implement modern technology to enhance sustainability and eco-friendliness of the processes now face some serious challenges.

The rising concerns about the hygiene and overall safety of reusable packaging have greatly slowed down the progress of the industry towards adopting modern sustainable solutions. It is easier to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the packaging industry by discussing different types of packaging.

a. Transportation Packaging

The increase in the demand for industrial and transportation packaging is associated with the overall economic activities and production levels. During the pandemic, the GDP of most of the countries has seen a sharp decline, which means a significant reduction in packaging demand. However, at the same time, this effect has been offset to some extent by the fact that industrial customers are buying products and containers in huge quantities. 

Similarly, packaging in some industries like food and medical supplies has not declined. In fact, the pharmaceutical industry has seen a huge rise in the packaging requirements due to the massive production of PPEs, face masks, gloves, ventilators, and many other such products. Moreover, increasing demand for corrugated packaging and stretch wraps in the e-commerce industry has made up for the demand lost in other industries. 

 

b. Consumer Packaging

Due to the closure of hotels, restaurants, and food-service outlets, there has been a sharp decline in the demand for packaging in the food industry. However, a significant majority of the consumers are moving towards grocery purchases, which has increased the packaging demand.

Even at the start of the pandemic, most of the consumers started stockpiling a huge amount of food, beverages, and other necessary items. Yet, the demand for good premium packaging has taken a significant hit as most consumers are avoiding unnecessary expenses. 

 

c. Healthcare Packaging

The demand for the packaging of healthcare-related products is rapidly rising. Stretch film manufacturers also see a sharp increase in the demand for stretch wraps and other items like flexible blister foils and rigid plastics that have applications in different parts of the healthcare industry. 

 

d. Future Trend

It is important for the packaging industry and the industrial bags and film manufacturers to be ready for the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the next months and even years because it will take a significant amount of time to get this global pandemic under control. The crude oil prices are falling due to the pandemic, and hence, the cost of oil-based raw materials like plastic resins will also decline. 

Moreover, border closures are creating certain challenges to the packaging companies because it has disturbed the entire global supply chain. There is a lot of uncertainty about this entire crisis. As a result, the actions of different governments can be quite unpredictable, due to which the packaging demand is also expected to remain disturbed in the foreseeable future.  

 

Recommendations

Now that you have become familiar with the COVID-19 impact on the packaging industry, it is highly important that the companies and manufacturers make the right strategies to sail through this global pandemic.

It is highly important that stretch film manufactures and other packaging companies rely on authentic and reliable information to make useful risk mitigation strategies. For this purpose, the packaging industry should consider creating a united crisis-response centre that will analyze the available information and recommend efficient strategies for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The primary goal of the industry should be to protect the health and safety of the employees. As a result, it is important that packaging manufacturers reevaluate their production and manufacturing techniques. Moreover, the companies must understand the disruptions in the global supply chain to avoid the adverse impacts of the pandemic. 

 

The Bottom Line

Certain aspects of the packaging industry have definitely taken a hit during the pandemic. It is important that the leadership teams in this industry develop effective recovery strategies. Such strategies include making comprehensive financial plans, operational plans, and any important changes that have to be made at the production to restart manufacturing activities.

Ultimately, with such strategies, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the packaging industry can be mitigated to a great extent.