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Greif Technology Aids Barrier of IBCs

DELAWARE, OH | Greif, supplier of industrial packaging products and services, announces the launch of GCUBE Shield, marking an enhancement to its range of GCUBE intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). 

GCUBE Shield reportedly offers “revolutionary” barrier protection compared to fluorinated and six-layer IBCs, with improved product stability, shelf life, and operational performance. It is said to offer users a range of key benefits: Food products are now better protected against oxygen permeation into the container, which means the shelf life of contents is extended. Equally, solvent-based products or agrochemicals are now better protected against gasses lost, retaining their original characteristics to ensure product performance and effectiveness.

Developed to be applicable to all of the company’s three-layer machines already producing standard GCUBE IBCs, the innermost layer remains 100% high density polyethylene (HDPE), which complies with current legislation for food and chemical compatibility. The newly introduced intermediate layer contains the GCUBE Shield blend that reduces the permeation of gases both in and out of the PE, and the external layer allows customization including colors and antistatic.

GCUBE Shield is recyclable as the barrier blend can be reused for further applications.

Luca Bettoni, Greif EMEA IBC and Plastic Product manager, says, “We are continuously investing in our GCUBE IBC solutions, and the Shield barrier technology is an extremely significant development. We are the first company to introduce the blend of polymers to proactively reduce permeation from IBCs. Ultimately our investment means that customers benefit from a longer product shelf life; a reduction in dangerous emissions into the air coming from their product; and increased protection of their product against oxygen permeation from outside the container.”

The product is suitable for a range of markets including flavors and fragrances, paint, agrochemical, specialty chemicals, and food and beverages. It is currently produced on sites in Italy and Germany, and will be rolled out to the Netherlands, Russia, China, and the US in the near future.

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