Arvato has been awarded the Top Repak Award for 2012
In 2011 Arvato implemented ‘Project Icarus’ under the management of Quality Engineer Denis Gleeson which aimed to reduce the packaging used to ship a pallet of product by at least 20%, while not affecting the performance of their packaging at the same time. This involved examining every single piece of packaging on a pallet including corner boards, pallet dividers, cardboard boxes, and pallet wrap as well as the pallets themselves.
The results on each area were achieved by benchmarking against other industries and by developing packaging that matched Ireland’s unique requirements. 17 tonnes of cardboard alone has been saved by reducing a cardboard box from a double wall box to a single wall box.
By examining each of these areas Arvato were able to reduce their packaging usage by over 40 tonnes and saved them over 61% packaging weight in the process. Some of the initiatives involved can be used in other industries and Arvato are working with Repak through case studies to share information on these projects that can be used by any company that uses pallets.
Arvato won the Best Packaging Prevention Initiative award in 2011 and have continued to improve their waste management strategy since then. By systematically reducing their packaging to optimum levels as well as increasing the amount of material they recycle and by sharing this information with others, Arvato have been awarded the Repak Member of the Year Award for 2012. Repak is a voluntary initiative by Irish industry that promotes the recycling of packaging. The award is sponsored by Arthur Cox and the awards took place at Croke Park stadium in Dublin.