Come and visit Ranpak at our upcoming tradeshows!

April 09, 2015 09:10

Ranpak Corp will be busy during June this year! We will be exhibiting our outstanding e-commerce solutions at the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) on June 2-5, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago. We are excited to offer a 10% registration discount for all of our customers that register before May 30th! Stop by and visit us at booth 1547!

 

 

Ranpak will also be exhibiting for the second year at PMMI Pack Expo Mexico on June 16-19, 2015 in Mexico City. Stop by and visit us at Booth 6020 as we showcase our e-Commerce and Automotive solutions!

 

 

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Ranpak Corp. Acquires Fellow Protective Paper Packaging Manufacturer, Geami

May 21, 2014 11:39

Ranpak Corp., a leading global manufacturer of "in-the-box" protective paper packaging materials and systems, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Geami Ltd., headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Geami is a manufacturer of sustainable protective paper packaging materials and solutions, including it’s flagship product, GreenWrap. This expandable die-cut kraft paper with interleaf tissue is a packaging solution trusted by companies worldwide and is a paper alternative to packaging materials such as bubble, packing peanuts, foam and air pillows.

“Geami has a tremendous team of employees and products that we are excited to welcome into the Ranpak family,” said Stephen Kovach, President and CEO of Ranpak. “Their wrapping products provide efficient and effective packaging solutions to companies in the housewares, home décor and industrial markets. Geami’s products will fit extremely well within Ranpak’s portfolio of innovative paper packaging systems. We are confident that the combination of Ranpak’s expertise and worldwide distribution network along with Geami’s products will further accelerate Ranpak’s growth in America, Europe and Asia. Geami will continue to operate as a separate entity during a transition period which we expect to complete by the end of this year.”

“With this acquisition, Geami and Ranpak’s client base will be better served as they now have a broader range of paper based packaging solutions for their needs,” said Braulio Libero, President and CEO of Geami. “With Ranpak’s infrastructure, our products will have greater exposure to new markets both in the US and abroad,” said Marcelo Passos, Vice President of Geami and now a member of Ranpak’s senior management team.

About Ranpak
Founded in 1972, Ranpak's goal was to create the first environmentally responsible packaging material to effectively cushion and protect products during shipment. With a 40 year history of innovation, Ranpak is the leader in the paper packaging industry and has grown into an international company with 400 employees worldwide. Ranpak is owned by Odyssey Investment Partners, a private equity investment firm based in New York specializing in the middle-market.

The Company's patented PadPak, FillPak and WrapPak converters utilize multi-ply roll or single-ply fanfold kraft paper to create on-demand packaging material. The Company serves a wide array of industries, including industrial, automotive, medical, consumer products and technology in North America, Europe and Asia. Ranpak is headquartered in Concord Township, Ohio and has facilities in Reno, Nevada; Kansas City, MO; Heerlen, The Netherlands; and Nyrany, Czech Republic.

Contact inquiries(at)ranpak(dot)com

Busting the Myth About Paper Packaging and UPS & FedEx Packaging Guidelines

June 08, 2012 11:14

Myth: FedEx and UPS won’t insure your package if it’s packed with paper.


Truth: False! Both FedEx and UPS point to paper as an acceptable means of protective packaging. Each company provides guidelines and recommendations regarding how to pack on their respective websites.

The truth of the matter is that Ranpak’s protective packaging can safely protect almost any product during shipment. Our patented paper packaging technology is used across a wade array of industries and products from cookies to computer monitors, and even a 250-lb window. In fact, companies often see reduced damage rates after switching to Ranpak products from other applications such as air bags, bubble and foam.

Ranpak Package Engineers can develop a custom package design specific to your product at no cost to you. Our Package Engineers work in our International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) certified laboratory. The lab features a drop tester and a vibration table, as well as other sophisticated equipment designed to ensure that the packaging design being tested meets your needs and carrier requirements.

Interested in finding out how we can protect your product during transit? Contact us!

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ISTA Certification – What is it?

May 04, 2012 08:44

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) is a non-profit organization that helps its members identify the best possible shipping solutions by developing effective packaging, methods and logistics systems. ISTA has created the leading industry test standards worldwide and is now the most reputable authority in package-performance testing. The certification process is proof that your company’s packaging solutions are sustainable enough to survive the transit process. Presence of the ISTA Transit Tested certification mark is an advantage because it shows customers that the package has passed ISTA laboratory testing and met all requirements. Any company may test a package using an ISTA test procedure, but only ISTA members receive certification and are allowed to print the ISTA Transit Tested certification mark on their packages.


 
ISTA has two types of tests:

  •  Performance Tests: To determine the capability of a packaged product to survive shipment, it must pass this assessment test
     
  • Development Tests: Compares the performance of designs from different suppliers.

ISTA also focuses on the professionals in the workplace who are responsible for creating these sustainable shipping solutions. The ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) program was designed for ISTA members to increase credibility of certification. This program recognizes the excellence in packaging laboratory professionals at three levels: Technician, Technologist and Professional. Technician and Technologists require exams, while Professionals require certification based on a resume of accomplishments.

Ranpak's ISTA Certified Lab

At Ranpak, we believe in providing packaging solutions that ensure your product arrives at its destination safely. Our package engineers take pride in utilizing our ISTA certified laboratory to ensure our package designs will perform well in your unique distribution environment.  Equipment such as a drop tester and a vibration table allow our package engineers to run performance tests on packages to ensure durability.  With proven expertise in packaging, we are one of only 369 ISTA certified laboratories in the world.

For more information, visit the Package Engineering page on our website.



Sources: 

http://quincyresourcegroup.com

http://www.ista.org 

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6 Tips to Safe and Cost-Effective Packaging

March 30, 2012 10:07
    1. Use a corrugated box—preferably a new one. When you reuse a box, it becomes less durable.

       
    2. Do not overfill a box. Overfilling will direct pressure to the walls of the box which could result in damage to both the box and your product. Many packers smash down paper or loose fill to close the box or fit more material inside. However, this compresses the material, making it less effective in protecting your products. More importantly, using excess packaging material means spending unnecessary money.


    3. Do not underfill a box. Underfilling a box could result in possible damage to your product. Make sure the product you are shipping is secure. If it feels loose in the box, either add more packaging material or double check to ensure that you have correctly wrapped the product.

       
    4. The 2-inch rule: In most cases, use at least 2 inches of packaging material around the product and be sure that the product is at least 2 inches from the walls of the box. This will help prevent both underfilling and overfilling, saving you time and money.


    5. Properly close the box. This step is just as important as using proper cushioning. Try to stay away from tapes such as: masking, cellophane and duct. Use strong tape such as pressure sensitive plastic tape. Two inches or more in width is recommended.
       
       
    6. Effective packaging for your products. Different products require different methods of packaging. If you aren’t sure of the most effective way to package your products, Ranpak’s package engineers can help. We offer a custom pack design to any company who seeks our help—all at no cost to you.


 

References:  http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/ship/packaging/guidelines/how_to.html

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A Pile With Potential

February 22, 2012 09:13

What do you see when you look at a pile of packaging paper?

To most people, it’s just a pile of brown paper that was used to protect their product during shipment. And I’m sure that the majority of people recycle the paper without even thinking twice about it. But what about those creative DIY-ers? To them, it’s a pile with potential.

What do you get when you give a DIY designer a pile of packaging paper and a sewing machine?

woven basket that can be used for just about anything.

Brett Bara, host of the Emmy-nominated television series Knit and Crochet Now, author, talented designer and DIY blogger, collected the paper from several packages she received from some online shopping. Noticing the durability of the packaging paper, she decided to reuse it to make a woven basket which she now uses to hold supplies. “The pieces were really nice and long, and they just seemed to have so much potential. I couldn’t bear to just stuff them in the recycling bin,”Bara says in her blog.

Using packaging paper, hot glue, paperclips and a sewing machine, Brett created a simple pattern to construct the woven basket—she detailed the step-by-step instructions on her blog, “FREE PATTERN: SEWN + WOVEN BASKET.” It’s amazing what used packaging paper can create!

More than just packaging paper.

Bara proves paper can be used for just about anything!  Think outside the box and create something uniquely innovative. If basket weaving isn’t your thing, you could always keep the packaging paper and use it the next time you have to ship, wrap or store something. Fold it up, store it and use it again and again. Whether it’s keeping a product safe during shipment, or holding a pile of yarn and needles, our packaging paper does the job, and it does it well.

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Paper: A Natural Story

January 09, 2012 16:19

Ranpak has built our entire company on the back of ingenuity, hard work, good people and paper.

We’ve always been proud of our commitment to the simplicity, efficiency and environmentally responsible qualities of paper as a void-fill, cushioning or wrapping medium.  Our full line of products is designed to meet your needs and the needs of your clients.

But how is paper made?  Where does Ranpak’s paper come from?

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Ranpak’s void fill, cushioning and wrapping systems utilize
kraft paper, which is produced from pulp created by the kraft process.

Pioneered by Car F. Dahl in 1879, the kraft process derives its name from the German word for strong.  Kraft paper is machine- made paper that is created from wood pulp consisting almost entirely of pure cellulose fibers.

The kraft process dictates that wood chips are heated with water, steam and a strong alkaline liquid known as “white liquor”. 

After this initial treatment, the wood chips are heated in pressurized vessels called digesters.  After several hours at high temperatures, the natural components of the wood begin to break down, causing the wood chips to form an initial pulp.  After evaporating off some of the residual liquid, the pulp is finally screened and washed.

The kraft process includes the use of sulfate in the conditioning of the wood pulp.  This helps to add to the overall strength of the finished paper.

After the wood pulp is made, it is pulverized and fed into a machine, where it is formed into a paper web, with all water removed through pressing and drying.

It all sounds pretty technical, so what does it really mean? Well, to make it simple, the kraft process makes a pulp that is stronger than the pulp made by other processes. 

 

Translation: Ranpak’s paper is stronger, better and more durable.

 

Ranpak’s kraft paper is naturally tan in color, strong and has a high tensile strength – meaning it will hold up to the demands of packaging and shipping.

Ranpak only works with Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified mills to ensure our paper comes from a responsible source that follows sustainable forestry practices.  For more information about Ranpak's sustainability practices, visit our Go Green page.


Welcome to Ranpak’s Electronic Home

November 15, 2011 09:40

Hello and welcome to our website and the Ranpak Blog!  My name is David Gabrielsen and I am Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ranpak Corporation, a position I have held since March of 2002.  Since 1972, Ranpak has been a global supplier of paper-based, in-the-box, protective packaging materials.   We market our patented systems globally and maintain operations in Ohio, Nevada, Kansas, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. More...

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