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Packaging Materials

The Evolution of Modern Packaging Materials

The history of packaging materials is a considerably longer one than most people may imagine. Although their nature is certainly primitive by today’s standards, archaeologists have provided clear evidence that boxes and baskets formed from reeds were used for the purpose long before their mention in ancient biblical texts. Later progress saw the introduction of leather wineskins, wooden boxes, pottery vessels and sacking although the earliest record of the use of wrapping paper dates only to 1035 when it was evidently used by Egyptian market traders to wrap vegetables.

Modern packaging materials, however would still be a long time coming and only in the early 19th century did the development of tin-plated steel make canned foodstuffs practical while only closer to the end of that century did paperboard cartons and corrugated fibreboard boxes make their first appearance. It was, however, the twentieth century in which the greatest advances were made with the development of Bakelite used for bottle tops, cellophane wrap, all manner of plastics and aluminium foil to name just a few.

Today, the high demand for packaging materials has given rise to a whole new industry that is dedicated to improving its existing products and developing new ones. In turn, the distribution and sale of these products has become the responsibility of dedicated wholesalers and retailers. New products like bubble wrap and plastic covers, purpose moulded to protect fragile or expensive items such as glass, watches or mobile phones are now to be found in all retail outlets from the market stalls to upmarket department stores.

As a result of the stringent health regulations governing packaging materials that are used for the sale of foodstuffs, the industry has had to address these requirements with innovative new products; a challenge that it has succeeded in meeting most effectively and the array of containers to be seen in shops and supermarkets in every country in the world is a testament to the adaptability of their research departments and designers. The handy segmented containers that are designed to house all of the individual components of a meal are just one example of this versatility.

Sourcing Packaging Materials in South Africa

If your company has a need for these specialised packing products then it is very likely that you will be making use of a range of different items and so dealing with a one-stop wholesale outlet, if possible, would make sound sense. In this respect, the International Group of Companies, with its head office in the North West Provincial town of Brits could prove to be the perfect solution.

In addition to a wide range of cardboard and paper products their packaging materials include an equally wide range of Styrofoam containers, plastic bags, wrapping film, crates and dispensers as well as fastenings and sealing equipment.

In addition to serving manufactures, the International Group of Companies also caters for the needs of smallholdings and farms with a range of knitted and woven polyethylene and polypropylene vegetable pockets and bags in a selection of colours. The range includes a circular woven product that provides ultra violet protection. The result is a packaging material that is able to keep its contents fresh for up to 3 months.

The company has been operating for more than six decades so it is perhaps not too surprising that it has learned a few things about its core business. Based on its longevity alone, it is clear that it is a company trusted by its customers. This too is not really a surprise as it well known for its highly competitive pricing policy and a quality of service and reliability that only its dedicatedly customer-centric policy can explain.

It is clear that both the basic nature and the performance requirements of packaging materials have evolved considerably and, fortunately, so too, have the quality products and services of the International Group of Companies.