DB Schenker relies on the professionals at Europac for load carriers and special packaging. Its experts know their stuff and deliver the right solutions, from Euro pallets to customized packaging solutions. Europac, which is headquartered in Coburg, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It’s the perfect time to reflect, but more importantly to look ahead.DB Schenker relies on the professionals at Europac for load carriers and special packaging. Its experts know their stuff and deliver the right solutions, from Euro pallets to customized packaging solutions. Europac, which is headquartered in Coburg, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It’s the perfect time to reflect, but more importantly to look ahead.
1967: One department ensures smooth load carrier operations
In 1967, DB Schenker was still named Gebrüder Weichelt, and Euro pallets had just recently hit the market. The pallets simplified the transport business considerably. Since they were standardized, they could be easily shared among all participants. They also significantly cut down on the number of empty runs. Gebrüder Weichelt created a central department to manage its own load carriers – around 300 flat and wire mesh pallets.
The department’s first task was to develop a procedure for keeping track of pallet sharing with as little red tape as possible. And it did a good job, considering that the system is still used to this day. Although it’s all done by computer now, the idea is still the same. “A central management unit organizes the exchange of load carriers and monitors administration at the offices,” explains Markus Linke, Head of Project and Tender Management at Europac in Coburg. Twenty years later, the number of pallets at the company had grown to one million. Europac also managed some half a million stillages in by the early 1990s.
From a load carrier manager to a high-performing specialist
Today Europac still trades in load carriers and also in packging materials, such as films, thermal covers and cardboard packaging. Europac has also expanded its expertise to become a high-performing service provider in all things packaging. Its most important objectives are to:
- Optimize pacakging to prevent damage and
- Reduce packaging cost
It increasingly focuses on the work of packaging professionals who develop new packaging concepts. It was Europac’s tinkerers who made thermal covers a mainstay of part-load transport. At the customer’s request, the covers are used to prevent the temperature of special water-based paints from dropping below 5°C.
Another example is the R-Box, which DB Schenker launched on the market for reusable packaging in 1997, leaving its mark on the entire industry. It continued to hone the solution, which was highly innovative at the time. Today the R-Box’s successors are high-security containers that have especially secure electromechanical locks and can be tracked using FPS. DB Schenker not only earned the German Packaging Award for its solution in 2011; it also earned the 2013 World Packaging Award, something DB SCHENKEReuropac and its employees are understandably proud of.
Full service provider offering customer support
Another of Europac’s areas of expertise is customer support. “We use damage events to analyze root causes for customers,” says Markus Linke. “We show how innovative materials and packaging designs can prevent damage or reduce weight, which in turn reduces the cost of transport. And we usually do this at the customer’s premises.”
The packaging pros at Europac also use their expertise to help their own company. “We see ourselves as a service provider that generates real added value – whether it’s for external customers or ourselves,” says Ingo Hoster, Head of Europac. And with a great deal of success. Hoster has no doubt that DB Schenker Europac will continue to deliver innovative packaging solutions for another 50 years.