Duraflex is a highly strong material produced from 3 layers of polypropylene film. The thermoformed core, distinguished by a repetitive pattern of cells, is enclosed between two flat solid layers. All layers are combined and sealed during in-line extrusion, therefor they do not contain any glue or additional bounding agents.
The sandwich-type structure gives the material equal resistance over the entire surface and provides outstanding protection and shock absorption features. The inner cells size can vary depending on the thickness of the material which is available between 3-30 mm. These rigid polypropylene aircell boards offer an excellent ratio between the material’s high strength and its low weight, making it suitable for designing a large variety of handling and transport packaging.
Material density, of up to 6000 g/m2, recommends Duraflex for the highest stability and durability demands in transport and handling of products and small equipment. Duraflex can be optionally treated with different additives to achieve flame retardant or electrically conductive properties, as well as UV-rays resistance. Furthermore, it has a good thermal resistance and is unaffected by moisture and most chemicals.
Plastic is widely seen as the most un-friendly material for the environment and rightly so if we look at its global presence in relation to its resistance over time. The non-biodegradable material seems to last forever on this planet and there are no signs of ever controlling the huge amount of plastic waste that is being released in the environment.
However, durable plastic packaging – such as the ones we make from Duraflex – can be reused for many years in continuous cycles without losing their quality or integrity. Compared to manufacturing new packaging, reusing them avoids further extraction of resources and reduces the energy consuption as well as the waste discharge.
Due to the schock absorbing features, Duraflex packaging protects the goods from damaging during handling, storage and transport and thus prevent money loss and waste increase. Its lightweight structure reduces the used fuel quantity and CO2 emissions while foldable versions of the empty packaging generate further savings by decreasing the needed transport space at return. Due to the advanced customisation degree, Duraflex packaging are manufactured to tigthly suit the inner goods dimmensions and their stacking requirements and thus optimize the volume of the truck.
Plastic is technically recyclable but, in the form of compounds, it can become much too difficult or expensive to recycle. Yet our air cell polypropylene boards are made from a single polymer (Polypropylene) which makes it 100% recyclable at the end of its useful life. Reintroducing it into the production circuit offers us the possibility to minimise the overall impact on the environment and to contribute to a more sustainability supply chain.