4 Benefits of using molded fibers

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Molded fibers are eco-friendly, using up to 70% less energy than plastics and are fully biodegradable. They offer customizable packaging solutions tailored to specific product dimensions, significantly enhancing protection and reducing costs by allowing precise material usage and reducing waste.

Environmental Sustainability

Molded fibers are highly praised for their customizable nature, which allows manufacturers to design and engineer packaging solutions tailored to specific product dimensions and protection needs. This adaptability is a key benefit in industries such as electronics and consumer goods, where product shapes and sizes vary widely.

The design process for molded fiber packaging starts with precise 3D modeling to ensure that each package fits the product like a glove. This bespoke approach not only enhances the protective quality of the packaging but also contributes to a more professional and appealing presentation. For example, a company specializing in smartphone accessories can customize molded fiber trays that not only fit each accessory precisely but also incorporate branding and product information directly into the tray design.

In terms of production flexibility, molded fibers can be adjusted in terms of thickness and density, allowing for increased protection for heavier items or cost reduction for lighter items. This flexibility makes it possible to design packaging that meets exact specifications without excess material, reducing waste and cost. For instance, a typical molded fiber packaging solution can vary its wall thickness from 1mm to 4mm depending on the level of cushioning and stiffness required.

Companies often leverage the customizable attributes of molded fibers to enhance their brand identity. The ability to incorporate logos, messages, and even color into the material during the production process serves as a powerful marketing tool. Consumer response to customized packaging is overwhelmingly positive, with surveys indicating that customized packaging increases consumer satisfaction by up to 30% compared to standard packaging.

The customization of molded fibers is not just limited to physical dimensions and branding. It also extends to environmental customization, where companies choose the degree of biodegradability and compostability based on their sustainability goals and customer expectations. This level of customization supports compliance with various environmental regulations and standards, positioning businesses as responsible stewards of the environment.

Protection

Molded fibers are great packaging solutions due to their excellent protective ability. They reduce the damage of products during transportation and/or storage. Due to their great capacity to absorb the impact and to resist the pressure, which is the main problem in the case of such products as electronics or glassware and ceramics, this packaging material protects products to the nth degree. In addition, molded fibers offer considerable design flexibility. They can be tailored to the requirements of a particular product so that it could fit the packaging to the best possible advantage. Moreover, molded fibers “can be designed to interlock with each other, in a process that can be worked out to create nested packaging inserts. This type of close-fit design offers an extremely high degree of safety, as each product is ‘locked in place’ within the molded fiber”.

In the electronics industry, where products are not only extremely important but also sensitive and excessively expensive, molded fiber packaging lowers the failure rate of products from 96% to 26%. The same, as a matter of fact, is true with the food and drink industry and such products as eggs and fruit. These products are also extremely sensitive such as fruit can easily be bruised and become decomposed. In the case of eggs high mobility of the product in the packaging, leads to a significant portion of them being scrambled. These products are also relatively cheap and in large quantities.

Molded fibers offer a sort of egg tray or a selection of a part of the foam packaging for the fruit, which significantly minimizes any possibility of the “scrambling” and/or products motion. “The food and drink industry reports a reduction of damage of about 30%. One of our clients reported that shifting to molded fiber has enabled them to increase their annual profits by 10%”. Thus, with reduced product loss, not only companies save on the expenditure for the repair of the products but, what is even more important, they save the product itself. There is also one more factor, which should not be overlooked. Desperate to obtain a good product, which was needed yesterday, companies for which the demand for the product exceeds the supply calculate well that freed at waste products money can be used to up turnover. They quickly get their full money and invest it in a new quantity of products. This results in the increased competitive capacity of the company.

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Cost-Effective

It is important to acknowledge molded fibers as a highly cost-effective packaging solution due to the nature of using recycled materials and the low cost of their manufacturing. When businesses switch to molded fibers, they get to use waste paper, newsprint, and cardboard, which are all much cheaper than producing virgin materials. Overall, such a practice allows businesses to save up to 40% on materials, which is a significant amount.

One of the most apparent cost advantages can be seen in the logistics of molded fibers. They can weigh less than other materials, which means that businesses spend less on shipping because the product’s overall weight adds less to the shipment. In some cases, businesses that transport their products worldwide can save tens of thousands of dollars a year “in fuel and shipping costs”. On average, the shipment weight of the molded fiber is 30% less than plastic packaging, which will result in substantial savings on long-distance transportation costs.

Overall, the molded fibers can help businesses to decrease their warehousing costs. The stackable and lightweight design of molded fibers, in addition to its strength, can make better use of available space, which can partially compensate for the cost of storage. In fact, molded fibers can help businesses to decrease the warehouse space needed by “20%, which can translate to some substantial savings in rent and improved operational efficiency”. The only other minor advantage noted is the lower cost of molded fiber production equipment. It generally requires less initial investment than many plastic and metal packaging production equipment, together with its lower maintenance cost due to simpler processes and lack of wearing mechanisms.

Customizable

Molded fibers are an outstanding material due to their highly customizable nature. Manufactures can design and engineer any type of packaging needed for products of specific dimensions for a particular type of production. Especially, such approach is beneficial for electronics and consumer goods fields, where all products have different shapes and sizes. The entire process requires precise 3D modeling of the product. The result is that the product perfectly fits the packaging, increasing not only its protective qualities but also the appearance.

A company working in the sphere of smartphone accessories can order small trays, which can fit each Xiaomi Mi Max accessory as tight as a glove, safely holding and taking out of them. One more advantage is that the mold fibers allow creating designs with informational pockets. For instance, each form of the packaging can be fitted with the brand logo and accessory description, laser engraved into the tray. Molded fibers can be adjusted in terms of thickness and density. Thicker and denser fibers are safer for transporting and keeping heavier items but cost more.

Accordingly, by choosing such features in the organization of the production, the company can save costs by protection for lighter items. This also allows manufacturists to produce trays for storing different products fitting the customer’s requirements best while not using any additional materials that add waste and cost to the production. As a result, the wall thickness can start with 1mm and achieve 4mm, providing a good level of cushioning and stiffness to the product.

Most companies use an opportunity to place logos, messages, and even color in the fibers to make it branding. It is relatively easy to do during the production process. When using such option, molded fibers packaging provides excellent incentive marketing. Generally, according to various surveys, customized packages make the consumers more satisfied. The surveys have also shown that satisfaction increases by 30% in case of using customized packages for carrying.

Lastly, such level of modification is also crucial for environmental branding. The molded fibers can be biodegradable and compostable. However, the amount of time they would need to degrade depends on the type of the material. Generally, this varies between 3-6 months to 1-2 years. Manufactures can adjust the features of the packaging in the best way, meeting their brand goal and customer requirements. A particular level of control is needed for the molding fibers due to its production requirements.

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