US-based Huber Engineered Materials has launched a new packaging concept at its precipitated amorphous silica production facility in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

The new concept is designed to replace paper bags with a conversion to stronger polyethylene bags. 

Bags produced with the new packaging system provide better tensile strength, reduce dust, and offer greater moisture control to maintain the integrity of packaged material.

The new system also enables the removal of trapped air in the bags, and provides option for more stable pallets during shipment, unloading, and warehousing.

Huber Engineered Materials silica business unit product management global director Jon Fecteau said: “Our investment in this area is in direct response to increasing customer and regulatory needs for stronger and more secure packaging.

“Not only do the polyethylene bags offer superior performance, they also provide increased printing and labelling options.”

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"Not only do the polyethylene bags offer superior performance, they also provide increased printing and labelling options."

The company has already launched the new packaging system at facilities in Europe and America, and plans to introduce it in Asia next year.

Huber Engineered Materials currently has a portfolio of various products such as specialty silicas and silicates; alumina trihydrate; magnesium hydroxide; barium sulphate; as well as industrial, food and USP calcium carbonate. 

The company’s products are used in several industrial, paper and consumer-based applications.

In May, Huber Engineered Materials announced its plan to increase the capacity of RxCIPIENTS FM1000 calcium silicate NF at the Havre de Grace, Maryland, by twofold.

The expansion is scheduled to be operational by the third quarter of 2016.

Image: Innovative recyclable polyethylene bags are filled and sealed at Huber's Havre de Grace, Maryland, silica manufacturing operation. Photo: courtesy of Huber Engineered Materials.