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A swingbar meat crate solution from Pact Group has awarded it recognition as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Companies in a program run by the Australian Financial Review.

This is the fourth year running that Pact has been given the recognition.

More than 1000 Australian companies were judged based on their culture, strategy, and track record in delivering innovations that create value.

Pact placed 49th in 2013, 45th in 2014, 38th in 2015 and 23rd in 2016.

The returnable transport packaging (RTP) swingbar meat crate system was made for one of Australia’s major supermarket chains.

Washed and reused 13 times a year as opposed to the single-use corrugated cardboard, the system reduces the ‘pool’ of units needed from 6.8 million single-use corrugated cardboard boxes per annum to 500,000 swingbar crates (with 8250 units for damage replacement per annum).

A crate in use for applications such as this has a lifespan expectancy of between seven and 10 years.

After this time the crate can be reprocessed and the material re-used and put into products which are made for non-food contact industrial applications, ensuring a full cradle-to-grave solution which eliminates waste to landfill.

Pact’s swingbar crate pool system was the first installation of its type in Australia for the retail meat industry.

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