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OCC – “The Natural Renewable Resource”

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The Rigid Fibre is recyclable

OCC Scrap (Old Corrugated Cardboard) is easy to recognize. Corrugated is made of paper and has an arched layer, called "fluting," between smooth sheets, called "liner." This arched layer provides corrugated with a very high strength-to-weight ratio. 

The corrugated is most commonly used to make packaging boxes which has one layer of fluting between two smooth sheets. But there are many types of corrugated available, each with different flute sizes and thicknesses. 

Corrugated is a very durable, versatile, economical and lightweight material used for custom-manufactured shipping containers, packaging and point-of-purchase displays, in addition to numerous non-traditional applications ranging from pallets to children's toys to furniture. It  offers thousands of possible combinations of board types, flute sizes (caliper), basis weight, adhesives, treatment and coatings, including flame retardant and static control protection. (Source: http://www.corrugated.org)

Corrugated is the only shipping container and packaging medium which is very “RIGID” and it can be cut and folded into varieties of shapes and sizes and direct-printed with high-resolution color graphics (including lithography, flexography and silk screening). Corrugated is custom-designed to fit specific product protection, shelf space and shipping density requirements (including inner packaging that prevents shifting).

Corrugated is a combination of structural rigidity with superior cushioning. Corrugated containers nest products in an optimally protective environment, so even heavy or fragile contents arrive undamaged.

Corrugated offers excellent tear, tensile and burst strength to withstand shipping pressures. It resists impact, drop and vibration damage while offering uniform stacking and weight distribution so the load stays put.

Corrugated can be designed to contain flowable, granular or loose bulk products and even hazardous materials. It is also used to ship liquids and fresh foods, with the addition of removable liners that serve as moisture barriers.

All this from a material that is lightweight, low-cost, reusable and recyclable.

Because corrugated is made from a natural renewable resource, has a great environmental record. Corrugated is almost always manufactured using high percentages of recovered fiber (including old corrugated containers, kraft, old newspapers and mixed paper), thereby diverting these materials from the municipal solid waste stream.

In 2012, 91 percent of all container board produced was recovered and recycled in the U.S. Corrugated has the best recycling rate of any packaging material used today. And that's what happens after the corrugated box has been used and reused time and time again to store and move items around the home, store and office.

Recycling corrugated helps decrease solid waste disposal in landfills.  It also provides fiber that is reused to make new corrugated, so we can use less new, raw material.  Recycling corrugated even earns revenue for the end-user, because that recovered material called "OCC," is valuable to paper mills and manufacturers of new corrugated.

The current market trend for OCC in South India is healthy and is in demand. The market shows an upward trend with a change of +4.76% to +0.50%. But Ragavendran T, of BEROE, procurement intelligence and customized market research company tells that, “in recent years, in the international market two interesting trends are panning out in the Pulp and OCC markets respectively. Pulp market has witnessed an increase in demand in the past 4 years, but the supply has been increasing at a faster rate than demand. And owing to this trend, there is a belief that Pulp market may witness a supply glut by the year 2020.”

He asserts that the demand for OCC has been slowing down in the corresponding period, but supply is slowing at a faster rate than demand – an exact opposite trend to that of Pulp. And owing to this trend, there is a belief that OCC market may witness a severe supply crunch by the year 2020.

Should procurement worry about the impending supply crunch of OCC? To this question he answers that there need not be fear as after a short period there would be a change in the scenario.

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