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ICS Packaging and Logistics, 20 years of experience in the manufacturing of corrugated cardboard packaging

By Alan Gutiérrez. December  2020

ICS Packaging and Logistics is a company with over 20 years of experience in the market. It has a strong presence in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and counts with a variety of operations in the locality where they perform different activities for their client’s benefit. One of the plants is located in the industrial park Bermudez. In an exclusive interview for Mexico Industry, Carlos Blasco, general director of ICS Packaging and Logistics, shared the details of the company.  

The company specializes in corrugated cardboard, boxes, partitions, assemblies, sub-assemblies, wood pallets (new, recycled, and reworked), and logistics. It counts with over  200 trailers of their own which they use to perform 3PL logistics and VMI. They have around 350 employees that work in two shifts.

In addition, they have special machinery for the cleaning of returnable containers and a special place to clean plastic containers.

The added value they give to their clients is providing them with an integral service. ¨As our name states we offer a circular supply integration, we don’t offer just packaging but also logistics, transportation, customs, assemblies, and recycling services. All this makes us more interesting to work with. We offer integral services ̈ he said.  The company has various locations in El Paso Texas, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and Monterrey. The one on the Industrial park Bermudez counts with 100,000 ft², it stands out for being the one that manufactures packaging for the clients,  while the other plants have sub-assemblies, assemblies and logistics. 

Its procedure consists in the raw material, receive it and then process it with their machinery to have the end product for the client. They count with eight production lines, each one with different processes. They are an IMMEX company and are part of the main industrial associations  

Furthermore, they count with the  ISO-9000: 2015, CTPAT and OEA  (Operador Económico Autorizado/ Authorized Economic Operator) certifications. Their supplies proceed mainly from the United States ( 90%) and the rest from Mexico. 

For Blasco,  the Mexican labor force is noble, qualified, enjoy working, and improve itself .¨Is what has made us strong in the market. We are the number one in our sector thanks to our personnel¨ he shared.

For the next year, the company has new projects. ¨ We would like to open another location inside of Mexico, is a short term project for the 2021¨ he said. 

They also adopt measures for social responsibility. They make donations to the community, especially to the Desarrollo Integral de la familia ( DIF/ Integral family development) and to the city of Ciudad Juárez. 

Lastly, ICS Packaging and Logistics rules itself by ethics and professional values. We comply with everything we offer to our client, this is what has allowed us to stay in the business for more than 20 years¨ he concluded with.

ICS - Packaging design

Packaging design, what we are capable of doing

At ICS Packaging & Logistics we cover the storage, protection, and transportation needs in a satisfactory way from a futuristic and innovative vision. Likewise, our packaging design is characterized by complying with strict quality, safety, and profitability standards. Counting in turn, with innovative and attractive designs.

In the elaboration and manufacture of personalized designs, careful processes are involved, based on high-quality standards of our manufactured and commercialized products, satisfying all the needs of our local clients.

Packaging design. Corrugated cardboard

Corrugated cardboard boxes are the most practical solution when it comes to packaging design. They are also ideal for the transport of merchandise in the electronics, agro-industrial, automotive and household appliances industries. At ICS Packaging & Logistics we offer aerospace and medical packaging solutions.

Benefits

·         Personalized design

·         Costs reduction

·         Propaganda

·         Efficiency

·         Protection and resistance

Our Packaging Design department designs and develops a completely new and different corrugated cardboard packaging according to the specific needs of your products, reducing production costs.

Types of flutes

The flutes are classified by letters from “A” to “F”. The thicker the flute, the thicker and stronger the corrugated will be:

·         Flute type A: It is the most resistant in terms of vertical pressure. With a height between 4.0 mm. and 4.8 mm.

·         Flute type B: With a height between 2.1 mm. and 3.0 mm. It is more resistant to horizontal pressure.

·         Flute type C: Offers proportional resistance. Its height is between 3.2 mm. at 4.0 mm.

·         Flute type E: It is extremely thin. It is generally used to make the micro-corrugated board. With a height of 1.1 mm. 1 .8 mm.

·         Flute type F: With a height of 0.75 mm. to 0.90 mm. It is known as microcorrugated.

Types of corrugated cardboard

These depend on the number of smooth cardboard sheets and the corrugated paper structures to be used. Some of the most common types of packaging are:

·         Simple channel: consists of a flat cardboard sheet and a corrugated paper structure. It tends to be a flexible frame. It is recommended to wrap delicate products before placing them inside the previously chosen boxes.

·        Single-wave cardboard or double-sided cardboard: consists of two smooth cardboard sheets and a corrugated paper structure. Its structure is rather rigid. It is the most used in making boxes.

·         Double channel: Offers greater resistance than the previous ones. It is made up of two corrugated paper structures and three smooth cardboard sheets.

·         Triple channel: Recommended for especially heavy goods. It is manufactured with three sheets of corrugated paper and four sheets of smooth cardboard.

At ICS Packaging & Logistics, it acquires customized corrugated cardboard boxes according to the characteristics and required needs, as well as the design of prototypes. Our packaging design offers great versatility and a wide variety of styles.

Hybrid Pallets ICS Quality

Wood pallets have been a logistic solution used by the manufacturing industry to secure and optimize merchandise transportation. 

Nowadays the wood pallets manufacturing depends on the necessities or immediate specifications of any industrial sector, that is, the type and quantity of the load they transport, as well as their storage installations. 

The wood pallets made with raw material may present a future higher cost. As a result, packaging and logistics companies have chosen to help reduce the consumer’s costs giving added value in the manufacturing when elaborating Hybrid Wood pallets, that by its composition and materials are more accessible. 

A hybrid wooden pallet is designed to increase company profitability. This product is named hybrid because it is manufactured with new and recycled materials, giving the same functionality and resistance for merchandise storage.

The raw material quality and the useful life of a hybrid pallet allows substantial savings that, combined with an efficient storage system, manages to cover a high demand in the manufacturing market. 

Market Benefits of hybrid wood pallets.

The hybrid wood pallets in ICS Packaging & Logistics arise from the actual shortage of used pallets. By combining new and recycled materials, hybrid pallets are increasingly used within the manufacturing industry, thanks to the benefits they contribute. Among the most prominent we can mention that: 

  • They represent a substantial saving at the moment they get to their useful life. 
  • The materials can be recycled for other applications. 
  • They allow a quick dismantling for better storage and structure modifications. 
  • High resistance to merchandise transportation. 
  • They have a very long useful life. 
  • They decrease operating costs by avoiding the expense of new pallets. 

Pallets
Heat Treatment for Wooden Pallets. – ICS

Process of recollection and fabrication of raw material for hybrid wood pallets. 

One of the incorporated services in ICS Packaging & Logistics is recycled wood pallets recollection, that later through logistics systems, the materials are transferred to our warehouses to be dismantled. 

Once they are dismantled, the pieces are stored so they can be combined with totally new materials and later assemble hybrid wood pallets according to each client’s requirements. This makes it possible to manufacture more wood pallets starting from the previous combination of materials. 

We make sure that everything is manufactured under the specifications, keeping every wood pallet free of risks and hassle-free for logistics or product transportation. 

Challenges of providing hybrid wooden pallets to the Mexican market. 

In Mexico, the management of recycled wooden pallets is a very competitive market, where in most cases there is a shortage of used materials. It is therefore that offering a solution among new wood pallets and recycled ones, has opened doors to wider markets in global consumer products industries, such as: 

  • Medical
  • Electronic
  • Automotive
  • Agro-industrial
  • Aerospacial

The supply of wood pallets for the transportation of these products is an important challenge to achieve. ICS Packaging & Logistics builds hybrid wood pallets with high-quality materials and carries out the high demand of these industries. 

The recovered material recollection process, handling, and storing have been the key to have raw material that guarantees cost reduction without losing quality and resistance. 

ICS Packaging & Logistics: Added Value for the industry with Hybrid Pallets usage.

For the manufacturing industry, finding a product that generates value-added from short to the long term, is a challenge to achieve. While it’s true that you must invest in pallet purchases, hybrid wooden pallets do not represent an elevated cost compared to acquiring them as a new purchase. 

In ICS Packaging & Logistics we have a very wide vision with a high level of capacity to cover any necessity, diminishing the operating costs of companies. This reflects the packaging we offer and the quality service to our clients. 

Since 2001, we have been direct suppliers for the border market and we count on services that ensure efficient deliveries and cover emergencies in purchase orders with a solid and competitive way for the industrial sector. 

We provide hybrid wood pallets up to a full and secure logistic service for merchandise deliveries. ICS Packaging & Logistics serves the regions of Chihuahua, Juarez, Monterrey, and El Paso, Tx with a big sense of commitment and responsibility. 

As a privately local company, we can respond quickly to our customers’ emergencies. Let us be your local packaging manufacturer.