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Views, commentaries, opinions and packaging industry updates from the world of Southgate.

Covid-19

Southgate on the Front Line: Covid-19

As the threat of coronavirus COVID-19 impacts on global health and economy, Southgate is a useful ally to those still engaged in delivery of essentials to health professionals and households. In many areas the front line is now online. Delivery from distribution hubs lessens the risk of infection compared with retail outlets. Some smaller companies …

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Taping and Ancil

Do You Suffer from Wrap Rage?

According to a 2013 study over 60,000 people are injured by opening packaging each year and not using safety cutters. In the workplace, according to the National Safety Council (US), knife cuts account for about 1/3 of overall workplace injuries. A further two-thirds of those are lacerations to hands and fingers. Packaging designers are now …

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Sustainability

How to Survive the Void Fill Crisis

Void fill is manufactured from a number of substances. Primarily composed of polystyrene or maize starch foam, polythene film air pillows and shredded paper or card. The relatively insignificant packaging sector is set to change due to two globally-occurring factors. Increased cost of Kraft Paper Paper-based void fill systems widely use Kraft paper. Its strength …

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packaging

The Facts On… Antistatic Packaging

Antistatic packaging can stop a surface from gaining static electricity by induction. This is the migration of a charge from another statically charged object, or tribocharge – rubbing two surfaces together and separating them. Static electricity can be an irritating nuisance. It can make the two sides of a plastic bag cling together so that …

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Postal and Bags

Tenzapost Widens Mailing Bags Range

Following the successful launch of its Tenzapost brand of plastic and paper mailing products, Southgate® continues to develop the selection of products on offer with the introduction of a wider opaque grey mailing bags range in fifteen popular sizes. Made of co-extruded polythene, these feature a neutral dark grey outer layer and an opaque black …

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Security

Tegrabond® goes wider and longer with BP755

Tegrabond water activated tapes have already taken the carton sealing sector by storm.  The tapes stronger performance, better environmental credentials and reduced cost per carton mean that they are an invaluable product. The most popular Tegrabond dispenser by far is the BP555, which is now installed in major order fulfilment centres across the UK and …

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Strapping

Speed up your Strapping with the SFT

Possibly the worst part of strapping pallets by hand is feeding the strap through the pallet frame. For many years operatives have used a thin stick or cane, split at one end to grip the strap. Some products offer a slight sophistication to this improvisation, with a proper metal spring clip on the end of …

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Machinery

You’re Bound to Succeed With The AX30

Paper and plastic binding strips are widely used to hold loose products in neat, manageable bundles – examples include banknotes, correspondence card sets, personal organiser refill packs and wooden medical tongue depressors. Applying technology similar to that of an arch strapper, the AX30 from Southgate® can be used with 30mm wide paper or plastic strip. …

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Fulfilment

What’s Your Cleanliness Next To?

John Wesley famously claimed it was next to Godliness and everyone’s been quoting him since, but one thing is for sure – you can’t separate cleanliness from workplace safety, employee welfare and even productivity. You may only know Southgate® as a packaging products supplier, but do you know that they also hold a range of …

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Transit packaging

How are your pallet damages stacking up?

The correct way to carry out pallet stacking is a constant battle within a business: You receive a call from an irate customer, complaining that a pallet of fragile goods has been damaged in transit. Has the pallet has been dropped or tilted? No, the Xtegra® shock and tilt monitors haven’t been activated. Has it …

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