Published On: Fri, May 24th, 2013

5 Litre UN Approved Container A World First

Working in response to customer demand, RPC Containers UKSC has developed the world’s first lightweight 130g UN approved free-standing 5 litre jerrycan for the transportation of hazardous products.

5 Litre UN Approved Container A World First

5 Litre UN Approved Container A World First

Traditionally UN approved containers in this size are transported as a combination pack of either two or four containers inside a cardboard carton. RPC has now achieved a 130g free-standing version, produced in a special grade of polymer which provides excellent rigidity along with high impact performance and resistance to stress cracking. RPC is using high-tech moulding machinery to ensure optimum material distribution in order to maximise overall strength.

As a result, the 5 litre Compact 130g UN container is able to withstand the stringent requirements of UN approved packaging, achieving Group 2 approval for free-standing use for products with up to 1.4 specific gravity.The new lightweight pack has the potential to reduce transport costs as well as having a positive benefit on customers’ overall carbon footprint.

“This is a fantastic breakthrough,” comments Mike Winston, General Sales Manager of RPC Containers UKSC. “To achieve such a robust and durable 5 Litre container at only 130g is a major achievement. It both simplifies customers’ UN packing requirements and offers significant cost savings.“This is a superb addition to our UN approved range, which is available in sizes from 1 to 30 litres, and once again demonstrates our commitment to continuous development of our product range for the benefit of our customers.”

Nexus Packaging, a key distributor of RPC products, has worked with RPC on this new development. “There is much confusion and fear within the chemical packaging industry over legislative requirements,” explains Mark Ferguson, Director, Nexus Packaging. “The 130g 5 Litre UN free standing certificate enables UN requirements to be met using a standard 5 litre container and cap, while giving far more freedom in the choice and specification of outer packaging.”