£18m project to create new generation of parcel containers

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A UK parcel operator has chosen K Hartwall for an £18 million four-year product development project for a new roll container.

The long-term objective is to replace some of the current fleet of around 400,000 roll containers at the unnamed customer.

Finnish company Hartwall, which counts Royal Mail and DHL among its customers, said that, with the exponential increase in parcel volumes over the past few years, traditional postal and logistics operators were faced with new challenges. Growing international competition and often old logistics infrastructure create pressure to develop innovations to improve parcel handling.

The new container is designed to be user-friendly, to support new package automation at the postal terminals, and to ensure the most efficient fill rate also during transport.

Hartwall’s business unit head Eero Heinonen said: “The first test series of the new parcel roll container was manufactured in Sipoo early this year, and that was followed by a major test programme in the UK. Series production of the new roll container will begin in Sipoo this autumn.”

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