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The COMBO is the result of a €7 million development project carried out in collaboration with international food and beverage companies, which handle large volumes of liquids. The objective of the project was to develop a bulk liquid handling system that offered exceptional hygienic perfomance, and at the same time reduce costs per trip when compared to existing systems.
Every stage of the distribution chain was analysed to find a better solution for filling, storage, transporting, emptying and cleaning of bulk containers used to ship liquids and pastes. Traditional metal returnable transit containers and other distribution containers were examined and their shortcomings noted. Issues such as bug traps, rust and sharp edges puncturing liners were noted.
The COMBO was officially launched in 2003. A one thousand litre, square, foldable container, it is unique. It works with a liner that is filled with the product to be transported or stored. Having flat sides with no visible ribs or struts and rounded corners means that there are no bug traps. And being plastic it does not rust!.
Being a foldable container the the COMBO is very economical to store or transport when empty. A four-way entry base enables the COMBO to be handled easily using a forklift or pallet truck.
Since its launch the COMBO has proven very popular with the food, drink and pharmaceutical industries. It has been bought in large numbers throughout Europe and the US. For example - in the US it has become the standard shipping/storage container within the tomato paste industry.
New accessories for the COMBO and our other returnable transit containers are continuously being developed, and research into its benefits are ongoing. For example life cycle analyses conducted at the University of Lund in Sweden shows that the container dramatically reduces environmental impact, compared to the most common systems for liquids handling.