All kinds of producers may have embraced the opening of Oji Fibre Solution's state of the art packaging manufacturing plant for increasing competition to the market, but they have also worked collaboratively with the company to create many firsts in fruit and vegetable packaging.
When Oji Fibre Solutions (OjiFS) opened its Yatala plant in South East Queensland in February 2018, they identified the horticultural sector as a major market for its high performance products for local and export segments.
Queensland state sales manager, Jason Cairns-Lawrence, said before the year was out tomato, zucchini and banana farmers had worked together with OjiFS to create boxes that were fast driving industry standards.
"We're about long-term co-operative partnerships: adding value to the growers and agents to ensure packaging plays a significant part in maximising the crop value at market for both domestic and exports," Mr Cairns-Lawrence said. “Our PowerPly creates exceptional box strength with cartons now widely available thanks to collaboration with local primary producers. The solid one-piece bottom is like many of the north Queensland boxes, but can be assembled by hand without carton erecting machines: it's had great uptake in the local industry because it's stronger than anything previously used.”
"Our PowerPly cartons are also strong enough, that in a variety of packing situations, they can replace wax cartons for a range of crops including table grapes, citrus, salad and avocados, so this is a boon for producers exporting to markets that are phasing out waxed boxes. The horticulture industry is a substantial user of corrugated cardboard. High compression strength and moisture resistance is essential to protect fruit and vegetable produce from damage due to crushing in stacks in chillers, cold stores and freight containers.”