Protecting your products while respecting the environment

Molded cellulose and its competition

  High density molded cellulose Traditionally molded cellulose Expanded polystyrene PE Foam Folded cardboard
Form weight 10g up to 200Kg 10g up to 50Kg 10g up to 400Kg 10g up to 150Kg 10g up to 50Kg
Impact on the environment 100% recyclable. Carbon consumption reduced (little fossil energy use during manufacturing & transportation) 100% recyclable. Carbon consumption reduced (twice as much carbon used) No sector recycling/exhaustion of fossil energy.
Durable damage to the environment (water, land…)
100% recyclable, but use of virgin fibers
Cost of a form Unit cost comparable for identical runs More expensive due to greater in-house logistic costs during start-up. More expensive due to higher labour cost (gluing of pieces) More expensive due to the time needed to assemble the pieces
Fluctuation of packaging prices Moderate. Waste paper recycling was 60% in 2009. High. Due to fluctuations in the price of oil. High. Prices are a function of the availability of virgin fibers. Abrupt drop of the offer after the closing of more than 300 plants (paper, sawmills, etc.) since 2003 in Canada
Equipment Between 5,000 and 15,000 euros depending on the size of the machine Low cost of equipment Between 1,000 and 3,000 euros depending on the size of the machine
Protecting against vibration High resistance due to reinforcement and shock-absorbers. Custom-made forms to fit the need of the product, distortion capacity. High resistance due to the thickness and density of the materials Very high resistance due to the distortion capacity of the materials and its thickness Low resistance because the container does not fit the part
Stacking & packaging (on a scale of 1 to 20) 20 10 1 1 20
Odor None High None
Risk during start-up No risk Risk of cuts while handling
Heat risks None / naturally insulating None / insulating material / flammable flammable None / insulating material
Humidity resistance Average resistance High resistance, but mildew/rusty risk if water evacuation is not timely Sponge effect Low resistance
Abrasiveness (on a scale of 1 to 5) 2 4 3 1 5
Dimensional tolerance on runs (in millimetres) +/- 1 mm +/- 4 mm +/- 1 mm +/- 3 mm +/- 5 mm