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Plastic Shipping Container Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of plastic shipping container manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source plastic shipping container manufactures with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate plastic shipping container companies that will design, engineer, and manufacture plastic shipping containers for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading plastic shipping container manufacturers. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right manufacturers whether you are looking for molded plastic shipping containers, PVC shipping containers, or folding plastic shipping containers.

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  • Cranbury, NJ 800-260-3786

    For over 60 years we have been a reliable supplier of drums, providing containers from 1 quart to 330 gallons in quantities from 1 to over 100,000. Through our wholly owned manufacturing & reconditioning affiliates, we are one of largest distributors for all the best plastic boxes. We have the supply & delivery capabilities to assure our customers the best products when they need them.

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  • Chicago, IL 800-760-3786

    Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc., founded in 1942 by Frank J. Jakacki, is a leading reconditioner of fiber, steel and synthetic drums. Located in Chicago, Illinois, we are a family-owned and operated business that is dedicated to the reconditioning of drums. Jakacki’s quality plastic shipping containers are of the highest quality and are offered at competitive pricing.

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  • Sale Lake City, UT 800-248-3434

    Thornton Plastics is an expert manufacturer in the plastic containers industry. Since 1955 we have manufactured plastic containers, specializing in small plastic containers. We offer various plastics, including polystyrene, polypropylene, and polyethylene. Our team works alongside our customers to ensure that their plastic container needs are met. All of our products are made and manufactured in the United States.

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  • Venice, IL 800-366-5098

    Container Distributors offers a solution for all of your plastic container needs, including all sizes of new and reconditioned plastic containers, as well as steel and fibre drums. We also carry a wide range of cubic yard boxes and IBC/totes. We specialize in plastic containers for environmental hazardous waste and material disposal. For more information about our plastic containers, call us today or visit our website!

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  • Richfield, WI 262-250-7566

    At Illing Company, we have a vast array of products to choose from. Our inventory includes plastic containers, drums, barrels, tubes, caps and closures. No matter what the product, Illing’s mission is to deliver the right product at the right time to satisfy our customers’ requirements. Contact us today, and an expert staff member will help you find what you’re looking for.

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  • Winfield, KS 620-221-9464

    For the past 30 years, Western Industries has been manufacturing plastic containers for a variety of industries, and fulfilling the needs for businesses large and small. At our 350,000 square-foot manufacturing campus, we have the technology and the expertise to manufacture plastic containers of all shapes and sizes, defect-free. We are a customer-centric company, and we aim to make a positive impact on our clients’ applications by working with them from the designing stage to the final product.

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Plastic Shipping Containers Industry Information

Plastic Shipping Containers

Plastic shipping containers are durable, inexpensive alternatives to metal, wood and glass shipping containers. A plastic shipping container can be a box, a tub, a bin, a crate or a bottle. Any plastic material that is used to ship items from one place to another is a plastic shipping container. Plastic containers are excellent shipping solutions because they can be designed to be impact resistant, shatter-proof (this feature makes plastic a better choice than glass in many cases) and weather resistant.

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Advantages of Plastic Shipping Containers

Raw plastic materials are generally inexpensive, which makes plastic shipping containers the smartest economic choice. Because plastic can be molded into any conceivable shape, customized plastic containers, which can be made to fit the contours of the items they are transporting, are excellent for transporting delicate or sensitive materials. Plastic shipping containers are often reusable, but in the case of damage or excessive wear, many varieties of plastic shipping containers can be recycled. Some plastic shipping containers are designed to be air-tight; these containers can be used to transport products like paper or electronics, both of which require protection from weather conditions while in transit. Ventilated shipping containers can house living cargo like plants and animals.

Design of Plastic Shipping Containers

All plastic shipping containers are made with thermoplastic resins and are created during a molding process. Plastic boxes can be either blow molded or injection molded. In both cases, the molding machinery would begin with a collection of raw plastic resin (which is called stock) that is loaded into a hopper and directed into a conveyance channel. A long screw turns in the channel, forcing the plastic toward the mold (click here to see how screw conveyors work). As it turns, the combination of friction, pressure and heating elements along the length of the channel liquefies the stock.

Once the stock is liquefied, it can be molded into any shape. At this point in the molding process, the plastic will either be injected into a mold (this is called injection molding), or it will be forced into a mold cavity along with compressed air (this is blow molding). Generally speaking, the thinner the construction of the plastic box’s walls, the more likely it was to have been created by blow molding. Once the molding process is complete, the plastic is allowed to cool and harden. Then it is ejected from the mold, cleansed of imperfections (if they are present) and either sent for shipping or for additional processing.



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