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Light-weighted paint can

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Light-weighted paint can
Matching performance to the marketplace facilitates light-weighting of plastic paint can
In Use – This introduction of this container was first announced in June 2011.

Packaging Reduction

Product Categories
Home Improvement

Relevant Materials
Plastic – rigid

Relevant Packaging Formats

Supply Chain Phase


Designers and production line staff at a UK packaging manufacturer have been able to take weight out of their long-standing plastic paint can design by correlating the can’s actual performance to the needs of the marketplace. This has allowed the team to determine hpw much material could be removed without jeopardising performance.

After initially trialling the new design for 18 months to ensure confidence in its performance the manufacturer is now supporting the development with investment in full production lines. The new container itself is visually no different to its predecessor, but uses less material and has a lower carbon footprint.

Branded as the Supertainer, the can is produced by RPC Containers Oakham.
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Potential Benefits

As a result of using less material this can has a lower carbon footprint than its predecessor but achieves adequate levels of performance in the marketplace.

Intellectual Property

The Supertainer is a disign of RPC Containers Oakham, and is the latest design in their range of straight-sided plastic cans.

Consultant View

Other paint companies and pail manufacturers are also working on initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of paint packaging. Those specifically interested in this area should try searching the REID database using the key words “Paint”, “Home improvement” or “Decorating”.

Contacts and Further Information

RPC Containers Ltd
Schofield Road
Rutland, LE15 6RW
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1572 723771

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