The investigation looked at the DIY and the builders’ merchant retail supply chains for paper and plastic form-fill-seal (FFS) cement sacks.
Innventia said the level of damage to paper sacks for cement and other powdered building materials does not exceed one to two per cent.
“In fact, it is our opinion that less than one bag per hundred is affected in this part of the supply chain,” said Kennert Johansson, senior project manager and member of the Innventia research team. “This is entirely realistic considering the evidence we have gathered.”
“This finding refutes the recent claims that FFS bags are impaired less than paper sacks,” said Stina Blombäck, senior adviser at CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC, the associations that commissioned the investigation.
Among the major causes of damage are incorrect palletisation and forklift operations like snagging or tine penetration.
“The study confirms that due to their unique properties, paper sacks ensure ideal protection and durable storage for powdered goods,” said Blombäck.