Just over a year ago Ceramicx welcomed the team from Szinimpex to Ireland for a visit. – See Blog
Based in Kecskemét, Szinimpex began selling our products in 2016 and made it their mission to continue to grow sales of our products in Hungary and surrounding countries. Since their visit we have seen increased product orders and enquires. There has been an increase in engineering enquires also in the past year from large international companies with offices in Hungary.
Szinimpex have been working on upgrading their current website https://futoszalak.hu/ and doing the translation for a new site… (drum roll)
Szinimpex are pleased to have reached a new milestone last week as they launched https://ceramicx.hu/
Based on the same template ceramicx.com but it will be run by the team in Hungary keeping you updated with all things infrared in Hungary.
We wish them the best with the site and look forward to the next year of business with Szinimpex.
With a global distribution network and customers all around the world, the safe shipping of our range of infrared heating components is a key process in Ceramicx’ operations. Of course, this involves a large amount of packaging, so we’ve made a series of small changes to our packaging materials so we can be as eco-friendly as possible without compromising on quality or protection.
Our green new deal
In shipping almost 7,000 boxes of infrared elements and components every year, each containing anywhere up to 60 individual packages, it means we depend on strong and durable packaging to ensure their safe delivery, wherever their destination is in the world. To help us lessen our environmental impact and improve our packaging overall, here are a few of the investments we’ve made to help us go greener and better.
1). Calling time on polystyrene
In all our shipping box packaging, we’ve relied heavily on the use of polystyrene as a top and base layer, as well as a packing void filler for maximum protection. Based on our volume of shipping boxes, we can use around 12,000 sheets of 600 x 400 x 18 mm (approx.) of expanded polystyrene a year for all packaging.
While polystyrene is effective, it’s also largely non-biodegradable and takes many decades to decompose effectively, if at all. Therefore, the majority of it ends up in landfill after use. But, given its weight and composition, it also causes pollution as it finds its way into oceans and rivers, while its production is also a huge contributor to global warming.
So we’ve called time on polystyrene and eliminated it from our processes for good. As a replacement, we now use reinforced card for all top and base packing layers, and have moved to starch-based void fill ‘peanuts’ which are fully biodegradable and even dissolvable in water.
2.) Water-based adhesive packing tape
Another small but significant change has been a move to new packaging tape with water-based adhesive. Featuring our new logo, this new tape uses an environmentally-friendly formula for its glue that contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) so it’s not harmful to people or the environment.
Matching the high standards of our old tape, this type of adhesive gives us the strong level of tack we need as well as excellent flexibility and heat and water resistance, so every shipping package remains tightly closed and secure on its journey.
3). Clearer branding and handling instructions
This isn’t so much a ‘green’ initiative, more just a concerted effort to tie in with our recent Ceramicx rebrand. All our new outer shipping boxes (100% recyclable reinforced cardboard) now feature all-new Ceramicx branding, as well as clear handling instructions using the international packing symbols for ‘handle with care’ and ‘this way up’.
We’ve also taken the opportunity to rebrand and refresh the packing boxes for all our infrared elements and components as well. Again featuring our new logo, they also show clear and easy to read information on their contents, such as naming and product codes.
Small changes for a global view
While all our packaging can now be recycled or repurposed effectively, we’ve also sought to ensure as much of it as possible is sourced from Ireland in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible.
As a global business, it’s important for Ceramicx to be as green as possible in every aspect of our production and delivery. We’re proud of the changes we’ve made so far and we’ll continue to look for new ways to lessen our carbon footprint and be responsible in this climate emergency.
Due to Ceramicx being classified as an essential service we have been taking precautions while remaining open such as:
We supply heaters to medical and food packaging supply companies, among others. We have been using various multimedia to remind and reinforce the importance of these measures, so we continue to remain operational.
Adsale the organizers of Chinaplas have just announced the postponement of Chinaplas 2020. In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus virusthe Shanghai City Government have issued instructions stopping all large scale activities.
“CHINAPLAS 2020, the 34th International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries, scheduled to be held on 21-24 April 2020 at National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai will be postponed. New dates for the show will be announced at a later time”.
We hope that the number of people recovering from the virus continues to grow and it will not spread any further.
Anyone who wished to visit our stand in April can still contact us via phone or email [email protected] with enquires or questions.
The importance of Chinaplas to us and the infrared industry is never underestimated and it’s the only global trade show we never miss. Continuously busy over the four days, the show attracts the industry’s biggest and best from around the world, with over 180,000 visitors and nearly 4,000 exhibitors, and Ceramicx has committed to attending our 7th show.
We see Chinaplas as a fantastic, and sometimes our only opportunity to meet some of our EU distributors face to face on their own stands. But we can also catch up with many of our partners and colleagues in the infrared industry, and of course, meet plenty of new and existing customers.
But one of the key reasons we attend is to lend our support to one of our top partners, and our distributor in China, GSAE. Based in Guangzhou, the team sell significant quantities of our ceramic and quartz elements to their internal market. Chinaplas gives us the chance to not only work alongside them, but to socialise and thank them in person.
What we expect from Chinaplas
We already know the show will be buzzing with activity and the potential for new partnerships and customers – it always is. But Chinaplas has shown that it’s the only expo we’ve been a part of where customers will buy product directly from the stand each day.
They’ll often use the show as an opportunity to consider their options on their infrared requirements, with some customers actively looking to change their supplier as well. Buying individual elements from us, they’re able to test their quality and capabilities for their own applications before making a decision. It’s certainly a tactic that’s worked for us in the past.
As well as that, our GSAE partners will be selling the Ceramicx brand and taking bulk product orders from both new and existing customers alike. Chinaplas is certainly a show that works for selling product – more than any other – so we’re looking forward to more of the same.
It’s no surprise that many companies use the captive audience of Chinaplas to launch new or improved product – and Ceramicx is no different. We’re still working on a few new projects which we intend to take with us, but we’ll release more details about those nearer the show.
Manning our 18sq.m stand at this year’s show, together with some of our partners from GSAE, will be our MD, Frank Wilson, and Production Manager, Patrick Wilson. If you’ve seen the floorplan, you’ll know the show is huge, but you can find them in Hall 2.1 as part of the British Pavilion on stand J118.
If you’re making the trip to Shanghai in April, remember to stop by and say hello – it’d be great to see you there!
Last year we dabbled in some new industries and applications using infrared and continued to grow in strength with all our partners and distributors. Some investment in new machinery and forward thinking have set this coming year up to be a good one.
We have many new projects underway, along with exhibiting in Shanghai for Chinaplas 2020 in April.