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Loadhog, the Sheffield-based supply chain innovator, opened up the Australian market in 2009 by securing almost £2m in sales to a leading global packaging manufacturer, after investing almost £1/2m in bespoke moulding tools.


After pilot testing Smartstak, Amcor specified the system as the standard method of transporting containers for its Australian and New Zealand operations.


Since the initial £1m deal the tools produce 40 per cent larger Smartpads and Smartframes – components of the Queen’s Award winning Smartstak glass bottle transportation system – for Amcor, one of Australia’s largest glass manufacturers. Loadhog has supplied an additional 500,000 pads which are now if full use and delivered to major breweries in Australia.

Launched in 2007, the revolutionary and patented Smartstak system comprises the Smartpad, an injection moulded, waved edge layer pad, and a spring loaded Smartframe, which work together to prevent the collapse of bottle packs during transportation or storage.


Smartstak operations manager, Dave Arthur, said: “These sales are a major coup for Loadhog and well worth our investment. What is especially pleasing is that this customer sees Smartstak as the standard for transporting glass bottles, which is a major step towards establishing the system as the industry standard, not just for Amcor. We are currently talking to a number of other major bottle manufacturers and are confident that more Smartstak sales will be forthcoming.”


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