Protega sets the benchmark for sustainable product protection

A combination of concern for the environment and the dramatic increase in e-commerce business, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has inspired the launch of a unique paper-based packing system by Protega Global Ltd.

The innovative and compact Hexcel Dispenser Bench has been developed and manufactured in the UK by Protega to complement its paper alternative to plastic bubble wrap. This means that as well as being dispensed using standalone equipment Hexcel can now be integrated into a customer’s packing station. This puts Hexcel right at the operator’s fingertips which in turn means faster wrapping and lower footfall. The integrated Hexcel bench was launched in response to e-commerce businesses crying out for a sustainable alternative that’s as good as plastic bubble wrap, and an efficient method of packing fragile goods to meet the significant increase in online demand for their products.

Requiring no power supply, this pioneering space-saving dispenser can be designed to fit a customer’s specific requirements and deployed anywhere in the packing room or warehouse. It separates, wraps and tears off Hexcel paper wrap through the simple roller system, while roll change is easy: just lift the bench top and slide on a refill.

Premium retailers are among those leading a significant uptake of the system, which is ideal for items such as tableware, glassware, health and beauty products and bottles and jars. The accessibility of the dispenser bench is proving very popular with customers, says Protega Director, Richard Steedman.

He explained: “We founded Protega after observing that there wasn’t much investment out there in paper packaging or voidfill solutions. The storm over plastics in the ocean propelled the business forward and drove the need for a sustainable alternative to plastic that offered better protection. We also wanted to introduce more accessible equipment that could be integrated into packaging areas.”

Virtually maintenance free, all the parts for the Hexcel dispenser bench manufactured at its Salisbury plant are sourced within the UK and the paper is partly recycled, as well as 100% recyclable minimising the product’s carbon footprint.
A combination of the Hexcel equipment and stackable material on a packing bench can save time and improve production compared to operators having to access large rolls of bubble wrap stored elsewhere on the floor. It’s also very flexible for different applications because it can spiral wrap wider products and additionally adhesive tape is not required.

Protega’s Hexcel dispenser bench has been such a hit with trial customers that the company is already planning another new product launch later this year. Richard added: “Customers have reported that the dispenser has boosted their productivity. Some have deployed the equipment on every single pack bench they have.”

In addition to the new dispenser bench, Protega offers a paper cushion, which provides protection against shock damage to goods in transit. This is the perfect complement to Hexcel paper which provides the surface protection. The company also supplies paper tapes and paper mailing bags as well as their own manufactured ‘Dynasafe’ retention system – a quick, tidy solution for goods like electrical products and cosmetics.

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