An alternative to cardboard and rigid-plastic dispensing tubes, flexible chub packs are gaining popularity with contractors and private homeowners. “In the North American fire-stopping industry, there is growing demand from end users for flexible chub packaging,” says George Yoshida, marketing manager, 3M Corp. “Currently, only 15 percent of the sealant industry is packaging in chub tubes, and we see significant growth potential in the conversion.”
Europe has already seen the transition from rigid tubes to flexible tubing as both manufacturers and consumers appreciate the efficiency of flexible packaging. Since 3M began packaging its first caulking products in chub packs two years ago, it has seen a significant rise in contractors and crews making adjustments to this new packaging. “We find that more and more major contractors are using both rigid-tube and flexible-chub-packaging dispensing guns,” comments Yoshida.
Plassein has spearheaded flexible chub packaging in the North American market and incorporates over 70 years of flexible-packaging knowledge and experience. Using a unique foil and film lamination, Plassein engineered the film to provide the critical oxygen barrier needed to protect the caulking.
Plassein uses a strong polypropylene-film formulation for resistance against tears and punctures, giving the package the durability needed to withstand the rigors at job sites. “Plassein’s engineered barrier film optimizes the shelf life of the caulking, and there have been no complaints of product loss due to the package breaking or tearing,” adds Yoshida.
Chub packaging offers adhesive, sealant and fire-stop manufacturers cost savings in packaging materials of up to 50 percent over rigid tubes. A single pallet of chub packaging is equivalent to a truckload of rigid tubing and takes up 94 percent less plant space. This allows packagers to keep significantly more packaging in-house and decrease cycle times. Once used and emptied, chub packs also take up considerably less landfill space than rigid tubes.
Chub packs offer faster line speeds over rigid tubes with less labor involved. More efficient than hand-loading each individual rigid tube, the chub packaging is delivered fully printed on roll stock. Once loaded, it is ready to run.
“As the demand for our Fire Barrier and other caulking products packaged in flexible chub tubes continues to grow, we are confident that Plassein will support our growth through service and a superior finished package,” says Yoshida.
Additional information on Fire Barrier CP 25WB+ Caulk is available from 3M Specified Construction Products Dept., 3M Center, Building 225-4S-08, St. Paul, MN 55144-1000. Call 800-328-1687, or visit the Web site http://www.mmm.com.