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New partner for plastic repairs in Europe

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Since Borgarplast was founded in 1971 the focus has always been to make quality products built to last and the general culture of the company has always been to never cut corners and never jeopardize quality. We take pride in producing quality products that are built to last. We have made extensive tests and adhere to strict quality control and because of that we have built a reputation of strong, long-lasting products. Our biggest export products are our insulated pallet containers for the food industry, and we have satisfied customers all over the world.

Even though we do our very best to make the best products we also understand that once the containers leave our factory they are destined to be used and abused for years to come. The wear and tear of use in factories, ships, trucks, in all kinds of weather and conditions, the constant lifting with forklifts, the stacking, the filling and emptying of all kinds of food products and the constant cleaning with high pressure water and soap will take its toll on the containers. And with all this use by humans we know that accidents can happen, and containers might break.

From the beginning we have anticipated that accidents can happen and because of that we make the containers so they are generally easy to repair. We have been looking for partners that we can recommend for our customers to take their broken containers to be repaired and recently we were contacted by a company in Europe that specializes in plastic repairs. Among other things they do a lot of repairs on plastic pallet containers.

The company, called Totalplast B.V. is in the Netherlands but they provide services in most countries in Europe. They contacted us because they feel that the Borgarplast containers are easy to repair but they don’t see a lot of Borgarplast containers come in for repairs, so they wanted to bring their services to our attention. We were of course happy to hear from them since we had already been looking for contacts to provide to our customers for repairs. We wanted to get to know them better and see if they had any advice to give to our customers on the proper handling of the containers so we could prevent damages. Over the years they have repaired many different brands of containers and so they have experience with working with several brands. We sent a list of questions to their Sales Account manager, Mr. Pim Fleurkens which he happily answered for us.

First, we wanted to know what kind of damages the most common ones they see in their line of work and if they had any advice to give so they could be prevented. Their reply was that most of the damages are caused by improper handling:

“Mostly we see damage caused by forklift ‘accidents’. People work fast and therefore sometimes less careful and then hit the insulated containers with the forks of a forklift. Perforation of the wall with the forks are the most repaired damages, followed by damaged bottoms and corners.” 

Do you have any advice for users on how to handle their containers? Something you see a lot that can be prevented?

“Take care and take your time, but I understand that this is impossible at some times. Almost all the damages we see are caused by uncareful usage.”

We also wanted to know if and then how Borgarplast containers are different from other brands in terms of damage and repair and in general what their experience is with working with our products. Their reply makes us more confident that our aim to make containers that are strong and easy to repair is a success:

“With forklift damages, the big difference to most (not all) of the other containers is that we only have to repair the place of the impact. Some other brands will tear further than the impact point, which in some cases even results in an irreparable container. We don’t see many irreparable Borgarplast containers, even after several years in usage. Our team loves to repair the Borgarplast containers, because they are easy to repair (most of the time). And we don’t see many irreparable containers, getting most of the received damaged containers repaired back to the customer is satisfying!”

Judging by our conversation with Totalplast it’s clear they take passion in what they do and strive for customer satisfaction. It’s also clear that the best way to prevent damages is to take extra care when working with the containers and to choose container brands that are easy to repair in case of accidents. You can learn more about Totalplast, their certification and how to contact them here: https://borgarplast.is/en/repairs/

To learn more about Borgarplast insulated pallet containers and the different models we offer please follow this link: INSULATED PALLET CONTAINERS.

To learn more about the proper handling of Borgarplast insulated containers please follow this link: SAFE CONTAINER HANDLING

For enquiries and orders please contact Kristjan Benediktsson, sales manager via email to kristjan@borgarplast.is or via telephone to +354 5612249.

New owners for Borgarplast

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Borgarplast was founded in Iceland in 1971 and has since been the pioneer in the development of highly-insulated fish containers. The company has been in constant contact with the fisheries industry in Iceland and has developed the insulated containers, or fish bins/tubs, with the needs of the industry in mind. The current design has changed alot over the years and all changes have been made following conversations with the industry and their wishes. As an example, the original design had three skids with one being in the middle. This middle skid was creating problems for the industry so we came up with a new design that eliminated the need for the middle skid without compromising the strength of the bottom of the container.

In 1996 a tub rental company called Umbúðamiðlun was founded in Iceland. The purpose of the company was to provide companies in Iceland such as fish markets, fish processing plants and commercial fishing companies with tubs for rent. From the beginning Umbúðamiðlun have used fish tubs from Borgarplast in it’s operation and today have over 60.000 fish tubs available for companies to rent.

Borgarplast has now been aquired by Umbúðamiðlun and the two companies will now work even more closely together with added benefits for the customers of both companies.

We look forward to the future and hope to be able to provide even better service and products to our customers.

We just published a new brochure

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Recently we published a new brochure showcasing Borgarplast, our history, values and a small portion of our products. The web version of the brochure can be found by clicking on the cover photo thumbnail below.

Our products

Without a doubt we are best known for being the pioneers in production of high-quality, highly-insulated fish containers. The container production is by far our biggest operation and the only products we export in any quantity. But we also make other products in our factory in Iceland. We make road blocks from plastic, hot tubs and a range of sewerage products. Those include septic tanks, oil-, fat- and sand seperators and various wells. All of these products are buried in the ground and serve a purpose to protect the environment from pollution. For example, oil seperators make sure to seperate oil from waste water to ensure that oil does not make it’s way through the sewer system and into the environment. Water polluted with oil flows into the seperator and is collected in big tanks where the oil sits on top with clean water below. The clean water then makes it’s way out of the tanks and the oil remains in the tank. Once the oil in the tank has reached maximum level it get’s emptied and disposed of through proper procedure.

Recycled plastic

At Borgarplast we have a machine that takes all cut off plastic from the factory, grinds it and pulverizes so it can be used again. Due to very strict regulation we are not allowed to use any recycled plastic in the manufacturing of our insulated fish containers but we use the recycled plastic in the production of our sewerage products. This way we do our best in disposing as little plastic as we can and use recycled materials to produce products meant to protect the environment.

Check out our new brochure

To read more about what we do here at Borgarplast, click the thumbnail below to flick through our new brochure online.

Successful Seafood Expo

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The Seafood Expo Global in Barcelona is over for 2023. Borgarplast attended with a stand at the expo like we have for many years, starting when the expo was held in Brussels.

This year we displayed a few models we produce and showed different kinds of markings on the insulated containers. On a monitor we showed videos we did showing the tests we made on the containers, the insulation test and the manipulation test.

The expo was fantastic with loads of different companies from many different countries and the atmosphere was great. We met some current customers and also alot of people interested in our containers. We’ve already booked our place for Barcelona in 2024 and we hope to see you again.

Fish containers manipulation test

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Following our Insulation test, where we put our claims that PUR insulation provides better insulation, to the test we decided to also test how well the containers would endure some manipulation.

We have always claimed that the PE insulated containers are stronger than the PUR insulated ones. It’s true that they can tolerate more load and so you can stack more containers on top of each other. But we also wanted to see if there was a difference between the two different insulations if we banged them up a bit. Once the insulation test was over we took the two tubs outside to our lot. They still had all the water and ice inside. We tried driving our forklift full speed into the containers, we tried dropping them with water and ice inside from a height and we also tried smashing them with the forks of the forklift.

The forklift was not able to puncture the walls during the crash test. Both containers passed the test with flying colors. We then dropped both containers from a height and both containers landed on the corner handle. The handle did not break and there was no crack in the walls of either container. We then tried smashing them with our forklift to see if the walls would bend or break. Neither container had any trouble passing this test and the wheels of the forklift were lifted off the ground instead of the walls bending or breaking.

The results can be seen in the video below. The model used for all the tests was model 660, our most popular container. To learn more about our range of containers please click this link.

For quotes and further information please contact Kristján Benediktsson sales manager by email or by phone to +3545612249

 

Fish containers insulation test

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At Borgarplast we produce high quality insulated fish containers with two different kinds of insulation. One is Polyurethan (PUR) and the other is Polyethylene (PE).

We have always claimed that the PE container is stronger and the PUR container has better insulation qualities. We put this to the test and filled both containers with ice and then monitored the temperature in the containers as well as monitoring how long it would take for the ice to melt.

We placed these two containers full of ice in our showroom in room temperature of average around 20°C. Every morning we wrote down the temperature in each container and took videos to show how the ice was melting. The test duration was 16 days in total and the results were quite clear. The temperature in the PE container was always higher except for when the ice had melted in the PE tub and the temperature monitor was submerged in water.

After 16 days there was still ice in the PUR tub but the ice had long since melted in the PE tub. This test proves our claims that the PYR provides better insulation and is therefore better suited for environments where temperatures are extreme and the need to keep fish or meat cold for longer, for example on long transport routes or where the containers full of product need to stand in the sun for a long time.

We have also claimed that the PE container is stronger so next up is to test the strengt of both containers. Follow us on Linkedin for updates on that test.

Below there is a picture taken in the morning of April 12th on day 16 of the test. It shows there is still ice in the PUR container even after 16 days of standing in 20°C temperature. The ice is long gone in the PE container.

Below the image you can see the process in a video. Check it out. Contact us for advice on which type of container would suit your operation the best.

Contact our sales manager Kristján Benediktsson vie email (click this link for email address) or via telephone +354 561 2249

Let’s meet in Barcelona

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Borgarplast will have a stand at the Global Seafood Expo in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via expo center. The expo will run from April 25th – 27th and is open from 10:00 – 18:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and then 10:00 – 17:00 on Thursday.

Our stand is located in Hall 3 number 3BB301 and we look forward to meeting you at our stand.

On our stand we will have three samples of different model insulated containers and we will also be there to advise on the best options for your operation and answer all questions in regards to our insulated containers. So drop by stand 3BB301 in hall 3 at the Global Seafood Expo April 25th – 27th and see samples of our containers.

Looking forward to meeting you there.

See you at the Seafood Global Expo in Barcelona

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The Seafood Global Expo will be held in Barcelona April 25. – 27. this year. It will be a very grand expo and we will of course be there. On our stand (3BB301) we will have three samples of tubs. We will have model 660, model 1010 and model 1400 to show interested expo attendees. We would love to meet you at our stand and if you would like to book a meeting with us please contact our sales manager, Kristján via email to kristjan@borgarplast.is or by phone to +3545612249

The expo will be open from 10:00-18:00 Tuesday and Wednesday and 10:00-16:00 on Thursday.

Contact us if you would like to attend and we will get you a ticket.

The story behind the convex bottom design

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In 1983 we launched the first version of fish tubs. These tubs did not have any insulation but in 1986 we launched version 2.0 and this time with insulation. The original design had three skids on the tubs, one each side and one in the middle. Our clients who were working in the Icelandic fishery industry did not want the middle skid on the tubs.

The reason was mostly twofold. On one hand the middle skid used to break frequently due to collisions from forklifts. On the other hand, dirt and debris fell off the middle skid and into the tub below when being stacked.

With the wishes of our clients in mind we started to work on the design with only 2 skids.

The middle skid had provided strength for the bottom of the tub so that problem had to be solved. How could we make sure the bottom did not break when full of fish or other food product. The solution is in the convex bottom design. The way the bottom is shaped slightly upwards in the middle distributes weight to the four corners and therefore protecting the middle of the tub where there is no skid.

But that’s not all. There is more material in the middle of the tub due to the design and we also added a riffled surface on the outer part of the bottom. This way we could put in even more material and provide protection from forklift damage.

The convex bottom design is not just for extra strength. The design makes it easier to empty and clean the tubs between loads as all liquid flows to the corners and to the drainage holes.

The convex bottom design is just one of many features that make up the reason why Borgarplast insulated fish containers are widely considered the best in the world. We will let our clients be the judge of that, but we can say for sure that great thought has been put into the design to make them easier to use and stronger.