Combo reusable IBCs (pallecons)




What sizes is the Arlington Combo IBC available in?

1000 litre and 250 litre. We also offer a different design in a 500 litre size

What is the containers’ recommended operating temperature?

-20°C to 40°C.

How high can I stack the containers?

Full containers can be stacked 5 high in storage and 2 high in transit. Empty containers can be stacked 10 high in storage and 5 high in transit.

What type of liners will fit the containers?

We supply a variety of different liners, including air-assist, aseptic, dry and metallic. We are also happy to develop bespoke liners to suit individual needs.

Can I have a container on a trial basis?

Yes, all containers are available on a free-of-charge, trial basis.

What is the life expectancy of a container?

Officially 10 years, although with our integrated customer service programme 20 years is quite normal.

Can we rent the containers or purchase the containers?

Containers may be rented from us or purchased, or a combination of both.

Are there any restrictions on what I can put in the container?

The container (and liners) we supply are certified to food grade standard, and are therefore suitable for use in the food and drink industry (including dairy and wine) as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. They are not though to be used with hazardous chemicals.

Will operators need training?

We are happy to provide training if required. However, operators are generally happy to use the system having seen a demonstration from us and seeing how easy it is to use. See our step-by-step guide.

What connectors are required and do you supply them?

We are able to supply customers with any type of connectors or adapters they may require. See our accessories.

Can I get some more information?

If you have any more questions to ask about renting or purchasing the Arlington Combo IBC call us free on 0800 328 6485 or email

Frequently Asked Questions


The Arlington Combo story


The Combo IBC is the result of a €7 million development project carried out in collaboration with international food and beverage companies handling large volumes of liquid product.  The objective of the project was to develop a bulk liquid handling system that offered exceptional hygienic performance, and at the same time reduced costs per trip compared to existing systems.


Every stage of the distribution chain was analysed to find a better solution for filling, storage, transporting, discharging and cleaning of bulk containers used to ship liquids and pastes.  Traditional metal returnable transit containers and other distribution containers were examined and their shortcomings, including bug traps, rust and sharp edges puncturing liners were noted.


The Combo IBC was officially launched in 2003.  A one thousand litre, cube-like, foldable container.  It is unique.  It works with a disposable liner that is filled with the liquid product to be transported or stored.  Having flat sides with no visible ribs or struts and rounded corners means that there are no bug traps. And being plastic it does not rust!


Since its launch the foldable Combo IBC has proven very popular with the food, drink and pharmaceutical industries. It has been bought in large numbers throughout Europe and North America.  In the USA it has become the standard shipping/storage container in the tomato paste industry.


New accessories for the Combo IBC and our other returnable transit containers are continuously being developed, and research into their benefits are ongoing.  For example life cycle analyses conducted at the University of Lund in Sweden shows that the container dramatically reduces environmental impact, compared to the most common systems for liquids handling.