Combo reusable IBCs (pallecons)
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.