Liquid-product packaging improves safety with easy-to-open containers

Syngenta has launched a new range of liquid-product packaging, S-pac, to help growers carry out their spraying operations safely.

The new range of packaging has - for the first time - eliminated the need for foil heat seals on the full range of the company's liquid packaging, which makes opening the containers both faster and safer, Syngenta claims.

Syngenta representative Simon Parker said that the foil seals common to most agro-chemical liquid packaging have proven difficult to open when wearing protective gloves, which can prove dangerous.

He said: "Surveys reveal over half of sprayer operators have been known to take off their protective gloves to remove the foil seals."

He added that European environment agencies have identified that dropped foil seals create a serious risk of contaminating water draining from a sprayer filling area. Foil seals are also classified as a hazardous waste stream, requiring an approved safe disposal route.

Parker added that Syngenta's new packaging design enables bottles to be manufactured with straight sides for safe handling, accurate measuring and quicker rinsing out.

"The design means sprayer operators will be able to get all of a product out of the container and into the sprayer more effectively," he said.

On-farm trials have shown the new S-pac can halve the time taken to open and empty packaging, compared to conventional foil-sealed bottles.

Extensive user trials with the new S-pac have also highlighted the practical benefit of the knurled caps fitted to facilitate easier opening when wearing protective gloves.


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