News

US company Inmark to settle in Raamsdonksveer

Posted by Shawn Adam on

The Georgia, US-based packaging company, Inmark, has selected Raamsdonksveer as a base for its European operations. This is the company’s first branch on the continent, and it is set to launch in early 2015. The company, which develops and supplies packaging solutions for the transport of pharmaceuticals, biologics and clinical specimens, will start off with
ten locally-recruited employees.

Inmark was founded in 1975 and has evolved into a company focusing on high-quality specialized packaging for a wide variety of industries. The company’s packaging solutions have been used for safe and first-class packaging for food and beverages, cosmetics, drugs, and chemicals.

First European branch

The company presently operates out of six different locations in the US, as well as one in Singapore and one in the UK. For the purpose of gaining a foothold in Europe, the company has recently been scouting out suitable areas. The Netherlands was soon a focal point, thanks to the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) in Atlanta, which is affiliated to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The extensive search for a location led to West Brabant, and specifically to Raamsdonksveer.

Both the Brabant Development Agency (BOM) and the regional development authority REWIN supported Inmark and helped with issues such as finding a site, making contact with the municipal authorities, HR matters, and introductions to a wide range of parties. Jones Lang Lasalle has advised Inmark Packaging on the real estate side of the project

“The perfect site”

Inmark will use its new branch to concentrate its European marketing and sales, logistics and production activities. CEO David Oyler labeled West Brabant as the perfect site for further expansion on the continent. “Its central location, close to numerous highways and relatively close to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam, was a major reason for settling on Raamsdonksveer. The availability of sufficient and well-trained staff was another decisive factor for us. And of course there was also the fact that we were keen on the Netherlands because the Dutch and Americans seem to click with each
other – they have a similar approach to business.” Oyler was also pleased with the support that Inmark received when it arrived in Brabant. “Thanks to the professional support we received from the NFIA, REWIN, and BOM, we experienced no teething problems whatsoever.”

“Pleased to have an international player in the area”

Geertruidenberg municipal mayor, Willemijn van Hees, was likewise very happy that Inmark Packaging had selected Raamsdonksveer. “We are naturally pleased to have an international player in the area, and it is a helpful boost for employment,” she said. “Inmark Packaging will not only find an outstanding infrastructure network in Raamsdonksveer, it will also see that we have created an excellent knowledge network, thanks to companies already present here. It is important to us that we continue to expand and develop this network, and the knowledge and experience that an international company like Inmark can contribute is very welcome.”

Read more →

INMARK Expands Its Nationwide and Global Reach

Posted by Shawn Adam on

In its continued commitment to providing robust solutions for clients across the globe, Inmark is pleased to announce the opening of its newest facility. Located in Singapore, the newest Inmark facility will help provide faster, better service to clients across the globe.

The new Singapore facility uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment to provide packaging solutions to clients in a range of industries. It joins the five current Inmark facilities across the globe, including its headquarters outside of Atlanta, a Valencia, CA facility that opened in late 2010, and the European facility, located outside of Heathrow Airport in London. The facility joins a family of locations across the globe, designed to provide globally harmonized packaging solutions.

Read more →

Guidance Document – Specification of Hazard Labels

Posted by Shawn Adam on

7.2.2.3.2 Hazard labels must conform to the following specifications:
(a) labels must be configured as shown in Figure 7.3.A. The label must be in the form of a square set at an angle of 45° (diamond shaped). Except as provided in 7.2.2.3.1, the minimum dimensions must be 100 × 100 mm and the minimum width of the line inside the edge forming the diamond must be 2 mm. The line inside the edge must be parallel and 5 mm from the outside of that line to the edge of the label. The line inside the edge on the upper half of the label the line must be the same colour as the symbol and the line inside the edge on the lower half of the label must be the same colour as the class or division number in the bottom corner. Where dimensions are not specified, all features must be in approximate proportion to those shown.
This text was adopted into the 56th edition of the DGR with a two-year transition period for the design of hazard labels to be brought to this specification. This change, requiring a line with a minimum width of 2 mm, originated with the UN Model Regulations and was expected to be applied across all the modal regulations over the same timeframe. However, the European Agreement Concerning the International Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) in the 2017 – 2018 edition delayed implementation of the 2 mm minimum thickness line until 30 June 2019. 

Read more →

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations)

Posted by Shawn Adam on

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations) are comprised of 16 Parts and 3 Schedules and can be viewed by using the following link: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/clear-tofc-211.htm

Question 1: Under Transport Canada legislation, is the patient permitted to bring in their own tubes of blood to drop off at a testing facility?  If yes, is there an exemption they are transporting under?

Answer: Yes. Section 1.42 of the TDG Regulations allows to use an exemption to transport blood sample. When using this exemption, you are exempted from Part 3 (Documentation), Part 4 (Dangerous Goods Safety Marks), Part 5 ( Means of containment), Part 6 (Training), Part 7 (Emergency Response Assistance Plan) and Part 8 (Reporting Requirements). However, professional judgment is required to determine that there is no reason to believe the blood sample contains infectious substances.

Question 2: Do they require training to be able to transport the blood?

Answer: As mentioned above, if they meet all of the requirements of the exemption, training requirements (Part 6) are exempted.

Question 3: Are we as the receiver taking on a liability because we have accepted the tube of blood and know that the patient has not been trained on transportation of Class 6.2?

Answer: If the blood is being shipped under Section 1.42, then training is not required. If it is not shipped under Section 1.42, it is the consignor’s responsibility (shipper) to comply with TDG Regulations.

, , , 

Read more →

IATA 2019 Lithium Battery Guidance Document

Posted by Shawn Adam on

IATA 2019 Lithium Battery Guidance Document

Introduction

This document is based on the provisions set out in the 2019-2020 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (Technical Instructions) and the 60th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).

The provisions of the DGR with respect to lithium batteries may also be found in the IATA lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) 6th Edition. In addition to the content from the DGR, the LBSG also has additional classification flowcharts and detailed packing and documentation examples for lithium batteries.

Information on the DGR and LBSG can be found here:
http://www.iata.org/publications/dgr/Pages/index.aspx
http://www.iata.org/publications/store/Pages/lithium-battery-shipping-guidelines.aspx

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for complying with provisions applicable to the transport by air of lithium batteries as set out in the DGR. Specifically, the document provides information on:
• Definitions;
• Classification (including classification flowcharts);
• Prohibitions;
• Restrictions;
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Additional Information
• Abbreviations, Acronyms, Symbols

Read more →