The art of packaging
Laboratories, catering, hardware stores and many other customers are already familiar with our packaging. From small to large packaging is produced in white, transparent or in a desired color. In addition, recycled raw materials are increasingly popular for non-food applications. Besides the possibilities with the material, we can provide a bucket with various handles! Different types of lids are also available for many models.
How does injection molding work?
All these different possibilities depend partly on the moulds we have made. We are happy to give you an explanation about the process of injection molding plastic products. In injection moulding, polypropylene plastic granules are heated in a tube in large machines. In this tube, a screw turns the ever-warming plastic towards the mould. Once at the front of the screw, the plastic has melted and enters the mould through a small injection point. This mould consists of two parts containing a space in which the plastic is injected. This open space is the product that is produced. With considerable force, the exact amount of plastic is quickly injected into the mould and then quickly cooled down again in the machine.
The machine then opens the two parts of the mould, after which the product is removed from the machine by a robotic arm. It is stacked on a conveyor belt and then placed on a pallet.
Adjustments to the process
At Dijkstra Plastics we have our own mould factory and we have the necessary expertise for maintenance and new developments in the field of moulds.
To adjust or even make a complete mould, there are considerable costs involved but we like to think along to see what is possible. In addition to adjustments in a mould, smaller adjustments to the process are also possible that can help to make a packaging fit you. In our wide range we have various packaging available. To give these packaging some extras, you can choose IML and/or your own color. Because there are still remnants of the previous product in the screw, a color change is not just done. When switching from recycled material to ordinary material, even the entire machine is emptied so that we can guarantee food safety! As a result, products in color or recycled material cannot be delivered directly per pallet. Because of our own efficiency and waste of plastic, we therefore plan this as well as possible. Because these steps also help to reduce plastic waste.
The cost of packaging depends on various factors. Because a mould can have several cavities for products, several packaging (or parts) can be made at the same time. In addition to the manufacturing costs, there are costs for the plastic itself. These are tracked in a global index called ICIS (Independant Commodity Intelligence Services). We use this index as the basis for our sales prices.
FIRE-OFF: our new start-up for circular plastic production
We are proud to announce that we have started a new start-up to make the production of recycled plastic buckets circular: FIRE-OFF. On the initiative of Dijkstra Plastics, painting companies, the hospitality industry and festival organisations are personally approached to save empty buckets and to hand them in at the weekly FIRE-OFF pick-up point.
Exhibitions: Fachpack & Scanpack
Dijkstra Plastics exhibits at FachPack and Scanpack! ?
At Dijkstra Plastics we undertake daily efforts in order to turn the plastic packaging chain into a circular chain. We would like to share our solutions for sustainable packaging buckets and our circular mission with you. Furthermore, we would like to discuss what your company could do to contribute to a circular plastic packaging chain. At the FachPack and Scanpack we will tell you more about it!
Plastic bottle caps are worth money!
We have donated buckets for the Oogappeltjes Foundation and KNGF Guide Dog Foundation. These buckets are placed in supermarkets, and customers can fill them with their plastic bottle caps. KNGF receives a fee per kilo of caps. We truly enjoy contributing to such a wonderful initiative!
Dijkstra Plastics is celebrating its 45th birthday!
Today – Thursday 14 April 2022 - Dijkstra Plastics is celebrating its 45th birthday! And that’s something we are proud of!
Watch the Christmas video of 2021!
Whatever the new year may bring, we will continue to give it our all, together! We wish you happy holidays and a prosperous 2022!
Packaging Innovations 2021
The Packaging Innovations will take place on the 17th and 18th of November in the Taets Art & Event Park, Amsterdam. After missing out on meeting with you, due to the corona pandemic we look forward meeting you at this fair! After participating at the Kunststoffenbeurs we gladly see you at our stand D117 at the Packaging Innovations.
Test Centre: Trailer
We will be uploading a new series of video’s. The first episode is about ready and will soon be available. Keep an eye on our channel and socials!
Powerhouse in packaging
Vitafy is a supplier of sports nutrition and is the company behind the know brand Bodylab Whey. Their range of packaging containers from Dijkstra Plastics keeps growing.
In-Mould Labelling (IML)
Dijkstra Plastics is one of the largest producers of packaging containers and together with our label partners we can provide the vast majority of our range with In Mould Label printing.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC)introduced this certification programme in 1998. The programme focuses on food safety and quality within an organisation. A company is tested on more than 300 aspects to check to what extent it meets the standard that is set. A rating indicates to what degree a company complies with the GSFI-recognised standard of the BRC.
Aspects such as traceability, cleanliness, operational control, training and management of suppliers are included, which together form the basis of the BRC. Thanks to the name that the BRC has built up, it has been a reputable name in the world of certification programmes for years and we are proud to be able to show our results within this programme.
The FSSC 22000 Standard has been created through Stichting Certificatie Voedselveiligheid (SCV). As a food-oriented version of the ISO 22000 Standard, this certification programme has been set up as a global guideline in food safety and quality within various industries. This standard is aimed at the entire production chain and as such, it is ideally suited for international harmonisation, partly thanks to the recognition by the GFSI. In addition to its connection with ISO 22000, the FSSC 22000 has many comparisons with the HACCP criteria, making it an attractive variant with the best of both worlds from these programmes. Thanks to the internationally accepted nature of the FSSC and the chain-wide approach within this certification programme, we recognise a strong food safety management system in this standard.