Intermediate Bulk Containers: What are these and why do we need them?

Intermediate bulk containers serve different industrial purposes. Also known as IBCs, they are designed for mass transportation, storing fluids, mass management and more. Made out of carbon, polyethylene or stainless steel, these containers are robust yet light-weight.

There are three types of Intermediate bulk containers in India, which are:

• Cardboard IBC tanks- These containers are made up of solid cardboard with no cooling system. They are easy to maintain, stack and fold.
• Rigid IBC tanks- Rigid IBCs are made up of steel or plastic or a composite of two materials, which make them stackable and usable, but these are non-foldable.
• Flexible IBC tanks- Flexible IBCs are made of thick polypropylene, wood, aluminum or fiberboard. When filled, these containers can be forklifted by cranes and trucks or through ropes. FIBCs are designed to store and ship dry solids, such as powder, sand, plastics, flakes and granules.
Other common types of IBCs include wood, composite, metal, fiberboard and more.

Why do you need IBCs?

Intermediate bulk containers in India are reliable tanks that carry various sold, liquid, and semi-solid products. Whether you want to ship the products to a nearby neighborhood or to a different country, IBCs can be used for both.

A hose is joined on the container’s base for easy transfer. Generally, the tanks are used to store chemicals, drugs, liquids, solvents, food syrups, sand, grains and more. As you can find them in various sizes, heights and dimensions, you can pick the one as per your industry’s needs.

IBCs are commonly used in chemical manufacturing, food production, petroleum manufacturing, disaster relief, storage, pharmaceutical manufacturing, water and wasterwater collection, beauty and personal care.

Given the containers’ popularity and versatility, they will remain one of the essential products for the packaging industry for the upcoming years.