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BASF Develops Unique Packaging Solution Using Expandable Interpolymer, Tough-Elastic Foam

BASF, in collaboration with Schaumaplast and Heckler Design, has developed a unique packaging solution using E-por®, an expandable interpolymer, tough-elastic foam, to deliver Heckler’s OneLess™Office suite of products. OneLess™Office is a flexible, space-saving, ergonomic computer workspace which includes OneLess™Desk, OneLess™Stand, and OneLess™File, that is shipped globally to consumers in one box.

Schaumaplast Precision Foam Molders LP approached BASF about working with their customer, Heckler Design, to develop a packaging end-cap that would not only protect the product from damage during shipping, but also would offer consumers an easy, hassle-free way to unpack the product (which requires no assembly). Heckler previously used corrugated board packaging to ship the approximately 131 pound steel gauge furniture set. Due to the high damage rate and associated costs of returns, they needed to find a more efficient solution.

As a result of close collaboration between the product designer, the molding team and BASF’s raw material experts, a new packaging concept emerged. E-por particle foam provided the necessary durability during shipping and, as a result, the damage rate for Heckler’s delivered products decreased substantially.

“Being able to secure the product so effectively and make it easier to unpack out of the box is simply incredible and it has changed the nature of the business,” said Dean Heckler, founder of Heckler Design. “This solved an issue for our worldwide distribution of the product and we have moved all shipping to the new packaging system.”

Schaumaplast and BASF are now Heckler Design’s preferred packaging partners and the team is working to use this concept on future products.

To learn more about E-por, visit www.e-por.basf.com .

For press photos, please click on the following links:

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Suggested caption: BASF’s E-por expandable foam, molded by Schaumaplast for Heckler Design’s OneLess ™ Office suite of office products.

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Suggested caption: Heckler Design’s OneLess ™ Office suite of office products.
Photo credit: Jill Richards Photography.

®Trademarks of BASF Corporation and BASF SE

OneLess™Office is a trademark of Heckler Design

About Heckler Design

Heckler Design, known for its renowned OneLess ™ Desk, creates beautifully simple, commercial-grade products for design-conscious consumers and businesses. Heckler Design’s products currently include office furniture, desk accessories, iPad stands, and point-of-sale hardware. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., all of Heckler Design’s products are designed by Dean Heckler and made in America. More information is available at www.HecklerDesign.com.

About Schaumaplast Precision Foam Molders LP

Schaumaplast originated in 1964 in Germany and has established various manufacturing plants internationally. Schaumaplast is, in addition to being your single source consultative packaging expert, the only manufacturer of custom shape molded Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) parts and products in Arizona. Our products offer you the perfect solution to requirements in a myriad of markets, including, but not limited to, packaging, solar, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, construction and retail. Schaumaplast Precision Foam Molders is located in Phoenix – Arizona, and has been at this location since 1999. With new technologies, new foams and new developments we are a state-of-the art molding company that provides a variety of industries with economical and efficient shape molded and hot wire cut products and packaging.

Source: http://www.basf.com/

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