Home' Ships and Shipping : January 2011 Contents Furthermore, timber is becoming increasingly scarce
internationally with dry, hardwood timber more difficult to source
for Asian businesses in particular.
The material used by Strang is a special blend of "Expandable
Poly-Styrene" (EPS). Its two main components are oil-based styrene
monomer that is a by-product of the crude oil-to-petroleum
distillation process; and air (each block is 98 percent air).
There are no CFC's or HCFC's contained within the
The polystyrene is 100 percent recyclable and used back in the
plastics industry, or the building industry as insulation or as a
component of lightweight bricks, for example.
The lifecycle consideration is significant as it will close the loop
on the dunnage recycling. This enables sales to sell both coil
packaging and dunnage as a 100 percent recyclable package that
works to complement the core steel product, especially for the
building industry (for roofing and insulation).
The Strang LPP system was awarded the 2009 Australian
Freight Industry Award, the 2009 Bluescope Steel Environment
Award and the 2007 Lloyd's List Award for Cargo Handling
Distribution and Technology.
The transport of cars using the
In 2008, 15 million cars were shipped around the world. In
2009, the volume was estimated to drop to around 10.5 million
cars. The PCC and PCTC vessels can handle up to 85 percent of all
vehicle transport by direct calls and subsequent onward road and
rail movements. New larger capacity car carriers are being built,
with old units being scrapped due to downturn in demand.
The remaining 15 percent of volume is available for
containerisation as a faster, more economical alternative.
While car-carrying vessels are required to maintain a rigorous
timetable and are limited to a fixed port schedule, set two years
in advance, and there is a requirement for the car trade to ship
direct to destination.
Containerising, however, offers more savings and a damage-free
outturn, with vessels in showroom condition.
Further, there are no costly delays while awaiting pre-delivery
and repairs at destination. For every day a motor vehicle is in
transit to the dealer, the car manufacturers have an inventory cost
of approximately $25+ per day. Containerisation is an important
tool in containing this cost.
With car manufacturers demanding "lean logistic" outcomes,
containerisation of motor vehicles to all destinations is a cost
effective, viable and efficient solution.
Strang's "Auto-Movers" division introduces an alternative
method to load up to five cars in 40' containers safely, and to
deliver them all damage-free and in showroom condition.
This means the elimination of fit-out/pre-delivery at the
destination. These services are performed prior to shipment
conform to the manufacturer's warranty guidelines.
When the containerised cars arrive at their destination all that
is required is a wash prior to delivery.
Long delays for vehicles awaiting feeder vessels, and the
extra handling required, exposes the vehicle to potential
damage and theft of parts during the waiting time. The
current practice of fitting expensive options such as GPS at the
final destination by unskilled tradesmen creates unnecessary
Instead, the Auto-Movers patented container shipping
system for motor vehicles provides a viable shipping option
with savings in time and cost. Auto-Movers foresees that
working with the major container shipping companies will be
beneficial to the car trade by offering a greater coverage of ports
on a daily basis.
The Auto-Movers container packing system has been registered
with the Commissioner of Patents Act 1990, worldwide.
The Auto-Movers container packing system also uses the
special blend of expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is 100
percent recyclable, with all materials put back into the plastics
industry or re-used.
For further information contact:
Strang Systems, Australia.
The award winning Strang system allows more to be transported in a manner
that is simpler, cheaper and more environmentally friendly
Containerisation of cars is a faster, more economical alternative to Ro-Ro's
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