Wind power gets an award-winning boost from Mondi Grünburg

Mondi Grünburg has partnered with NKE, a manufacturer of bearing solutions for wind, railway and industrial applications, to create a new packaging solution for wind power components.

With premium-class rolling bearings sold in over 80 countries, including the booming wind farm market in the United States, NKE faced mounting complaints due to transportation damage. A Hybrid bearing, has a value of thousands of euros and weighing more than 20kg, features inner and outer rings made of high-quality steel and ceramic balls. Unfortunately, damage often goes unnoticed until installation, resulting in costly delays in wind energy production.

Mondi Grünburg’s team of packaging advisers and in-house product development specialists swiftly embarked on a mission to design a cutting-edge packaging solution that would ensure optimal protection for NKE’s bearings during transport. The innovative design incorporates one-way shock sensors, providing real-time feedback on the bearing’s condition upon arrival.

What sets this endeavor apart is that it was completed in a mere three weeks, as Mondi Grünburg, traditionally known for delivering packaging solutions for the FMCG and food and beverage industries, successfully ventured into the heavy-duty sector. Leveraging its expertise in creating visually appealing, intelligent packaging that stands out on shelves, Mondi Grünburg integrated its printing excellence into the design.

The result is an offset-printed box with an additional flexo print on the inside, providing clear usage instructions and simplifying handling as accompanying documents are no longer necessary. Thus Mondi Grünburg designed a premium packaging for industrial goods, offering optimal protection to its content as transport damage of the bearings can now be prevented. The innovative design has already undergone rigorous testing and certification at Mondi’s lab, a performance laboratory certified by The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to ensure that the customers’ packaging is suitable for the product and protects it in their specific supply chain.

“This collaboration means not only an improvement in the bearing itself but also in its protection during transport and, most importantly, until its installation in the wind turbine tower. The packaging also incorporates several technological advances. It not only perfectly fulfils our stringent requirements for unparalleled protection and efficiency but also demonstrates a steadfast commitment to sustainability,” says Victor Zaera, Head of Operation & Quality at NKE.

Tarik Aniba, Sales & Marketing Director of Mondi Corrugated Solutions, adds, “This remarkable achievement is a testament to the collaboration between NKE and Mondi. Our combined expertise delivered a cutting-edge packaging solution that is meticulously tailored to meet our customer’s exact requirements. It showcases Mondi’s unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the packaging industry and creating lasting value for our valued partners.”

The design’s performance earned it recognition from external experts, receiving an award in the ‘Wellpappe konstruktiv’ category during the Forum Wellpappe Awards ceremony in Vienna on 5 October.

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