Roda packaging adds value to customers supply chain

Roda packaging adds value to customers supply chain


Laval, QC, Canada – March 27 2015. Founded in 1983, Roda Packaging’s first years were dedicated to promoting fiber cartridges (‘caulking tubes’) from Econopac across Canada. Today, this business remains strong and has expanded throughout North and Latin America. This initial experience with fiber cartridges steered Roda to the exciting field of packaging components distribution. Today, Roda Packaging provides a variety of packaging components, from fiber cartridges to plastic containers and closures.

It all started with Roda’s success in providing competitive service to the adhesives and sealants industry. More than 30 years ago, based on a strong relationship and mutual respect, Econopac asked Roda to become its exclusive agent to market its products in North America. This business relationship has delivered exceptional results for both, Econopac/Roda and their customers.

Econopac’s fiber cartridges are back in the spotlight, as sustainability is increasingly becoming an important factor in the package-purchase decisions. Econopac’s fiber cartridge is lighter than its plastic alternative and consumes less energy in its manufacturing process. Designed for the caulk, sealant and adhesive industries, Econopac’s fiber cartridges are spiral-wound with 2-ply premium-grade 100% recycled paperboard and structurally designed for maximum strength, adding unequalled product protection while promoting sustainability.

Econopac’s fiber cartridges are back in the spotlight, as sustainability is increasingly becoming an important factor in the package-purchase decisions. Econopac’s fiber cartridge is lighter than its plastic alternative and consumes less energy in its manufacturing process. Designed for the caulk, sealant and adhesive industries, Econopac’s fiber cartridges are spiral-wound with 2-ply premium-grade 100% recycled paperboard and structurally designed for maximum strength, adding unequalled product protection while promoting sustainability.

This opinion was echoed by Econopac’s production supervisor Emile Charette who said that “Roda and Econopac have many years of experience working together. Roda Packaging is a reliable partner, because “their team is very responsive to customer needs, swift in resolving issues, and knows our production reality so well!”

Although fiber cartridges are a standard go-to package in the caulking and adhesive market segment, it is not the product alone that makes it so popular. Hands-on service that both companies provide to their key customers makes this partnership extremely successful. “While Econopac is set up to make short, flexible runs to provide customized products in small batches to the end user, Roda supplements this strength with a well-organized label management service coupled with a unique printing model,” says Stephan Berthiaume, President of Roda Packaging.

This combination of high-quality product and reliable value-added service puts Roda Packaging in a preferred-supplier category for many customers in the caulking and adhesive market. “Roda is on our best suppliers’ list,” says Barb Smith, corporate buyer for Henry Company. “They have a very knowledgeable packaging team who knows our business and needs. Our product is asphaltbased and is used a lot in the roofing industry. The package needs to be strong, to withstand abuse and to seal the product inside. In addition, printing and label management saves me time and effort: Roda does an outstanding job managing that side of business with little involvement on my part.”

Janet Boggs, purchasing agent from MAPEI emphasizes how reliable Roda’s service has been: “They have short delivery time, keep our stock in their warehousing facility and manage demand not only for our cartridges, but also sleeves and labels.”

This winning combination differentiates Econopac and Roda from other suppliers in this commodity category by adding value to customer’s products and supply chain. This collaboration helped Econopac’s sales grow consistently year over year.

Today, Econopac’s fiber cartridges are well known and appreciated by major North American manufacturers of chemicals, adhesives and sealant products.

Encouraged by its success in marketing fiber cartridges, Roda formed similar relationships with other packaging component producers focusing on innovative products that help differentiate packaged products on the retail shelf.

Today, Roda Packaging continues adding extra value through managing a wide inventory in three locations enabling its team to service customers coast-to-coast. From large plastic jars and bottles to safety and industial closures, Roda’s portfolio resonates with the needs of the industry.

The packaging supply chain is rapidly evolving, but it remains only as strong as its weakest link. Mr. Berthiaume explains how his company is addressing it: “The challenge is to figure out a balance benefitting all stakeholders involved. Roda Packaging achieves this balance by combining top-quality components with value-added services and efficient distribution model.”

With over 70 million units of packaging components sold yearly across North-America, coast-to-coast warehousing and a team of dedicated individuals, Roda Packaging strives to deliver relevant packaging solutions to a variety of markets. Today, Roda offers procurement, delivery and customization of cartridges, caps, dispensing closures, liners, plastic bottles and jars to a variety of markets: food, dietary supplements, cosmetics and specialty chemicals. Their services include conceptualization, 3-D modeling, acrylic prototyping, proprietary tooling, warehousing, turn-key conditioning and JIT supply. To learn more about the company, please visit www.rodapack.com.

Econopac is a division of Abzac. Founded in 1928, Abzac is one of the leading producers of cardboard tubes, fiber drums, cardboard corners and fiber cartridges for Europe, Canada, North America and Mexico. Abzac is a privately-held group with a wide global reach. Its professional approach, based on partnerships, customer care, experience and know-how, is its guarantee for the development of specific, customeroriented solutions, meeting the requirements of large users of cardboard cores, corner board and fiber cartridges. www.abzac.ca

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