Here Are Some Answers To Commonly Asked Questions
Where are you based?
Invopak’s Head Office is based in Hyde, Cheshire. We serve customers who require industrial plastic and metal packaging across the UK, Ireland and even internationally via our four distribution warehouses:
Can you deliver next day?
Please see here for more information on delivery
What does fluorination mean?
Under certain conditions, some substances react to the plastic used in the manufacture of plastic containers. These substances include solvents, cleaning products, cosmetics, tanning products, chemical substances and agricultural products such as pesticides and herbicides. When the contents of a plastic container or bottle reacts with the plastic, this can cause the container to cave or give a “sucked in” appearance – where the container looks like it has been crushed or squeezed in the middle.
Fluorination is a process that is applied to the plastic to preserve the integrity of plastic containers. During the fluorination process, a coating is applied to the inside of the container to offer an extra layer of protection against permeable liquids.
Fluorination can also help protect against discolouration of the plastic. Fluorination doesn’t wear off and is a permanent seal to the plastic.
What does UN Approved mean?
UN Approved or UN Certified packaging containers are containers that have been officially approved and certified for the transportation and sending of goods on the UN Dangerous Goods List.
UN approval means that the products have passed stringent testing for the transport of hazardous goods and substances. UN Approval certificates can be downloaded from the Compliance Certificates section of the product page, when you log in to your Invopak online account.
In order for the UN Certified, or UN approved status to remain valid, the packaging must be used strictly in accordance with the approval documents.
Here is an example of a UN Approval code for a product and how to read it:
|3|| Type of Container
1 – Drum
2 – Jerrican
4 – Box
5 – Composite Packaging
|H|| Materials used to manufacture the container
A – Steel
B – Aluminium
G – Fibreboard
H – Plastic
|1|| Closure Type
1 – Non-removable head
2 – Removable head
|Y|| Packing Group
X covers groups i, II and III
Y covers groups II and III
Z covers groups III
|1.9||Maximum weight / Specific gravity of the product to be packed|
|200||Internal hydraulic pressure ratings in Kilo Pascals (K.P.A)|
|**||Year of Manufacture|
|GB||Country of Certification body|
|2486||UN Certificate number|
What does lacquered mean?
Lacquered refers to the internal coating available on some of our metal containers. Where a product is described as plain interior, then no coating has been applied.
Where a product is described as having a lacquered interior, a protective coating has been applied to protect either the contents of the container or the integrity of the metal where there is a risk of the metal reacting with the contents.
A good example of this is where an internal coating protects the metal container from rusting and oxidisation when holding water based products.
Another example is protecting food from metal contamination or discolouration or acidic products from corroding the container. In all instances of sourcing metal packaging for foodstuff, you should always check that the container is food-grade.
Some of our products have an external lacquer or coating. This is usually white. External lacquer on metal products helps protect the metal from environmental elements and can also help with the adhesion of labelling.
How long does it take to get a quote?
We aim to respond to all standard stock item quotes within 2 hours. All other requests will be responded to within 48 hours.
In instances where your packaging requirements are a little more complex or bespoke – such as custom printing – then we will contact you within the same timeframe to discuss your requirements in detail.
What if you don't have what I'm looking for?
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us via phone, email or LiveChat (at the bottom of your screen) as we are often able to supply suitable products.
Due to our vast industry experience, knowledge and outstanding supplier relationships, we are able to source new products into our range when commercially viable.
What are your minimum order quantities?
Every item in our range has its own minimum order quantity. The minimum order quantity is the pack size of an item as indicated on the product page – or the minimum order value of £300, whichever is the greater.
If you wish to order smaller quantities, or your requirements do not meet the minimum order value, then you can order the same products via our retail division oipps.co.uk The Plastic Packaging Superstore – there is no minimum order value and you can order as little or as many as you like.
Why can I only buy in pack or pallet quantities?
Invopak is a wholesaler of plastic containers, buckets, tubs and metal packaging.
In order to benefit from the competitive wholesale pricing on offer with Invopak, then our products have to be purchased in wholesale or bulk-buy quantities.
If you wish to order less than a pack size, then our retail division oipps.co.uk can help.