New Parcel Roll Container


A postal roll container developed by Finnish company K.Hartwall (KH) has won the four-year-long product development tender launched by a UK parcel operator. The first phase of the project, which includes the adoption of their new parcel roll container by one of Europe’s largest logistics markets, is valued at more than EUR 18 million. The new roll container will be developed and series production will take place at KH’s factory in Sipoo, east of Helsinki.
With the exponential increase in parcel volumes over the past few years in Europe, traditional postal and logistics operators are faced with new challenges. Growing international competition and often old logistics infrastructure create pressure to develop innovations to improve parcel handling.
In 2013, a UK postal and parcel operator therefore launched Europe’s largest product development tender for load carriers, with the intention of developing the next generation roll container. The purpose of the development project was to respond to challenges related to handling growing parcel volumes, and the long-term objective is to replace some of the current fleet of around 400 000 roll containers.
The new roll container developed by KH was designed to be very user-friendly, to support new package automation at the postal terminals, and to ensure the most efficient fill rate during transport.