Mondi opens new ISTA-certified performance lab

PACKAGING and paper specialist Mondi has opened a new ISTA-certified laboratory in the Czech Republic, equipped with testing equipment that enables full simulation of typical impacts on packaged goods.

The lab offers various transport performance tests, including ISTA 6 certification testing for packaging. It is also an approved member of the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS) and hence a partner of choice for testing Amazon’s Tier 1-3 compliant packaging, a market standard of the online retailer for reducing packaging volume in e-commerce logistics.

Mondi explained that carriers, online retailers and marketplaces increasingly require that packaging be proven for compliance with ISTA standards using such performance tests. As a result, there is growing demand from FMCG, consumer durables and industrial companies for proof that their packaging meets these requirements.

The new lab features equipment that allows simulation of impacts such as compression, drop, vibration and clamp.

Tarik Aniba, sales & marketing director at Mondi Corrugated Solutions, said, “Thorough and ISTA-standard testing eliminates the risk of product breakage and claims, and thus reduces costs and reputational damage for our customers. Performance tests also help us assess how existing packaging can be improved and processes sped up.

“Offering this service at our lab is another way we help our customers adapt to changing market requirements and remain agile, competitive and sustainable.”