history of fibc bags

History of FIBC Bags: A Look at How They’ve Changed Over Time

history of fibc bags


What Does FIBC Stand For?

FIBC stands for flexible intermediate bulk container, also known as bulk bags. FIBC manufacturers create bags and liners than can hold materials in a flexible, moldable container that conforms to shapes better than rigid containers.

FIBCs are used instead of or alongside metal shipping containers, wooden crates, plastic bins, metal containers used for storing liquids, and vats used for mixed materials. Although storage and shipping are the standard use for FIBCs, bulk bag suppliers can design FIBCs for use in filling, dispensing, discharge, and non-destructive mixing after consulting with industries and reviewing client needs.

General FIBC History

FIBCs have been used since the 1940s. During the ’40s to the early ‘60s, FIBCs were made with PVC rubber to transport carbon black–rubber products used to transport rubber materials. Polypropylene bags and modernized weaving techniques delivered the modern predecessor of bulk bags, which delivered a durable and flexible way to contain, ship, fill, and release materials.

In the 1970s, FIBCs earned a major feature on the world stage. During the oil crisis and as the Middle East began building the massive oil production culture that dominates global trade today, the first production centers were made with cement carried by FIBCs. At the peak of this early phase, around 50,000 metric tons of cement transferred weekly to the Middle Eastern oil construction efforts.

By the 1990s, the standardized method of transporting goods via FIBCs was easy to see. Any materials that needed a flexible container–or any industry that wanted to save space in storage warehouses–could be served with FIBCs for better performance and compact resource management.

Around this time, a firm would enter the market that would play a pivotal role in further enhancing the way FIBCs are bought, made, and sold in the global marketplace, a firm called Palmetto Industries. 

Palmetto Industries History

Palmetto Industries was established in 1994 and is headquartered in Augusta, Georgia. The first operation made bags in a factory near Tobacco Road with less than 20 employees and generated over $1 million during its fledgling phase.

In 1995, Palmetto Industries established powerful relationships in India. Through its joint ventures, Palmetto Industries became the first company to construct FIBC bags via overseas operations in India. The second year with just over $3 million in revenue, Palmetto Industries held the title of 6th fastest-growing business in a feature by Entrepreneur Magazine.

By 1996, Palmetto Industries entered the fastest growing businesses list again. This time, Palmetto Industries ranked 16th in the “Top 20 Fastest-Growing Businesses” list by Entrepreneur Magazine. In 1997, Palmetto expanded its supplier relationships to China.

In 2006, Palmetto Industries acquired supplier assets and established Palmetto Industries India Private Limited in Pondicherry, India. The company had grown into a global leader of FIBC sales and custom design services and was the first vertically-integrated FIBC manufacturer in India.

Throughout 2008 and 2009, Palmetto Industries received the ISO:9001, ISO:22000 and HACCP certifications. These certifications enabled partnerships with businesses and projects with strict safety and material-handling requirements, which spearheaded the need to adapt and evolve with changing regulations, stricter demands, and better features that come from knowing more about industrial processes.

The Best Source for FIBCs and More

The combined Indian / Chinese bulk bag manufacturing grows with the great pace of international trade and reaches multiple industries. From for-profit factories to research centers to non-profit food deliveries and sandbagging for emergency situations such as floods, FIBCs are a truly versatile force of logistics.

To learn more FIBCs and other great storage options, choose Palmetto Industries. Our product specialists can help you find the perfect solution to supplement or enhance your present transportation options. To speak to a product specialist or learn more, call (706) 737-7999 or complete our online contact form.