After you have found the right pouch in a right words on searching engine, the next question is what kind of flexible packaging suppliers is qualified?
For sure, you can go and visit, that’s the best idea. You will see the company’s production capability, production environment, R & D capability, etc. However, what if that company is happen to be at the other end of the earth when you think you found a qualified company with competitive price and good service? Don’t worry, let’s verify it beforehand. How? Firstly you need to check out that the flexible packaging suppliers should have at least ISO and BRC/IoP. These two certificates will at least tell us it is a formal company with certain international business experience and production scale.
So why ISO and BR? What are they?
What is ISO? ISO is “The International Organization for Standardization”，
Let me quote Wikipedia's explanation of ISO: “The International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental organization, the members of which are the standards organizations of the 168 member countries. It is the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. Over twenty thousand standards have been set covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture and healthcare.”
It is very easy to understand that ISO stands for the third –party international standard. In packaging industry, there are two important standard that you should know: ISO 9001 and ISO 1400. They are also the basic standard that a flexible packaging supplier should be capable of.
ISO 9001 is a basic standard / certificate that an international company should ever has. ISO 9001 makes a company be a company, an internationally standardized company.
ISO 14001 tends to put more requirements on the big environment. As a flexible packaging buyer or user, should we have more attention on our environment, home and earth? So it is an important certificate that the flexible packaging suppliers should have.
Now let's quote Wikipedia's explanation of BRC. “It campaigns for the retail industry and is the authoritative voice of retail, recognized for its powerful campaigning and influence within government and as a provider of in-depth retail information. The BRC leads the industry and works with their members to tell the story of retail, shape debates and influence issues and opportunities which will help make that positive difference.”
BRC certificate has a high prestige in Europe. The flexible packaging suppliers or packaging pouches manufacturers which has BRC certificates will have European business behavior and proven certain European business experience.
The next step, we should check out the real picture of the realistic. Check the pictures of the company. It is easy to tell whether they are packaging pouches manufacturers or not. Why do I bring this name? A qualified packaging pouches manufacturer provides a complicated pre-sales and after sales service. It mostly provides more competitive price. That’s why I bring out this name. Most of time it should be the one that you are looking for, even it is at the other end of the world.
You can tell several things from the picture of the realistic: see whether the production capacity and production environmental comply with the certificates that its website shown. We all know that the environment requirements of flexible packaging production are not loose. If there is an integrated flexible packaging supplier or packaging pouches manufacturer, it must be suppling food grade pouches as well, so such a company has to meet the ISO standard, and so such supplier is worth to leave the message.