ORBIS CORPORATION RECEIVES FACTORY MUTUAL APPROVAL ON NEW FIRE-RETARDANT MATERIAL FREE OF DECA-BROMINE

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. − ORBIS Corporation, a manufacturer of sustainable reusable packaging and an expert in supply chain optimization, today announces it has received approval from Factory Mutual Insurance (FM) for a new fire-retardant material, free of deca-bromine, for use in its family of FM-approved, fire retardant pallets.

ORBIS has been proactively researching and testing a fire-retardant material, free of deca-bromine, to replace the current additive used in its fire-retardant pallets. Effective immediately, all ORBIS FM-approved pallets can be manufactured withthis new additive making ORBIS Corporation one of the leading manufacturers in the reusable packaging industry using this innovative material.

“ORBIS is dedicated to developing solutions that work for companies across a variety of industries. Our pursuit of this material, and its subsequent approval by Factory Mutual, puts our reusable plastic pallets at the forefront of the industry,” says Andrea Nottestad, marketing manager, consumer goods. “As deca-bromine comes under continued scrutiny, we are proud to offer the industry this approved deca-bromine free solution for fire-retardant pallets.”

ORBIS had offered a family of FM-approved,fire-retardant pallets for use in specialized applications for nearly a decade. While deca-bromine has commonly been used in household items requiring flame retardancy, including plastic housings for television sets, insulation for wiring, furniture and fabrics, it has,as a chemical additive, come under scrutiny recently.Several states across the United States have ordered a phase-out ban on the material, to be completed no later than 2013.

Effective immediately, ORBIS Corporation will manufacture more than 20 pallets with the new FM-approved deca-bromine free additive. Included among those 20 pallets are the popular RackoCell, Stack’R and Structo-Cell offerings.

To learn more, please contact Colin Deval at 414-299-3942 or via e-mail at colin@corecreative.com. For more information about ORBIS Corporation and its product lines, visit www.orbiscorporation.com.

About ORBIS Corporation
ORBIS Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Menasha Corporation. With more than 150 years of material handling expertise and 50 years of plastics innovations, ORBIS consists of a portfolio of businesses that meet the material handling needs of companies across many industries. ORBIS helps world-class customers move their product faster, safer and more cost-effectively. Using a proven approach, ORBIS experts analyze its customers’ systems, design a solution and execute a reusable packaging program for longer-term cost savings and sustainability. Using life-cycle assessments to compare reusable and single-use packaging, ORBIS also helpscustomers reduce their overall environmental impact. ORBIS is a part of Menasha Corporation, the 3rd oldest family owned business in the United States. As a steward of sustainability, ORBIS is committed to a better world for future generations. ORBIS tracks and measure our own resource utilization to continuously conserve natural resources and reduce waste.