Schütz already uses the long truck operated by logistics partner Haaf for shipments between the company’s headquarters in Selters and long-standing customer BASF in Ludwigshafen. The Ecoliner of the haulage company, which is headquartered in Römerberg, can hold 112 empty IBCs and thus makes optimum use of the loading space. “IBCs are a commonly used form of packaging. The square shape allows IBCs to be stacked and transported in a way that saves space. Even with these advantages, logistics costs play a major role, which is why we have been working with suppliers and forwarders on the long truck project since 2017”, says Angela Giubilaro, Global Category Manager IBCs & HDPE Drums at BASF. After extensive testing, the green light was finally given at the end of 2019 to supply IBCs to the Ludwigshafen plant using a long truck. “When fully loaded, thanks to the larger volume, only half as many trips are required as with conventional trucks, which is very resource-saving. The reduced number of trips not only saves fuel, but also lowers costs and CO2 emissions within our supply chain”, adds Silvia Gröber, who is responsible for IBC purchasing in Europe at BASF.