​What is VCI Packaging?

Posted by Mike Cunningham on Jul 8th 2024

​What is VCI Packaging?

VCI stands for volatile corrosion inhibitor. VCIs are substances that slowly release an anti-corrosion compound into a sealed air space, protecting exposed metal surfaces. VCI packaging, or anti-corrosion packaging, are packaging materials that can protect metal products during storage, handling and shipping and help prevent them from corroding.

Types of VCI Packaging:

VCI Bags: The most popular VCI packaging product, VCI bags are made from polythene coated in chemical compounds that prevent corrosion. For smaller applications, like packing tools, screws or small machine parts, volatile corrosion inhibitor grip seal bags are a good choice. If you need a volatile corrosion inhibitor bag for larger applications, you can opt for large lining bags for boxes, crates, and pallet boxes.

VCI Paper: Another popular anti-corrosive packaging product is VCI kraft paper. This rust inhibiting paper is supplied on a roll and one side of the paper is coated in VCI chemical. It is suitable for protecting ferrous metal products during storage and shipping. The other side of the paper can be coated in moisture barriers to further protect products.

VCI Stretch Wrap: If you are palletizing goods that need rust prevention, you can make use of VCI stretch wrap. It is ideal for palletizing large metal goods, like engines or items that have odd profiles. Like other anti-corrosion packaging, VCI stretch wrap is made using VCI molecules that are mixed into the polymer when the film is manufactured.

VCI Bubble Wrap: If you need your products to be protected from corrosion as well as knocks and shocks during shipping, VCI bubble wrap could be the answer. Like VCI stretch wrap, rust-preventing bubble wrap has volatile corrosion inhibiting chemicals mixed into the material during manufacturing.

The advantages of using VCI packaging: It might seem like a no brainer if you are shipping metal products, but there are lots of advantages when using VCI packaging. This type of packaging can protect your products from corrosion and oxidization, helping them stay in the best condition possible during shipping, handling, and transit.

Minimize product replacements, as it prevents harmful corrosion that could spoil your products. Reduce your costs, as they are more effectively protected, you are cutting the expense of replacements and reverse logistics.

If you need help protecting your products from corrosion, rust and oxidation, the Quick Pak team are here to help! Call us at 813 242 6995 or reach out to sales@quickpakinc.com