IBC Tanks in the Industrial Sector

IBC tanks are a common item that we find in warehouses all over the world. As we discussed when looking a what IBC tanks are used for, these products are great for bulk storage and transportation of materials such as food products, chemicals, and so on. On this page, we will break down all that you need to know about IBC tank usage in the industrial sector. 

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Brief Background Information Behind IBC Tanks

Like countless other innovative products, the IBC was developed as a result of a problem in need of a good solution. Many companies were having problems effectively storing and transporting their goods. Especially in terms of efficient space usage. This is what spurred the creation of the first IBC patented in 1992.

Why the Industrial Sector Needs IBCs

IBCs in the industrial sector are important for various reasons. For starters, they are strong packaging systems that allow corporations to mass store and transport products efficiently. Below, we will break down why these are an important part of the industrial sector.

Easier Storage & Transport

The most primary reason that companies purchase IBC systems is to make things easier on their end for storage and transportation of their products. Especially when it comes to bulk sizes and making the most out of their storage space. 

Strong & Reusable Materials

IBCs are made with very dense plastic and metal components that are built to store some of the most difficult-to-store items. Since IBCs are made with materials that can be reused and reserviced, they are an investment that corporations can count on for a lifetime. 

Safer Work Environments

Can you imagine having flammable substances in the same area where sparks occur? Without IBCs and the many safety features they can provide, work environments would be a lot more dangerous!

Alignment with Local and International Standards

In addition to providing an efficient means of storing and mass transporting products in the industrial sector, there are many different local and international standards that companies have to comply with. Otherwise, they could be out of business fast!

Storing Hazardous Chemicals

Imagine being a manufacturer of hazardous materials such as components used for explosives back in the 1800s. This sort of company was one of the first to benefit from IBCs. For the first time ever, there was a highly effective means of storing hazardous chemicals.

Common Types of Industrial Companies that Use IBC Tanks

When we talk about industrial companies, there are many different types of corporations that we could be discussing! Below, all of the most common types of industrial companies that use IBC systems, and how they are used will be broken down.

Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is made up of companies that handle any sort of aspects involved in making and selling automobiles. These sorts of companies also need IBCs for many different possible reasons. 

How IBCs Are Used in the Automotive Industry

Automobile companies work with many different hazardous materials in bulk sizes. This includes things such as oil, transmission fluids, and various small parts and electronic components. For this reason, IBCs are a necessary aspect of their warehouses. 

Brewing Industry

The brewing industry is made up of companies that specialize in the production of beer and working with starch substances. This is a very delicate process with many possible variables. This is partly why these companies use IBCs.

How IBCs Are Used in the Brewing Industry

The brewing industry naturally needs to work with many sorts of liquid materials. During the production of products such as beer, these liquids are sometimes in need of a safe place for bulk storage. This is where having IBC systems comes in handy!

Aircraft & Aerospace Industry

The aircraft industry and aerospace industries are similar, but with some small differences. The aircraft industry is usually made up of commercial flight companies. The aerospace industry is made up mostly of private companies and government agencies seeking to go to outer space.

How IBCs Are Used in these Industries

From things such as the production of airplanes to vessels sent into outer space, there are various small parts and potentially dangerous liquids that need to be stored along the way. Without the IBCs that meet international and local quality standards, it is difficult to do this without violating a law of some sort. 

Energy Industry

The energy industry is the most important sector involved in creating sources for our electricity and power. Due to the nature of these companies, they have many different small parts, liquids, and potentially dangerous materials to transport. 

How IBCs Are Used in the Energy Industry

The energy industry has various products that need to be mass stored and transported. Products such as solar panels, for example, have many small components that need a safe place to be stored before being constructed and turned into the solar panels that we can use for power!

Chemical Industry

The chemical industry is one of the most obvious candidates for using IBCs. These companies are important for the production of many sorts of products. Any sort of company that produces a good made up of raw materials purchases its supplies from companies within the chemical industry. They are the providers of the base materials used by these sorts of companies.

How IBCs Are Used in the Chemical Industry

Remember that the chemical industry is composed of companies that transport materials such as natural gas, oil, metals, minerals, and so on. Due to the nature of their products, IBCs are often a necessity as a result of legislation. Not to mention, the risk that spilling these sorts of products can have on our environment. 

Industrial Equipment

Companies that produce industrial equipment are a very important part of helping our world’s infrastructure and overall quality of our cities to improve. They produce many of the machinery and equipment used in the production of infrastructure. 

How IBCs Are Used for Industrial Equipment

Not all industrial equipment is easy to store in bulk amounts or transport. Especially smaller goods such as gears, bolts, and so on. These are some of the products that companies working with industrial equipment will use IBCs for.

Consumer Electronics

Consumer electronics make up a large portion of international economic activity. These companies can produce any sort of electronic goods that we use for recreational or professional activities. From things like vacuum cleaners to TVs, this can include a lot of products. 

How IBCs Are Used for Consumer Electronics

Small electronic parts and materials are often very delicate and require a special system for transporting them in bulk amounts. This is where IBCs come into play. They are able to mass-store and transport the many different components required for consumer electronic companies with ease.

Textile & Composite Industry

Textiles and composites are used for a wide variety of purposes. From simple home and office use to things such as honeycomb composites that can be used in sophisticated projects, the textile and composite industries produce many different types of products.

How IBCs Are Used in the Textile & Composite Industry

These industries often work with potentially hazardous and unsafe materials such as dyes and other chemical-based liquid products that simply cannot leak out into the environment. Both for legislative and practical reasons. This is why these companies often depend on IBCs for bulk storage and transport that is safe.

Tobacco Industry

Love them or hate them, the tobacco industry is still one of the world’s largest profit centers. They also make up quite a bit of the world’s economic activity. Due to the sheer size of these companies and their manufacturing, they are often in need of IBCs to help them with bulk storage and transport.

How IBCs Are Used in the Tobacco Industry

Many tobacco products are derived into liquid form before they can be used. Products such as e-cigarette fluid, for example, are often stored in an IBC. An IBC can help a product like this, and other similar tobacco products to remain fresh during storage and transport.

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Metalworking Industries

Companies that create and process metals in both solid and liquid form are the backbone of much of the world’s economic activity. These companies are important for the production of many sorts of products and goods. They can produce many different types of metals such as steel, brass, copper, and much more. 

How IBCs Are Used in Metalworking

Steel is a very commonly used material for many different reasons. There are also many other types of metals such as brass, copper, and so on, that are often transported in liquid form. When this occurs, it is crucial that you have a high-quality IBC to do this.

Telecommunications Industries

Those who like to use cellphones depend on the hard work of telecommunications companies. Anything during the production and shipping of new telephones and telephone equipment is what these sorts of companies handle.

How IBCs Are Used in Telecommunications

Small electronic components are usually what telecommunications companies use their IBCs for. Since these companies use small delicate products like these, having an IBC that is specially-designed for their products’ needs is very crucial.

Most Important Factors in Getting the Right IBC

Before companies purchase IBC, there are many different factors that need to be considered. For your reference, we will describe below some of the most important factors that companies need to keep in mind so that they can purchase the right IBC.

Explosion Hazard Zones

If a company operates in an explosion hazard zone, having IBCs that are built with your particular work environment in mind should be a top priority. Thankfully, there are many different IBCs that are suitable for explosion hazard zones of all types. 

Hazardous Chemicals

Companies that work with materials that are hazardous need to take extra precautions. Products such as oil, manmade chemicals, and so on, usually need special certifications from the IBC that they end up purchasing. There are many potential certifications and quality standards that these people need to be on the lookout for.

Size of the Tank

Some companies prefer to have smaller packaging systems, whereas others need to store large amounts of their products and materials. Typically between 300 to 1000 liters, IBC systems can come in many different sizes. In any case, it is important to check the size of an IBC system to ensure it works best with the needs of a company’s products.


The ability to easily stack IBCs on top of one another is a common concern that people have when they come across IBCs for the first time. Their ability to easily stack up on top of one another and hold bulk materials in one place efficiently is definitely a great advantage.

IBC Ticket Service

When you purchase IBCs, it’s important to check whether or not the company has a ticket service. To describe this in simple terms, this is a generally-free service where the IBC manufacturer will refurbish, repair, and making your IBCs up-to-date with the current standards. 

Other Common Types of Companies that Use IBCs

IBCs are not just found in the industries we described above. In reality, just about any sort of company that mass produces and transports products will consider using IBC systems. This includes the cosmetic sector, pharmaceutical sector, foodservice sector, and countless others.

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