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Bulk bags, also known as flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), have developed into versatile, long-lasting and cost-effective packaging solutions for South African companies. According to recent surveys, the use of bulk bags in the country is expected to grow by 10% in the next year. 

Bulk bags have many advantages over standard cardboard packaging and businesses should think outside the box for their bulk packaging needs. As a leading manufacturer and supplier of FIBCs in South Africa, Custom Bulk Bags knows how versatile these products can be.

We produce up to 3.5 million bulk bags per year. Our products can safely hold between 500kg and two tonnes of material per bag, depending on your specifications. These products are extremely lightweight, foldable and durable, making them more effective than cardboard boxes for certain applications.

How to prevent bulk bag leaks

The versatility of bulk bags

Bulk bags have a wide range of applications across various sectors. From agriculture and chemical manufacturing to mining and construction, these bags have become the preferred choice for companies dealing with vast volumes of goods. 

Unlike cardboard boxes, which have restricted applications, bulk bags are highly versatile and may be tailored to specific business requirements. For example, in agriculture, bulk bags with UV protection and moisture resistance are required, whereas in mining, bags with dust containment qualities are critical for safe transportation.

They can be highly customised to meet your exact requirements, which makes them a more versatile solution for your business than many other bulk packaging solutions. Not only are they good for storage and transportation of goods, they can also be reused in innovative ways.

FIBCs are built to last

Bulk bags stand out from cardboard boxes due to their durability. Custom Bulk Bags manufactures its FIBCs using robust and lightweight woven polypropylene tapes. Polypropylene is a suitable material for bulk bags because it is both strong and flexible, allowing the bags to endure the rigours of transit and storage. 

Our products are manufactured using rigorous processes and quality control procedures to ensure the bags satisfy the highest durability standards. Furthermore, bulk bags are reusable, providing a more environmentally friendly alternative to cardboard packaging’s limited lifespan.

A blue forklift picking up a loaded bulk bag from a large stack inside a warehouse

Cost-effective packaging

In today’s competitive business environment, cost-effectiveness is critical when selecting packaging options. Bulk bags offer significant cost reductions over cardboard boxes, without compromising on quality or performance. 

FIBCs are lightweight, which reduces transportation expenses and they can be folded when not in use, making storage more efficient. In South Africa, the average price of a bulk bag is much lower than that of steel drums, cardboard containers and other bulk packaging solutions. Businesses that use bulk bags can save money while maintaining the quality and durability of their packaging.

Transporting wet products in bulk bags

Choosing the right packaging supplier

Choosing the correct supplier for bulk bags is critical. Look for a manufacturer or supplier that can ensure quality, offers industry expertise and holds a customer-centric attitude. Custom Bulk Bags ticks all these boxes, providing high quality and customisation possibilities to fulfil the different packaging demands of businesses in South Africa. 

Our team is devoted to excellence and innovation. We understand the individual needs of each client and undergo in-depth assessments with new customers to ensure we get to know your brand, products and specific needs. This allows us to design and produce bulk bags that meet your requirements and help you with your packaging.

Our FIBCs offer an appealing alternative to cardboard packaging in terms of adaptability, durability and cost-efficiency. Businesses who look outside the box and embrace these benefits can optimise their logistics operations and obtain a competitive advantage in the market. For more information about our bulk bags or to get advice on the ideal design specifications, please contact us today.


Custom Bulk Bags is a leading South African manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags for various industries, such as mining, chemicals and food. We are able to produce over 3.5-million bulk bags per year, keeping our customers in stock at all times. Our bags adhere to the highest levels of quality as a result of our stringent in-house testing and quality control programmes.

Custom Bulk Bags holds ISO 9001 certification and we currently have a number of UN-certified designs. We are a Level 2 B-BBEE manufacturer and supplier and fall under the ownership structure of Deneb Investments Limited. For more information on our products, contact Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram for our latest news and industry insights.