Russian pipe maker United Metallurgical Company OMK is introducing environmentally friendly & recyclable packaging for transportation of it’s products. With phased replacement of wooden shipping props with synthetic counterparts, the company expects to reduce the use of wooden packaging by 30% in 2022 & completely abandon in few years. In OMK's Vyksa plant in Nizhny Novgorod Region, half of the packaging material for transporting tubular products is already made up of rubber composite products and heat and frost acid and alkali resistant plates. This year, they plan to bring this figure to 80%. The company actively uses rubber-composite racks, stops, lodgements, plugs and other elements that protect the surfaces and ends of pipes from damage. Most of these products are manufactured by the plant itself. By the way, according to an agreement with some customers, the OMK plant receives back the props after the delivery of the products, which it lets for processing. By using recycled polymer materials, the plant reduces greenhouse gas emissions.At the Blagoveshchensk plant of OMK, in cases where this is allowed by GOST and customer requirements, they also stopped using wooden boxes for transporting pipeline fittings with pallets with a dense polyethylene coating are used instead. Such packaging is non toxic, recyclable and protects products from corrosion for a long time. In addition, only one valve is placed in a wooden box, while the dimensions of the pallet are designed for 2-3 hardware. This approach allows more reasonable use of the space inside the freight transport, simplifies and speeds up loading and unloading operations. And it has a good environmental effect & 62 cubic meter of wood was saved at the plant in 2021.