Flexitanks: The Ideal Solution for Bulk Wine Transportation

Flexitanks are the ideal transport option for bulk wine transportation. They are a superior alternative to ISO containers, Drums & IBC’s. SIA Flexitanks deliver the safest, most reliable and cost effective solution for wine shipments with shipping in bulk using flexitanks, we are an associate member of the COA (Container Owners Association). Flexitanks offer many benefits such as:


SIA Flexitanks: 6 Advantages for Bulk Wine:

1. FDA approved

SIA Flexitanks are FDA Approved. Our Flexitanks are manufactured from layers of FDA approved Polyethylene film made from virgin resin. We manufacture flexitanks in our State of the art ISO22000 certified production facilities and have quicker production times, due to our cutting edge design & automated manufacturing techniques.

SIA Flexitanks have exceptional mechanical and elongation properties (over 600%) under stress to deliver excellent performance and peace of mind even in the most demanding of environments. The SIA Flexitank offers the widest range of compatibility approvals in the flexitank world today. These quality-tested Tanks meet international standards for contact with food and non-hazardous free flowing bulk liquids, including the US FDA, German BGA and the Japanese Canning authority.


2. No Cross Contamination & Oxygen Protection

  • No Cross Contamination
  • Oxygen and VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Protection
  • Flexitanks  protect the quality and value of your bulk wines in storage or transport
  • Independent reports on exposure tests & analysis results available
  • Oxygen and VOC Protection
  • OTR  (Oxygen transmission rate) “less than” 0.05 cc / m2 / day @ 23C 50RH
  • Equates to ““less than””0.01 mg DO / litre over 45 day transit
  • Oxygen Migration

Specific Wine Flexitank with Aluminum Barrier


3. Temperature Controlled Transit


Bulk wine shipped in flexitanks is less likely to experience temperature variations during transit. SIA Flexitanks offer Temperature Controlled Transport options with consistent wine temperature in transit. Reduced temperature fluctuation in transit can improve shelf life.

4. Environmentally Friendly

Using flexitanks versus shipping bottled wine is one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport process allowing higher volumes of liquid to be shipped at one time.

SIA Flexitanks Re-usable containers allow for zero waste in shipping allowing you to reduce your carbon footprint. Recycling is a viable option for the majority of flexitanks, which are made from Polyethylene, an oil-based product. Recycled flexitanks can be easily turned into resin and used for the manufacture of non-virgin plastic applications, usually recycled as traffic cones. The SIA Global Flexi-Max, for example, is made from 100% virgin VLDPE polyethylene which when recycled, is re-processed into pellets which are then used to manufacture new items. 


5. Economies of Scale

Flexitanks allow you to take advantage of economies of scale when shipping your wine– allowing for cost savings and a Reduced Carbon Footprint with logistical advantages and are in most cases cheaper to operate.

In an interview with FreightWaves, SIA CEO, Damien McClean cites the example of bulk wine shipping, “You’ll get 9,000 bottles of wine into a 20-foot container. In a flexitank, the 24,000 litres it holds, is the equivalent to around 30,000 bottles” adding that flexitanks also offer companies much more flexibility; citing an example of a winery that was shipping 60% red wine and 40% white wine. “A parcel tanker would have to be all red or all white,” he pointed out, emphasising the impact of economies of scale when using a flexitank for bulk liquid shipping.

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6. You Can Ship White and Red Wine Together

With innovation at the core of SIA Flexitanks, we have developed The SIA Trinity Tank (a 40ft flexitank) that can hold up to 27,000 Litres. This flexitank can be used in either standard shipping containers or in temperature-controlled conditions in a refrigerated unit.

The three-pod system allows shippers to load white, rosé and red wine in the same container. With the acute shortage of 20ft containers, the 40ft alternative is increasingly popular with payloads up to 27 metric tonnes. This option offers companies much more flexibility for example, a winery could potentially ship 60% white wine and 40% red wine. In comparison, a parcel container for example would have to be all red or all white, this emphasises the opportunity of economies of scale presented when using flexitanks for bulk wine shipping.


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Why use SIA Flexitanks?

  • Market leader and innovator
  • Our flexitanks are virtually unbreakable and environmentally friendly
  • Manufactured from layers of FDA approved Polyethylene film
  • SIA offer the widest range of compatibility approvals
  • Resistant against aggressive substances and damage
  • Manufactured in State of the art ISO22000 certified production facility
  • Fast production times
  • Exceptional mechanical and elongation properties (over 600%)

SIA Flexitanks have extensive knowledge and experience in the use of flexitanks for bulk wine transportation. We deliver the safest, most reliable and cost effective solution for wine shipments and have many years of experience in beverage transportation and the design, manufacture and operation of flexitanks.

In 2001, SIA Flexitanks CEO Damien McClean patented his design of the Multilayer Flexitank. Today, over 80% of the global market is imitating his patented design.  

We have offices worldwide. To find out if your product can be transported using a flexitank or to request a brochure, Please email our team at info@siaflexitanks.com

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