CC container

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The CC container pool system (the abbreviation CC stands for C ontainer C entralen) is one of the most widely used and widely used reusable load carrier systems in Europe . The CC containers , usually called CC for short in industry jargon, are mainly used in horticulture and the plant trade.

A CC container is a mobile, collapsible and then stackable deposit transport cart made of hot-dip galvanized steel. There they are in so-called "Dänenmaß" ( Danish trolleys ) and in the "European dimensions" (see Euro pallet ), each in different versions.

The dimensions of the most widely used Danish standard cart are L × W × H 1350 × 565 × 1900 mm. It consists of the following basic elements, which are counted individually for acceptance and return:

  • The trolley (weight: 20.4 kg) with four transport rollers (the two front steerable), square profiles attached to the four corners above and below (above for holding the vertical rods and pyramid-shaped at the bottom for stacking several trolleys), as well as the so-called CC lock (a security device with identification number against counterfeiting) on ​​the front narrow side.
  • Four rods (posts) made of 1650 mm long square profile, which are inserted vertically into suitable openings in the floor (weight 3.45 kg each). The square profiles are open on one long side. On the opposite side there are 30 elongated slots in the bars, in which the boards can be hung at variable heights.
  • Boards (also called floors ) made of plywood panels impregnated with phenolic resin (weight 6.5 kg each). L-shaped metal profiles are riveted to the sides of the boards for stiffening. The profiles on the long sides each have a hook-shaped notch at both ends with which they can be hooked into the bars. A maximum of 30 boards can be hung per CC. The boards each have two oblong finger holes.
  • Often be short at the top of the posts attachments inserted to the extension (of metal, plastic or wood).

No wood is used in the CC-Eurocontainer; the floors and boards consist of a metal grid frame.

The plant packaging, horticultural transport trailers, path systems in greenhouses that are on the market today are largely tailored to the dimensions of the CC carts. Various accessories are also available.

The CC system was founded in 1976 as a cooperation between Danish flower and plant exporters in order to reduce distribution costs, which at that time made up around 30% of the production price. In 1980 the first Dutch customers - both exporters and auctions - entered the CC-Pool system. Today, CC is 50% owned by Danish plant exporters and 50% owned by VGB. CC has offices in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany , England , France , Spain , Italy , Poland , the Czech Republic and the USA with more than 22,000 customers and 3,000,000 containers in use.

One of the great advantages of the CC container system is that the containers can be exchanged. Suppliers can immediately exchange full containers for empty ones. Thanks to the widespread network of CC warehouses, it is also possible to deliver containers to one location and pick them up again from another warehouse. Damaged CCs can also be delivered to a warehouse at any time, where they are repaired or replaced and then flow back into the pool.

One problem, however, is the increasing number of forgeries of the containers. To counter this, the Container Centrale only accepts containers with CC lock and coated chipboard boards.

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