JAPANESE freight forwarder Nippon Express (Nittsu) has developed the Flexible Packing Device (FXPD), which eliminates the need for conventional packing for carrying precision machinery and heavy cargo by air. Made entirely of aluminium, the FXPD has a dead load of 400 kilograms. It is capable of holding cargo weighing up to 4,500 kg, up to 180 centimetres long, 160 cms wide and 270 cms high. Its advantages include the elimination of waste material from packing, and the reduction of packing expenses and time. Conventional packing using wooden boxes takes almost a day, but the FXPD can sharply cut packing time to one to two hours. Unpacking time can also be shortened from two to three hours for wooden-box packing to 30 to 40 minutes. Because no waste material is generated, the FXPD is environmentally friendly. And overall packing costs can be reduced by about 30 per cent. Nittsu intends to enhance the efficiency of the new packing device through its use in door-to-door deliveries via warehouses, and by its use on outbound and inbound flights.