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They talk about it being the box that changed the world – well, perhaps it’s time for the world to change the box. Other than a few modifications in terms of dimensions and strength, the container has undergone relatively few changes since it was first introduced some 50 years ago. However, developments in composite materials technology represent a possible alternative to steel. According to this report, a composite container might cost $8,300 compared with the $3,050 price of a steel box. However, given its lighter weight, at current diesel costs a composite container could break even after it has traveled around 120,000km. Maintenance costs could be far lower as well.

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