Defence packaging you can rely on
If your company manufactures products, components or equipment for use in the defence sector, you’ll understand how they can be “mission critical”. An item arriving damaged could delay or risk the success of an important operation. It could lead to incurring considerable costs, or even worse, the loss of life.
Does your transit packaging offer this required performance? Does it comply with NATO or MOD requirements? And does it do this cost effectively?
01:Military Packaging Overview.
High performance cases, packaging and containers for military and defence applications
Regardless of your answers to the above, GWP Group is certain that we could help to improve, streamline and reduce the cost of your military packaging.
And all this whilst maintaining a level of quality over and above what is required.
So whether you use military spec cases with high performance foam, transit containers, anti-static packaging, corrugated boxes or even a combination of all of these – its importance to your operations means GWP Group can offer you a range of advantages.
Key ways a partnership with GWP can benefit your business
Specialist materials, design and testing to eradicate damage to mission critical items
Source your full packaging inventory from a single supplier for quality / compatibility
Short Lead Times
Get all your packaging exactly when you need it, meeting the tightest deadlines
Lower Your Costs
A range of strategies to reduce cost without sacrificing performance
Part of FATS4 Framework, and MPAS accredited staff
02: Military Packaging Companies.
A selection of companies GWP work with…
03: Protective Cases & Foam.
Military cases & containers with engineered foam
GWP Protective’s largest market is supplying military cases into the defence sector.
From communications hardware to missiles, GWP Protective manufacture foam lined protective cases which have been engineered to ensure that your equipment goes into service in the same condition as it left your factory.
As sole suppliers to a number of high profile defence contractors, GWP Protective has extensive experience in developing military cases and protective transit equipment for use within air, sea and land applications.
This includes being an official distributor for a huge range of cases, including Peli, Hardigg Rota Mould, Explorer, SKB and many others. In fact, GWP allows you to source the largest range of branded cases from a single source in the UK.
Any case or container you specify can be fully customised with engineered foam inserts.
The level of expertise at GWP Protective also means that exact levels of protection against shock, impact and vibration can be designed into your inserts, completely eliminating potential transit damage to your highly calibrated, expensive or delicate items.
Besides this, due to participation in the FATS/4 framework, GWP Protective’s range of services can now be easily accessed by not only the MoD, but also by other government departments and organisations including the Home Office, Metropolitan Police Service, Meteorological Office and HM Revenue and Customs.
GWP therefore also has extensive experience of working with many of the UK Police forces, engineering bespoke foam inserts for armed response vehicles and weaponry storage facilities.
This depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise ensures that GWP Protective are able to supply you with the perfect protective case for your specific application, each and every time.
This is in addition to realising the importance of discretion in many of these applications, often utilising a mobile design service to ensure that any sensitive equipment or design drawings do not have to leave your premises / control.
Why source your protective cases / foam from GWP?
Case Study: Walking With the Wounded
Twelve wounded servicemen – accompanied by Prince Harry, the charity’s patron – took part in Walking With The Wounded’s Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge in December.
The expedition saw three teams of wounded servicemen and women – from the UK, US and the Commonwealth – complete a race over 335km to the South Pole.
The UK Team Glenfiddich, and expedition Patron Prince Harry, all needed to carry with them valuable possessions and equipment such as personal cameras and satellite phones, which had the potential to be damaged by the extreme temperatures.
When, prepared to set off to the South Pole, minimising the weight of the participants equipment was paramount. However, with temperatures potentially falling to -35°C, it was recognised that valuable electronic equipment would need protecting against the ruthless conditions.
In order to help the participants, GWP Protective donated military spec Peli Storm cases. These not only protected the teams’ vital equipment from moisture and dust, but the outer shell combined with foam inserts also offered protection from impact and mishandling.
Eric Philips | Polar explorer
04: Anti-Static Military Packaging.
Conductive and ESD safe packaging and handling products
Potential damage caused to electronics equipment by atmospheric static is often overlooked. This can have huge, unwanted repercussions however.
Reliance on communications equipment and technologies, many of which will be prone to damage from electro-static discharge (ESD), means that the reliability of GWP Conductive products can be of critical importance to the end user.
As a result, the range of conductive totes, boxes, handling equipment and other products can be key to making sure equipment arrives in the same condition it left the factory. Effectively channelling any static safely around the outside of the container, the items within avoid the severe damage to their circuits, chips and components that ESD can cause.
Conductive military packaging can also help to prolong and extend the lifespan of specialist equipment that may otherwise need to be replaced at great expense.
Working closely with GWP Protective, it allows you to source military spec protective cases with added anti-static protection. This includes static dissipative and conductive foam inserts.
GWP are able to work to the relevant Defence Standards, and a dedicated design team can offer you exceptional levels of customisation to suit any application.
Advantages of sourcing anti-static packaging from GWP Conductive
05: Applications / Images.
A solution for even the most demanding missions / applications
View a selection of the military packaging products designed, manufactured and supplied by the differing divisions of GWP Group. Please click the thumbnails for a larger view.
06: Corrugated Cardboard Packaging.
Engineered corrugated packaging offering exceptional performance
Perhaps surprisingly considering the demands, corrugated packaging is widely used by companies manufacturing products and items used by the military and defence sector organisations.
Through clever use of engineering, either to add strength, reduce cost or indeed both, GWP are able to and have frequently created high performance corrugated packaging for defence, military, police, emergency services and associated organisations.
This provides viable alternatives to more expensive forms of military packaging, without sacrificing the protection to the equipment, components or tools being transported.
Working closely with the other divisions of GWP, it is possible to produce packaging that is a hybrid of the traditional disciplines. This includes adding engineered foam inserts, coating the corrugated material to make it water and / or oil resistance, providing ESD protection and much else besides.
Whatever the brief supplied, the extensive knowledge, skilled designers and meticulous manufacturing processes will guarantee exceptional performance in your corrugated packaging.
07: FATS4 Framework.
The Framework Agreement for Technical Support
In order to better meet the challenges faced by the defence sector, GWP Group became members of the Framework Agreement for Technical Support (FATS/4) in 2012.
The scheme was developed and is administered within the MoD, and has been designed to provide the organisation and its’ clients with a quicker and simplified method of procuring specialist consultancy capabilities from suppliers. GWP Group’s position as a FATS/4 contractor ensures a wealth of benefits for both GWP Group and our defence customers.
As sole suppliers to a number of high profile defence contractors, GWP have extensive experience in developing protective transit equipment for use within air, sea and land applications. This enhances the company’s position as a leading packaging supplier into the defence industry.
Please visit our Quality Standards page for further information.
More than just a Defence Sector initiative
However, the FATS/4 framework is not restricted to MoD customers only. It has also been accredited by the Office of Government Commerce as an approved centralised framework for use by other Government Departments.
Therefore, GWP Groups range of services can now be easily accessed by not only the MoD, but also organisations including the Home Office, Metropolitan Police Service, Meteorological Office and HM Revenue & Customs.
There are over 350 suppliers participating in FATS/4, providing a wide range of services.
The Market Knowledge Matrix (MKM) maintained by the TPAC team maps the contractors’ expertise to over 450 capability areas, which then allows potential customers to source, both quickly and accurately, suppliers that meet specific criteria.
This now includes the “full spectrum” packaging knowledge offered by GWP, which will benefit anyone participating in the scheme looking for specialist packaging expertise.
Military Packaging Accreditation Scheme
GWP Group Director Ian Heskins was amongst the first people in the country to be awarded the MPAS qualification. Effectively, the new MPAS (Military Packaging Accreditation Scheme) is a direct replacement for the old DR14 defence packaging design qualification.
Any organisation wishing to bid for packaging contracts directly with the MOD must have an MPAS certified designer. Due to GWP Groups participation in FATS4 and strong links with many companies in the defence and supporting market sectors, gaining the MPAS qualification further strengthened the company’s position as a leading defence sector supplier.
The DR14 qualification, and now the MPAS equivalent, is required for people to sign-off a SPIS (Service Packaging Instruction Sheet). This document sets out the criteria, performance and specification that the packaging must meet in order to be fit for purpose.
Please click here for further information on MPAS.
The defence sector in the UK
Dealing with research and development (R&D), servicing of military materials and engineering production, the UK boasts one of the most successful military-industrial networks in the world.
The British defence industry is privatised and dominated by three large contractors and a second tier of smaller, specialized companies. In fact, SME’s are the foundation which makes up the UK’s high value defence manufacturing and services industry.
The UK industry includes at least 9000 defence companies including SME’s, meaning the UK has more businesses of this size than the French, German, Italian, Spanish and Norwegian industries combined. The UK is also second in the world behind the USA for defence exportation.
Large well-known companies in the industry however includes BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Rolls-Royce.
Defence and military contributes to 10 percent of the UK’s manufacturing industry. Unsurprisingly, the industry achieves revenue of over £35 billion each year and has contributed £8.2 billion to the UK’s GVA (Gross Value Added). It has been estimated that the UK’s industry revenue could grow up to £82 billion per year within the next decade.
The MOD is the UK economies’ largest single customer. With a requirement for a diverse range of equipment and services, its’ annual spend is estimated at around £16 billion.
The UK industry now employs over 300,000 people in high-skilled, highly-valued jobs including 4,900 apprentices and trainees. Over 84,000 of these roles are provided by BAE Systems, the world’s third-largest defence company (based on revenue).
Key facts and figures
Your military packaging partner
GWP Group have been supplying successful military packaging and transit solutions into the defence sector for more than 25 years.
Whilst a lot has changed in terms of technologies, systems, funding and even politics in that time period, it means that GWP are an established, trusted supplier to companies and organisations of every size and scope.
Potential benefits to your business include a knowledgeable design team with specific knowledge of defence sector requirements. Having your packaging engineered to offer precisely calculated levels of protection. Being able to source all of your packaging from a single source. All your packaging being produced in a state of the art production facility. And having a dedicated customer satisfaction manager allocated specifically to your project.
This approach allows you to focus on your business objectives, safe in the knowledge that your packaging will not fail, will not lead to items arriving damaged to the end users, and will not imperil critical missions or activities.
GWP also understands the potential for sudden spikes in demand that affect this sector. A range of stock products, raw materials held in stock and a fully managed inventory service can be utilised to ensure you have the highest quality products on the shortest possible lead times.
So whether you need NATO approved cases, foam inserts that guarantee a part will not become damaged in transit, anti-static packaging to protect sensitive electronics, or even just corrugated boxes for high volume items, GWP Group can help.
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