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Lightweight Metal Cases.

Aluminium containers, transit cases and kit skips suitable for a wide range of applications

Aluminium cases offer the perfect balance between protecting your important items during transit and being light and easy to handle.

The inherent light weight of aluminium ensures that transportation costs are minimised, whilst also making the cases easy to handle and stack as required.

Also being resistant to rusting, unaffected by extreme hot and cold temperatures and being ideal for applications where hygiene is important (the smooth sides making cleaning easy and effective), Zarges case are suitable for a huge range of applications and industries.

Aluminium transit cases
Aluminium transit cases are widely used for international air freight, as their lightweight material ensures they do not incur additional costs through excessive weight.

Due to their high quality construction and well engineered design, Zarges case are widely regarded as the leading aluminium containers available today.

Why source aluminium cases with foam from GWP?

  • Lightweight yet durable – perfect for shipping items safely
  • Resistant to extremes of temperature
  • Hygienic and easy to clean thanks to smooth sides
  • Will not rust or corrode
  • Exceptionally tough, strong and hard-wearing

01: Aluminium Case Options

Aluminium flight cases, trunks, kit skips and more...

So if you are looking for a solution to transport or ship items safely without incurring excessive costs, then aluminium cases could be the ideal solution.

Please view the options below, or speak with an advisor for expert, impartial advice.

Zarges K470

Zarges K470

GWP Protective recommended case

Zarges K470 cases are the most popular aluminium cases in Europe and beyond.

Being exceptionally durable thanks to their reinforced metal corners, these cases are perfect for extreme environments, situations where rough handling may occur, and shipping important items via air freight (due to their light weight).

Zarges Eurobox

Zarges Eurobox

Most cost effective option

Zarges Euroboxes are similar to the K470 range of aluminium containers, but their moulded plastic corners ensures they are a lighter and more cost effective solution.

Still incorporating the attractive appearance and benefits provided by the aluminium construction, this range is great choice for the transit of various items.

Battery transport cases

Battery Transport Cases

Lithium battery packaging solution

With lithium ion battery use becoming ever more prevalent – and also increasing the risk of serious accidents – there has been a growing demand for fully UN Certified lithium battery packaging.

As such, a range of Zarges aluminium cases, carefully enhanced with custom flame resistant foam inserts, offer a perfect option as battery transport cases.

Zarges Mitraset EMC cases

EMC Cases

Specialist performance for electronics

The Zarges Mitraset range, also known as EMC Cases (Electro Magnetic Compatible) are created from a special aluminium alloy to protect items in a standard 19 inch rack configuration.

Also providing conductive performance (in accordance with VG95446) these rack units also protect from atmospheric static.

Travel skips

Travel Skips

Widely used by sports teams

Utilised by all of the Premier League football teams, plus the majority or professional and semi professional teams throughout the football league pyramid, aluminium travel skips provide a lightweight, easy to clean solution for transporting clean and muddy kit.

They are suitable for a wide range of professional and amateur sports besides football too.

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02: Aluminium Case Benefits.

Why you should consider aluminium cases

Although a number may come as a surprise to many people, aluminium cases offer a wealth of benefits that make then ideal for a wide range of applications.

These advantages ensure that virtually any of the aluminium cases you can specify will offer great protection and a wealth of additional features that simply cannot be achieved through the use of moulded plastic cases.

When viewed alongside the superb list of features that can be engineered in to the cases (and found on Zarges aluminium cases in particular), such as comfortable handles, stainless steel hinges and catches, foam seal in the lid and high quality welding, it makes aluminium a suitable material for a huge range of applications.

What are the advantages of aluminium cases?

  • Light in weight when compared with plastics / wood etc.
  • Vapour resistant and corrosion proof (will not rust)
  • Resistant to UV damage
  • Excellent strength and impact resistance
  • Can withstand extremes of temperature
  • Non magnetic (will not affect / interfere with electronics equipment)
  • Offers anti static properties
  • Smooth surfaces make them easy to clean / hygienic
  • Aluminium is fully recyclable

03: Aluminium Performance.

Strength and material performance of aluminium containers

Whilst aluminium cases will see their surfaces dented upon extreme impact, the force of this will be completely absorbed by the deformation caused. This obviously offers a good level of protection for any contents within the case, ensuring they are protecting from such impact.

As a result, aluminium trunks and chests are frequently used in industrial settings and construction projects to protect tools, equipment and heavy duty components.

Tough aluminium cases
Aluminium cases, whilst not as durable as moulded plastic cases, are still exceptionally strong and hardwearing

Another of the key benefits of choosing an aluminium case is that they are exceptionally lightweight whilst remaining strong and rigid.

In fact, the Zarges aluminium cases that GWP Protective would recommend boast a density of approximately 2.6 to 2.8 grams per cubed cm. That is only about a third of the density of steel.

Being lightweight makes aluminium cases ideal if transportation costs (due to weight – e.g. on aircraft) is an important consideration, or indeed if heavy or bulky items are to be kept in the container.

04: Easy Clean Surfaces.

Convenience, hygiene and recyclability

Another key benefit of aluminium is its hygienic nature. The smooth surfaces mean that aluminium cases are very easy to keep clean, whilst ensuring that they do not retain odours from the environment either.

Aluminium sports kit cases
Aluminium "kit skips" are widely used by sports teams for transporting kit as they are light-weight and easy to clean

This, alongside the resistance to moisture, is one of the main reasons aluminium cases are chosen to transport sports equipment (which will often be muddy and wet) and also why many medical companies will use them over moulded plastic cases.

Besides this, aluminium is completely recyclable. Unlike moulded plastic, at the end of the cases’ life it can be melted down and re used. This is obviously an important contribution to reducing the strain on raw materials and reducing carbon footprints.

05: Corrosion Resistance.

Anti rusting properties of aluminium flight cases

A common misconception about aluminium cases is that they will rust if they come into contact with water. In fact, the surface of the aluminium will oxidise, with this layer of oxide actually protecting the case from any further damage or corrosion.

As a result, aluminium cases are highly resistant to sea and saltwater, making them suitable for use in marine or offshore environments

Waterproof aluminium cases
Aluminium cases are actually resistant to corrosion, meaning they will not rust even if exposed to water and harsh environments

Besides this, aluminium is also vapour impermeable, ensuring that moisture cannot seep or diffuse through the surface of the case.

The typical welded construction of aluminium cases also means that they are resistant to water vapour and, when coupled with a foam seal in the lid, will also protect against rain and being splashed.

This is another reason why aluminium cases make great choice for applications such as transporting sports training equipment (moisture cannot get in or out) and has seen them used extensively by sports teams including all Premier League football clubs.

06: Temperature Resistance.

Using aluminium containers in extreme climates / conditions

The properties of aluminium ensure that cases manufactured from it generally have the widest operational temperature range of any protective case available commercially today.

In fact, the integrity or strength of the case will not be affected between -80 degrees C and 150 degrees Celsius.

This has seen aluminium cases such as those manufactured by Zarges not only used in hot climates, but also used on polar expeditions to both the North and South poles (where their light weight has also been a key advantage).

Aluminium cases in low tempeartures
A key benefit of aluminium cases over moulded plastics, is their ability to withstand extremes of temperature

Unlike moulded plastic cases, aluminium will also not be affected in any way by prolonged exposure to UV rays.

The material will not degrade in terms of colour, appearance or surface lustre if exposed to the sun over any time period (although other atmospheric elements, for example dust, may have some minor impact).

This makes aluminium cases particularly suitable if they are to be used in hot climates.

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07: Specialist Properties.

Additional benefits and performance of aluminium cases

There are a couple of other more specialist properties apparent in aluminium cases that are not applicable to other types of case.

For example, aluminium cases are not magnetic. The aluminium construction ensures that metal tools, components, equipment and products can be safely stored without worrying about electromagnetic fields damaging them.

Aluminium equipment cases
Aluminium equipment cases, such as those manufactured by Zarges, are UN / NATO approved and used extensively by military forces around the world

This is particularly important for certain types of electronics and audio visual equipment, as well as a wide range of other applications.

Besides this, as aluminium containers are a good conductor of electricity, as well as heat, it makes them perfect for protecting electronics equipment, static sensitive devices and most modern computers and electrical equipment.

Please note that this level of protection may not be sufficient for certain equipment or tools, but with the inclusion of anti-static foams can often provide the required protection.

When coupled with the other key benefits provided, such as strength and protection from moisture, it has seen many specialist organisations specify aluminium cases to protect their important electronics equipment when in transit or on location.

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