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Hofbauer Xtrabag Buying Guide

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Selecting a Plastic Sample Case

Full product details on the Hofbauer Xtrabag cases

Choosing a suitable plastic sample cases for your business can be difficult, with the Hofbauer Xtrabag cases one of many potential options.

As such, this detailed buying guide has been created in order to help you decide if these sample cases are a good fit for your business, industry, or specific application.

It covers all of the standard information you would expect – features, benefits, custom options, typical applications and much more besides. There is even a short video if you don’t have time to read to full guide.

Xtrabag detailed buying guide

What are Hofbauer Xtrabag Cases?

Tough, durable equipment cases

If you are searching for a reliable, professional presentation case then the Xtrabag moulded case is a great – and widely used – option.

Offering a clean, modern appearance, Xtrabags are perfect for presentation and display purposes (i.e. sales meetings) and are also suitable for protecting and transporting a huge range of products, tools, components, equipment etc.

Produced by Hofbauer in Germany, and in the same family of cases as the Minibag and Maxibag ranges, these sample cases come with a guarantee of high-quality construction and manufacture.

Xtrabag plastic cases
Xtrabag plastic cases provide a wide range of features and benefits, making them an ideal for choice for various applications

They are also durable, provide a long usable lifespan, can be easily branded and are available in small but useful range of sizes and colours.

All in all, they offer a fantastic combination of attractive appearance, good range of sizes and colours, decent levels of durability and will fit most budgets as well.

As such, Xtrabag cases are great all-rounder that can have a tangible, positive impact on the success / efficiency of your sales reps and field engineers alike.

Xtrabag Video

Important information in under 2 minutes

The short video below gives an overview of Hofbauer Xtrabag range, focusing on key points that will be relevant to any buying decision.

Xtrabag Case Features

A collection of features providing usability and visual appeal

As with all Hofbauer cases, Xtrabag provides a number of useful and innovative features to make your life easier. Saying that, the aesthetics of the Xtrabag range has not been neglected either, resulting in a case which provides both form and function.

Please see the image and explanatory points below for details of the Xtrabag case features.

Xtrabag case features

Ergonomic Handle: The integral, moulded handle, has been carefully developed to ensure it is comfortable to use even when heavy contents are included in the case. The handle ultimately allows for easy everyday handling of the case.


Snap Shut Catches: The snap shut catches are not only easy to use, but also create a strong seal to prevent the case from unexpectedly opening. The catches can also be specified in contrasting colours to enhance the appearance of the case.


Interlocking Hinge: The interlocking hinge provides a much more durable alternative to some competing cases, which rely on a “living hinge” that is moulded into the case body. The Xtrabag hinges are not only smooth and reliable, but also will not degrade over thousands of uses.


Smooth Surface (Print): The materials and moulding processes used when manufacturing Xtrabag cases – coupled with the design of the lids – means there is a very smooth surface area to the front and back of the case. This is perfect for adding labels or vinyl graphics and can also be printed onto directly too. All of these allows for enhanced branding regardless of the volume of cases ordered.


Moulded feet: the feet that are integral to the cases allows for Xtrabag to stored upright or led flat. Used in the upright position, it can help to improve product presentation during sales pitches and meetings, as well as making the case easier to use.


Equal Lid / Base Split: All of the Xtrabag cases feature an equal split between the base and the lid – effectively both halves of the case are equal height. This means it is possible to store items in both parts of the Xtrabag cases, potentially increasing the number of products / samples / tools that can be stored within a single case.


Mix and Match Base / Lid: The bases and lids can be mixed and matched, allowing for cases to be different colours on the front and back (if it is important to identify this, or for branding purposes). This also allows for the font of the case to be used with a translucent material, allowing for easy viewing of the contents.

Standard Options

List of standard options for Hofbauer Xtrabag Cases

Translucent Xtrabag cases

Translucent Lids

Translucent case lids
Visibility of products
Subject to MOQ

Custom colour Xtrabag

Custom Colours

Bespoke case colours
Contrasting catches
Subject to MOQ

Customisation & Inserts

Bespoke options, including custom designed foam

Printed Xtrabag cases

Case Printing

Screen printing
Low cost option
Simple, bold graphics
Branding opportunity

Xtrabag in-mould labelling

In-Mould Labelling

Detailed imagery
Photographic quality
Scuff resistant finish
Subject to MOQ

Xtrabag with foam inserts

Foam Inserts

Fully bespoke
Protects & presents
Plastazote® material
UK design / production


Example uses for Hofbauer Xtrabag Cases

The Hofbauer Xtrabag range is suitable for a vast array of specific applications. However, there are a few general areas where the cases particularly excel and are already extensively used.

This following section provides a brief overview of these applications.

Sales Meetings

Having samples and new products organised and well presented can be crucial in sales meetings – particularly in competitive markets such as FMCG.

Hofbauer Xtrabag cases can provide an excellent solution to this requirement, particularly when combined with custom foam inserts. They allow for samples to be easily retrieved and stored / presented in a logical, sensible manner.

They also offer excellent branding potential, including printing directly onto the surface of the cases.

Ultimately, using Xtrabag cases for sales meetings can improve the professionalism of your pitches and make you more memorable to your potential customers.

Xtrabag sample presentation cases
Hofbauer Xtrabag cases can be perfect for the presenting of product samples in important sales pitches / meetings

Added Value Retail Packaging

Many retail products – such as sets of products, tools, stationary, toys, gifts, and craft items – are often sold with added value packaging. This is where the retail pack is retained for use by the consumer in storing the items purchased post sale.

Xtrabag cases can be used for this purpose, enhancing your products in store, and potentially improving profit margins and perceived value too.

Service Engineers

If your business has service engineers in the field repairing, installing, or monitoring equipment, then the chances are they will need a range of tools and equipment to do this.

Xtrabag cases can be easily adapted to serve this purpose, keeping sets of tools together and easily identifiable, whilst also helping to ensure they remain free from damage too.

Xtrabag service engineer cases
Xtrabag cases are perfect for use by service and field engineers that need to equipment out onto site

Medical Devices

The vast majority of medical devices produced today will be sold with some form of protective case (in a similar manner to the added value packaging detailed above).

As such, Xtrabag cases are a great option for the safe storage and transit of not just medical devises, but any industrial or consumer electronics / equipment too.

Small Parts Storage

Finally, Xtrabag cases can be used for the simple task of storing small parts and equipment safely. This is applicable to almost any business, and can help reduce stock wastage, loss, or damage.

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Is the Hofbauer Xtrabag range of cases right for your business?

The below points provide a brief summer of the key points when considering the use of Xtrabag plastic cases.

  • 5 size options and 3 standard colours (plus translucent)
  • Ability to mix and match lids / bases
  • Custom colour options available subject to order volumes
  • Manufactured using injection moulded Polypropylene and ABS
  • Lightweight and hard-wearing construction
  • Ergonomic handles, snap shut catches and strong integrated hinges
  • Ideal for presentation & display applications (e.g. sales pitches)
  • Cost efficient solution
  • Easy to carry thanks to ergonomically designed handles
  • Suitable for a vast range of products including tools, components, and parts
  • Customisation options available, including engineered foam inserts and surface printing

UK’s leading plastic case supplier

Put simply, GWP Protective should be your first port of call when looking to source plastic sample cases (or indeed any form of protective case).

This is for a number of reasons.

Firstly, being independent from the case manufacturers means that you can source the widest range of case options from a single UK supplier.

Secondly, it also means you can get completely impartial and honest advice on the best case for your specific application. If it won’t work (or work well), we’ll tell you.

Official UK Hofbauer Xtrabag Suppliers
GWP Protective are official UK suppliers of the Hofbauer Xtrabag range (alongside their additional case ranges), and can offer full customisation options too.

Thirdly, by employing a large and experienced design team, you can also enhance any sample case you choose with custom foam case inserts as well. This not only improves presentation, but also adds a layer of protection as well.

Fourthly, GWP will design and manufacture your cases / foam at our well-equipped production facility, ensuring the highest quality and cost effectiveness. And sourcing case and foam together further reduces your costs whilst improving quality yet further.

And finally, you can a competitive, no obligation, no pressure quote on any case and foam conversion requirement your business may have.

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