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Plywood boxes

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Custom plywood boxes, also known as metal-edged or ply-riveted boxes, are perfect if you need to ship or export lightweight products or cargo.

Riveted plywood boxes use steel corner strips riveted to plywood panels. The construction creates a collapsible sleeve to which a base and lid can be easily added. The design allows for custom sizes alongside insert options such as foam. Ply-rived boxes are lightweight, easy to handle, efficient to store when not in use, and provide excellent protection during transit. Read more


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About plywood boxes

Plywood boxes, particularly ply-riveted boxes, provide excellent protection if you ship industrial, heavy or bulky items within the UK or beyond.

Plywood boxes are durable and hard-wearing thanks to strong plywood material and steel edge profiles. However, the construction also allows the sleeve element (i.e. the four sides of the box) to collapse. This feature saves space when not in use and minimises delivery costs. Plywood boxes are also easy to assemble on-site, with lids and bases simply being nailed on.

All of the plywood boxes that GWP manufactures are bespoke sizes. This approach allows you to specify a ply-riveted box that is the perfect size for your specific parts. This flexibility can help improve the efficiency of both your warehouse and transport (as there is no wasted space inside the box). It also enhances protection by minimising movement during transit and handling.

Regarding protection, you can also add a range of inserts to your plywood boxes. Options include foam cuffs and collars (effectively large end caps), foam linings, corrugated fittings and divider sets. Additional features such as compatible pallets (in custom sizes), handles and stencilled branding are also available.

All wood used to manufacture your plywood boxes is ISPM 15 heat-treated, making these wooden shipping crates suitable for export. All material comes from FSC or PECE-approved sources, assisting your business’s sustainability efforts.

Key benefits of ply-riveted boxes

The key benefits of plywood boxes include:

  • Robust construction protects items during shipping.
  • The metal riveted structure ensures durability in transit.
  • Metal edges also allow sleeve element to collapse when not in use (saving space).
  • Quick and easy to assemble.
  • Manufacture in custom sizes tailored to your product or parts.
  • Uses ISPM 15 treated wood, making plywood boxes suitable for export.
  • Also uses wood from FSC or PECE-approved sources.
  • Various options include external handles, integral pallets and foam/other inserts.
  • Available with no minimum order quantities (MOQs).
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The durable nature of wooden shipping crates means they can often be reused over multiple trips.

Biodegradable packaging


The timber used in the manufacture of this packaging is biodegradable.

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Recyclable packaging

Ply-riveted boxes are recyclable at appropriate recycling facilities.

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GWP manufacture your timber packaging in the UK, reducing emissions from transport.

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Your plywood boxes are free from plastic materials.

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Plywood boxes use wood in their manufacture.

FSC® certified

You can choose to have your boxes made using FSC certified materials.

What are plywood foldable export boxes?

Plywood foldable export boxes are another name for ply-riveted cases. Also known as metal edge or no nail boxes, they use metal rivets to secure the corners of the container. This construction makes them easy to assemble and collapsible/foldable. ISPM 15 heat-treated wood makes them suitable for exporting, too.

Is plywood suitable for boxes?

Plywood is a good material for industrial shipping boxes. Plywood boxes are durable and are reusable over many trips with the proper care. Plywood is also typically rot-resistant, is relatively lightweight, and can be used to create custom-sized boxes.

Are plywood boxes better than plastic?

Whilst plastic is generally more durable and long-lasting, there are several benefits to using plywood boxes. Advantages include ease of recycling at the end of their usable lifespan and that they use renewable resources (wood). Ply riveted boxes can last over many uses, too.

What is ISPM 15?

ISPM stands for International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures. It is a regulation that prevents the transportation of pests, fungi and diseases between countries. To pass ISPM 15 and be suitable for export, wood must be heat treated to kill unwanted organisms.

Do plywood boxes bend under weight?

It is possible to manufacture plywood boxes to the specific strength that you require. Doing so ensures the material has a suitable load rating for your particular products, parts or equipment. Under-specified ply-riveted cases could potentially bend and fail, resulting in damage to your items.

Custom pricing for custom plywood boxes

Rather than simply trying to sell you a standard plywood box that may be unsuitable, GWP instead design and create an industrial packaging solution tailored precisely to your requirements.

This approach involves a team of designers, engineers and support staff who can advise on the optimum material, sizing, features and more. Whilst this results in better performance and long-term cost savings, it does make it impossible to list prices on this site (due to the varying factors).

Free quotes and advice

However, you can request a quote on any plywood boxes your business requires (and any other composite or heavy-duty packaging).

All quotes are free, with no obligation, and if you are unsure of exactly what you need, one of the team will be more than happy to help.

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