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Plywood cases

Custom plywood cases – also known as ply-batten cases – are perfect if your business needs to store, transport or export large, heavy or bulky items safely and efficiently.

Plywood cases use plywood panels fixed together using timber battens. The construction allows for manufacturing cases in custom sizes while providing excellent strength and durability. Ply-batten cases are popular for export packaging, long-term storage of industrial parts or products, and general shipping. Read more


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About plywood cases

Plywood cases provide a flexible solution for your industrial packaging requirements.

Amongst the most popular types of wooden shipping crates, the cases utilise varying thicknesses of plywood for bespoke sizes and strengths. Coupled with the timber battens used to assemble the case (hence often being called ply-batten cases), the result is a durable and long-lasting transit case suited to various applications.

Using custom-sized plywood cases also provides several other benefits. Bespoke sizing reduces the required space in your warehouse while also allowing for reduced shipping costs – you can fit more goods per load and are not paying to ship fresh air. This latter point also reduces your business’ emissions from transport.

On the topic of sustainability, all wood used in your plywood cases is from FSC or PECE-approved sources.

All wood is also ISPM  15 treated, which means your ply-batten cases are suitable if you ship goods internationally.

As GWP manufacture your plywood cases at our modern production facility, it allows us complete control over the quality. However, arguably even more important is that you can also source a vast range of additional industrial packaging from us. This product offering means you can streamline your sourcing and source unique composite packaging using multiple materials.

Besides this, you can also specify a range of additional options for your plywood cases, including adding pallets, handles, stencilled part numbers or instructions, and even paint and coatings.

Key benefits of plywood cases

The key benefits of plywood cases include:

  • Customisable strength due to varying material thicknesses.
  • Construction allows for custom-size cases, improving transit efficiency.
  • Timber battens provide excellent strength and durability.
  • Cases can include pallets to allow for easier handling and manoeuvrability.
  • Optional inclusion of foam linings, inserts or collars/cuffs to add cushioning against shock and mishandling.
  • Additional options include handles, painting, stencilling of instructions, etc.
  • ISPM 15 treated for export applications.
  • Purchasing of all wood material from FSC and PECE sources.
  • Available with no minimum order quantities (MOQs).
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Recyclable packaging

Ply batten cases are recyclable at appropriate recycling facilities.

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The durable nature of wooden shipping crates means they can often be reused over multiple trips.

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

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

Plastic free packaging

Plastic free packaging

Your plywood cases are free from plastic materials.

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Plywood cases use wood in their manufacture.

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FSC® certified

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

What does ply-batten mean?

Ply-batten refers to a type of plywood case that uses timber battens to fix the case together. The timber battens also provide additional strength. Ply batten cases contrast with ply-riveted boxes, which use metal rivets to fasten the sides together.

Are plywood cases hardwearing?

Plywood cases are very tough, durable and hardwearing. They are popular for long-term storage of items and widespread use as industrial packaging. Plywood cases are also ideal for export packaging applications (if the material has undergone specific treatments).

What are plywood cases used for?

Industrial manufacturers and businesses commonly use plywood cases for shipping parts, assemblies and finished products. Ply batten cases are also popular for exporting goods.

Is it possible to paint plywood?

Plywood cases can be painted or coated. Acrylic-latex or epoxy paints can improve the durability of plywood cases and add an element of water resistance. It is possible to have ply-batten cases supplied in RAL colour options.

Plywood batten case pricing

GWP manufactures all our plywood cases bespoke to our customers’ requirements. Overall size, strength, and features, including pallets, handles, and even inserts, are all bespoke to a specific product or application.

This design-led approach improves performance and reduces your long-term costs, but it does mean listing prices on this website is impossible.

Free quotes and advice

Instead, you can ask our team of designers, estimators and customer services to create a fully tailored quote based on exactly what you need. And if you are unsure of the best option for your specific application, we can help with that, too.

In fact, with more than 30 years of experience across the full range of industrial packaging (including heavy-duty corrugated, conventional transit packaging, pallet boxes and wooden shipping crates, you can be confident you are getting the best option for your business.

Quotes are also completely free and without obligation, so why not contact us today to request yours?

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