Automotive is one of the most dynamic industries, a sector constantly looking for solutions to optimize the actions involved, to reduce the costs and the losses of any kind, and which is striving to offer increasingly high-performance products from all points of view.

An important part is this industry has the production of returnable metal containers used to store and transport component parts and pieces from production to assembly line, but also other different materials.

Metal containers for auto industry are of several types:

  •  Containers with metal wire walls, mesh type (also called wire containers, or wire mesh containers)
  • Containers with closed metal walls (also called steel containers)
  • Platform type containers, with completely open side and bars on the 4 corners (also called metal racks, or automotive racks)

These models meet the big returnable packaging needs from this sector.

The metallic automotive containers are stackable, which helps to optimize the space occupied with transport or storage. They can be foldable, can have rigid walls, can have access doors, label holders, contact zones which are plasticized, galvanized or are painted in electrostatic filed.

They are very sturdy and offer a high level of flexibility of configuration.

Metal packaging for automotive are used together with diverse dunnage models: textiles, evolon, tyvek, technologic foams, Duraflex, Triplex, thermoformed trays, cellular plastic, corrugated plastic, alveolar plastic, etc.

They are used for big parts, like windshields, car body pards, chairs,  boards, engines, tires, radiators, but also for the smaller parts, like mirrors, wheels, wipers, gearboxes, different other internal components, etc.

In general, the transport metal containers for auto industry are produces on standardized dimensions, regulated by the car manufacturers (Renault, Nissan, VW, Peugeot Citroën, Daimler, etc.).

The standardization helps the quick placement of the orders, streamlines the supply, production/assembly activities, helps the storage part, the transport, but the most important fact is that the products are safe in packaging specially designed and personalized for their specific needs regarding the dimensions, fragility, density per pack.

Main advantages:

  • Lower costs with packaging on a long term due to their long use life, the replacement of the metal containers because deteriorations being minimum
  • They are very easy to configure on special dimensions or for oversized and complex pieces and components
  • Reduced costs with transport due to their stackability, the fact that they are folded upon return, but also due to the high packaging density
  • Increased productivity in production due to respecting and following the LEAN intralogistics organizing principles by providing an easy and quick access to the products placed inside

    Wire mesh containers

    These  containers can be produced on many dimensions, they have wire mash walls, and the base is usually closed. They can be foldable or with rigid walls, are stackable, and, upon request, they can have access doors on the laterals.

    The base can be pallet type, with full or partial (only in the corners) skids/crossbeams, or they can have feet.

    The access of the pallet truck or forklift is east.

    Depending on the applications, the walls can be left open (only with wire mesh) or they can be closed with compact boards placed inside.

    Wire mesh cages are used with internal separators and dunnage, and have label holders for a quick identification of the packed products.

    Also , they can have contact zones which are plasticized, and are galvanized or painted in electrostatic filed.

    Mesh pallet cages have low maintenance costs, and due to their sturdiness, they have a long service life.

    ReferenceExternal dimensions (mm)Internal dimensions (mm)Maximum load (kg)Folded height (mm)Weight (kg)Volume (m3/L)
    Metal containers 00105001051600 x 1150 x 10701524 x 1064 x 835 mm1000 kg353 mm154 kg1350 LView product
    Metal containers 00103001031370 x 900 x 9201294 x 814 x 680 mm1000 kg353 mm114 kg716 LView product
    Metal containers 00089000892300 x 1600 x 13502210 x 1500 x 1075 mm1500 kg423 mm284 kg3530 LView product
    Metal containers 00087000872300 x 1300 x 10702210 x 1200 x 785 mm1500 kg423 mm245 kg2080 LView product
    Metal containers 00085000851600 x 1150 x 10701530 x 1070 x 835 mm1000 kg353 mm147 kg1370 LView product
    Metal containers 00084000841370 x 900 x 9201300 x 820 x 680 mm1000 kg353 mm107 kg725 LView product
    Metal containers 00083000831370 x 900 x 9201300 x 820 x 680 mm1000 kg353 mm107 kg725 LView product
    Metal containers 00081000811150 x 800 x 7301080 x 720 x 500 mm1000 kg300 mm71 kg390 LView product
    Metal containers 00069000692500 x 1150 x 9202410 x 1050 x 635 mm1500 kg423 mm250 kg1610 LView product
    Metal containers 00126001261600 x 1150 x 6701490 x 1040 x 420 mm1000 kg353 mm126 kg650 LView product
    Metal containers 00124001241600 x 1150 x 9201490 x 1040 x 680 mm1000 kg353 mm180 kg1050 LView product
    Metal containers 00123001231200 x 1000 x 9101085 x 880 x 680 mm1000 kg410 mm125 kg650 LView product
    Metal containers 00114001141600 x 1150 x 9201490 x 1040 x 680 mm1000 kg353 mm170 kg1050 LView product
    Metal containers 00079000791950 x 1150 x 10701860 x 1050 x 830 mm1000 kg353 mm173 kg1620 LView product
    Metal containers 3B600M3B600M1600 x 800 x 6001520 x 720 x 377N.A.N.A.95,50 kg412,59 LView product
    Metal containers F6MF6M1300 x 1100 x 8401290 x 1090 x 595N.A.N.A.124,00 kg836,63 LView product
    Metal containers F3MF3M1300 x 1100 x 5401290 x 1090 x 295N.A.N.A.95,00 kg414,80 LView product
    Metal containers H6MEH6ME1600 x 650 x 8401590 x 640 x 595N.A.N.A.115,00 kg605,47 LView product
    Metal containers H6MH6M1110 x 650 x 8401090 x 640 x 595N.A.N.A.90 kg415,07 LView product
    Metal containers H3MEH3ME1600 x 650 x 5401590 x 640 x 295N.A.N.A.90 kg300,19 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---1200SLI---12001600 x 1200 x 9301520 x 1120 x 700N.A.N.A.150 kg1191,68 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---0760SLI---07601200 x 1000 x 9301120 x 920 x 700N.A.N.A.118 kg721,28 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---0130-1S560MRSLI---0130/1S560MR800 x 600 x 560732 x 532 x 412N.A.N.A.38 kg160,44 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---2000-5S975MSLI---2000/5S975M2400 x 1200 x 9752280 x 1110 x 730N.A.N.A.276 kg1847,48 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---1271-3S975MSLI---1271/3S975M1600 x 1200 x 9751520 x 1120 x 754N.A.N.A.145 kg1283,61 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---1101-4S750MSLI---1101/4S750M1900 x 1200 x 7501820 x 1120 x 530N.A.N.A.160 kg1080,35 LView product
    Metal containers SLI0770-2S975LSLI---0770/2S975L1200 x 1000 x 9751110 x 910 x 774N.A.N.A.117 kg781,82 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---0771-2S975MSLI---0771/2S975M1200 x 1000 x 9751120 x 920 x 774N.A.N.A.112 kg797,53 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---0601-2S750MSLI---0601/2S750M1200 x 1000 x 7501120 x 920 x 550N.A.N.A.91 kg566,72 LView product
    Containers with closed metal walls

    Containers with closed metal walls

    The containers with closed metal walls heavy-duty type have also models on different dimensions, depending on the products they are ordered for.

    They are stackable, walls can be rigid or foldable, and are usually produced from metal sheets.

    These containers have also a sturdy design and construction, are produced from metal profiles, this ensuring for them as well a long service life.

    Due to the robust construction, the steel containers they resist to intensive or long term use, and, in time, the clients come back with orders for new containers mostly due to the increased transport volume, and less because they need to replace the deteriorated ones.

    The are handles with standard machines: pallet trucks, forklifts, lifting rings, cranes.

    They can have internal separators or interlayers, increasing the density of products for packing, offering protection in the same time.

    ReferenceExternal dimensions (mm)Internal dimensions (mm)Maximum load (kg)Folded height (mm)Weight (kg)Volume (m3/L)
    Metal containers 00133001331150 x 800 x 5401050 x 700 x 315 mm1000 kgN.A.85 kg230 LView product
    Metal containers 00082000821370 x 900 x 7301310 x 840 x 535 mm1400 kgN.A.143 kg590 LView product
    Metal containers 0008000080780 x 570 x 478770 x 560 x 305 mm400 kgN.A.36 kg130 LView product
    Metal containers ETM---4434ETM---44341274 x 1014 x 8401110 x 930 x 500N.A.N.A.141 kg516,15 LView product
    Metal containers CON-S-0130CON-S-0130780 x 570 x 478740 x 540 x 305N.A.N.A.36 kg121,88 LView product
    Platform type containers, with completely open side and bars on the 4 corners (also called metal racks, or automotive racks)

    Platform type containers, with completely open side and bars on the 4 corners (also called metal racks, or automotive racks)

    Metal racks are widely used in automotive industry. They are build from a metal platform with skids on the base, and the 4 corners they have positioned 4 bars also from metal.

    Automotive racks are especially destinated for packing and transport heavy or oversized pieces and components, like various car body parts, leather pieces, front boards, mufflers, engines and drives, various modules, car transmissions, chairs, suspensions, etc., which need supplementary protection.

    The platform type containers are successfully used withing the production and assembly segments, they ensure a high density of the packed products and are ergonomic, the changing of the insert models between them being doe really quickly.

    Their advantage, and the main concern of the designers is that they can fit with many models and types of inserts and separators on the same platform, changing only the dunnage according to the product which needs to be packed.

    This option brings low costs with packaging, especially if we take into consideration that a platform’s service life can go even up to 20 years.

    ReferenceExternal dimensions (mm)Internal dimensions (mm)Maximum load (kg)Folded height (mm)Weight (kg)Volume (m3/L)
    Metal containers 2S870P2S870P1200 x 1000 x 8701120 x 920 x 672N.A.N.A.81 kg692,43 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---1612/SLI1612SLI---1612/SLI16121600 x 1200 x 9751498 x 1098 x 775N.A.N.A.110 kg1274,72 LView product
    Metal containers SLI---1210/SLI1210SLI---1210/SLI12101200 x 1000 x 9751098 x 898 x 775N.A.N.A.83 kg764,15 LView product