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Made to Order Full Timber, Ply Batten and Skeletal Crates

IES is a specialist manufacturer of packing cases and crates suitable for every purpose and condition. We are experts in the design, manufacture and supply of wooden packaging suitable for the protection and shipment of products and equipment of any size, complexity, fragility and value in all environments. Our cases use softwood which conforms to ISPM 15 regulations, and we adhere to BS113:8 standards. We are MPAS accredited for military packaging, and use this knowledge and experience in the export packing services we provide. 

Responsive and Reliable Crate Design

  • Fast, reliable and secure service and delivery
  • Crates complaint to ISPM 15
  • Robust, durable and re-useable wooden crates
  • Decades of experience, working with Rolls Royce, Catalent and more
  • Free consultation and advice on your bespoke wooden crate solution
  • Supportive design phase
  • Crates delivered to your premises or built on-site around your equipment
  • Service support including machinery movement and shipping services
  • Highly experienced team

Wooden Crate Design and Build Process:

There are typically four steps to your ideal bespoke wooden crate solution:

1. Survey
2. Design process
3. Build techniques
4. Delivery & assembly

Guide to Ply Batten Crate and Full Timber Crate Range:

Softwood / Ply Batten Crate

A choice of three bases; standard (up to 1000Kg or dependent on load spread), machine / robust (over 1000kg) and vibration-isolation, with an option to up-rate for heavier items. Sides, ends and lid made from construction grade 9mm plywood with either 95x19mm softwood battens or, for larger cases, 150 x 19mm softwood batten. These can be supplied flat packed or fully assembled, and include internal bracing if requested or if packed by IES.

Close Boarded Full Timber Crate

With sides, ends and lid made from 150 x 22mm sawn timber. Suitable for larger or heavier items, these are packed in the same way as our basic ply cases, with bracing and crushers. A waterproof lining paper can be added.

Skeletal Crate

Lighter but more labour intensive to manufacture; thus priced relatively to our basic ply batten crates. Skeletal crates are inherently less secure and more open to the environment. They can be used as an easy solution to provide protection for goods that only really need to be secured to a pallet. 

Pallet Box

These are basic wooden bases with a cardboard sleeve and lid, making them a cost effective option which is suitable for shipping smaller items. A more robust alternative would be tri-wall wrap-around boxes.

Bespoke Options

Bespoke options are available for ply batten crates or full timber crates. These include: An integral ramp for packing and unpacking where lifting equipment is not available, internal shelving, saddles (to secure cylindrical items during shipment), customised foam inserts, wheels, a hinged lid, clip fastening or a viewing door.

Exhibition / Reusable Crate

With wheels and clip fasteners for easy access and re-use.

IES has Decades of Experience in Building Wooden Crates for Clients Around the World

See what our customers say about our crates - discover how IES worked with SOLUT! to deliver wooden packaging for the transportation of three unusually large press machines from Bristol, UK to Ohio, USA.

A Consultative Approach: Call Us for Advice

For help, advice or to ask for a quotation, call us now on +44 (0)1179 380 600, or use our contact form and we can call you back.


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Export Packing

IES has been providing export packing services to high profile clients since 2000. We manufacture bespoke and standard packing crates and offer a complete, end-to-end solution for all your export needs.


MPAS defence packaging built to order, meeting stringent military packing standards. Fast response times, with a consultative service.

How to build a wooden crate

We’re often asked how we go about putting a bespoke packing case together and how long it takes.

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