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Case Making & Supply


Pennex is one of the UK’s foremost manufacturers and suppliers of bespoke shipping crates. Designed, manufactured and assembled at our UK facility to BS 1133-8:2011+A1:2016, we offer bespoke, made to measure wooden cases, crates and skids, which, thanks to our specialist employees, are produced quickly and to a very high standard, for all forms of transport. All timber is ISPM 15 compliant and sourced from sustainable plantations, providing cost effective packing solutions, which contain a mixture of wooden materials where appropriate.


Such types include heavy duty softwood seafreight cases, lightweight plywood cases and crates, and purpose-built skid packages to ease handling of awkward cargo. All custom cases are supplied with stencilled international handling marks, are paper lined, and can be supplied with additional individual features such as foam lining, aluminium foil bags, wheels and screwed or hinged assembly.

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Batten Plywood Cases

Batten Plywood Cases

  • These bespoke crates are ideal for domestic and international road and air freight.
  • More suited to lightweight cargo.
  • Can accommodate large volumetric sizes.
  • Available in 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm and 25mm plywood thicknesses.
  • Close softwood boarded base with forklift runners.
  • Available flat packed or pre-assembled.

Rivited Plywood

Riveted Plywood Boxes

  • More robust wooden packaging than cardboard cartons.
  • For shipping lightweight airfreight cargo in the UK or internationally.
  • These shipping boxes can be supplied with softwood solid bases (for heavier cargo).
  • Boxes are available in a range of sizes up to the maximum dimensions: 120 x 100 x 85 cms.
  • Available in KD form or ready made.

Wooden Skids

ISPM 15 Wooden Skids

  • Made to order in bespoke sizes.
  • Wooden base support frames and cradles available.
  • Close boarded or skeletal skid base designs.
  • Two- way or four-way entry available.
  • Standard pallet sizes available.
  • Perfect for heavy duty consignments, there is no limit on size or weight.

Softwood BER Cases

Softwood BER Cases

  • Bespoke wooden seafreight case suitable as two-way entry for lighter, smaller cargo.
  • These shipping crates are ideal too for container stowing and road freight.
  • Strong, robust and sturdy, BER wooden cases provide a cost-effective method to export pack cargo for seafreight.
  • Recommended maximum weight is 2 tonnes.
  • Additionally, these aesthetically pleasing custom cases are often supplied for use on TV and film sets.

Softwood Machine Base Cases

Softwood Machine Base Cases

  • Our sea freight machine base wooden cases are designed for heavy duty, larger consignments requiring good robust protection in transit.
  • Designs commensurate with weight and size of cargo.
  • This type of wooden crate offers solutions for all types of equipment.
  • Ideal for international ocean freight.
  • Bespoke case designs are available as screwed or nailed.
  • No limits on size and weight.

Exhibition Cases

Partitioned Cases

  • Another market-leading design created by Pennex is the partitioned packing case.
  • These cases are perfect for shipping consignments with several components in one packing crate.
  • The predominant case design is batten plywood, but other heavier duty softwood styles can be supplied as appropriate too.
  • The internal partitions will be designed exactly to your needs, with any option possible.
  • Our designers will work with you to determine the safest and most efficient way to pack your shipment.
  • Compartments can be foam-lined for shipment of fragile and delicate goods.
  • Comprehensive external and internal stencilling is offered to indicate the contents of the case.

Exhibition Cases

Exhibition Cases

  • Pennex is pioneering a unique style of packing crate: the exhibition case.
  • Our custom made, exhibition, ‘nail-free’ wooden crates and cases are constructed primarily for continued reuse.
  • Often used for exhibition display items that require protective packaging during periods of non-use.
  • Available in a number of styles in plywood, softwood, and screwed or bolted crates for ease of assembly.
  • Can be stored flat packed.
  • Their unique and innovative construction allows easy access from any side.
  • Optional extras include: wheels and fire retardancy.

Wooden Crates

Wooden Open-Style Crates

  • These wooden shipping crates offer suitable packaging for cargo requiring basic handling protection, but not full weatherproofing during transit.
  • They are custom made for any size of cargo.
  • Ideal type of packing crate to ease handling of equipment through shipping ports.
  • Bespoke designs include close boarded softwood base with forklift runners.
  • Suitable for international and domestic road or sea freight.
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