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Buyers Guide to Plastic Boxes

It’s time to Go Plastic!

Welcome to Goplasticboxes.com’s Buyers’ Guide, the essential tool for selecting the plastic box best suited to your business.

This guide has been designed to give you a taster of the different types of plastic boxes available and identify the features, benefits and uses of each.

Established in 2008 as a sister company to Goplasticpallets.com, we offer the UK’s most comprehensive range of plastic boxes available from stock – more than 115 plastic containers, crates and trays, in addition to larger pallet boxes and box accessories. Plus, we provide expert knowledge and advice, immediate quotes and next-day delivery on all stock items.

Close links with a number of manufacturing companies across Europe ensure we continue to remain competitive and offer the greatest variety of products available in the UK.

Innovations in plastic boxes in recent years have seen a greater variety of sizes, styles and specifications introduced to the market. With better choice than ever, plastic boxes continue to offer a cleaner, safer and tougher alternative to cardboard, wood and metal.

If you’ve been using your current boxes out of habit, perhaps now it’s time to Go Plastic!!

What you'll find in this guide

  1. Why go plastic?
  2. Euro range (GoEuro)
  3. Automotive range (GoKLT)
  4. Attached Lid range (GoALC)
  5. Stack & Nest range (GoS&N)
  6. Food range (GoMaxi)
  7. Agricultural boxes
  8. Folding range (GoFold)
  9. Rigid pallet boxes
  10. Hygienic folding sleeve pack
  11. Lids & Dollies

Why go plastic?

Not convinced about plastic pallets? Just look at all the benefits.

100% size and strength consistent

Plastic boxes are moulded under extreme pressure in highly polished moulds, ensuring consistent dimensional accuracy and loading capacities.

Long-lasting, an investment for the future

Plastic boxes are injection moulded in highly polished moulds and cutting edge machines, ensuring consistent dimensional accuracy and loading capacities.

Recyclable, environmentally friendly

Not only are many of our boxes manufactured from recycled materials, they are also recyclable, so at the end of their long working life they can be reground to produce new plastic products.

Space-saving and cost-saving solution

Our plastic boxes that nest or fold save space in warehousing and transit and require fewer return journeys so can help reduce your fuel bill and carbon footprint.

Safe handling

Plastic boxes have smooth internal surfaces, rounded corners, and no sharp edges, preventing risk of injury to operatives.

Hygienic, smooth surfaces, free from impurities

Totally smooth sealed surfaces prevent impurities accumulating in the boxes’ structure, essential for hygienic areas and clean rooms.

No mould or dust contamination issues

There are no hidden pockets or areas where dirt and dust can collect so surfaces remain contaminant-free.

Easily cleaned, impervious to moisture, weak acids and alkalis

As plastic boxes are water-resistant, they can be repeatedly washed and steam cleaned manually or with an automated system. They are also impervious to moisture, weak acids and alkalis.

Colour choice and customisation

With a number of distinctive colours to choose from and a variety of customisation options including label holders, hand holes removed and printing, plastic boxes have never looked better!

Euro range (EU)

Ideal for

Industrial applications and where stable stacking and effective product protection is required in storage and distribution.

Key features

Modular family of containers specially designed to be compatible with 1200mm (L) x 1000mm (W) and 1200mm (L) x 800mm (W) Euro pallets.

Key benefits

Volume– straight sided walls provide large internal capacity.

Stackable– straight sides also offer secure stack location.

Durable – strong and robust for repeated use..

Specification

  • Grey as standard but other colour options available.
  • A choice of different lengths, widths and heights.
  • Models with perforated walls available.
  • Options include: label holders, without hand holes, drain holes, lids and printing for personalisation.

Automotive range (KLT)

Ideal for

The supply and storage of automotive components to line-side and all heavy duty industrial applications.

Key features

Modular family of containers manufactured to VDA standards approved in Europe by the automotive industry.

Key benefits

Stackable – containers can be stacked securely in different combinations or on a pallet in a group for bulk distribution.

Durable – double wall construction offers superior strength and rigidity.

Automation – consistent dimensions satisfy demands imposed by automated logistics and materials handling systems.

Specification

  • Blue as standard but other colour options available.
  • Five different sizes from the smallest measuring 300mm (L) x 200mm (W) x 147mm (H) to largest 600mm (L) x 400mm (W) x 280mm (H).
  • A choice of three different lids.
  • All models have straight, solid walls.
  • Options include: label holders, without hand holes, drain holes, lids and printing for personalisation.

Attached Lid range (AL)

Ideal for

Ensuring the optimum protection and security of products in storage and distribution.

Key features

Hinged, interlocking lid cannot be separated from container or lost.

Key benefits

Secure – fixed lid offers peace of mind for valuable contents.

Stack & Nest – stacks securely up to eight boxes high with lid closed, nests when empty to save space.

Easy Handling – smooth underside aids performance on conveyor belts and suitable for use with dollies.

Specification

  • Blue as standard but other colour options available.
  • A choice of different sizes.
  • All models have straight, solid walls.
  • Suitable for use with dollies.
  • Options include: tamper evident security seals, label holders, drain holes and printing for personalisation.

Stack & Nest Range (GoS&N)

Ideal for

Saving space in storage and transportation and applications where secure stacking is required.

Key features

Straight sided walls for secure stacking and nesting when empty at 180 degrees.

Key benefits


Nesting – saves up to 70% space in storage and transit and reduces fuel costs on return journey transportation.

Strength – manufactured from PP or HDPE to food-industry standards to withstand the toughest multi-trip demands.

Hygienic – models with smooth, solid walls provide optimum hygiene and are easy-to-clean.

Specification

  • A choice of different sizes and styles.
  • Models with straight, solid walls or perforated sides.
  • A variety of colour options available.
  • Suitable for use with dollies.
  • Options include: label holders, drain holes and printing for personalisation.

Food range (FD)

Ideal for

Food processing, meat, confectionery and baking applications and the general storage and distribution of food ingredients.

Key features

Versatile range of rigid containers and bale arm crates that stack and nest.

Key benefits

Food Grade – all products in the range are manufactured from the highest food grade virgin or recycled materials and comply with EU safety legislation.

Hygienic– models with smooth, solid walls provide optimum hygiene and are easy-to-clean including our E2 meat tray, which is extensively used across Europe for meat and frozen products.

Stack & Nest– models available that stack securely and nest to save space.

Specification

  • A choice of different sizes and styles.
  • A variety of colour options available.
  • Models with straight, solid walls or perforated sides.
  • Suitable for use with dollies.
  • Options include: label holders, without hand holes, drain holes and printing for personalisation.

Agricultural boxes

Ideal for

Field to pack house requirements including the picking, storage and transportation of fruit, vegetables, plants and other field-based harvests.

Key features

Versatile range of rigid crates, trays and containers that stack and nest.

Key benefits

Food grade – all products in the range are manufactured from the highest food grade virgin or recycled materials and comply with EU safety legislation.

Hygienic – models with smooth, solid walls provide optimum hygiene and are easy-to-clean and perforated versions keep fruit and vegetables well-ventilated and in good condition.

Stack & Nest – models available that stack securely and nest to save space.

Specification

  • A choice of different sizes and styles.
  • A variety of colour options available.
  • Models with straight, solid walls or perforated sides.
  • Many models suitable for use with dollies.
  • Options include: without hand holes, drain holes and printing for personalisation.

Folding range (GoFold)

Ideal for

The storage and distribution of grocery and non-food applications. Particularly suited for use by retail outlets and supermarkets.

Key features

Foldable design saves space when not in use and on return journey trips reducing fuel consumption and carbon footprint

Key benefits

Multiple versions Tripbox offers long lasting performance in the most demanding environments; GoBox 2600 CL limits noise pollution and folds virtually flat

Volume & Strength – excellent internal capacity, very sturdy in relation to their weight and do not collapse during use.

Cost-savings – foldable design saves space and return journey transportation costs.

Specification

  • A choice of different sizes and colour options.
  • All models stack securely.
  • Models with straight, solid walls or perforated sides.
  • Small foldable containers compatible with dollies.
  • Options include: label holders, without hand holes, drain holes, lids and printing for personalisation.

Rigid pallet boxes

Ideal for

Bulk storage and distribution, particularly effective for waste recycling.

Key features

Rigid walls offer superior strength and suitability for use with fork lifts and automated conveyor systems.

Key benefits

Durable – strong and robust for repeated use.

Volume – large internal capacity offers storage from 260 to 1,400 litres.

Stackable – conveniently located rim allows stacking up to seven boxes high.

Specification

  • Mostly grey and blue as standard but other colour options available.
  • Boxes come on either two or three skids, four feet or four wheels.
  • Easy-access drop-down sides available with some models Models with straight, solid walls or perforated sides.
  • Options include: drain holes, lids and printing for personalisation.

Hygienic folding sleeve pack

Ideal for

All types of application where hygiene matters.

Key features

Smooth, solid side walls can be easily cleaned, ensuring optimum hygiene. Fully foldable design can be assembled in minutes.

Key benefits

Hygienic – manufactured from the highest food grade virgin HDPE.

Environmental – removes up to five layers of packaging.

Stackable – stacks 10 high in collapsed mode, generating space and cost savings on return journey transportation.

Easy Cleaning – smooth surfaces prevent the accumulation of dust, dirt and other contaminants and ensure easy cleaning by hand or with an automated system.

Specification

  • Grey as standard, other colour options available.
  • Single drop down door as standard but multiple doors possible.
  • Two footprints 1200mm (L) x 800mm (W) or 1200mm (L) x 1000mm (W).
  • Comes with fully sealed 5mm sleeves.
  • Standard sleeve heights 940mm and 1200mm.
  • Options include: additional sleeve heights, dividers and printing for personalisation.

Lids & Dollies (GoLid/GoDolly)

Ideal for

Favoured by automotive, pharmaceutical and food companies.

Key features

A variety of secure fitting lids and versatile transport dollies.

Key benefits

Lids – strong and durable, provide added protection and security.

Dollies – offer a safer and quicker method for moving multiple stacked boxes.

Specification

  • Lids come in grey as standard but other colour options available.
  • Lids are available to fit a wide range of our boxes.
  • Lids can be printed for personalisation.
  • Dollies are available in a variety of colour options.
  • Dollies come on four swivel castors.
  • Hygienic dollies moulded from food grade MDPE available.

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