5 Star launches new range of custom-designed packing crates

Strength, safety and durability to protect your products, whatever the road throws at them.

You may not have heard of 5 Star, but for the past 40 years, the company has been manufacturing world-class flight cases. Trusted by industries including entertainment, medical and motorsport, they are used to transport vital equipment for concerts, operations, and motor races around the world, safely and securely.

Taking its four decades of experience and expertise, 5 Star is now producing a new range of custom-designed packing crates, which can be used as a cost-effective alternative when flight cases are not required, or as an added level of protection when they are.

Using the same advanced production techniques and extensive infrastructure at its dedicated manufacturing facility in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens, 5 Star packing crates are constructed with strength and durability in mind. They can be used for storing and transporting a vast range of products across different industries and applications, from engineering and motor racing to medical and catering equipment. In fact, with an optional foam lining for additional equipment protection, 5 Star’s packing crates can be used to transport almost anything, anywhere.

“As with our flight cases, our packing crates are custom-designed to the specific requirements of our customers’ products,” says 5 Star’s operations director, Ingus Lasinskis. “Like all our products, they’re designed and built quickly and efficiently, but if you want something off the shelf, we also have a range of standard sizes you can choose from.”

5 Star’s packing crates are constructed from high quality 18mm durable Oriented Strand Board (OSB) which comes from sustainable sources. OSB panels are produced by bonding layers of various wood chips and strips with adhesives, which are then laminated together using pressure and heat to create exceptional strength and durability. Plywood and composite wood blocks are other materials being used, meaning Phytosanitary Certificate is not required.

“Using OSB means we are totally confident that our packing crates can handle pretty much anything that can happen during transportation, so the products inside will arrive in the same condition they left their own manufacturers,” Ingus adds.

As with all its flight cases and foam inserts, 5 Star packing crates are CNC-machined for accuracy and repeatability. The crates feature specially designed sprung metal clasps to secure the individual panels to each other, making them easy to assemble and take apart. Crates can be stored flat-packed for space saving purposes and reused again and again.

Each crate comes with a pallet style fork-lift or pallet truck handling feature for easy loading and unloading. They are also available with a choice of different type industrial castors for easy movement, and with most flight case customisation features such as handles, label dishes, partitions or CNC foam inserts.