industrial packagingWhat Is Industrial Packaging? Industrial packaging is a type of packaging intended specifically to protect industrial and commercial items ranging from heavy duty automotive parts, equipment, machinery, and more during shipping, transport or storage.

Common industrial packaging solutions include custom crates, wood packaging, custom pallets, military packaging, automotive packaging, or aerospace packaging.

How Are Industrial Packaging and Consumer Packaging Different?

Industrial packaging is used to send items to distributors, retail stores or manufacturing facilities and is commonly designed to hold disassembled components or to hold together bulk consumer packages.

Consumer packaging is the packaging that is seen by the consumer. This packaging isn’t just designed to protect, but also to promote. Instead of barcodes, part numbers and other important information found on an industrial package, a consumer package will include marketing images, company logos and eye-catching product information.

Custom Packaging Services

The advantage of working with contract packaging companies such as Export Corporation is that you can customize primary, secondary and tertiary packaging for each product. Where our expertise truly shines is in our customized packaging capabilities:

  • Package design and engineering: Using virtual design tools, our team can create the ideal packaging solution for your products from scratch. This includes designing and testing mock-ups.
  • Kitting and Assembly: With motors and other intricate systems, proper packaging often requires kitting services and assembly. Our technicians can package components as required during the assembly process to ensure everything stays in place and safe from vibrations, impacts, moisture and other elements.
  • Construction of wood packaging: Customized crates and wood packaging are ready to absorb shocks effectively. We can create support systems to house and secure any type of mechanical part for automotive or aerospace applications.

By outsourcing packaging, your company gets the assistance of experts who take care of every step. Once the right design has been created, a packaging and crating company packages parts of every size in preparation for storage, national shipping or overseas distribution. Some of the industrial packaging and crating services we offer include:

Bagging and Bar Code Printing

industrial packaging serviceWhether your products require heat-sealed bags or barrier bags, industrial packaging services are the answer. Bagging is often used as part of a multilevel package solution with customized cushioning material, desiccants and exterior packaging. Product code printing makes tracking accuracy much easier for your business and your customers. Some printing options include bar codes and RFID labels.


Forget about one-size-fits-all boxes that waste time and personnel. Custom packaging makes boxing better due to unique solutions that increase productivity and minimize shipping costs. Choose corrugated boxes with the ideal size and strength for each product. Select the right combination of flexible or rigid boxing for the best protection.

Reusable Packaging

Automotive manufacturers may choose reusable pallets and part-specific crates to streamline the assembly process. Reusable industrial packaging delivers exceptional strength and protection for parts, often including wood components designed to reduce vibration in transit. Whether you need packaging for your own warehouse/assembly line facilities or for shipping from one place to another, industrial packaging is an amazing option.

Mil-Spec Packaging

Any products destined for the U.S. military or the government need to meet demanding mil-spec packaging requirements. This involves more than simply boxing and shipping. Products for military purposes must follow standardized protocols carefully to ensure that the package reaches its final destination without needed to be opened or inspected.

Our Michigan packaging company has extensive experience with mil-spec logistics and packaging, and we’ve worked with countless military suppliers for over 70 years.

What To Consider When Choosing an Industrial Packaging Company

  • Are you shipping items internationally or overseas? Unlike packing materials for residential or recreational purposes, industrial package components which are being shipped internationally need to match international standards and protect items large, heavy or fragile industrial items from harsh transportation conditions. A reputable company can help you make sure your export packaging or export crating is compliant so there are no surprises.
  • Are you packaging an item to be shipped or to be stored? Packaging for industrial purposes can be engineered to maximize the space and cost. Custom packaging solutions can help you determine before making a decision what the most effective solution is in advance.
  • Does the company offer on site services? Choosing a company who does on site crating provides many convenient and efficient benefits.
  • Is the packaging reusable? Some types of packaging can be reused, eliminating the need to break down or dispose of the packaging afterwards.

Packaging For Manufacturers

There are several reasons why manufacturers and other B2B companies choose our expert packaging services rather than taking care of boxing and shipping in house. One purpose is streamlining distribution channels. In other words, we take care of sending each product to its final (or next) destination.

Another reason has to do with industry and government guidelines. Regardless of the demands of your clients, international shipping has rigorous standards for packaging and logistics.

Industrial Packaging Services

When it comes to product protection, our industrial packaging company has the engineering knowledge needed to keep large and small items completely safe in transit or in storage. Manufacturers invest considerable time, energy and personnel resources into creating products. It only makes sense to ensure that these valuable items remain safe during shipping or warehousing.