Alban Cases 'Case Studies'
With over 100 years of experience in the business of making and packing crates, and with service to some of the world’s finest galleries and auction houses, Alban Cases is proud to share some of our expertise in a series of informative case studies for clients as varied as Mclaren and Kodak.
J C Taylor
Wooden Export Case for Chronopage Clock
John C Taylor approached Alban Cases to design several bespoke wooden cases to hold the components for a large clock for an exhibition in Shanghai. As this case was due for export, they needed to conform to ISPM15.
Following an onsite meeting to view the product and to discuss the packaging with their team we provided a quote for manufacturing and packing the equipment in site in the IOM, ready for shipping. As well as offering a packaging service we also introduced Alban Shipping to John C Taylor and provided a door to door quote for airfreight and insurance to the Shanghai and return.
The equipment was packed on site by our team and shipped to the UK for testing and after a short period, re packed into its original crates for airfreight to Shanghai and returned back to John C Taylor UK safely after exhibition.
Wooden Cases for the Long Term Storage of Carbon Fibre Car Bodies
Mclaren Automotive approached Alban Cases with specific drawings for a bespoke wooden case to hold the carbon fibre bodies for the SLR. The cases were required for long term storage, to be stacked 3 high (up to 30 years) and for possible shipping worldwide at any time.
They approached Alban Cases for advice on packaging for long term storage.
Following an on-site meeting at McLaren to view the product and to discuss the packaging with their team we provided
- A scale model of the wooden case,
- Samples of the internal fixings and packaging, including aluminium foil bags
- A quotation for manufacturing and packing the car bodies at McLarens site
Our proposal with McLaren was talked through and accepted and the manufacture began.
The equipment was packed on site by our specialist team and shipped by road freight to Germany for long term storage.
Bespoke Wooden Case for Shipping Delicate Equipment
Kodak approached Alban Shipping to manufacture wooden cases using specific design drawings. As this case was due for export, they needed to conform to ISPM15. Unable to manufacture the cases themselves they approached Alban Shipping for advice on packaging such a delicate piece of equipment.
Following an onsite meeting at Kodak to view the product and to discuss the packaging with their team we provided a quote for manufacturing and packing the equipment at Kodak’s site ready for shipping. As well as offering a packaging service we also introduced Alban Shipping to Kodak and provided a door to door quote for airfreight and insurance to the USA and return.
We talked our proposal over with Kodak who accepted it without revision and the manufacture began. The equipment was packed on site and shipped to the USA and after a short period, packed into its original crate and return back to Kodak UK within the agreed schedule.
Summers Place - Garden Sculptures
Packaging and Shipping for 50 Garden Sculptures
Having worked closely with Summers Place auctions for several years we were asked to provide a quotation for a full packaging and shipping service for approx 50 large stoneware garden sculpture to 2 destinations in the USA via sea freight.
Following an onsite meeting with the team at Summers Place, we were instructed to proceed in the complete pack, shipping and insurance of this consignment, door to door.
The process included:
- Supply of wooden crates
- Packaging sculptures into crates and onto custom pallets for shrink wrapping.
- Secure loading to sea freight containers
- Sea freight shipping services door to door including licences and customs clearances, UK & USA
Summers Place - Bronze Horse
Packaging and Shipping for Large Bronze Horse Sculpture
Having previously shipped a chariot and horses for this client, Alban Cases were requested by an established auction house to pack on-site another high value bronze sculpture for shipping to the US east coast. Too big for a regular sea freight container, our team packed the horse on-site into a bespoke timber crate, with internal waterproofing and packaging/supports. The crate was loaded onto a low loader trailer, and delivered to the UK port, where it was lifted on board an ocean vessel for safe delivery to its final destination. Please click on the pictures or view the slideshow to see how we approached this challenging project.
Intrepid Design - Big Ben Sculpture
Bespoke wooden cases and internal packing for a unique aviation sculpture
Intrepid Design are one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of aviation furniture made from upcycled aircraft parts. They approached us with a requirement for a bespoke wooden packing case to transport a unique ‘Big Ben’ sculpture constructed using hundreds of delicate blades. They needed a packing case that could be opened multiple times without compromising the security of the sculpture during transit.
The crate was lined with high density foam to cushion the sculpture. Additional wooden blocks were affixed with HD foam to secure the piece in place. Flush fitting butterfly latches provided easy access when securely handling and closing the crate.
Finally, we added standard export markings to the crate, plus “Tip & Tell” indicators and arranged carriage with a trusted carrier to ensure this striking piece of art was delivered to the client’s specification.