The Plastic Carrying Case: An Essential Tool For Your Sales Staff

At Bel-Air Cases, we design custom plastic carrying cases and shipping cases for a wide range of industries. While you might think our cases primarily are meant to transport delicate and expensive equipment, we also provide sales teams with attractive light-duty carrying cases. When it comes to sales, showing your products to their best advantage is crucial and a custom plastic carry case can enhance any presentation. Of course, you can purchase stock carrying cases, but there are many reasons to consider opting for custom cases instead, including the following.

1. Custom Cases Are Built With Your Products In Mind
Before we begin to design any custom case, we take stock of what will be going inside the case. This helps us determine what size case will be the best fit, but it also helps us design the custom foam insert that goes inside your case. We never use pick and pluck foam for the interior of our cases. Custom foam inserts are built specifically for your product and help display your product in the most attractive way possible.

2. Lightweight Cases Make Transport Easy
Our cases are constructed using high-density polyethylene and aluminum. While these materials are highly durable, they also are quite lightweight, which makes it easy for your sales staff to transport from meeting to meeting. We have many different handle options, and we can add wheels to many of our custom cases. Our light-duty plastic carry cases are meant to be transported primarily by car, but if you need to transport these cases as luggage or ship them as cargo, we also offer medium-duty and heavy-duty cases.

3. Custom Cases Build Your Brand Identity
Providing each of your salespeople with an identical custom plastic carrying case is a fantastic way to build your brand and boost the professional image of your company. You can customize the color of our cases, as well as adding your company name or logo to the exterior of the case. For instance, you might opt for a sleek black case or perhaps a vivid orange or green case to attract attention as we have a variety of stock colors, but we often can create cases using a custom color if you need us to match your company’s signature colors. We also can add engraved plates or custom decals to any case, to further promote your brand.

4. Custom Cases Boost Professionalism
A great salesperson knows that appearance counts, and your sales team will appreciate the advantage of professional, high-quality custom display cases. While your sales staff might dress for success and have a fantastic sales pitch, how much more professional will your team feel as they walk into a meeting with a custom case featuring your logo and a custom interior that displays your product to perfection? A custom case is a fantastic investment, providing your team with the crowning touch to their sales presentation.

At Bel-Air Cases we can design a custom plastic carrying case for just about any product. Over the course of the last 50 years, we have designed cases for dozens of industries. You can order just one case or as many as 1,000 cases, depending on your needs. To get started, give us a call today and we can provide you with a free cost quote. You also can fill out our “Request a Quote” form, and a member of our sales team will contact you as soon as possible.

Custom Shipping Cases: 7 Essential Facts About Bel-Air Cases

If you ship expensive equipment, custom shipping cases are an essential investment. At Bel-Air Cases, our shipping cases can handle the rigors of transport without sacrificing style. Take a minute to learn a few essential facts about our custom shipping cases.

1. Bel-Air Cases Save You Money
Our cases feature the highest quality construction, and while that comes with a price, you won’t have to pay $1,000 or more for one of our custom shipping cases. Typically, you might expect to pay about $400 for a large shipping case, and while there are cheaper cases on the market, they don’t protect your equipment at the same level as a Bel-Air case. Shipping and transport is tough on cases, but our cases are up to the challenge. You’ll save money in the long run simply because our cases will protect your stuff, and you won’t have to make costly repairs.

Additionally, our cases are rugged but extremely lightweight, which can help reduce your shipping costs. Lastly, our cases are meant to last a lifetime, so while you might find a cheaper case, it is doubtful that your less expensive case will have the staying power of a Bel-Air case. Because each case is custom, we don’t provide an online price list, but give us a call and we will provide you with a free instant quote over the phone or contact us via email.

2. We Can Handle Any Order
Whether you need just one custom shipping case or 1,000, the team at Bel-Air Cases is equal to the task. No matter how small or large your order might be, every customer receives the same quality customer service, and we put the same level of care into the construction of a single case order as we do for those ordering multiple cases.

3. We Meet All ATA Guidelines
If you need custom shipping cases, then you certainly need these cases to be compliant with all Airport Transportation Association (ATA) guidelines. You can ship our cases on any airline, and each heavy-duty case is built to withstand the rigors of transport. Airline personnel aren’t exactly known for their light touch with baggage. After all, they have to load and unload cargo holds as quickly as possible, but our cases are up to the challenge. Additionally, our cases also meet most MIL specifications, and we can meet just about any military, government or aerospace specification.

4. We Have No Warranty
Many customers are surprised to hear that we don’t offer a warranty on our products, but there is a simple reason for that. We don’t need to. Our cases last a lifetime, and should a case component break, send it to us and we’ll fix for free. Shipping and transport is rough on packages, and while we can’t guarantee that your case will never incur damages, we do promise that we will repair these damages for as long as you own your custom shipping case.

5. Our Cases Can Protect Virtually Any Product
Whether you need to transport aerospace equipment, music equipment, camera equipment, computers, surveying equipment, expensive lighting or something else entirely, we can design a shipping case that protects every inch of your product. We use tough high-density polyethylene to create the shells of our cases and each case is held together with a durable aluminum valance. Additionally, each case features a foam insert designed specifically to protect all of your equipment parts.

6. Our Cases Are Truly Custom
We don’t offer any made-to-order cases on our website. Each of our cases is built from scratch, based upon your specifications. Even the interior of the case is custom, and we never use pick and pluck foam. We design custom foam interiors that fit your equipment precisely, as this provides you with the highest level of protection. Of course, we also can customize the aesthetics of your case, and we offer multiple case colors and are happy to add logos or your company name to each case. While protecting a product is certainly a priority, there’s no reason why custom shipping cases can’t be attractive as well as functional.

If you need custom shipping cases, contact the team at Bel-Air Cases today. We are ready to help you with any custom project, large or small. You can request a free quote by clicking the “Request a Quote” tab at the top of our webpage or give us a call at (866) 235-2472.

Plastic Carrying Cases & HDPE: 8 Fascinating Facts

At Bel-Air Cases, we’ve been creating top-quality plastic carrying cases for more than 50 years. Our cases are tough and durable and many of our customers are surprised to learn that plastic is one of the best materials available to protect your expensive equipment. At our factory, we create cases using high-density polyethylene or HDPE, which is one of the most versatile plastics on earth. Here’s a quick look at HDPE and why it’s so well suited for custom plastic carrying cases.

1. HDPE Is Durable
While all of our plastic carrying cases are protective and durable, our shipping cases and expo cases, both of which are crafted from HDPE, are capable of handling the rigors of shipping and transport. HDPE is highly impact resistant, which makes it a top choice for any type of shipping case or crate.

2. HDPE Is Lightweight
While durability is certainly a huge advantage of HDPE, the light weight of this plastic also is a benefit. The light weight makes it easy for clients to move our cases from place to place, and the lighter weight also can reduce your shipping costs. Of course, we also can add wheels to our plastic carrying cases to make them as easy as possible to move.

3. HDPE Is Moisture-Resistant
Did someone spill coffee on your case? Did you have to transport your case from your car to an office building in a torrential downpour? Did you store your case in an area where mold or mildew have built up? If any of these scenarios have happened to you, the contents of your case are likely perfectly fine. HDPE is resistant to chemicals, moisture, mildew and mold, so whether you have suffered from a horrible cappuccino accident or got stuck in a thunderstorm, your HDPE plastic carrying cases will weather the storm.

3. HDPE Is A Thermoform Plastic
There are two basic types of plastic – thermoform plastics and thermoset plastics. Both involve the use of heat and this heat is applied to sheets of plastics in order to make the plastic malleable. However, thermoform plastics typically can be recycled and used again and again. With thermoset plastic, recycling is nearly impossible as these plastics are permanently “set” once they have cooled. HDPE is a thermoform plastic, meaning that it can be “re-melted” and used again for a new purpose.

4. HDPE Is Easily Recyclable
Our Bel-Air plastic carrying cases are meant to last a lifetime, so you certainly won’t be recycling your custom cases anytime soon. However, other products fashioned out of HDPE are meant for single usage, such as milk jugs. While all thermoform plastics are recyclable, HDPE is one of the easier plastics to recycle.

All thermoform plastics are categorized with a resin identification code and this code typically is imprinted somewhere on the product or item. Look on some of your plastic products, and you might see a number inside a triangle. That is the resin code, and this tells the staff at recycling centers which type of plastic was used to make a container or product. For instance, those plastic water bottles we all use are made from polyethylene terephthalate or PET, and is designated with a #1. HDPE is known as #2 plastic, and virtually all curbside recycling programs now accept HDPE. While you won’t need to recycle your case, it’s still nice to known that HDPE is one of the most sustainable plastics on the planet.

5. HDPE Is Used For Many Products
Because of its light weight, impact resistance and moisture resistance, HDPE is used for a variety of products. Aside from our plastic carrying cases, HDPE can be used to make bottles for shampoo, detergent and cleaners. HDPE also is a suitable material for use in many food products, including cereal box liners, juice & milk jugs, yogurt & pudding tubs and tubs for items such as butter, margarine, sour cream and cottage cheese. This plastic also is used to make durable plastic lumber for use in playground equipment, park benches and more. While you might be more familiar with PVC pipes, HDPE also is used to produce pipes and cable insulation, as it is highly anti-corrosive and durable.

6. Our HDPE Cases Are Created Through Vacuum Forming
Thermoforming is a process by which large sheets of plastic are heated until they are malleable and then formed using the pressure of a vacuum. We are the first company to pioneer the use of vacuum forming for custom cases and have been using this process for many 50 years. Vacuum forming is a tried-and-true method that produces consistent results every time. Our versatile thermoforming equipment can produce just about any size of case you might need.

7. HDPE Is More Than 100 Years Old
In the grand scheme of things, synthetic plastics are a fairly new material, with most advances in the creation of plastics occurring from about 1880 on. Polyethylene was developed in the 1930s by two British chemists, Eric Fawcett and Reginald Gibson, and this plastic first was used during World War II as insulation for radar cables. Karl Ziegler, a German chemist developed HDPE during the 1950s, and later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with plastics, particularly for his development of HDPE. It also might interest you to note that HDPE is what is known as a synthetic polymer and it is constructed entirely of hydrogen and carbon atoms.

8. Our Cases Are More Than HDPE
While the strong, durable outer shell of our cases is vacuum-formed using HDPE, we also include a few other materials in the creation of our carrying cases and shipping cases. Each half of your case is held together with an aluminum valance. Aluminum, much like HDPE, is a desirable material because of its strength, durability and lightweight. It too, is a highly recyclable and sustainable material.

Although, again, your Bel-Air Case is meant to last for decades and we stand by our cases throughout their lifetime, if a case component breaks, we will fix it. We know that transit is tough on packages, so while we can’t guarantee that your cases will never be damaged, we can assure clients that we will always repair the damages for as long as you own your Bel-Air case.

In addition to the aluminum hinges, we also offer an assortment of hinges, latches, handles and wheels. Each case also features a custom foam insert that fits your equipment precisely. We never use die-cut or pick and pluck foam, as this simply does not protect items at the same level as custom foam inserts. From inside and out, your custom plastic carrying cases will feature the highest quality materials and design. We can even customize the color and add a logo or your company name to the case design.

If you are in the market for custom plastic carrying cases, give the team at Bel-Air Cases a call today or request a free custom quote via our website. We design light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty carrying cases as well as heavy-duty shipping cases and expo cases for clients in a wide range of industries. To learn more about our cases, head to our homepage and you will find helpful tabs for each of our products, as well as a tab that will lead you to our “Request A Quote” page.

Custom Carrying Cases: 6 Products That Need Bel-Air Cases

While off-the-shelf cases might be fine for some items, custom carry cases and custom shipping cases are essential tools of the trade in many industries. At Bel-Air Cases, we’ve been designing high-quality cases for more than 50 years for clients from a wide range of industries. Here’s a quick look at just a few industries that would benefit from our custom carrying cases.

1. Audio & Video Equipment
If you are a musician or a filmmaker, keeping your gear safe and protected is crucial. Our custom carrying cases and shipping cases can protect your precious equipment. We recommend using our medium-duty or heavy-duty carrying cases and heavy-duty shipping cases. These durable cases can handle the rigors of transport and shipping with ease. While these heavy-duty cases provide maximum protection, yet they are still lightweight and easy to maneuver.

2. Medical Equipment
Our medium-duty and heavy-duty custom carrying cases are ideal for many different types of medical products. This includes medical supplies as well as any type of equipment. We will design custom foam interiors to protect every component of your equipment. We never use diced foam as this does not provide adequate protection. Your products and equipment are simply too valuable to trust diced foam. We recommend opting for heavy-duty carrying cases or heavy-duty shipping cases if you often ship or transport your medical equipment.

3. Lighting Equipment
Our made-to-order cases can meet virtually any application that requires the protection of your sensitive light equipment. We will construct custom interiors that feature a combination of dividers and foam cavities to ensure that your product is well protected but also easy to package.

4. Military & Aerospace Equipment
We can build custom carrying cases that meet just about any military specifications. The U.S. Military, as well as leaders in the military fulfillment and aerospace industries, have trusted Bel-Air cases for decades to hold a wide range of equipment.

5. Trade Show Components
Our custom carrying cases also include expo transport cases, which provide an ultimate level of protection for your trade show equipment and displays. These custom carrying cases are designed specifically to transport wider and thinner items, and can withstand the rigors of airplane travel and shipping. Add your custom logo to each expo case to ensure that all of your cases are easy for your staff to identify.

6. Sales & Marketing Displays
Our custom expo cases also are a great choice for items such as point-of-purchase displays and any other type of sales or marketing display. If you have a sales pitch and need an expo case that can protect and carry all of your marketing materials, presentation visual aids, charts, maps and any other type of graphics or artwork, our custom expo cases are a perfect choice.

These are just a few types of equipment and items that our Bel-Air custom carrying cases can protect and transport. Just about every carrying case we make can be customized with a telescoping handle and wheels, making transport a breeze, no matter what your case contains. Our heavy-duty carrying cases, shipping cases and expo cases are ideal for any product frequently transported from place to place, handling the rigors of airplane travel and shipping with ease.

If you need any type of custom carrying cases, head to our homepage and click the “Request A Custom Quote” tab. A representative will contact you shortly, take down some information and provide you with a free quote for your unique project.

Custom Plastic Cases: 4 Reasons Why You Need Our Cases

Whether you need rugged shipping cases to transport equipment across the world or small custom carrying cases for your sales team, we can design any type of custom plastic cases that you might need. But why choose our cases? Here are four compelling reasons why we believe Bel-Air cases should be your first choice.

1. The Protection Factor
There are many different types of custom plastic cases on the market, but few rival the durability of Bel-Air cases. Our rugged, heavy-duty custom shipping cases and heavy-duty custom plastic carrying cases can withstand the rigors of transport and shipping with ease. Heavy-duty cases are ideal if you need to ship delicate items or heavier items that weigh more than 30 pounds.

In addition to heavy-duty cases, we also design medium-duty and light-duty custom plastic cases. Medium-duty cases are ideal for demo and sales kits and as OEM cases for items weighing between five and 40 pounds. Light-duty cases are our most affordable option, perfect for items weighing from about five pounds up to 20 pounds.

As a side note, don’t let the word “plastic” fool you. The materials we use are extremely impact-resistant and durable. The shells of our custom plastic cases are vacuum-formed out of high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, and this type of thermoform plastic has many advantages. HDPE is highly durable, lightweight and affordable, and it even offers good chemical and moisture resistance.

2. Customization: Inside & Out
At Bel-Air Cases, we can customize every inch of your cases, inside and out, and we offer more options and features than any other thermoform case company. For instance, we offer a variety of hardware options, including several types of wheel and handle options. You also can select from several types of hinges, latches and feet.

Our standard case colors are silver and black, but we also have several optional stock colors, including white, yellow, orange, red, olive, green and blue. In addition, if you need custom plastic cases in a custom color, we may be able to provide color-matching services. We also can add graphics and logos to the exterior of your cases, as well as engraved plates and custom decals.

For the interior of your case, we will provide you with custom foam sets. We never use foam slabs or diced foam, as we believe these simply don’t provide an adequate level of protection. Aside from the protection factor, custom foam sets are simply a nicer way to display your items or products, and for many of our clients, aesthetics are an important factor.

3. Affordability
Because all Bel-Air custom plastic cases are made-to-order, it would be impossible for us to simply list prices somewhere on our website. Each case we build is unique, designed to the exact specifications of the product or parts that will be protected and transported by the case. Once we discuss your project in detail, we will be able to provide you with a free cost quote.

That said, our custom plastic cases are highly affordable. While you won’t walk out the door with a custom case for just $50, we probably won’t be charging you $1,000 for a single case either. Generally, our cases range from about $120 up to about $500, depending on the size of the case as well as the style and classification of the case, such as light-duty, medium-duty or heavy-duty. The type of foam insert you need also can affect the cost of the case. Obviously, a larger heavy-duty case will be more expensive than a small, light-duty case, but we strive to create high-quality custom plastic cases that are as affordable as possible.

While off-the-shelf cases might seem like the most affordable option, these non-custom cases don’t provide the level of protection that Bel-Air custom cases provide. Saving a bit money means nothing if your items or equipment aren’t protected adequately.

4. Experience Counts
We’ve been creating custom plastic cases for more than 50 years, and we set the standard for case manufacturing. In fact, we are the original innovator of vacuum-formed equipment cases and over the years, we’ve created custom plastic cases for a myriad of industries. Our areas of specialization include the creation of custom cases for audio & video equipment, medical equipment cases, lighting equipment cases and military & aerospace equipment cases, but we can design cases for just about any type of equipment or product.

If you are in the market for custom plastic cases, give us a call at any time. You also can request a custom quote through our website. Simply head to our Contact Us page or click on the “Request A Custom Quote” tab on our homepage.

Customizing Plastic Cases to Support Your Branding


In order to brand your business effectively, it is vital to understand who you are as an organization and how you want the consumer to view you. Once you have decided those things, you can make an informed decision about your logos, color choices, packaging and product specs. For the most effective branding possible, it is important to have visually appealing products and logos that capture the attention of your audience.

Good branding is not just simply an advertising strategy or marketing procedure you learned in school. It is a necessity because it is a key to the success and longevity of your company’s future. At Bel-Air Cases, this is something we strongly believe in and understand. That’s why, in addition to offering high quality, protective custom plastic cases, we offer something else of equal importance.

What is that? It’s the opportunity to use our cases to your best branding advantage. Bel-Air Cases encourages customers like you to customize the plastic cases you purchase from us with a variety of graphics and molded-in logos. Examples of these include:

  • Size and Color Specifications
  • Engraved Plates
  • Custom Decals
  • Molded Company Logos

By customizing your Bel-Air Cases product, you can make it align with your branding objectives and still maintain its highly professional appearance. We offer these customized options on any case we manufacture – and if you have questions regarding the customization of your case, our customer service department will be happy to answer them.

Browse through our various selections of styles and colors, and let us make the perfect custom plastic case for you. Call us today at (866) 235-2472 to see how we can help you!

Old Guys Rule


We’ve all heard the jokes, watched the shows and even seen the shirt that reads “Old Guys Rule!” In actuality, the only guys who “rule” are the ones being innovative, the ones keeping up with the now and the ones that understand times change as do consumer expectations.

Business rules and procedures have changed as the world has grown to be more populated and diverse. The way products are marketed, the way we advertise, and even the thought process behind creating a business plan has evolved. Tradeshows, catalogs, phone calls, and in person meetings were once considered the standard means of operations – but the sad truth is that if you still use only that operating system, then your business or company will not get a second glance from the common consumer. The world has become cyber. Everything is either online, on social media, or in text messaging (who still makes phone calls?). As time continues, the old means of standard operating procedures will be considered prehistoric, and so outdated that no one will even know what a printed catalog looks like.

There is an advantage to having “Old Guy” experience, and that is the wisdom and lesson you learned from the mistakes you have already made. So keep up with the times, the new rules, the new marketing strategies, and use those lessons learned to improve your business.

Butts & Chairs

Businessman sitting in modern office chair --- Image by © Klaus Tiedge/Corbis
Businessman sitting in modern office chair — Image by © Klaus Tiedge/Corbis


Monthly Business Musings: Butts Don’t Learn Anything from Chairs

We have learned, after 30 years in business, that there is much more to this B2B industry than what Murphy has taught all of us through his ubiquitous “law.” Some of his principles will be broken down here.

We have studied the leaders (managers and executives) of both manufacturing and sales companies, and have concluded that they are in fact very different from each other. For example: Because they are more attentive towards the factory, manufacturers tend to lose sight of the “bigger picture. “They often experience the feeling of complacency or an overwhelming suggestion of restraint keeping them within the factory walls. Without the presence of these feelings, the opportunity for disaster to strike grows exponentially.

The owner of our parent company, California Quality Plastics, is a very business savvy guy who despises the idea of confinement within the building. He once stated, “You will learn a great deal of information when meeting face-to-face with customers, by walking through a vendor’s facility or by sitting down with other executives who are running business. Go to industry trade shows. Go to classes. Get to know the competition.” This could not have been any more accurate.

The importance of mobility must be emphasized, because of the information related to business expansion and improvement can only be learned outside of those walls. Like our owner says: “Butts don’t learn anything from chairs.” In other words, get outside the walls of the company and learn. That’s a principle we try to instill in our employees, and we believe our customers are better served because of it.

Mashup: The New Goal for B2B


Once upon a time, business-to-business customers didn’t mind making a choice between a fair price, a short lead time and a high quality product. As long as they had one of those items checked off their list of “wants,” they were generally satisfied.

But in today’s economy, B2B customers want and expect all three, no excuses. That means it’s incumbent upon B2B providers to provide a “mashup” of those three critical checklist items – and that’s what we try to do here at Bel-Air Cases. To us, a mashup is more than a pop music phenomenon involving a great synchronization of two songs from different genres; it’s a goal we try to meet in order to retain our valuable B2B customers.

We know that if we have a competitive price so that customers can watch their bottom lines, reasonable lead times so that orders arrive on schedule, and durable products that last for decades, then we’re going to keep our
customers satisfied. Whether or not they know it, B2B customers love mashups!

That being said, here’s a list of the top 10 mashup songs for 2016 – because you still have to have fun, no matter what your business is. Enjoy!

Display Cases For Trade Shows

Protect Your Trade Show Materials with Trade Show Cases

Presenting your company at a trade show can be a critical first step to increasing visibility and credibility. Trade shows provide a powerful platform for acquiring new customers, reaching out to your existing clientele and showcasing new products. Putting a face to the company is essential for establishing your brand as reliable and trustworthy.

Your booth will tell your potential clients a lot about your company and your presentation needs to be professional. Your banners and poster, TV screens and other visual aids, sales and marketing displays and other trade show components require special care to ensure that your investment in these materials last a long time. Transporting these materials properly can be a daunting task without the right trade show cases to keep them safe. And just think, with the right equipment to hold and transport your materials, set up and tear down will become easier and more organized.

Heavy Duty Trade Show Cases
Bel-Air Expo Transport Cases

Bel-Air Expo Travel Cases are made of high density polyethylene plastic for strength and impact resistance that will not only survive the rough treatment they will get at the airport or in shipping facilities, they’ll exceed your expectations at protecting your wares. Built with a sturdy spring-loaded steel handle and featuring durable nylon straps with tough plastic buckles and set atop built-in 3″ skate wheels with a metal housing, our trade show cases were built for convenience, ease of use and exceptional performance that will last many years to come.

With different sizes and shapes, you are sure to find the perfect case to fit your particular needs. From shallow and small to larger equipment options, our team has put together a line of trade show cases to fit all your transportation needs.

Not sure what you need? Call or email and we’ll be happy to help!