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A Guide to Euro Containers

What are Euro Containers?

A euro container is essentially a sturdy plastic container with standardised base dimensions. This allows them to be easily used alongside a variety of complementary equipment like dollies, trolleys and pallets, for example.

The standard model is designed to be stackable, so users can get the most out of their space. There are also nestable containers with tapered sides, perfect for use in deliveries or logistics as well as to reduce their footprint when stored.

You can find euro containers anywhere that has storage and handling requirements: in warehouses, manufacturing sites, production lines and professional catering environments, for example.

Euro containers

What size are Euro Containers?

The standard euro container footprint is 600mm long x 400mm wide. Other variants are based around this size, so you can often find ranges that include a half-size (300mm long x 200mm) for example. This allows for easy compatibility with standard pallets: a standard euro pallet measures 1200mm x 800mm so can fit four stacks, a UK pallet measures 1200mm x 1000mm and can fit five stacks.

The height of the containers is variable, allowing for an array of volume options from five litres to over 70 litres. Because they stack, users can mix and match volume options to create a tailored, modular storage system. 

What are the benefits?

The main benefit of using euro containers is in the standardised sizing, allowing space-conscious users to know that they are able to stack them with no issues and to make use of conveyors, pallets, dollies etc as necessary.

However, there are other benefits:

  • The plastic used in these containers is very easy to clean and maintain. They can be wiped, sprayed or disinfected easily
  • The heavy duty construction keeps the contents safe and well protected from impact damage, both in storage and in transit
  • The plastic is also food-grade – so they can be used in food production or catering environments safely
  • They are also temperature and water resistant, so can be used for cold storage as well as in ambient, hot or damp conditions

Euro containers

There is a range of products available to optimise the euro container. These include hinged and fixed lids, labelling systems and security seals. Additionally, there are different types of containers – ventilated ones allow for better air flow and faster temperature response, containers with integrated handles are great for heavier goods and open-fronted models allow for easy identification of contents and fast access.

Make sure to check out the First Mats range of Euro containers, and if you have any questions or would like further advice, then please get in touch with one of our friendly and knowledgeable experts, who will be happy to help.

See our full range of Industrial Storage Boxes and Containers for more.



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