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Automotive Packaging Explained  

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In the automotive industry, precision and safety are essential. Every part and component of a vehicle plays a vital role in ensuring its performance and safety on the road. 

Complete Packaging Solutions protects and stores crucial automotive parts before they find their place in the final assembly line. We’ve outlined our range of industry packaging solutions. 

What is Automotive Packaging?

Automotive packaging is a comprehensive system of protective measures and materials used to safely handle and store various vehicle components. 

These parts range from small nuts and bolts to large assemblies like engines and transmissions. 

Automotive packaging aims to safeguard these critical parts from damage, contamination, and mishandling during their journey from the manufacturing facility to the assembly line and, eventually, to the end consumer.


Expendables are essential components of automotive packaging that are designed for single-use purposes. 

They are disposable, cost-effective, and protective barriers between the components and the external environment. Two common types of expendables are dust covers and material handling trays.

Dust Covers

Dust is a big problem in the automotive industry. Even minuscule particles can wreak havoc on sensitive components and precision-engineered parts. 

Dust covers, often made from materials like plastic or fabric, act as shields against contaminants. These covers are placed over components during storage and transportation to prevent dust, dirt, and debris from infiltrating and compromising their integrity.

Material Handling Trays

These trays are custom-designed to securely hold and transport specific automotive parts. They come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate different components. 

Material handling trays protect parts from physical damage and streamline the handling process. They are typically made from durable materials like plastic or foam, ensuring that components remain pristine until they’re needed for assembly.


While expendables serve their purpose effectively, the automotive industry relies heavily on returnable packaging solutions for sustainability and cost-efficiency. Heavy gauge material handling trays are a prime example of returnables.

Heavy Gauge Material Handling Trays

These trays are constructed from robust materials such as metal or heavy-duty plastic. Unlike expendables, they are designed for repeated use.

 Their durability makes them ideal for long-term component storage and transportation within manufacturing facilities. Heavy gauge material handling trays reduce waste and contribute to cost savings over time, making them an eco-friendly choice for the automotive industry.

Dust Protection

As mentioned above, dust and other contaminants are bad news for automotive parts. Dust protection focuses on shielding parts from these elements.

Films and Bags

Films and bags come in various sizes, made from materials that provide an extra layer of protection against dust and environmental factors. They are handy for covering large or small parts during storage and transportation. The transparency of these materials allows for easy visual inspection.

Custom Packaging 

One size does not fit all, especially regarding automotive packaging. Custom solutions are tailored to meet the unique requirements of specific components or assemblies.

Molded, form-fitting packaging options involve creating containers that precisely match the shape and size of the components they protect. 

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This level of customization ensures a snug fit, minimizing the risk of movement and potential damage during handling and transportation. Whether it’s an engine component or a delicate electronic assembly, molded packaging provides the highest protection and security.

Contact Complete Packaging Solutions 

We work to ensure that the components of vehicles reach their destination in perfect condition. Contact us or call 765-547-1300 to discuss how our services can help your company run more efficiently.