MPAS Defence Packaging Award for Polyformes

The Bedfordshire based Polyformes foam and packaging group have been awarded the new Ministry of Defence MPAS Packaging Designer Certificate.

The holder of the Certificate is authorised to certify and approve SPIS Designs for Military Level Packaging supplied to the MOD under Defence Standards 81-41, DEFCON 129 and JSP 886 Vol. 7 8.02. The MPAS Cert will replace the existing Defence Pkg DR/14 requirements for packaging design to the defence industries.

Ministry of Defence MPAS Packaging Designer Certificate Award

As a direct supplier to the MOD and to many other defence and aerospace related industries, Polyformes high level of packaging knowledge and experience is continually advanced with each new contract and design project. Engineered protective cushioning foams, transit cases, timber crates and composite packaging protection is assured at the highest levels and in keeping with MOD best practice and value procurement procedures.

By purchasing and maintaining high levels of raw materials, coupled with design experience and capability, Polyformes has complete control over stock, traceability and lead times. Benefits are therefore not solely financial but highly advantageous for production orders as well as initial sampling and development.

Equipment and Weapons Cases, Foam Materials
for Military Applications

NATO Stock Numbered waterproof cases, supplied by Polyformes to UK Defence companies, house all forms of military equipment including rifles, medical kits, radios, communication apparatus and night-vision imagers. These cases meet DEF-STAN 81-41 Level J and STANAG 4280. Cases can be supplied with bespoke protective Plastazote foam inserts, also to DEF-STAN (81-116) for the ultimate in protection. We also make lightweight aluminium cases to order for rapid deployment in NATO green or desert sand colours, empty or with customised foam inserts.

Polyformes closed cell foam is used in a myriad of applications within the defence industry -  protective covers, missile cradles and aircraft components, seals and gaskets, filler packs, flotation blocks, tool control inserts, army helmet trauma liners, RIBS stabilisers, pouch and rucksack inserts, sleeping mats, ammunition containers fittings etc.

The Plastazote foam that we generally use for military components and protective cushioning inserts is advanced packaging material that is stable, non-corrosive and offers long term stability where stocked items can be stored for long periods. Plastazote is oil and fuel resistant. Special explosive compatible grades can be supplied.

Composite Transit Packs and Pack Design

Within the Polyformes Group, our sister company PSP (UK) Ltd (Performance Solutions Packaging) manufacture timber and ply crates, corrugated transit packs and solidboard cartons. With full DR14 approved MOD accreditation, (and with Polyformes also awarded the MPAS Certificate of Approval for Military Level Packaging Design in February 2013), they can design your packaging requirement from start to finish including the creation of the SPIS’s (Services Packaging Instruction Sheets). PSP Polyformes have full testing facilities for drop and transport simulation offering a full reporting system and prototyping service. Inner furniture can be a mix of materials as determined by the requirement -foam, ply, board. Whether for missiles, gearboxes, actuators, anti-tank systems, PSP can pack it!


Where equipment needs security clearance or is still a work in progress, it is no problem for PSP to arrange a team to visit your site to design and package equipment. With a skilled and experienced workforce, they can deal with almost any packaging situation. In addition to on and off-site packaging, PSP offers a full kitting out and managed-inventory service.

The Polyformes Group has been working with NATO armed forces and the UK MoD for over 30 years in which time our manufacturing capabilities have not just kept in line with defence packaging and component requirements, but generally exceeded them. With a full processing facility which includes routing, water-jet cutting, lasering, profiling and thermoforming, the most demanding of foam packaging pieces or components can be achieved.

To view Polyformes Military and Defence Packaging website, click here.

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