For automotive companies, shipping containers are critical in their business operations. There are various types of shipping containers available; choosing the right one is a multi-factored decision.


American Manufacturing has become a preferred supplier of some of the world’s most respected automotive manufacturers, including Stellantis, Ford, and General Motors. We’re proud to offer an extensive selection of container types tailored to the customer’s needs. Let’s explore the features and benefits of different types of shipping containers, so you’re equipped to make an informed choice and select the most efficient, effective containers for your automotive business.


Truss-base shipping containers

A Truss-base shipping container design is an innovative and heavily-used approach to transporting goods around the world. A truss-base container features a steel frame with a variety of components, such as walls, floors, and roofs designed to withstand the rigors of transport. This design allows for the storage and transport of goods without the need for extra packing material or insulation, saving both time and money.


Additionally, the steel frame can be easily inspected upon arrival at its destination, making it a reliable option for international shipping. Finally, truss-base containers are highly customizable and can be designed to suit the needs of any organization or industry, stacking neatly with other containers. The Truss-base design is durable from using tubing to hold the structure of the foundation of the container. They also mimick a standard wooden pallet which is the easiest and most common way for forklift operators to pickup a product. 


Drop gates are a key feature of truss-based shipping containers, as they allow for the safe and secure loading/unloading of goods. Drop gates are specially designed gates that can be lowered down from the top of the container to provide easier access to the contents. The process of dropping the gate is simple: you pick up the gate and then let it swing down. 


One key feature of our gates is that when they are in the down position they sit “in-line” with the container. The advantage? This gate doesn’t stick out past the edge of the container. This is a benefit for the safety of those using them, minimizing the risk of cuts from steel or forklift damage to the container. The process can be reversed when unloading goods from the container. Take a look at the containers in action!


Corrugated side containers

Corrugated side containers are useful within the automotive industry due to their ability to provide a lightweight yet durable solution for transporting goods. These containers are made from sheet metal corrugated in-house. This allows the use of lighter-gauge steel, which reduces both cost and weight while keeping the container rigid. Additionally, corrugated side containers are also able to withstand bumps and drop with ease, making them ideal for transporting goods over long distances. 


Collapsible containers

Collapsible shipping containers are a crucial element of the modern logistics industry. They are designed to be shipped and stored in an efficient and cost-effective manner when not in use. Collapsible shipping containers offer a number of advantages over their traditional counterparts, including greater portability, flexibility, and space savings. 


Made from steel, collapsible shipping containers can be used for all types and sizes of cargo. The design allows them to collapse down into much more compact sizes and stack when collapsed and raised, making them easier to transport than traditional containers. American Manufacturing’s containers offer a strong 2-to-1 return ratio potential as well. For every one container that’s shipped out full of parts, you can return two collapsed containers — a big win to minimize shipping costs. American Manufacturing’s Chrysler model is representative of a standard collapsible shipping container, with runner bars for forklift access and stamped nesting plugs to enable robust stacking. 


Container types: Making informed decisions

When it comes to choosing the right type of container for your automotive company’s needs, it’s important to consider all factors before making a decision. Each type has its own unique features and benefits, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before settling on the right option for you. With this information in mind, you should be able to make an informed decision about which type of container is best suited for your automotive business needs. The professionals at American Manufacturing are available to answer your questions about which shipping container is ideal for your company’s needs. Get in touch today!