This week I was lucky enough to visit our new supplier Plaber in Italy to find out more about the amazing range of HPRC cases. For those who don’t know, Plaber is the company, HPRC the brand of cases. Based on the outskirts of the beautiful city of Bassano del Grappa in the shadows of Monte Grappa and Asiago Mountains its an amazing place to visit…once I had got over the trials of flying Ryanair and driving in Italy.
Thought I would give you all an update on what I found out on my trip.
Firstly I was really impressed by the level of flexibility, if you want different colours, holes for connectors, branding and custom internals, then these guys are really geared up to support bespoke requirements.
Then there’s the product itself – I was determined to find out more about the mysterious TTX01 resin used to make the cases. Turns out it is a bit of a secret blend. Forgetting the science, what it means is that you not only have a lightweight case, but they are really tough. I saw a new case that’s just been through Def-Stan 81-41 drop tests with a full 50 kg load on every face including the wheels, have to say it looked in very good nick – totally functional, wheels, latches, hinges all working fine..impressive .
Also interesting to hear that the TTX01 also means that that the case out performs other similar products in extreme temperatures, especially the cold.
It was also great to have a look around the manufacturing facility, good Italian family run business with a load of injection moulding and plastics experience.
Also got a sneak preview of 3 new products for this year. Plaber HPRC has a very active product development program bringing out several new products every year. Watch this space for news including the very exciting HPRCx4 coming soon.