What is Hexaboard

A relatively new material we use for the manufacture of custom flight cases is "Hexaboard", otherwise known as Hexa Grip. Hexaboard is a high quality birch plywood coated with a UV resistant black phenolic grp film. The face surface is imprinted with a 10mm hexagonal pattern, the reverse has a smooth phenolic moisture barrier. It was originally adapted as flooring in the transport industry ie. trailers, horse boxes and commercial vehicles, also for building applications, such as warehouse floors, loading platforms and scaffolding, hence it’s hard wearing properties.





Hexaboard was made popular in the flight case industry in the mid eighties by South Wales flight case manufacturers Autopia, who as it happens were involved in both the commercial body building and flightcase industries. Originally, it had a rough not slip surface but was further developed by adding a silicon coating to give it a smooth and more attractive finish. It soon became commercially available and popular with most of the UK’s flight case companies and replaced the once popular diamond board as a cheaper alternative.




Hard wearing and durable.
Economical compared to laminated plywood.
Attractive finish.
Supplied as ready to use as opposed to having to laminate.
Coated reverse face.

Only available in black.
Hard to apply stickers and labels due to being silicon faced.




A Brief Company History

Posted by brad

Here at Dragon Cases, we take great pride in telling people about our good quality of service and products which are manufactured by our partner company Nomad Ltd.

We started trading as Dragon Cases in partnership with Nomad from our Cwmbran office in 2002 and have gone from strength to strength ever since. Brad (John) Bradshaw, the founder of the company, first got involved in the manufacturing of flight cases back in 1988, through his playing keyboards and guitar in live bands. While working for Autopia, a company that manufactured internal lining kits for light commercial vehicles, and after buying a new keyboard, decided to make himself a flight case. Things just took off from there.

Due to Brad’s roots, originally we concentrated in the music industry because of the knowledge that he had of guitars, keyboards and general sound equipment. Since then, we have diversified and now manufacture for all sorts of industries, including sound and lighting, IT, medical, grand prix and corporate.


We also design and manufacture bespoke Padded Bags and Poly Transit Cases. These have a wide range of uses and offer a cheaper alternative to flightcases.


On Thursday of last week we had our annual ISO 9001 external audit which was successfully conducted by CQS Ltd (Certified Quality Systems).

We are proud to say that this is the third successful year that we have held the certificate and consider it a great asset towards the running of our company.

The audit involves assessing the activities of the business that directly affect the quality of the product and service that we offer.

ISO 9001 is a set of standard requirements against which the quality management system of the  business is evaluated. It is intended to demonstrate that the business can provide a consistent standard of quality and gives us a significant edge over our arrivals.


We feel that our flight cases, padded bags and poly cases gain an advantage from us achieving this quality system.


Dragon Cases' Gower Office

Posted by brad

Last week I was working on flight cases, Poly Transit Cases and Padded Bags from the Gower office in Swansea.

It is understand why Gower has long been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Indeed, it is hard to travel very far throughout the peninsula without stumbling on similar scenes of breathtaking beauty.

Gower can effectively be divided into three main sections. Firstly the precipitous south coast characterised by Limestone crags, especially at the western end toward Worms Head. Secondly, the central plateau of Cefn Bryn rising to around 500ft – this is an area of rugged moorland, ancient stone cairns and panoramic views, which on clear days, extend to Pembrokeshire and Devon as well as the whole Gower. Finally, the quieter north coast, fringed with marshes and mud flaps where wild horses, sheep and cattle graze among the many inlets and sand dunes that meander into the landscape from the Lougher Estuary.

The name ‘Gower’ is thought to be a derivative of the term ‘Meini Gwyr’, meaning ‘Land of the stone men’. Indeed, many parts of the North Gower are notable for standing stones, the most well known being Arthur’s stone on Cefyn Bryn. However, it is now widely accepted that Gwyr is of early descriptive origin, and probably refers to the shape of the Gower peninsula itself. Incidentally, the area is often mistakenly referred to as ‘The Gower’ whereas the correct name is simply ‘Gower’

West of Mumbles, another place of beauty, the limestone cliffs are punctuated at regular intervals by the wide sandy bays for which Gower is famed, such as Langland, Caswell, Oxwich, Three Cliffs, Mewslade and finally as the coastline veers north, Rhissili, which faces the open Atlantic. After rounding the promontory of Burry Holms, the sand dunes of Whiteford Burrows which is close to where the Dragon Cases Gower office is located and the Llanrhidian Marsh contrast completely with the drama of the cliffs to the south. The whole of North Gower is a haven for birdwatchers and naturalists alike.



Brad J. Bradshaw

Our custom built flight cases are manufactured from top grade 6mm, 9mm or 12mm birch plywood which can either be coated with Phenolic GRP resin laminated with Thermo Plastic or an HP laminate. All edges are covered with angle protectors fixed with nickle plated machine driven steel rivets. Heavy duty recessed butterfly catches and handles are fitted together with zinc plated steel ball corners. Lids can be either hinged or lift off depending on individual requirements. Heavy duty castors can be fitted to aid manoeuvrability, 2 of which are normally braked.The interior can then be foam lined or padded with various types and thickneses of foam to secure and protect the contents.


Here at Dragon Cases we offer a friendly and efficient service helping you to get the case that you require. If you require a quote, please fill in our online form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.