Business executives prefer leather catalog cases because they fit with their professional appearance, but catalog cases are also made in several types of fabric. Some catalog cases are built with a hard exterior shell made of high grade plastic. The shell protects items inside from damage and makes the case easier to stack with other luggage.
The inside of a catalog case is similar to a file folder with several compartments separated by dividers. Zipper pockets and pouches are also included to hold smaller items like pens or cell phones. Files, product samples and a laptop computer can fit in the larger compartments. For a lawyer or salesperson traveling somewhere to make a presentation, a catalog case can be a very convenient luggage solution where they can keep all of their business materials in one place.
Besides the extendable handle on the top of the case for pulling it along the ground, there is usually a built in briefcase style handle too so that someone can easily pick up the case and carry it around. Specialized catalog cases are even manufactured with straps on the back so that they can be worn like a backpack if someone is in a situation where they need to carry the case for a long time.
Catalog cases with a hard shell are typically manufactured using a plastic injection molding process. The heated plastic is injected into the mold that matches the dimensions of each panel of the case, and after the mold cools and cures the various parts are assembled.
In the final stages of the production process, handles and clasps are added. These finishing parts can be made out of metal or the same kind of plastic used to construct the case. One major benefit of a plastic case is that it is waterproof, so any valuable contents inside are much less likely to be damaged.