Ever since E-Commerce has evolved into its current ginormous shape, the demand for customized custom cardboard boxes has also increased. These cardboard boxes serve more purposes than mere wrapping of a product. They give a product character and protect it from external harsh conditions, amongst other benefits. OXO Packaging has been offering tailor-made cardboard packaging boxes in any custom shape and sizes, required by the client or the product itself.
As these boxes are made to support different product categories and their specifications, they are also usually varied in materials and styles. If you are in the business of manufacturing consumer goods then it’s only fair that you should know how many options are available in the market before you order your custom cardboard boxes to encase your products with style.
You must be wondering where this new term ‘paperboard box’ came from? Well, we understand your probable confusion and would like you to know that the term ‘cardboard’ has been used with a rather careless abandon. It is a generic term that actually doesn’t refer to any specific cardboard type, contrary to the popular belief. Essentially, when we say cardboard box we mean either paperboard boxes, corrugated or kraft boxes.
So coming back to paperboard boxes, these containers are made from thick, paper-based materials. The only way you can tell paper and paperboard apart is through the thickness of the materials. Paperboards are usually over .30mm thick and can be single or multi-ply. They are lightweight and can be used in packaging of goods or even be used in fine arts. First, ever paperboard box was manufactured in England in 1817 and since then they are only increased in popularity. The terminology for paperboard varies, depending on geographical location and product nature; but overall, these are the terms taking over the market these days.
The other type of cardboard boxes is corrugated boxes that are also known in the market as combined boxes, corrugated fiberboard, and corrugated board.
They are very popular in the market as they are not limited to one industry. The shipping and moving industry, in particular, use custom corrugated boxes. According to an estimated 98% of the Northern American consumer products are transported through custom corrugated cardboard. Another bulk purchaser of corrugated packaging is shoe designers and manufacturers. These containers are used for shipping and transferring of all sorts’ goods like books, office supplies, electronics, tools, food, drinks etc.
The interesting fact about corrugated cardboard packaging boxes is that they are changeable in their strength. You can get them made for a certain degree of box strength and durability, depending upon the weight of the product itself.
The wavy, corrugated packaging medium in these containers is called fluting. Overall 3 layers of paper combine to make a corrugated box i.e. fluting compressed between two liners.
The chief raw material used for the construction of the corrugated fiber is mostly recycled paper, created on huge, highly-precise machine “corrugator”. These fiberboards can be used time and again as a pulp source. These boards can be made in different forms like:
The medium of corrugated fiber offers 5 flute profiles.
Be sure to tell your cardboard manufacturer about the purpose and the weight of the product that’s to be placed inside. This information will help your manufacture create customized boxes, perfect for your needs.