Types of cardboard packaging

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Types of cardboard packaging
Cardboard packaging is used to move or store items. (cardboard box image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

The term cardboard refers to any number of heavy paper-like materials. These include paperboard, display board, and corrugated fiberboard, which is usually used in the manufacture of boxes. Much of cardboard packaging consists of prefabricated boxes. Cardboard packaging is used for a multitude of applications, from storing items in your basement, to moving boxes that will protect your valuable possessions during nationwide or international relocation.

Full overlap cartons

This style of cardboard box is made from a single piece of cardboard. The outer flaps in this style overlap in order to cover the full width of the box. The full overlap carton is best suited to narrow boxes and handles rough handling well.

Five panel wraps

The five panel wrap is manufactured from a single piece of corrugated cardboard that is bent into five sides or panels. The five panel wrap is also referred to as a "smartie box" by users. The five style wrap is normally used for long packaging and is a popular box in which to transport hockey sticks.

Telescoping box

This style cardboard box is constructed from two separate panels, one forming the body and the second, creating the top. This lid is well designed and sturdy and has been designed to fit the body of the box tightly. Both the body and lid are made of corrugated cardboard. This type of container may be secured with either staples or adhesive.

Slotted cartons

Slotted cartons are used primarily for shipping and storage boxes. They are manufactured from corrugated cardboard and normally require to be sealed with tape or staples. Although slotted cartons are economical to produce, they are quite functional and are solid enough to protect their contents. As with the majority of cardboard boxes, slotted cartons are manufactured without any design, but customised printing can be added as required.

Nestable trays

Nestable trays are open tray-type boxes that are used for maximising desk and shelf space. A variety of products, from magazines to general office supplies can easily be packed into them,

Suitcase box

These die-cut corrugated cardboard boxes resemble briefcases. They are self-closing and incorporate a handle. The suitcase box has been designed for use at tradeshows and conventions, but is perfect as a promotional gift (Resource 1).

Counter-top displays

These point-of-sale pop-up boxes are designed for counter displays and therefore normally contain customised printing.

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