What are Folding Cartons?
The most popular material used to make Folding Cartons and presentation boxes is referred to as Folding Box Board (FBB). It is a paperboard substrate made up of multiple layers of chemical and mechanical pulp. The top layer is a bleached chemical pulp with an optional pigment coating added. This is a low-density material with good rigidity, great printability and can be structurally designed into a range of shapes and configurations.
Folding cartons or presentation boxes can also be made from a Kraftpak® board which is an unbleached, uncoated, high strength board. Kraftpak® has excellent wet strength capabilities, making it suitable for food and beverage packaging.
Coloured, metalized, textured and pearlized boards are also available for making folding cartons.
Folding cartons are mainly used for lighter weight products within the frozen and chilled food, confectioners, pharmaceuticals and health or beauty industries. The use of this presentation style packaging is constantly expanding as other industries are seeing the importance of creating unique packaging that stands out. The most well-known examples of folding cartons are in cereal packets within the food industry as well as creams/perfumes within the cosmetics industry.
Structure and features
The material used allows many design features and structures to become possible. Folding cartons are used to produce a huge variety of presentation boxes, cartons and sleeves. This includes self-locking boxes, collared boxes and integral box with a lid designs. Design features such as lock in tabs, cut outs, window patching and internal fittings can all be achieved