FEFCO ECMA & Correct Board Selection

CORRUGATED BOXES & FOLDING BOX BOARD CARTONS

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Corrugated board boxes and folding box board cartons can be made in a variety of grades to suit the application required. With our expertise, we can guide you to the most appropriate type of box board for your product and requirements.

The latest edition of the FEFCO / ESBO list can be downloaded in a PDF format.

Corrugated Board

Corrugated board is available in many different grades and profiles. The grades vary from a completely recycled material to a virgin Kraft material and are available in a wide range of grammages.

Kraft/Test Paper & Fluting

Kraft paper, recycled paper fluting and test recycled inner liners are the most common material used to make a corrugated box. Kraft paper lines the outside. Our kraft paper uses higher levels of virgin sustainably sourced paper (non-recycled), giving a higher quality of finish, strength and a better printing surface — ideal for custom cardboard boxes.

White Paper

White paper can be used as the external liner paper of your corrugated box and is a cost-effective way to give a higher end feel. White paper gives a nicer finish and is a superior substrate — leading to better print quality.

Standard paper thickness starts at 125gsm (gram per square meter) and moves up through 150, 200 and on up to 300 gsm. Extreme heavy duty corrugated cases and boxes using up to 1000gsm liners can — where required — be supplied. The strength of the box is affected not only by the paper thickness but also by the grade of fluting you have. Fluting is explained more fully below.

Corrugated Box Fluting

The most common, standard flute profiles that we work with are classified by their height as E, B, C, BC and EB. There are also numerous much thinner micro flutings available.

Folding Cartons (Folding Box Board)

Folding boxboard 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 boxboard boxes can also be made from a Kraftpak® board — an unbleached, uncoated, high strength board. Kraftpak® has excellent wet strength capabilities, making it suitable for food and beverage packaging.

Coloured, metalised, textured and pearlized boards are also available for making specialist folding cartons.

The material used allows many design features and structures to become possible. Folding cartons are used to produce a huge variety of custom boxes, gift, retail cartons and sleeves.

FEFCO / ESBO or ECMA Guide

The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) and the European Solid Board Organisation (ESBO) are official systems that have been developed to standardise and list certain common pack designs. This standardisation avoids over complicated verbal descriptions of fibreboard case and packaging constructions and replaces them with simple symbols, internationally understood by all.  The latest edition of the FEFCO / ESBO list can be downloaded in a PDF format.

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