Boxes & Cartons - FAQ
Q. What is corrugated cardboard?
A. Corrugated cardboard is corrugated fiberboard. Cardboard is a generic term that includes all types of heavy-duty paper that can include card stock, paperboard and corrugated fiberboard. Corrugated cardboard is made by gluing a flat sheet of paper to a corrugated fluted sheet of paper.
Q. What is the difference between single, double and triple wall corrugated cardboard?
A. Single Wall Board is the most common style of manufactured corrugated cardboard and consists of one fluted medium between two sheets of linerboard.
Double Wall Board has two fluted mediums sandwiched between three sheets of linerboard and is a lot stronger than the Single Wall Board and is much more resistant to breaking when stacked. Double Wall Board is commonly used for larger industrial containers.
Triple Wall Board is strong enough to be a substitute for wooden crates. It has traditionally been used for shipping chemical containers.
Q. How do I measure a box?
A. To ensure a snug and protective fit around the contents of the box, box measurements always correspond to the inner dimensions. Measure the length, width and depth (height) of what you need to pack and express the measurements in millimetres. Dimensions should be in the order of length, width and depth.
Q. What is FEFCO?
A. The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) is a non-profit organisation representing the interests of the industry across Europe.
Headquartered in Brussels, FEFCO was established in 1952 and is the European umbrella organisation of the corrugated Board Industry.
The role of the Federation is to investigate economic, financial, technical and marketing issues of interest to the corrugated packaging industry, to analyse all factors which may influence the industry, and to promote and develop its image.
Q. Do you have off-the-shelf stock boxes?
A. Yes, Tri Pack Supplies Ltd has a selection of off-the-shelf Single and Double Wall boxes.
Q. What is your minimum order quantity for bespoke boxes?
A. There is no minimum quantity requirement, you can order as many or as few as you need. However, with economies of scale, the more boxes you order, the less cost per box.
Q. How long will it take for Tri Pack Supplies Ltd to prepare a bespoke box quote?
A. Bespoke box quotes for standard designs can usually be turned around the same day. Die-cut boxes and special grades will most probably take a little longer if the construction is particular complex.
Q. How long will it take you to deliver my bespoke boxes?
A. Normal delivery is 5 - 10 working days, with many orders for stock boxes delivered in less than 3 .
Q. I want a particularly big box, is that a problem?
A. Not at all, we regularly produce big standard and die-cut boxes. However, dependent on the style, your bespoke box may require a one off tooling charge, but this will be discussed before we proceed with your order.
Q. Can Tri Pack Supplies handle orders for large quantities?
A. Yes. Large quantities are not a problem.
Q. Can my boxes be printed?
A. Yes. Boxes provide the perfect opportunity to display your company's brand. Every box or package is a marketing opportunity. Tri Pack Supplies Ltd can print your contact details, logo and key messages on all kinds of boxes, packaging and tape, all we need is your artwork and guidelines to enable us to give you a quote.
Q. Will Tri Pack Supplies help me with the design of a printed box?
A. First impressions can make the difference and having the right packaging is a key component of your sales and marketing strategy, so it must be right first time.
Creative and innovative packaging solutions are one of the key elements of Tri Pack Supplies Ltd’s business. We can work with you to produce the most cost effective and efficient packaging for your product. Tri Pack Supplies Ltd can develop custom packaging in partnership with you to ensure it is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the product, the customer and if necessary the distributor and retailer.
Q. Can I visit you to discuss my bespoke box requirements?
A. Absolutely. Just give Tri Pack Supplies Ltd a call on +44 (0) 23 9232 6696 between 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday to arrange your visit or we will come to you.
Q. Can you help me to reduce the cost of my boxes?
A. With many years’ experience in all areas of packaging we have the expertise to advise how you could save costs and operate more efficiently. Call us on +44 (0) 23 9232 6696 between 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday to arrange a packaging audit or to discuss how Tri Pack Supplies Ltd can help you to reduce the cost of your boxes.
A packaging audit will identify savings and process improvements in a number of areas to include design and efficiency, packaging management, storage, costs, resource, transportation, damaged goods and returns, ensuring best practice at all times.
Q. Will my boxes arrive ready assembled?
A. No. All cardboard boxes are delivered flat-packed to reduce space and storage costs.
Q. What do you recommend to seal my box?
A. Once packed, the box can be sealed using adhesive packaging tape, hot melt glue, staples, or strapping. It depends on the application and the industry you are in.