1. What are standard folding cartons?
Standard folding cartons refers to any folding carton that has a "classic" square shape and the simple structure typical: a lid, a bottom and four sides. Standard folding boxes are among the most frequently used packaging materials for cosmetics, food, gifts, and other retail products.
2. The construction of folding cartons
Due to their simple but effective construction and their universal applicability, folding cartons are popular product packaging. They are inexpensive to produce and easy to print and just as easy to fill on the assembly line, transport, and store in boxes and on pallets.
The box body of folding boxes, the frame, is punched out of a single sheet of paperboard, folded and then glued along a lateral or a longitudinal seam. After assembly, a cuboid container made of sturdy chromo, natural, or recycled paperboard is created that can be closed on all six sides. Dust flaps keep dirt out and ensure that the lid does not open on its own.
The individual types of standard folding cartons can be distinguished by the design of the lid and the bottom. How these parts are constructed is connected with the filling of the folding carton and the protection of the contents against slipping through. The heavier the product, the more tightly the base must be sealed.
3. Possible applications of standard folding cartons
3.1 Functions of standard folding cartons
Standard folding boxes perform all the important functions of a packaging material.
As primary and secondary packaging, folding boxes protect the products they contain. The solid paperboard and the box shape offer very good resistance to mechanical influences. The surface of the standard folding boxes can be printed on all six sides and thus offer important information and advertising space. In order to further improve the advertising effect and to be able to better distinguish individual products at the POS, folding cartons are often finished after printing.
3.2 Typical applications for standard folding cartons
There is probably no industrial packaging sector in which folding boxes are not used for product packaging, although other packaging materials are also in use, too, of course. One selects the size and material of a box based on the product it is supposed to hold.
The most important sectors in terms of volume that require folding cartons to package their products are clearly the cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and chemical industries and producers of food and non-food products.
The folding carton is an important emotional marketing instrument, especially for cosmetics and perfumes. The aim is to stand out from the competition. Haptic and visual effects, unusual materials, an appealing design, special printing and finishing techniques such as embossing, partial coating, and cold and hot foils are distinguishing features of folding boxes in this segment. Of course, they all must meet the functional requirements described above.
When packaging medicines, food supplements, and chemical products, though, the beauty of the box may not be the primary concern. Instead, the focus is on protecting its contents, compliance with legal information requirements, secure counterfeit protection, and efficient warehousing. For over-the-counter medicines and supplements, advertising effectiveness once again plays a more important role.
Products such as food or non-food goods aimed directly at the end consumer are offered on the shelf or in a cooler at the POS. They need to stand out against many similar competing products. Here, too, there are a number of factors which the packaging must meet. These include food legislation, convenience functions, and ease of handling. But the marketing function is also important, because it often takes only a fraction of a second for a consumer to decide which product to buy, whether at the supermarket or the DIY store.
4. Printing and finishing standard folding cartons
High-quality printing matched to the paperboard is extremely important for every folding box. Standard folding boxes are printed by digital offset printing at labelprint24. The advantages of this technology compared to conventional offset printing are:
- immediate drying which enables seamless further processing
- affordable small and medium-sized production runs
- personalised print jobs possible
- high print quality similar to offset
- no lead times, because no printing form is required
- use of different printing substrates (paper, plastic films, self-adhesive material) without retooling or special inks
In addition to printing, a finish tailored to the purpose also plays an important role in the production of these cartons. As a professional folding carton manufacturer, we can offer you a variety of finishes, some of which can ordered directly using the online calculator.
Finishes can be selected directly in the online calculator:
- Dispersion coating (matte/glossy)
- Protective laminate (matte/glossy)
- Form punching
- Warning triangles for people with visual impairments
Other optional finishes include:
- blind embossing
- cellophane wrapping or lamination
- hot foil stamping (gloss and matte effects; gold/ silver)
- punching and grooving
- UV coating (high-gloss, full-surface, digital)
5. Range of services
As a carton manufacturer, our services range from consultation, development, and production to packaging and delivery.
Special advantages with labelprint24:
- any format of your choosing
- orders accepted for as few as 10 pieces
- sample runs on request at any time
- online calculator with instant price
- fast delivery times and free shipping
We can deliver your individually printed boxes in just 7-10 business days. We can also off rush production in 5 working days and express production in just 2 working days.
labelprint24 is one of the suppliers with the largest selection of paper types and carton types with different grammages for printing your cartons and boxes.
Suitable materials in our portfolio:
- white standard paperboard
- bright white paperboard
- coloured paperboard
- thick paperboard
- recycled/ natural paperboard