What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Corrugated Packaging?
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Corrugated cardboard is an extremely versatile material used in a wide range of product, display and postal packaging. The cardboard is specially engineered to a composition of arched paper fluting surrounded by two liner boards and the result is a cheap, durable and stable material. Corrugated packaging is ideal for transport and stacking but as the board is made from paper, it’s not suitable for all products. In this article we find out more about the high-in-demand material, its advantages and disadvantages.

The Advantages of Corrugated Packaging

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Flexibility

Corrugated cardboard can be designed in an almost unlimited number of shapes and sizes. Plus with all the various board types, weights, coatings and treatments on offer, the packaging is an ideal option for shipping and storage. This is why corrugated packaging can be used in multiple applications, from shipping to display boards, picture frames and furniture.

Lightweight

Corrugated packaging is very lightweight meaning it adds hardly any extra weight to the product(s) it contains. This is a great benefit when handling and stacking the packaging.

Durability

The composition of corrugated cardboard is what gives the packaging its durability and stability. This structure also provides cushioning to the product(s) inside meaning items is well-protected during transport and handling. The material is also tear-resistant and resistant to low-levels of moisture.

Printing Capacity

Corrugated cardboard can be printed directly onto its surface for bold, colourful and high-quality results. This means the material is ideal for use in product and display packaging where graphical designs and branding work to advertise and sell. The board’s printing capacity also means it can be used in shelf-ready packaging.

Cost-effective

Corrugated packaging is extremely low cost to produce making it one of the cheapest packaging options on offer. Little labour is required to manufacture the boxes and as the material is lightweight, shipping costs are also low.

Recyclable

Corrugated cardboard is both biodegradable and easy to recycle making it a very eco-friendly packaging material. The board can easily be stored away for re-use and much of corrugated packaging is made from recycled paper.

The Disadvantages of Corrugated Packaging

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Weakness

Although on the whole corrugated cardboard is a very stable and durable material, the board isn’t strong enough for the packaging of very heavy materials. There is a limit to the pressure the board can withstand and under extreme weight, the structure will cripple. Plus, once the structure of the board has been compromised, it loses its stability and cannot be returned to its original shape.

Liquids

As corrugated cardboard is paper-based, it’s susceptible to damage from liquids. The board can withstand low-levels of moisture (higher levels when laminated) but if the material comes into contact with a significant amount of liquid, its structure will immediately disintegrate. This leaves the product inside vulnerable to damage. As the board is not waterproof is it also often unsuitable for the storage of electronic items.

Design Limitations

Corrugated boxes can only be manufactured in cubic shapes meaning the material cannot be designed to conform to products with curved edges. As a result, space inside the packaging often goes to waste and more packaging material must be added to stabilise the item within the box before it can be shipped.

About the Author :

This article was written by Sarah Davies on behalf of leading UK corrugated packaging supplier: www.diamondpak.co.uk. Diamondpak design and manufacture bespoke corrugated packaging for shipping, retail displays and shelf-ready boxes.