Folding boxes

A folding box has a straightforward task: It serves to protect the packaged product and contain information about the product in question. In addition, it makes storing and transporting the product easier. The folding box can be designed in various ways, and there are many styles to choose from. In other words, you can get the perfect packaging to represent your brand.

A folding box refers to a box made of paperboard. Most often, it is printed, die-cut, and glued. The folding box is shipped flat.

Tailored design

The development of your packaging starts in our design department. Our design team considers, with your product and packaging in focus, all requirements, conditions, and demands regarding exposure, handling, and transport. This forms the basis for our recommendations of suitable materials and solutions for inserts as well as the package itself.

At our design department, we lay the foundation for a sustainable packaging solution in terms of material utilization, protection, and production economy. The design work is usually a stepwise process where we work closely together with you. We make prototypes so that you can test your packaging under real-life conditions.

Our team makes sure that your packaging solution is sustainable, functional, cost effective, and unique.

Different paperboards

There are several kinds of paperboard: white, coloured, and craft. Coated and uncoated. We have various options depending on what look and feel you are aiming at. We work with paperboards ranging from 200 gsm to 600 gsm, and our suppliers are committed to sustainable production.

GBGT Box is certified to produce FSC®-labelled boxes.

Different kinds of corrugated board

We use high-quality F-flute, both white and coloured. To avoid the fluting to
show through (as a visible washboard pattern) we use a higher grammage for
the top liner. We use board of virgin fibre as well as recycled fibre and can
also offer custom-made board in various colours.

Styles

The styles differ regarding the closing type, which gives the packaging different characteristics. Here are some styles suitable for paperboard cartons:

Straight and Reverse Tuck Box

Straight tuck boxes are one of the most common types of boxes. It folds from front to back in the same direction. On the Reverse Tuck Box, the closing panels fold in opposite directions. Usually, the box has slit locks that secure the tucks in place. A straight (and reverse) tuck box is ideal for lightweight and medium-weight products.

Snap Lock Bottom Box

Lock bottom boxes are designed to hold heavier items. The bottom flaps push into each other, forming a sturdy base that won’t open under the weight of the product inside. For the top closure, they generally have a tuck top panel with either friction locks or slit locks. Assembling a lock bottom box is very easy and takes just a few seconds.

Crash Bottom Box

Crash bottom boxes, or auto-lock bottoms, are another excellent choice for packing heavier items that need extra support. It is the strongest option for heavy products and is pre-glued for extra strength.

One-piece Tuck Top Boxes

This is a strong and stable box type thanks to its double side walls. As a shape, it’s like a mailer box, but made of paperboard. The box has one opening at the top, with two closing flaps that fold into the bottom of the box with a friction lock. The Tuck Top Box fits a wide range of products and is ideal for displaying multiple items in the same box.

Two-Piece Boxes

Two-piece boxes are an elegant packaging solution that works for any kind of product or product kits with multiple items. They are formed of a tray and a lid, and both components have a double-wall structure, which makes the box very strong and stable. Custom inserts that keep the products in place can also be added inside the box.

Sleeve Packaging

A sleeve is a box with no ends that wraps around the product container, adding another level of customization and protection to all types of boxes. Box sleeves can be customized with your specific design just like any other box and can hold cut-outs and unique embellishments.

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Corrugated mailer boxes are the perfect choice for e-commerce packaging and a great unboxing experience. Our mailer boxes are made of 1.2 mm F-flute.

Inserts

An insert is a piece of paperboard cut and sometimes glued to help secure the product within the folding box. For example, an insert can be found in a glass bottle box or a multiple-piece kit, which can act as a divider. Inserts are recommended for medium, lightweight or fragile products that need to stay in place or if you need to arrange multiple smaller items in the same box. Inserts add an extra level of protection to the product and can be custom-made to fit exactly the shape and size of your product.

Print, Design, and Effects

There is something special about opening a box, and our perception of a brand is highly determined by the visuals of the packaging. Design possibilities are endless, and here you can see some of the different techniques we offer:

Print

The choice of printing technique depends on what results you have in mind.

Water-based Inkjet is the most sustainable printing technique. A digital technique where spray nozzles eject small droplets of water-based ink onto the printing surface. It’s a high-speed digital printing for short-to-medium size print runs. Offset quality print results, high consistency, and a low carbon footprint.

H-UV L (LED) Printing: The latest offset technology, featuring ink curing by means of UV light. Among the benefits are lower energy consumption, superior print quality, and quicker turnaround times. The technology is odorless and free from ozone

In conventional four-colour offset printing is the most popular and cost-effective system used.

Pantone is a solid-colour system used for more accurate brand colours and is more expensive than CMYK. A brand’s colour palette is generally specified in Pantone codes.

Varnish and laminates

Varnish and laminates are processes that involve applying “film” laminates or varnish that change the look and feel of the finished product. Some can be combined with other extras, such as foil-stamping, embossing, or debossing, to make a unique box. In general, varnish and laminates also increase the strength of the packaging and provide extra protection from scratches, abrasion, or manipulation.

Varnish is a water-based coating. Print varnish is applied to seal the print and protect the paper. Varnish doesn’t protect as well as lamination. There are different kinds of varnish: gloss, silk, matte and soft touch. Besides print varnish, you have a wide choice of effect /decor varnish, such as glitter, flakes or even scents. You can apply the varnish on a partial surface or cover a whole surface.

UV varnish is a liquid coating applied during printing. UV varnish can be gloss or spot gloss coating. Spot coating is used for highlighting defined details in images or text. The UV varnish is either gloss or matte.

A laminate is applied in a separate process after the printing. There are several different laminates:

  • Gloss: shiny finish and adds thickness and strength to the box
  • Matte: gives a shine-free and smooth surface.
  • Scuff-free: the strongest and most scuff-resistant laminate with a soft sheen and a matte finish.
  • Soft touch: a matte finish that is very soft to the touch.
  • Linen: with a unique texture and high-definition linen pattern
  • Sandy Matte: a matte film with a sandy, gritty texture

Foil-stamping, embossing, debossing, cutouts

Foil Stamping:

The process involves applying a very thin metal foil onto the box using a heated metal die and a press. When the die is applied to the surface, the foil bonds to the surface, producing the metallic foil effect. It looks best when used to emphasize a logo, text, or design element. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing to create a more striking look and feel.

Embossing & debossing:

Embossing and debossing is a post-print technique that creates a tri-dimensional raised or depressed pattern on your box. It is made by placing an embossing die in contact with the paperboard under high heat and pressure. It is often used to highlight the logos or specific elements of the brand on the box, making the box very interesting to the touch and giving it a very luxurious feel.

Cut-outs:

A cut-out represents a shape cut out of a panel of your box, like a window, offering the customer the chance to see the product inside. The cut-outs can be made in any shape and size as long as they don’t affect the box’s strength.

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