What are the differences between folding cartons and rigid boxes?
I get asked that a lot.
There are many differences as well as similarities between the two.
Often looking very similar, both folding cartons and rigid boxes are indeed boxes used for packaging and both are made of paperboard. Paperboard is basically thick paper that is sturdy enough to be used for packaging. The paperboard that is used for a rigid box can be as much as four times thicker than the paperboard used for a folding carton and is often referred to as chipboard (although I’ve heard some manufacturers refer to all paperboard as “chipboard”).
Folding Cartons can be collapsed to lay flat and then reassembled into box form again and again. A rigid box cannot be collapsed and must remain in box form from manufacture to end user.
While folding cartons routinely have the printing process applied directly to the box itself, rigid boxes generally have a separate wrapping of various possible materials glued to the box instead. Materials can include: leather, fabric, padding, fancy paper etc.
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Benefits of Folding Cartons:
1. Folding cartons are shipped flat for lower transportation costs
2. Generally much less expensive to produce
3. Faster to produce
Benefits of Rigid Boxes:
1. Often does not require expensive dies as used in folding carton manufacturing
2. Higher perceived product value by the consumer (expensive looking box = better quality product)
3. Rigid boxes are stronger and more durable
4. Rigid boxes usually do not require setup for product fulfillment
Both Types of Boxes:
1. Can provide for high quality of printing
2. Can display beautiful embossing and foil stamping
3. Can be made from sustainable, recycled materials
4. Can have a structural design that is as simple or as complex and elaborate as desired
This is a typical example of a FOLDING CARTON:
This is a typical example of a RIGID BOX:
The differences between folding cartons and rigid boxes are important to know. For more information on packaging boxes, click here