Corrugated Packaging: Reference Materials

Valuable structure, printing, and box style information

Corrugated packaging is multi-faceted: package design, point-of-purchase displays, converting capabilities. And, the more you know, the more beneficial your relationship with Green Bay Packaging will be.

Use this helpful reference material, including diagrams, definitions, and helpful charts, as a tool to learn about corrugated packaging.

  • Structure—Containerboard has two main components: the linerboard and the medium. Both are made of a special kind of heavy paper called containerboard. Linerboard is the flat facing that adheres to the medium. The medium is the wavy, fluted paper in between the liners.
  • Printing—It is said that you can’t judge a book by its cover. However, every day consumers make purchasing decisions based on the appearance of a package. Examine the many containerboard printing options.
  • Box Styles—By changing the design of corrugated boxes, combining layers of corrugated or adding interior packaging, a corrugated box can be manufactured to efficiently ship and store almost any product. Many standard box styles can be identified in three ways: by a descriptive name, by an acronym base on that name, or by an international code number. For example, a Regular Slotted Container could also be referred to as an RSC or as #0201.

Did you know?

In 2009, the average corrugator plant manufactured 814 million square feet of corrugated board, which is enough material to wrap once around the earth.

Over 90% of all products in North America are delivered or displayed in corrugated packaging at some point in their life cycle.