Glossary - DELTA Packaging

Folding box

Folding boxes have become ubiquitous in our daily life. They have become indispensable in industry, trade and private use. Whether as packaging for books, shoes, as standard packing sets for parcels, moving boxes or storage boxes for small and more considerable odds and ends, the folding box has frequently proved its value in everyday use. It is also the packaging material of choice for medicines, technical items and food products. Mail-order business is also relying on folding boxes in various sizes.

The significant advantage of the folding box is its space-saving design. Thus in its folded state, it is possible to tuck five moving boxes comfortably under the arm, yet when filled, they hardly fit into a passenger car. Accordingly, there are benefits in industrial use. Folding boxes use little space for transport and storage, they can be easily stacked, printed and their disposal is equally easy, as they can be taken back for recycling when folded or even be reused.

During the production process of folding boxes, carton, solid board, corrugated board and composite materials are used. This involves the use of CAD for their design, which is die cut after printing, and then the creases are placed for folding at a later time. Folding boxes can be designed with glue or tacks, to some extent; the gluing process does not take place until the box is being filled. Also, they can be fitted with sight windows and suitable inserts for positioning and for protection of transported goods. By using special printing techniques, decorative elements can be added.

The folding box is, therefore, a universal means of packing and storage, and its popularity has steadily increased during its 100-year history. It has become indispensable in our everyday life.