Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes

13th Edition

This report encompasses corrugated and paperboard boxes that are used by a number of markets in a variety of applications.


What product segments are included in the Boxes study?

  • corrugated and solid fiber boxes
  • folding paperboard boxes (also referred to as folding cartons)
  • set-up (rigid) paperboard boxes

Excluded from this study are products such as:

  • aseptic and dairy cartons
  • composite cans
  • paperboard backings of blister packaging
  • paperboard trays and related foodservice items
  • non-box corrugated products (e.g., displays, pizza and cake circles, partitions and edge protectors)

Market segments discussed include:

  • durable goods
  • food and beverages
  • nonfood nondurable goods
  • nonmanufacturing



Corrugated Boxes

Corrugated boxes are made of containerboard consisting of a corrugating medium between two or more linerboard faces.

Folding Paperboard Boxes

Folding paperboard boxes, also known as folding cartons, are converted from a single layer of heavy stock paperboard without corrugating medium.

Solid Fiber Boxes

Solid fiber boxes have no corrugating medium between the linerboards, which are present in corrugated boxes. Solid fiber consists instead of multiple layers of linerboard, making a more dense and moisture-resistant box material.

Set-up Paperboard Boxes

Set-up boxes, which are also known as rigid boxes, are lidded, preassembled, non-collapsible boxes. They are made of paperboard, but generally four times the thickness of folding cartons.



Litho-lamination is a process by which an offset lithographic label is laminated to corrugated board, resulting in an aesthetically appealing surface.


An alternative to direct print or litho-lamination is preprinting, in which high resolution graphics are printed on linerboard. This board is then laminated to the corrugating medium and inner linerboard sheet to produce the final box.

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