What is the Difference Between Corrugated and Cardboard?

Whenever you think ‘shipping boxes’, what generally comes to your mind is cardboard. When the people in the packaging industry, on the contrary think of shipping boxes, what they think of are the corrugated boxes. So, which ones are the boxes that every business uses – cardboard boxes or the Corrugated Boxes?

Firstly, it’s important for you to understand the difference, to know which one to use when. These are in fact two different materials but in practice, the two terms are being used interchangeably.

Cardboard means cardstock like, which is usually used for making the greeting cards, playing cards, etc. It can also be the chipboard, in use for packaging of things such as cereals – i.e. the cereal boxes are cardboard. Cardboard is a broader and ‘all-encompassing’ term and can include the boxes made out of any heavy paper pulp based board. It is not a very specific term, is generally not much used in the industry, however it is widely different from corrugated.

Corrugated is a material generally made out of three different sheets of a special paper, called as ‘container board’. The two plain sheets on the outer side are bound together with a rippled sheet in between and the resultant is a fibreboard sheet or the corrugated. These layers are carefully glued together to offer a cushion to the items being packed. This makes the material particularly suitable for making the shipping and packing boxes. The special design of the material makes these boxes sturdy and fit for printing and recycling. The Brown Corrugated Bo

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