How to Print on Corrugated Boxes

With the development of e-commerce, e-commerce packaging is overgrowing. It is estimated that the annual growth rate of the European e-commerce trade is about 20%; it will have a significant impact on e-commerce packaging.

The corrugated boxes are ideal for re-commerce packaging boxes because they are durable and cost-effective. In addition, the corrugated boxes are suitable for printing with logos and patterns.

What is the Corrugated Box?

Corrugated boxes are cardboard boxes made of corrugated board, including a three-layer board, five-layer board, and seven-layer board. Among these,three-layer and five-layer corrugated boxes are the most commonly used.

Generally speaking, lightweight goods use a three-layer corrugated board to reduce packaging costs, and the five-layer packaging boxes are suitable for heavier products, such as computers and auto parts. And a seven-layer corrugated board is required for washing machines and fitness equipment.

The cardboard comprises an inner paperboard, corrugated core, and outer paper board from inside to outside, as shown below.

Styles of Corrugated Boxes

The corrugated cardboard box is available in a variety of styles. First, let’s talk about some of the popular corrugated boxes styles.

Mailer Boxes

The mailer box is made of a corrugated board that is crimped and die-cut. Making a mailer box doesn’t need nailing or bonding. Mailer box is a favored delivery corrugated box style. We can use corrugated mailer boxes to pack many merchants’ packaging, such as clothing, toys, crafts, shoes, and food.

Drawer Boxes

The drawer box consists of two separate parts, including a corrugated cardboard base and sleeve. The outer corrugated sleeve supports the boxes; it performs better on durability than the mailer shipping box. We use corrugated drawer boxes for shoe crafts and wine.

Shipping Box

Shipping boxes are pre-glued for fast and easy assembly and suitably delivered through long distances.

How To Print on Corrugated Box

When we have selected the corrugated box’s material and determined the box style, we will print the logo on the corrugated box. Corrugated packaging’s mainstream printing methods include flexographic printing, offset printing, digital printing, and screen printing. These four printing techniques have their pros and cons.

Flexographic Print Technique

Flexographic print, also called “water printing,” is the typical print technique during corrugated packaging production. It prints context, logo, and pattern on the corrugated board directly; this printing is cost-effective but is suitable for corrugated boxes with one or two-color printing.

Offset Print Technique

Offset printing could print exquisite patterns with 1-7 color groups through a printing machine. Offset printing is an indirect method; it publishes the surface paper first and then glues the printed paper on the corrugated cardboard. The printing method could achieve excellent printing quality but at a high printing cost.

Digital Print Technique

Digital printing on corrugated boards is an increasingly emerging printing method. Digital printing solves the severe problems of ink waste pollution; digital printing is ideal for small-batch orders; however, the printing quality is unstable.

Silk Screen Printing

The screen printing process can be both direct printing and indirect printing. The screen printing method is suitable for small orders and has stable printing quality.

LOGO Printing on Corrugated Packaging Boxes

The logo should be the most important in the custom corrugated packaging boxes; there are four printing methods on the logo, including foil stamping,embossing&debossing, Spot VU, and silk printing.

You could check How to Choose the Suitable Logo Printing Methods on Packaging to find a printing method that best suits their budget and packaging requirements.

Final Thought

How to print the ideal pattern on the corrugated box is a complex thinking process. It is more than just a printing procedure; it involves selecting materials and structures and choosing a suitable printing method. I hope this article can help you.

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