Key Facts

How many times have we purchased a toy for a child as a gift for an important celebration and then the child ends up playing with the cardboard box that the toy was packed in!!!

This seems to be part of the ‘magic’ of this packaging, whose main function is to protect its contents.

During its relatively short existence it has managed to win the battle to the wooden box as transport packaging in the mass consumption world, this preference is due to its low cost of production without limiting the ‘personalisation’.

From the technical aspect, the corrugated cardboard box offers protection against the abuse that usually occurs during transit:  blows, falls, vibrations, to name but a few; but it does not end here. That same box arrives at a warehouse to be stacked, bearing the weight of other boxes that are placed on top of it! We then demand that this is then placed onto a supermarket shelf to display the brand! That's like asking a boxer after finishing the fight, to smile to make the picture look pretty!

Now, how is it possible that a box made of corrugated cardboard has the property of absorbing the energy of impacts, at the same time can support as a column several times its own weight and the most surprising thing is that it is made of paper?

We invite you to know the interesting story of the corrugated cardboard box!

Who could imagine that the beginnings of the humble corrugated cardboard box have their origins in the fashion world, with the aristocracy of the early nineteenth century and the Victorian fashion of the mid-nineteenth century, specifically the pleated necks and cuffs that both the Ladies and English gentlemen used.


The textile industry gave the first contributions for the development of the corrugated box; the first equipment for corrugated paper resembled those used in the laundries to iron the curtains and the lace of the collars and cuffs of the shirts.

Behold, the cardboard box

1817, England. Sir Malcolm Thornhill wakes up one morning with a luminous idea to produce boxes made from single sheets of cardboard. The cardboard box was born.

It wasn’t corrugated yet, but that didn’t make it any less popular in the years that followed. Around 1840, silk manufacturers started using cardboard boxes to transport moths and eggs from Japan to Europe.

In the 1850s, cardboard boxes finally went mainstream when the Kellogg Company started using it as packaging for their cereals.

And then there was corrugated paper

Edward C. Healy and Edward E. Allen, both Englishmen, patented corrugated paper in 1856, but it was merely used as hat lining. In 1871, New Yorker Albert L. Jones patented single-sided corrugated board and the packaging industry started using it to wrap bottles and glass lanterns. A fortunate accident.

In 1890, a Brooklyn printer and paper bag manufacturer called Robert Gair accidentally invented the pre-cut box when he was printing paper bags and a metal ruler – which he used to crease bags -suddenly shifted, cutting the bags. Gair put two and two together and realized he could make pre-cut paperboard boxes by cutting and creasing paperboard in one operation.

In 1895 he applied his idea to corrugated cardboard and introduced the first corrugated cardboard box to the world. The world welcomed Gair’s corrugated cardboard boxes with open arms and it didn’t take long until wooden crates and boxes all over the world were being replaced with cardboard boxes.

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