What is a Folding Carton?

Paperboard (also known as folding carton) is an excellent cost-effective, and consumer-friendly option for packaging a variety of products. Folding carton boxes are very flexible and compatible with many printing options and new processes. Here at EPB, we can provide several customizable paperboard box materials such as white paperboard, kraft, food-grade, CCNB, and SBS paperboard.

Scope of application:

Folding carton is a kind of widely used packaging. We Chinese also call it as foldable cardboard box. It is not only widely used as cosmetic products packaging, food packaging, electronic products packagings, apparel packaging box and so on. 

Folding Carton Styles: 

There are many folding carton styles. Such as: 1-2-3 bottom lock, Straight Tuck End Box, Pillow Box, 6 Corner Box etc. These are polular in super maket. 


Packaging folding carton has the advantages of low processing cost, convenient storage and transportation, suitable for all kinds of printing methods, and folding carton is suitable for automatic packaging, convenient for sale and display, good recycling and environmental protection.

Popular Material: 

SBS paperboard: 250gsm to 400gsm is a popularity during making the customized customize cardboard box. Its max thickness is 0.56mm.It’s commonly used for light item’s packagings. 

When you need more stronger, thicker paperboard, but not corrugated, then we can glue 2 pcs of paperboard together to reach your target weight of baring the products. Such as the tall cake boxes, generally, clients want them eco-friendly, but but their max spec gsm per square meter is only 450gsm, so we have to glue 2 pcs of 350gsm or 400gsm paperboard together. It is not only good looking than corrugated board boxes, and also can hold a heavy products like 5 lbs. 

Kraft paperboard: It can have 38gsm to 450gsm. The Below-250gsm kraft are generally used for paper bags, air paper pack, food bag etc. 

250gsm or above, can be suitable for a foldable box, or coating on a corrugated board by 250gsm. It has 1 side kraft or 2sides kraft paperboard. 1side is for coating boxes use, or cheaper target price used.  2sides kraft generally, more good looking, and suitable for more luxury paper boxes, bags etc.

Food Grade Cardboard: we have 220gsm, 245gsm, 261gsm, 275gsm, 310gsm, 350gsm,400gsm.

Generally, if for fried tray box, pillow box, burger boxes, these can use 220gsm to 245gsm is enough.such material is not bleached, don’t contain any fluorescer osphor, it’s eco-friendly, food contactable.surface finish is gernally using glossy varnish.  

CCNB paperboard: It is widely used for cheap market packaging & for corrugated box surface printing paper usage. Since it’s more soft than the SBS, C1S, Kraft paperboard. And inside is grey color, not coated in white. So it’s not good looking enough. Better for coating on corrugated boxes. Outside is coated in white, but compared with SBS, its color is not so pure white like SBS, it is more blue white or red white. When you are doing a corrugated mailer box or folding boxes, when your printing color is white, we suggest you choose the SBS paperboard. 

How much do cardboard boxes cost?

This is depending upon your requirements. however, its material is much cheaper than the corrugated box near me and rigid gift boxes. faster production and cost saving option. 

Anyway, it’s a long topic about paperboard boxes, let’s to be continued from our other pages.