Revolutionary: an open cardboard box. Image by Jocic (via Shutterstock).
Take a trip to your nearest supermarket. Try to imagine how the shelves would look without cardboard boxes. Imagine seeing your cereals, washing powder, dishwasher tablets or ready meals, without the joys of cardboard. Today, it is an absolute must, not only for the customer but also for the supplier, in the shipment of your everyday goods.
At one time, there was an era without cardboard boxes. Merchandise was carted in wooden boxes. Though robust, the extra weight didn’t allow portability. Cue the cardboard box. Once finished with, the boxes can be reused or recycled easily. This was apparent by the late-1950s when the road haulage industry stole a march on rail freight. The arrival of small, privately-owned haulage firms, an emerging motorway network, and a consumer boom, was a perfect storm for our industry.
Pleated paper was patented in England in 1856. On the 20 December 1871, a form of boxboard – the forerunner of today’s cardboard boxes – was patented by Albert Jones, in New York City as a packaging material. In 1890, Robert Gair invented the pre-cut paperboard box. The rest, as they say…
As a shipping material, it began to take off, for example with the storage of fragile items (without bruising or scratching). Coupled with polystyrene, it’s a dependable material for storing electrical goods and toys. There are many styles of boxes which include:
RSC (Regular Slotted Container): a run-of-the-mill cardboard box showing score lines, slots and a manufacturer’s joint;
HSC (Half Slotted Container): like a regular slotted container, though with a single set of flaps;
FOL (Full Overlap): fully overlapping flaps, which offers extra protection in transit;
Full Telescope Box: two telescoping sections often bound with staples, die-cast locks or adhesive;
Partial Telescope Box: top telescopes partially over the bottom, often used for holding printer paper.
Cardboard has been a boon for takeaway businesses. It is used as a biodegradable alternative to light polystyrene and plastic containers. No pizza is complete without its cardboard packaging, nor the sleeve of a take-out coffee.
Where We Come In
We at Romiley Board Mill have a proud history, stretching back over 100 years. Along with our parent company (Preston Board and Packaging, at their base in Lancashire), we specialise in manufacturing cardboard and chipboard. Our products also include postal tubes and cardboard boxes.
We oversee the production of each box from wood pulping to distribution. Our 22-acre site is on the banks of the Peak Forest Canal and close to Romiley town centre. We are well-connected with the M60 motorway. Everything we do is in-house, and we aim to exceed clients’ expectations.
If you have any further queries, why not talk to us on 0161 430 6061, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be delighted to help you and respond to your enquiries as soon as possible.