So you have decided to add some corrugated paper to your Holmes Mann shopping list. You already know that it is an extremely effective packaging material that can be used for a multitude of purposes, but have you ever thought about why it is so good for the job, how it is made or what it was originally intended for? Read on for the answers to all of your corrugated woes.
This type of paper was first patented in England in 1956 and was created using an extremely simple hand-operated machine. The resulting product was used to line tall hats. An American, Albert L Jones, was the first to use it as a wrapping material.
In its most basic form, it has hardly changed at all over the years — something that is testament to its ingenious design and unrivalled packaging properties.
How Is It Made?
There is not much hand-rolling going on these days, and yet the idea is still the same. Machinery now takes the strain — something that is essential given the many uses this material now has.
One of its most prolific uses is in the creation of corrugated board, made up of three layers glued together. This offers much more strength than a single layer, helped in no small part by the weight-bearing potential of the interconnecting arches.
One of the lesser-known benefits of this type of paper and board is its effectiveness at regulating temperatures — something that can be extremely important when packaging heat- or cold-sensitive products. The arches provide space for air to flow, offering a great form of insulation.
Corrugated paper is renowned for being durable, versatile and lightweight. It is easy to store in bulk and can be recycled easily. It can even be shredded in-house to provide yet another form of packaging material.
It can obviously be used to make boxes for storage and transportation, but its uses don’t end there. It is commonly used to make children’s toys, from building blocks to playhouses, and is used in the creation of contemporary furniture.
Its decorative function can also not be ignored. There are many children’s craft projects that simply would not look the same without the corrugated effect. Once you have finished packaging all your parcels at work, how about heading home to the kids and trying some out? Dip a corrugated edge in some blue paint for a great wave-effect picture, or go to town creating everything from pencil holders to plant pots. Now that’s what we call a versatile packaging material!