A high-quality carton erector could revolutionise the way you do business, but even the best in the world couldn’t cope with a box bigger than an 18-wheeler truck. That was the size of the mammoth carton created in York in the USA that is now officially the world’s biggest cardboard box.
The giant box was built by workers from York Container in Pennsylvania as a way of marking the company’s six-decade anniversary. It measured 80 foot in length, 13 foot tall and was 40 feet wide, meaning that it was big enough to hold three tractor trailers.
Eight engineers spent a total of around 70 hours designing and preparing the box for building before in excess of 60 employees from the plant joined forces to put the giant box together. Now that is one big carton erector.
The result trounced the previous world record that had been set in 2009 by workers from American textbook rental company Chegg.com at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl in California. That box was 46 foot in length, nine foot tall and 20 foot wide.
The Chegg box had previously broken a record set just two weeks before in New York by a box measuring eight foot tall, 16 foot wide and 42 foot long.
The largest box is not the only cardboard record recognised by Guinness World Records. Paco Rabanne joined forces with Fiesta Kuwait Co and Habchi & Chalhoub Co to break the record for the planet’s biggest pyramid made of cardboard boxes. The structure, created in Kuwait in 2011, was made up of almost 60,000 perfume boxes. These were piled into 39 layers, creating an enormous pyramid.
There seems to be something about cardboard that inspires people to want to break and create records. In London, Giles Miller constructed the world’s biggest cardboard Christmas tree at the Design Museum. It was made up of 3,600 handmade cardboard pieces which had all been individually cut to the right size, and the tree ended up standing at around 20ft tall. Miniature versions were later created that were sold on to the public.
In 2013, almost 400 students from Duke University and members of the local community and staff helped create the biggest cardboard fort in the world. It featured 3,500 recycled boxes, beating the previous record of 3,204, was 16 foot tall and sat on an area that measured 70 foot by 70 foot.