Corrugated cardboard: demand expected to increase in 2023

In 2023, the demand for corrugated cardboard increased considerably: it has always been relegated to a simple packaging material and today it is one of the undisputed protagonists of the packaging trends of the current year. According to reports by Smithers Pira, the global giant in the packaging, paper and printing sector, the amounts invested in its production continue to increase, demonstrating the strong interest of the supply chain in this material. No longer just classic boxes and packaging: cases, packs, industrial packaging and displays will see its entry as a leading material for their production, rediscovering its properties and advantages.

What is corrugated cardboard?

The construction of corrugated cardboard is the result of a set of highly technological operations. Composed of two sheets of flat paper (covers) and one or more sheets held together by natural glues, it is generally covered with extremely resistant Kraft paper.  The final product therefore constitutes a real natural shock absorber, perfect for the creation of cardboard boxes involved in the safeguarding and transport of articles. Furthermore, unlike other packaging materials, corrugated cardboard is able to repel humidity, confirming itself as the ideal packaging for all those products that need to withstand long shipping periods.

Cost savings and respect for the environment

One of the reasons for the rediscovery of corrugated cardboard can be traced back to the exponential increase in delivery and e-commerce, the use of which has been converted from a simple convenience to a consolidated habit. Corrugated cardboard is in fact a very rigid but always light type of cardboard, perfect for packaging and shipping of any kind. 100% recyclable, it also guarantees considerable economic savings: in fact, over 80% of the fibers used for its production derive from recycled material. Over the years, this strong focus on sustainability policies has convinced several companies to use corrugated cardboard on a large scale, from packaging boxes to single product packaging. Its indisputable properties have favored its use in various industrial sectors: from the food sector, where it is used as packaging for beverages, fresh foods and dairy products, to the cosmetic sector where the demand for hygiene products continues to increase.

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