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Corrugated packaging combines structural rigidity with cushioning qualities to protect heavy or fragile contents from damage.

* Cushions products throughout the supply chain

* Stacking strength helps to stabilize contents

* Using innovative designs, boxes can be right-sized to any product

Before a product makes its way into the hearts and minds of consumers, it has to arrive in perfect condition. Corrugated packaging combines structural rigidity with cushioning qualities to protect contents from damage. One of the reasons it works so well is found in its basic construction, which uses a middle layer of fluting to absorb impact.

Architects have known for thousands of years that a curved arch is the strongest way to span a given space. The inventors of corrugated fiberboard applied this same principle to paper when they put arches in the corrugated medium. These arches are known as flutes, and they enable corrugated to resist bending and pressure from all directions.

These flutes are little engineering marvels and a key to corrugated’s protective qualities. The arches form rigid columns, capable of supporting a great deal of weight while cushioning the container’s contents. The flutes also serve as insulators, providing some product protection from sudden temperature changes.

Combining high-tech engineering and the versatility to custom-design every package for its particular contents and shipping requirements, corrugated’s cushioning quality is matched by its stacking strength, preventing damage in transit.

Find more information on flutes and package design in the Fibre Box Handbook, available for purchase here.

Corrugated boxes are designed to meet your specific needs.

Keeping it Clean

Corrugated packaging is a clean, single-use container that can reduce the transfer of harmful bacteria from one shipment to the next. This, too, has been proven in multiple scientific studies. Recent research has been conducted by third-party university professors and affiliated laboratories, and included a field survey and controlled laboratory studies that investigated and provided evidence to support the cleanliness of corrugated packaging. See more below:

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Why was this resarch undertaken?

Available Research

Microbial Risk Assessment

RPC Sanitation Testing & Research

Corrugated Sanitation Testing & Research

Extended Shelf Life

Biofilms and Attachment Research

Pathogen Transfer Research

Food Safety


Steven Ricke, PhD

Director, Center for Food Safety Institute of Food Science and Engineering, University of Arkansas

Maryann Sanders

Senior Regulatory Compliance Specialist / Microbiologist, Haley and Aldrich

Trevor Suslow, PhD

Produce Safety Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

Keith Warriner, PhD

Food Safety and Quality Assurance Director, University of Guelph



Dennis Colley

President & CEO, Fibre Box Association

John Mullinder

Executive Director, The Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC)

Allen Kirkpatrick

Executive Director, Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA)

Sergio Farfán

Executive Director, National Association of Manufacturers of Corrugated and Solid Fiber Boxes and Packaging in Mexico (ANFEC)