Bespoke & Printed
Why is Branded Packaging Important?
There are many reasons why you may benefit from branding your packaging, here are a few key points.
- Environmental Statement
- Protection with tailored packaging
How to get started
We have worked with some of the UK’s top retail brands on bespoke and printed packaging. We work with businesses to understand their brand and the message they want to convey.
Our team of packaging experts are here to help, with 40+ years of experience and a passion for helping others – you can count on us. Pick up the phone and call 01264 598400 or use our online contact form here.
Use our brand new design tool to create your bespoke cartons!
Bespoke & Printing Cartons
Bespoke and printed boxes
Test Valley Packaging has decades of experience in solving complex packing issues.
- die-cut corrugated inserts to secure products
- moulded foam inserts
- moulded pulp inserts
- heavy duty corrugated board for heavy items
- die-cut boxes for quick assembly and fast packing
- eco-friendly alternatives to plastic
- reducing breakages in transit
Methods of print used for corrugated boxes
- Flexographic print
- Screen Print
You can find out more further down this page.
Solid board boxes are usually litho printed as they are thin enough to be printed in the same way as brochures etc.
Paper and Foam Inserts
Foam and paper based inserts
Printing Methods Explained
Printing Methods used for printing corrugated boxes
There are three principal methods of applying printed images to corrugated boxes; flexographic printing, screen printing and litho-laminating.
All three methods are commonly used, but serve different purposes and budgets.
Screen printing is a process of forcing ink through a tight screen which is mounted on a frame. The screen carries a stencil which defines the image area and is made of porous material which allows for full ink coverage on corrugated board. The board is generally screen printed prior to its conversion into a box or display. This method is ideal for those who desire a higher resolution image than flexo-printing provides. Full colour graphics are available using screen printing. This method is often used for retail packaging or POP displays and is appropriate for small or medium sized production runs.
This is the most common method of printing on corrugated board and is often executed on the same machine and at the same time in-line as it converts a corrugated pad into a box. Flexography uses flexible rubber or polymer plates to transfer an image onto corrugated much like a mechanized rubber stamp. Fast-drying, water-based inks are generally used, which allow for fast running speeds. The print quality is dependent on many variables, and is influenced by the absorbency of the material being printed. By nature, corrugated material is highly absorbent and thus flexo printing is not recommended for high definition graphics. For straight text or 1-2 colour graphical images, this method is ideal. Flexographic printing is very economical and is utilized in large or small production runs.
The method of litho-laminating involves the printing of a sheet of paper by an offset printer. The printed paper is later glued to the corrugated board using a water-based adhesive. The litho-laminated board is then converted into the box. This process results in very high definition, sharp images with the ability to produce bright colours. Litho-laminated boxes are appropriate for those who are looking for a high quality finish to their corrugated packaging and is often used for retail packaging or Point-of-Sale displays. This method is most suited to larger production runs.
Solid Board Boxes
Solid board can be litho printed in the same way as brochures and leaflets, so these can be printed with any design full colour.
The Design Process
A brief overview of the design process
We create a cutter guide which is a line version of your carton as a template to put your design on.
We add the branding and content, which is then sent across to the client for approval and once they are happy the design is signed off for production.
Once the artwork has been signed off the design is turned into a physical stereo allowing the bespoke carton to go into production ready for delivery.
All orders are subject to minimum order quantities