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While the ability of your packaging (i.e., cardboard boxes) to protect your products in transportation is crucial, adopting printed cardboard printed packaging may also have a significant brand and commercial benefits.

What kind of print should you go with?

Our packaging printing company will explain the four primary forms of printing available for cardboard transport, retail, and e-commerce packaging and which is best for your business across two articles. You’ll discover:

  • The four most common styles of print on cardboard packaging
  • The advantages and disadvantages of each approach
  • Suitability for a variety of markets and applications

Which is best for your business?

Continue reading below to get started. Alternatively, please contact us, and we would be pleased to help with any queries you may have.

Why does it matter how you print your boxes?

Your company’s brand – and how people perceive it – is critical.

  • It helps in attracting new business. 
  • It helps in the maintenance of connections and consumers. 
  • It makes your items stand out amid a sea of competitors and alternatives.
  • It provides you with a distinct advantage.

It might mean the difference between increasing sales and losing market share at the end of the day, and it’s risky to make a mistake with your packaging artwork.

In truth, printed cardboard packaging serves as more than just a means of protecting your items during the shipping and transit procedure. It is increasingly being used to promote your products, advertise businesses, and raise brand recognition.

There are a variety of print possibilities available to do this and make your packaging as eye-catching as possible. However, each print process has its own set of advantages (and disadvantages). Choosing the proper one may significantly impact your packaging’s success.

Options for Printed Cardboard Packaging

The standard options when manufacturing printed cardboard packaging

Here are the options you should think about, in no particular order:

  • Screen print
  • Flexographic (flexo) print
  • Printed on litho (lithographic)

The rest of this article goes through the specifics of screen print each of these advantages and their benefits. There will be a printing choice that exactly meets your packaging project’s demands, whether you want high or low volume printing runs.

Printing using silkscreen

For bold graphics and low volumes. This is a simple print procedure.

Silkscreen printing is one of the most basic and classic types of printing. Printed cardboard packaging can still be made using it. It’s a printing method that uses a mesh to transfer ink onto a surface. This method, despite its simplicity, can generate high-quality single or two-colour pictures. Stencils are used in silkscreen printing (or multiple stencils if using more than one colour in the artwork).

This method impounds a design onto polyester or fine mesh screen. The blank sections are covered with an impermeable substance that prevents ink from passing through, whilst the image area is formed of a porous material that allows for complete ink coverage on the substrate.

Using a fill blade, ink drives through a screen on a frame during printing (or squeegee). Before being converted into a box or display, the board is usually screen printed when used to pack products. This method has the advantage of producing a better resolution image than many other methods.

Advantages of screen-printed cardboard packaging 

  • This method is cost-effective for lower-volume print runs.
  • Creates a high-resolution picture on corrugated cardboard.
  • Prints on various materials, including cardboard, plastic, and Correx®.
  • It makes long-lasting images that don’t rub off easily.

Make sure to tune into part 2 of our “Selecting Suitable Printed Cardboard Packing” to learn more about flexo and litho print. We manufacture plain and printed cardboard packaging. No quantity is too small or too large for Tams Packaging. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.