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Cardboard boxes are one of the most versatile, strong and adaptable storage mediums, able to be personalised to a brand’s needs with the help of cardboard box printers.

Cardboard boxes are seen to store packaging of all sizes, from small boxes of staples to entire furniture suites. But what is the largest box to have ever been made?

The current record holder, according to Guinness World Records, goes to Dutch company Smurfit Kappa Van Dam, who built a box 40 metres long, 20 metres wide and 20 metres high to celebrate the company’s 105th anniversary.

According to the company’s website, the box alone weighs 1.4 metric tonnes and is held together with over 3000 staples and 100 metres of double-sided tape.

They beat the previous record set in 2014 by York Container in Pennsylvania, United States, who made a box 24 metres in length, 12 metres wide and nearly 4 metres high, which was bigger than a lorry and could hold three tractor-trailers inside it.

The largest cardboard box record has been surprisingly competitive, as the previous record was set five years before that in the Rose Bowl in California, where a textbook rental company made a box that was 14 metres long, six metres wide and just under three metres high.

Part of the reason it is such a competitive record is partly due to ever-improving techniques for building cardboard strong enough to take its own weight and the weight of anything in it, as well as the effortless way you can recycle the attempts.

Within fourteen days the world record box had been converted into smaller boxes as part and parcel for the business.