FEFCO types explained... What is it? What does it look like?
THE FEFCO: A STAKEHOLDER
FEFCO is a non-profit organization based in Brussels that has represented the interests of the corrugated board industry since its foundation in 1952. Its work focuses on the technical and economic interests of the industry. For example, FEFCO publishes guidelines for the design of packaging goods.
To simplify communication between corrugated board manufacturers and their customers, FEFCO has also introduced the so-called FEFCOESBO code together with ESBO (European Solid Board Organization). An internationally valid code for standardizing and describing shipping packaging made of solid and corrugated board.
THE FEFCO ESBO CODE
This code is (usually) composed of four numbers. The first two refer to the basic design of the packaging - the basic type. The last two numbers, on the other hand, define its subordinate design.
Some box types are also variations of a basic type or a combination of two different box types. In these cases, the code is extended.
In the case of variations, the four-digit base code is supplemented by a hyphen and a further number (for example 0201-2). In the case of a combination, on the other hand, both base codes of the box types concerned are named and separated by a slash (for example 0204/0215).
THE FEFCO BASIC TYPES
Boxes with lids
This type of box consists of several parts - at least a top part (lid) and a base part (bottom). The upper part is put over the lower part or both parts are put over one body. Example: shoe boxes.
Sliding boxes are also called belt boxes and consist of several ring inserts and sleeves that can be slid into each other. The box rings are glued or stapled during manufacture.
Shape resistant boxes
This is a type of box that consists of two sides and a middle part that are joined together. This type is very stable, but time-consuming to erect.
Ready glued boxes
This type represents a one-piece box, which is delivered folded. The erection is very simple and done in seconds such as the boxes with crash lock base. Ready glued boxes are available with folded base or diagonal bend.