At AP&B, we understand the importance of choosing the right type of cardboard for your shipping and general use boxes. Different types of cardboard offer varying levels of durability, flexibility, and protection for your goods. 

Below, you'll discover a comprehensive overview of the most common cardboard types used in the industry:

B-Flute Cardboard

B-flute cardboard is characterized by its medium thickness and high stacking strength. It has a greater resistance to punctures and provides excellent cushioning, making it suitable for shipping heavier items or those requiring extra protection.


  • Heavy-duty shipping boxes
  • Electronics packaging
  • Furniture packaging

E-Flute Cardboard

E-flute cardboard is thinner than B-flute but offers better printability and a smoother surface. It provides adequate protection for lightweight or fragile items and is commonly used for retail packaging due to its attractive appearance.


  • Retail packaging
  • Display boxes
  • Cosmetic packaging

C-Flute Cardboard

C-flute cardboard strikes a balance between B-flute and E-flute in terms of thickness and strength. It offers good stacking strength and cushioning properties, making it versatile for various shipping and packaging needs.


  • Food packaging
  • Apparel boxes
  • Consumer goods packaging

Single Wall vs. Double Wall Cardboard

Single Wall:

  • Consists of one layer of corrugated medium between two layers of linerboard.
  • Lighter and more economical, suitable for less fragile items and shorter shipping distances.

Double Wall:

  • Comprises two layers of corrugated medium separated by three layers of linerboard.
  • Offers enhanced strength and durability, ideal for heavy or delicate items and long-distance shipping.

Specialty Cardboard

Apart from the commonly used flute types, there are specialty cardboards available with unique characteristics tailored for specific applications, such as moisture resistance, static control, or flame retardancy.


  • Hazardous material packaging
  • Temperature-sensitive product packaging
  • ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) sensitive equipment packaging

Ensure Top-Notch Shipping Boxes with AP&B

At AP&B, we provide a wide range of cardboard options to meet your specific packaging requirements. Whether you need sturdy shipping boxes or attractive retail packaging, we have the expertise to assist you in selecting the right cardboard type for your needs.

Contact us today to learn more about our cardboard solutions and how we can help optimize your packaging processes.

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