Printing on Corrugated Boxes 

Printing on corrugated boxes—so many options.

There are many options to choose from when printing on corrugated materials and each can be well suited depending on the final product’s intended use and aesthetic. Understanding the function, quality, budget, and timing of the project will help determine the best printing process for an optimal result.

There are three ways printed graphics can be applied to a corrugated box.

• Pre-printing

• Litho-labeling

• Direct printing

The pre-printing process is simple and effective. The linerboard that is on the outside of the corrugated material is printed before being laminated and turned into a corrugated sheet. This process is great for large runs, as it costs a lot to set up, but this is a great option if you are in need of a few hundred thousand boxes that have the same image.

Litho-labeling refers to printing on a label and using a lithographic printing press. The label is then glued to the board. This process appears like photo image quality and is often used on retail boxes. It’s a great way to get high-end graphics on a sturdy board.

Direct printing defines the method in which the corrugated material is printed directly onto the linerboard, then die cut. This process is an economic way to print small and large runs with multiple colors.

Direct Printing – This where the corrugated is printed, directly onto the liner board, then die cut. This process is an economic way to print small and large runs, with multiple colors.

At Korpack, we offer 4-color process prototype cartons or small runs utilizing state-of-the-art digital printers that print directly on almost any substrate. Ready to learn more about our printing options for corrugated boxes? Contact us today, we’re happy to help!