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FEFCO Box Style Guide

What is the FEFCO box style guide

You may well be wondering who FEFCO is and what their style guide is or represents. FEFCO, or ‘The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers’, is an international, non profit organization which acts on behalf of the corrugated cardboard industry.

The FEFCO style guide is a simple and effective system created by FEFCO to discern between universal styles of corrugated boxes. Each box within FEFCO’s guide has a unique four digit code which allows it to be differentiated from the next. The first two digits of FEFCO’s code represent a box’s style category, whilst the second two digits represent a unique box style within a category. 0502, for example, is the code attached to the second style of box in the 05 category (Slide Type Boxes).

The section below contains all the box styles, constructions and design details relevant to Kite Packaging products, as stated by FEFCO (The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers)

Benefits of the FEFCO system

The FEFCO style guide is a tried and tested system which allows a user to easily discern between different styles of corrugated boxes. The FEFCO system boasts proven, successful designs and considers material efficiency. FEFCO products therefore minimise waste and subsequently costs. The organization’s numerical code is universal and dissolves any language barriers that may hinder the production or buying process. It also greatly improves a company's inventory management capabilities.  

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FEFCO : 01 Commercial rolls and sheets

Fefco 0100
Fefco 0110

FEFCO : 02 - Slotted type boxes

These consist of one piece with a glued, stitched or taped manufacturer's joint and top and bottom flaps. They are shipped flat, ready to use and require closing using the flaps provided.

Fefco 0200
Fefco 0201
Fefco 0202
Fefco 0203
Fefco 0204
Fefco 0205
Fefco 0206
Fefco 0207
Fefco 0208
Fefco 0209
Fefco 0210
Fefco 0211
Fefco 0212
Fefco 0214
Fefco 0215
Fefco 0216
Fefco 0217
Fefco 0218
Fefco 0225
Fefco 0226
Fefco 0227
Fefco 0228
Fefco 0229
Fefco 0230
Fefco 0231

FEFCO : 03 - Telescope type boxes

These consist of more than one piece and are characterised by a lid and/or bottom telescoping over the body of the box.

Fefco 0300
Fefco 0301
Fefco 0302
Fefco 0303
Fefco 0304
Fefco 0306
Fefco 0307
Fefco 0308
Fefco 0309
Fefco 0314
Fefco 0320
Fefco 0321
Fefco 0322
Fefco 0323
Fefco 0325
Fefco 0330
Fefco 0331
Fefco 0350
Fefco 0351
Fefco 0352

FEFCO : 04 - Folder-type boxes and trays

These usually consist of only one piece of board. The bottom of the box is hinged to form two or all side walls and the cover. Locking tabs, handles, display panels etc., can be incorporated in some designs.

Fefco 0400
Fefco 0401
Fefco 0402
Fefco 0403
Fefco 0404
Fefco 0405
Fefco 0406
Fefco 0409
Fefco 0410
Fefco 0411
Fefco 0412
Fefco 0413
Fefco 0415
Fefco 0416
Fefco 0420
Fefco 0421
Fefco 0422
Fefco 0423
Fefco 0424
Fefco 0425
Fefco 0426
Fefco 0427
Fefco 0428
Fefco 0429
Fefco 0430
Fefco 0431
Fefco 0432
Fefco 0433
Fefco 0434
Fefco 0435
Fefco 0436
Fefco 0437
Fefco 0440
Fefco 0441
Fefco 0442
Fefco 0443
Fefco 0444
Fefco 0445
Fefco 0446
Fefco 0447
Fefco 0448
Fefco 0449
Fefco 0450
Fefco 0451
Fefco 0452
Fefco 0453
Fefco 0454
Fefco 0455
Fefco 0456
Fefco 0457
Fefco 0458
Fefco 0459
Fefco 0460
Fefco 0470
Fefco 0471
Fefco 0472
Fefco 0473

FEFCO : 05 - Slide type boxes

These consist of several pieces of liners and sleeves sliding in different directions into each other. This group also includes outside sleeves for other cases.

Fefco 0501
Fefco 0502
Fefco 0503
Fefco 0504
Fefco 0505
Fefco 0507
Fefco 0509
Fefco 0510
Fefco 0511
Fefco 0512

FEFCO : 06 - Rigid type boxes

These consist of two separate end pieces and a body and require stitching or a similar operation before they can be used.

Fefco 0601
Fefco 0602
Fefco 0605
Fefco 0606
Fefco 0607
Fefco 0608
Fefco 0610
Fefco 0615
Fefco 0616
Fefco 0620
Fefco 0621

FEFCO : 07 - Dy glued cases

These consist of basically one piece, are shipped flat and ready to use by simple setting up.

Fefco 0700
Fefco 0701
Fefco 0703
Fefco 0711
Fefco 0712
Fefco 0713
Fefco 0714
Fefco 0715
Fefco 0716
Fefco 0717
Fefco 0718
Fefco 0747
Fefco 0748
Fefco 0751
Fefco 0752
Fefco 0759
Fefco 0761
Fefco 0770
Fefco 0771
Fefco 0772
Fefco 0773
Fefco 0774

FEFCO : 09 - Interior fitments

Products such as inside liners, pads, partitions, dividers etc, whether tied to Case Design or as singular items. Any shown number of panels is arbitrary and may be increased or decreased as required.

Coding of interior fitments
The following range of interior fitments is coded depending on the number of panels used, in any combination of shapes (for computer systems).

Fefco 0982/0999

Fefco 0900
Fefco 0901
Fefco 0902
Fefco 0903
Fefco 0904
Fefco 0905
Fefco 0906
Fefco 0907
Fefco 0908
Fefco 0909
Fefco 0910
Fefco 0911
Fefco 0913
Fefco 0914
Fefco 0920
Fefco 0921
Fefco 0929
Fefco 0930
Fefco 0931
Fefco 0932
Fefco 0933

International Fibreboard Casecode

This code which is prepared in collaboration with ESBO (The European Solid Board Organisation), contains a methodical presentation of all existing box design styles, a code number being assigned to each design. As a reference document, the code is used world-wide and it has been adopted by the United Nations.

Symbols used in drawings and computer systems.

Symbols used in drawings and computer systems

Case dimensions

Unless otherwise specified all dimensions are expressed as internal dimensions in mm as follows:

Length (L) x Breadth (B) x Height (H)

Length (L)  = the longer dimension at the opening
Breadth (B)  = the shorter dimension at the opening
Height (H)  = the dimension from the top of the opening to the base

The dimensions L B H are specified in each description of the case construction, for some models the numerical value of B can exceed the numerical value of L. Dimensions should be measured under standard climate conditions, on the flat blank from the centre of crease bearing the thickness of the material in mind.

For telescope type boxes the height (h) of the upper part (lid) should be given as a fourth measurement after an oblique stroke, i.e.

355 x 205 x 120/40 mm
(L) (B) (H)  (h)

For cases with overlapping outer flaps the length of the area of overlapping (o) should be given as a fourth measurement after an oblique stroke. i.e.

355 x 205 x 120/ 40 mm
(L) (B) (H)   (o)

Sheet dimensions

Unless otherwise specified, the dimensions of a corrugated sheet are expressed in mm as follows:

  • 1st dimension x 2nd dimension
  • 1st dimension=along the glue lines
  • 2nd dimension =across the glue lines

Style versions

Several case types may have derived versions without the necessity to create a new style. In this case a suffix should be added to the basic style number separated by a dash.

  • Example 0201-2
  • A version maybe unique to individual manufacturers.

Combination of types

The construction styles shown are of the basic types of fibreboard cases. If the ultimate construction is a combination of two or three basic models. e.g. flap arrangements, they may also be described as follows: Top flaps as 0204, Bottom flaps as 0215 This type may also be described as 0204/0215 (Top flaps. Bottom flaps).

Combination of types

Styles and the manufacturers joint

The drawing style layouts as shown in this Code may need to be re-arranged depending on the Manufacturers Joint chosen. Some styles may have a Manufacturers Joint which maybe glued, stitched or taped. A glued or stitched Joint may be an extension of either the short or the long panel. The sketches show how these would be indicated on a drawing:

Styles and the manufacturers joint

This applies to all designs in this Code.

Manual of Automated erection

Each design style includes one of the following indications

M - usually manual erection
A - usually automated erection
M/A - can be either manual or automated
M+A - requires a combination of both

These indications are based on current practice and are intented to give additional information to specifiers and users Some manually erected cases can be closed automatically (e.g : 0216 or 0712)

Effective Closure Of Boxes

Correct and effective closure of the packages is as important as the packaging construction itself.

The following methods of closure are possible either singly or in combination:

  • by gluing, cold or hot
  • by taping
  • by interlocking
  • by stiching

Closure by taping

This can be done according to the example shown

Closure by taping

Closure by stiching

This can be done according to the example shown:

Closure by stiching