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Bulk Distribution Carton Metric (BDCM) boxes and Bulk Distribution Cartons (BDC) are the industry standard for
the retail, clothing and catalogue trades to such an extent that many retailers
will only accept stock if packaged in a specified BDCM or BDC carton.
Our BDCM cardboard boxes are available in a range of standard sizes from BDCM 1
through to BDCM 4, with each box featuring a standard BDCM print (in black) on one
side that includes spaces for supplier, catalogue number, colour, size, quantity
and contact details. The Kite logo is printed on one of the bottom flaps.
Similarly, our BDC boxes come in sizes from BDC1 to BDC3. These have a slightly different print on one side, with space for gross weight, description and order number as well as the text shown on BDCMs.
The main difference between the 2 types is that BDCs are specified in inches, whereas BDCMs are specified in mm (hence 'Metric' in the name).
Each BDC/BDCM box is constructed from high quality single wall cardboard, resulting
in a sturdy, reliable carton. All box sizes are designed to fit well onto standard
size pallets to create level, stable loads ready for transportation and storage.
Order your fashion boxes from Kite Packaging in bulk for substantial savings.
Board grades are as follows:
We sell 4 standard sizes of BDCM boxes and 3 sizes of BDCs. These types of boxes are popular with the clothing industry and often specified by retailers.
Each size is delivered flat and can easily be assembled by taping the bottom flaps.
Once you’ve added your items to the box, it can be quickly labelled using the clear write-on panel.
Please note that this panel is slightly different on our BDC boxes.
Single wall cardboard boxes
General purpose boxes made from single wall cardboard, for packing, shipping & storage.
48mm (2 inch) packaging tape
General purpose packaging tape for various applications. Choose from 66m or cost-effective 150m rolls, and acrylic, hotmelt and solvent adhesives.
Small bubble wrap
General purpose bubble wrap. Made from small bubbles (10mm x 3.5mm).
The measurements of a cardboard box always refer to the internal dimensions of the carton (the usable space), not the external dimensions. Depending on the grade and fluting of the cardboard, the internal and external dimensions of a box can differ significantly.
The first dimension is always the longest opening dimension. The second dimension is the shortest opening dimension. The third dimension is the height (sometimes referred to as the "depth").
Remember to leave space for any extra padding you wish to use to protect your product. For example, if you are using bubble wrap to cushion the item then you should add at least 5mm to each dimension.
Corrugated cardboard consists of a corrugated sheet (the "fluting") that is glued to a flat sheet of paper (the "liner").
Cardboard boxes are made from corrugated board that has a liner on both the inside and outside of the fluting. The strength depends on the combination of the size of the fluting and weight of the paper.
A single sheet of fluting that is sandwiched between two sheets of paper is referred to as single wall cardboard. By adding a second sheet of fluting you get double wall cardboard which offers extra strength (suitable for heavier items, more resistant to crushing when stacked, better puncture resistance).
You can get cardboard in a variety of sizes of fluting, and each has its own benefits. Smaller the fluting means the cardboard will have more rigidity, whereas larger fluting offers better cushioning to your goods. Double wall cardboard is commonly made from 2 different sizes of fluting, so you get the benefits of both types.
If the fluting only has a liner on one side (leaving the other side as bare cardboard fluting) then it is referred to as single face board. It does not have the same strength or durability as other types of cardboard, but it is cheap to produce and is commonly used for padding and protection.
Cardboard boxes can be made from two different types of paper. Kraft paper is manufactured from softwood trees. Thanks to these "virgin" fibres it is both strong and easy to print on. This means it is commonly used for the outside liner paper of cardboard boxes.
Test paper is made using recycled paper. This means it is cheaper to manufacture but it gives the paper a mottled effect. It is commonly used to for the inner liner of cardboard boxes.
Many of our boxes have a multiscore feature, giving you the option to vary the depth of the box to a pre-scored dimension. As well as functioning like a standard cardboard box, they also have an extra crease on the inside of the box.
Simply cut the existing slots (between the flaps), fold along the pre-scored crease, and you create a shallower depth carton.
The diagram to the right illustrates a multiscore box. The blue dashed line is the full height of the box, where as the red dashed line is multiscore height. In this diagram we have already cut down between the two front flaps and folded the front side of the box to the new reduced height.
Some boxes have more than one multiscore depth, offering you a wide variety of box heights whilst only having to keep a single size of box in your warehouse.
Compare our most popular types of boxes in the table below:
We sell various types of boxes, from standard duty single wall to extra heavy duty.
Single wall boxes are identified by the prefix ‘CSW’.
Heavy duty Enviro-boxes have a clear ‘Enviro’ print on one of the flaps.
Double wall boxes have a code starting ‘CDW’.
Our single wall boxes have a single layer of corrugated board. They are our best value option for packing lightweight goods. Enviro-boxes are made from a thicker and more rigid single wall board. These are suitable for slightly heavier goods. Double wall boxes have 2 layers of corrugated board, making them our strongest general-use boxes.
How big is your product? Standard box dimensions are given in the order Length x Width x Height. Measure the length with a tape measure. Next, measure the width. Measure the height / depth.
Select a box that is slightly larger in all 3 dimensions. This will allow for extra padding to protect your product. You will need the INTERNAL dimensions of the box. Depending on the board grade, this could be up to 10mm less than the external dimensions. To check that your box is the correct size, measure the length, width and height on the INSIDE of the box. All dimensions provided for our boxes are internal.
Wrap your product in a suitable padding material and place inside the box. It should be a snug fit to prevent movement.
Close the box and seal with tape or strapping as required Consider our custom logo printed tape for a cheap branded sealing option.
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