Corrugated Cardboard Vs. Chipboard

22 Nov.,2022


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Using corrugated cardboard is definitely, in some cases, an eco-friendly solution that provides strength. However, we can do better than that by using chipboard. Not only does chipboard use less material, but it can also bear load capacities that are larger than corrugated cardboard.

What is Chipboard typically used for?

Chipboard boxes are ideal for smaller, lighter, or oddly shaped objects. These boxes are thinner and discrete so that it can take up less space during shipping. You may also find chipboard boxes used as separators on the inside of larger corrugated boxes.

What is Corrugated typically used for?

These boxes are perfect for industrial shipping of bulk items. It is even suited for heavy, large, or fragile items thanks to its multiple layers and folds. Its durability also makes it perfect for re-usability, which is why many people use it to for shipping and storing product or for moving.


Corrugated cardboard is created by sandwiching a flute made of medium between two sheets of linerboard. This takes up a lot more space in your inventory.

Whether you’re using a single, double, or triple wallboard, you need your inventory to accommodate the space corrugated cardboard takes up. The most common corrugated cardboard is “C” flute and tends to be 5/32” or about 4 mm thick.

Chipboard is extremely straightforward in comparison. Wood fibers are used to create one layer of chipboard and can vary when it comes to thickness. For example, the common 40” x 48” chipboard pad is only .022 (22 pts).

In a lot of cases, Chipboard and Corrugated are working together in order to keep your products safe in transit and ready for the retail shelf!

Watch this machinery video on Combi Bewpack Carrier and Case Former Inserter. Combi has designed a multi-function solution for your bottles. The chipboard is not only perfect for retail packaging, but for protecting and separating out the bottles. The corrugated box is used to snug around the bundle of cases to make shipping and storing safe and easy!


The key is knowing what type of material is best for shipping, storing, and showcasing your products. It could be chipboard, corrugated or even both as shown in the video above. Chipboard wins on every level when it comes to saving on inventory space, and price comparisons, but in the end, corrugated boxes are the most preferred for shipping applications. Not only are they more durable to ship heavy items, but they can be reused and re-purposed many times.

Hopefully, we’ve cleared up any confusion you might be facing when deciding between corrugated cardboard and chipboard boxes. Both provide extra support to ensure the integrity of your products, and of course, both can be customized to suit the needs of your business perfectly.

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