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26/06/2020 Quoc Anh Bui

Essentials of Packaging

understanding packaging

Here are some of the questions you can expect to be asked and how it helps us to give you the best possible solution:

1. Where is it going and what do you want to achieve?

          • End-use or application is essential to establish ideal stocks and finishes.
          • Advise the contents and weight to ensure form meets function.


2. How many colours can you print on the carton?

          • We print up to 5 colours in 1 pass (more available on request).


3. What finishes / looks are available?

          • Gloss & Matt Laminate, Gloss & Matt Varnish.
          • Spot or raised varnishes and a range of foil options are available.


4. Can the carton have windows or intricate designs?

          • Absolutely – we encourage you to explore the range of options.
          • Windows, open cut boxes and intricate designs are all possible.


5. Can you provide me a design if I don’t already have one?

          • Our designers can create innovative and functional packaging designs.
          • The weight of contents, travel requirements or intended use of the packaging will have an impact on choice of designs.


6. What is the maximum size we can print & fold for cartons?

          • Max print area for folded cartons when flat is 520mm x 720mm
          • Max print area for smaller intricate folded cartons is 390mm x 540mm


7. How long will my order take?

          • Approx 15 working days (3 weeks) from artwork approval.
          • May vary dependent upon the size and complexity of the order.
          • Large volumes may be required to be shipped taking up to 8 weeks.


8. What stocks are available?

          • Range of standard materials available.
          • Specialty stocks and materials are able to be sourced.


9. How many cartons should I order?

          • Provide a range based on periodic or expected usage.
          • Allow for sea or air-freight options and timing.


10. Will I be able to get a sample to check before ordering?

          • Generally no – but a die-line sample can be provided.
          • Because packaging is 3 dimensional we encourage everyone to create a mock-up of the finished design. It is amazing what you can miss when you look only at a flat design.


11. What is your budget or current price for the cartons?

          • We aim to be great value and cost competitive.
          • Providing current pricing, budget or expectation ensures we take this into consideration when quoting or recommending alternatives.