Comprehensive guide to all FEFCO layouts
If you are looking for a simple, low cost corrugated cardboard box to be tailored to your product, GWP Packaging can supply industry standard cartons and boxes to the internationally recognised FEFCO designs. This allows you take advantage of a wide range of tried and tested box designs.
The ‘International Fibreboard Case Code Catalogue’ was developed by FEFCO as an official system referring to fibreboard packaging by replacing long descriptions with symbols that are recognised internationally.
FEFCO Codes: a guide to all of the FEFCO standards
Please see below for full details of the FEFCO box standards currently available.
These have been split into the various categories as proposed by FEFCO, and are listed in numerical order. For a description of these different categories / styles, please see the section on “Description of basic type groups”.
You can also use the table of contents below / to the right in order to jump straight a specific style category.
Why choose to use FEFCO box standards for your packaging?
Besides custom designed packaging products, you can choose industry standard cartons produced to the internationally recognised FEFCO layouts. An experienced in house design team at GWP Packaging can further tailor your cartons to any size and strength, ensuring that they suit any product or item.
Besides this, GWP Packaging can also enhance your packaging in a number of ways. This includes, amongst others, specialists coatings, printing and inserts.
In addition to this, making use of standard FEFCO packaging manufactured by GWP offers a wide range of benefits by default:
Key benefits of FEFCO packaging
- Proven, successful designs
- Can be tailored to any size required
- Guaranteed performance
- Wide range of options for various applications
- Low tooling costs
- Efficient use of material, minimising waste and costs
- Fully customisable with specialist coatings, inserts and printing
- Advice and guidance on the best solution for your business if required
Download a free PDF covering all the FEFCO Codes in a handy, quick reference guide
For a quick and easy reference guide, please use the links below to download the full FEFCO Catalogue. Both a full and print friendly version are available.
Alternatively, please continue reading below for details / diagrams of all the FEFCO styles currently available.
FEFCO 0100 Styles
Commercial rolls and sheets
The following diagrams showcase the typical commercial rolls and sheets available.
FEFCO 0200 Styles
Slotted-type boxes consist of basically one piece with a glued, stitched or taped manufacturers joint and top and bottom flaps. They are shipped flat, ready to use and require closing using the flaps provided.
FEFCO 0300 Styles
Telescope-type boxes consist of more than one piece and are characterised by a lid and/or bottom telescoping over the body of the box.
FEFCO 0400 Styles
Folder-type boxes and trays
Folder-type boxes and trays 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 0500 Styles
Slide-type boxes 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 0600 Styles
Rigid type boxes
Rigid-type boxes consist of two separate end pieces and a body and require stitching or a similar operation before they can be used.
FEFCO 0700 Styles
Ready glued cases
Ready-glued cases consist of basically one piece, are shipped flat and ready to use by simple setting up.
FEFCO 0900 Styles
Interior fitments 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.
Styles, joints, diagram views and other supporting information
Please see below for supporting information regarding the FEFCO box standards / diagrams highlighted above.
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at GWP so we can help.
Please note: the layouts of the styles in this code are always viewed from the inside of the case.
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 climatic 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)
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
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.
A version may be 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 0204, Bottom flaps as 0215
This type may also be described as 0204/0215 (Top flaps. Bottom flaps)
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 may be glued, stitched or taped. A glued or stitched Joint may be an extension of either the short or the long panel.
Manual or 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 intended to give additional information to specifiers and users. Some manually erected cases can be closed automatically (e.g: 0216 or 0712)
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
FEFCO - Meaning & Background
Corrugated cardboard box standards
FEFCO refers to The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers and represents the umbrella organisation for the European Corrugated Board Industry.
Aimed at providing expertise and support, FEFCO actively ensures that members are informed about developments that may affect the corrugated packaging industry.
FEFCO box styles can be manufactured to a simple length, breadth and height (l,b,h) measurement and to a huge range of designs.
All FEFCO style packaging is of course manufactured from corrugated cardboard, which is universally accepted for recovery and recycling.
Sourcing FEFCO Styles through GWP
GWP Packaging also have an extensive library of standard carton designs developed over many years, ensuring that if a specific FEFCO layout is not 100% perfect, you can benefit from a packaging solution that fulfils your exact requirements.
Widely used for their strength, durability, lightness, recyclability, and cost-effectiveness, corrugated boxes and packaging manufactured by GWP are used in an extensive range of industries.
Due to the safety of packaging and their ability to handle the pressure that comes with stacking, it makes them ideal for easy transportation of various consumer goods and industrial components /products alike.
Usually providing the outer protection for a product, your corrugated boxes can be enhanced through the use of additional corrugated inserts (for example Corri Spring), foam end caps and other forms of cushioning and void fill.
GWP can further enhance the exterior of your corrugated cardboard box depending on its intended application.
You can add branding and graphics for retail packaging, whilst also providing identification and instructions for transit packaging.
Common questions regarding FEFCO packaging products
It might be that you are not sure which FEFCO style to use for your business. Perhaps you are interested to know what material options work well with FEFCO layouts. Maybe you just want to know what FEFCO stands for? All of this, and other common questions, are answered below.
Can’t find the answer to your specific question? Please contact a member of the GWP team on 01793 754 444 or email [email protected] for further assistance.
Who or what are FEFCO?
FEFCO is the abbreviated name of The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers. It is a non-profit organisation that represents the interests of the corrugated packaging industry across Europe. It’s focus is to address a wide range of issues, covering everything from technical topics to economical questions.
What does FEFCO stand for?
FEFCO is an acronym for Fédération Européenne des Fabricants de Carton Ondule. Translated into English (the original being in French) this is the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers.
What are FEFCO “styles”?
FEFCO styles are a collection of standard box and carton designs catalogued by FEFCO, and widely used throughout the corrugated packaging industry. These tried and trusted box styles can help to reduce design times whilst also providing guaranteed performance levels and usability.
How many options are there within the FEFCO Styles catalogue?
There are just short of 200 different box and carton styles within the FEFCO catalogue, providing a wide range of transit and retail packaging options. Some of the styles cover inserts rather than outer cartons, meaning that they can be used in combination with other layouts in the FEFCO styles catalogue.
What are the different FEFCO classifications?
Within the range of (almost) 200 box styles, there are a number of different categories, in order to help make selecting a suitable box style easier. This includes slotted type boxes (0200), telescopic (0300), folder type boxes / trays (0400), slide type boxes (0500), rigid (0600), ready glued (0700) and interior fittings (0900).
Can I get custom sizes / printed FEFCO cartons?
Most packaging manufacturers – including GWP Packaging – will be able to produce any FEFCO style in a custom size to suit your application, as well as providing further enhancements such as surface coatings and printed logos / graphics etc. And if none of the FEFCO styles are 100 percent perfect for your specific requirements, GWP can create completely bespoke packaging designs tailored to your business.
Are FEFCO styles used only with corrugated materials?
FEFCO styles are generally used with corrugated cardboard material. However certain styles can be used with other materials, in particular solid card / box-board, and even Correx® corrugated plastic.
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If you have found the perfect FEFCO standard layout for your application, or just need some advice on the best solution for your specific application, please contact a member of our team here at GWP.