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    FEFCO code: the number for packaging

    Perhaps you are familiar with the popular folding box with the code FEFCO 0201? We explain how exactly the four-digit code for corrugated and solid board packaging is made up and what advantages it brings.

    Sophistication without coincidence

    Die-cut, grooved, perforated, with flaps and folds – have you ever noticed how ingeniously a box is constructed? This does not happen by chance. Manufacturers of corrugated and solid board packaging adhere to the FEFCO code during production.

    "I need a folding carton with a lid according to FEFCO code 0201." Immediately everything is clear. The four-digit number makes it easier for everyone involved to talk about packaging. This is because the FEFCO code, or more precisely the FEFCO ESBO code, assigns a unique number to all standard corrugated or solid board packaging, regardless of size. The international code also describes how a box is assembled and how it is sealed.

    FEFCO: the background

    Industry Associations


    «FEFCO» stands for Fédération Européenne des Fabricants de Carton Ondule, in German: European Association of Corrugated Board Manufacturers. It was founded in 1952 and is based in Brussels. Today, the official name is: European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers. "ESBO" complements the abbreviation. It stands for European Solid Board Organization.

    Communicate more easily

    Advantages of the FEFCO Code

    Users, retailers and manufacturers can communicate more easily about packaging thanks to the uniform FEFCO code. Boxes are produced with dimensional accuracy and standardization. On this basis, you as a customer can formulate your individual change requests and receive exactly the packaging you need.

    Well sorted

    FEFCO in the Online Shop

    To help you find your way around our online shop quickly, we have catalogued our extensive range of standard boxes according to the FEFCO code. Simply enter your desired FEFCO number in the search.

    What do the FEFCO codes mean?

    01 Rolls and sheets

    This refers to corrugated board rolls and sheet blanks.

    02 Folding cartons

    Flat blank, ready to use, is closed with the help of flaps.

    03 Lidded boxes

    Also called slip-on boxes. Several parts, whereby the lid is usually put over the lower part.

    04 Folding sleeves and trays

    Cut-to-size with side walls or lids already attached to the bottom. Locking devices, handles, displays can be integrated.

    05 Sliding boxes

    Here, ring inserts and cuffs are pushed into each other. Also called belt boxes.

    06 Rigid boxes

    Consist of two side parts and a middle part. The parts are joined by wire stitching.

    07 Ready-glued boxes

    One-piece, foldable boxes, delivered folded, easy to erect.

    09 Interior fittings

    Partitions, walkways, inserts, compartments or upholstery, permanently integrated into the box or as separate elements.


    Example FEFCO code 0201

    Number for a standard folding carton with flaps.

    FEFCO: Sealing Boxes

    According to FEFCO

    Closure with adhesive strips

    FEFCO also defines the proper, secure closure of packaging. There are several ways to do this:


    • Tab bonding (hot or cold)

    • Adhesive strip bonding (as the example shows)


    • Wire stitching


    Closure by wire stitching

    The example shows the connection of the factory edge with a wire stitching.

    Tips for your packaging

    For every need

    Matching packaging

    Standard packaging according to the FEFCO ESBO code is suitable for many applications. Are you looking for the right packaging for your products?

    Play it safe

    Seal correctly

    Taping up packaging – not as easy as you might think. You can find out how to seal safely and economically here:

    Know-how Guides

    FEFCO for download

    The complete FEFCO catalogue can be found on the website of the European Corrugated Board Manufacturers' Association:

    Order your packaging according to FEFCO