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    FEFCO code: the number for packaging

    Perhaps you are familiar with the popular folding carton 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 offers.

    Sophistication without coincidence

    Punched, grooved, perforated, with flaps and folds - have you ever noticed how cleverly 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 box with lid according to FEFCO code 0201." Everything is immediately clear. The four-digit number makes it easier for everyone involved to talk about packaging. This is because the FEFCO code, more precisely the FEFCO ESBO code, assigns a unique number to all standard packaging made of corrugated cardboard or solid board, regardless of size. The international code also describes how a box is assembled and how it is closed.

    FEFCO: the background

    Industry associations


    "FEFCO stands for Fédération Européenne des Fabricants de Carton Ondule, the European Federation of Corrugated Cardboard Manufacturers. It was founded in 1952 and is based in Brussels. Today, the official name is the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers. "ESBO" completes the abbreviation. It stands for European Solid Board Organisation, the European organisation for solid board.

    Communicate more easily

    Advantages of the FEFCO code

    Users, retailers and manufacturers can communicate more easily about packaging thanks to the standardised FEFCO code. Boxes are produced in a customised and standardised way. 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 field.

    What do the FEFCO codes mean?

    01 Rolls and sheets

    This refers to corrugated cardboard rolls and sheet blanks.

    02 Folding boxes

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

    03 Lidded boxes

    Also known as telescope boxes. Several parts, whereby the lid is usually placed over the bottom part.

    04 Folded sleeves and trays

    Blank to which side panels or lids are already attached to the base. Locking devices, handles and displays can be integrated.

    05 Sliding boxes

    Ring inserts and cuffs are slid into each other here. Also known as belt boxes.

    06 Moulded boxes

    Bestehen aus zwei Seitenteile und einem Mittelteil. Die Teile werden durch Drahtheftung verbunden.

    07 Finished glued boxes

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

    09 Interior fittings

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

    Example FEFCO code 0201

    Number for a standard folding carton with flaps.

    FEFCO: Closing boxes

    Gemäss FEFCO

    Closure with adhesive strips

    FEFCO also defines the appropriate, secure closure of packaging. There are several methods for this:


    • Flap gluing (hot or cold)
    • Adhesive tape bonding (as shown in the example)
    • Locking
    • Wire stitching

    Closure by wire stitching

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

    Tips for your packaging

    For every need

    Suitable packaging

    Standard packaging in accordance with the FEFCO ESBO code is suitable for many applications. Are you looking for the right packaging for your products?

    Play it safe

    Correct sealing

    Sealing packaging - not as easy as you might think. Find out how to seal safely and economically here:

    Know-how Guides

    Download FEFCO

    You can find the complete FEFCO catalogue on the website of the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers:

    Order your packaging according to FEFCO