The making of a box
A Jefferson Smurfit Group case study

Page 1: Introduction

This case study examines the means by which the Jefferson Smurfit Group’s basic product – the box – is designed and manufactured, considering the ways in which value is added at each step of the process, and how, with the central importance of recycling, the Group’s businesses are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner. In the early 1930’s, Jefferson...
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Page 2: Issues in box design

In designing a box, the elements of containment, protection and display – to varying degrees, depending on the use proposed – are paramount.A product manufacturer, in consultation with structural and graphic designers, must consider the degree of fragility of the product, what stresses and hazards the product is likely to encounter in packing, storage and shipping and to what extent...
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Page 3: Recycling waste paper

Waste paper is the second vital source for the fibre used in making boxes. This reclaimed fibre is known as secondary fibre, to distinguish it from the primary fibre which is provided by wood. Both types of fibre are needed and on average, 70 to 80 percent of the fibre used in the production of a box is this secondary, recycled fibre. Virgin fibre from wood pulp is always required, however...
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Page 4: Types of boxes

There are many different kinds of boxes, of course, but we will consider two main categories, determined by the type of paper board used in their construction.Corrugated Cases. Because of their strength, corrugated cases are the most common means of shipping goods from point of manufacture to point of sale. They are ordinarily used for shipping and storing sets of goods of the same size and...
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Page 5: Adding value

You will have noticed that in every step of the entire process outlined above – from waste paper collection and recycling and the timber forest, all the way through to the box which reaches the final consumer – value is constantly being added to input materials. When timber and waste paper are pulped, value is added. When this pulp is converted into paper, more value is added...
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Page 6: Conclusion

New and more efficient ways of manufacturing paper, corrugated packaging and cartons are constantly being sought – to serve the customer and the consumer better, as well as to protect and preserve natural resources. For this reason, the Jefferson Smurfit Group operates two dedicated research and development centres in Talence, France and Carol Stream in Chicago. These centres are responsible...
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