The materials: Plastic cases, cardboard boxes and wooden cases
At LESER, there are hardly any wishes left in terms of materials and design possibilities. But on the way to your individual packaging there are some important questions to clarify in advance:
- What materials should my box or case be made of?
- What should my product packaging look like?
Depending on the requirements and your individual ideas, you can get a clearer picture of your desired packaging at this point. Because the materials are already a first important factor on the way to your sales packaging. Below is a brief introduction to the various materials and coatings.
The body - The basic framework of the packaging
The body forms the basis of your boxes or cases. It is made of stable base materials and then usually refined with one of our various coatings. In general, we distinguish between 3 different materials:
While plastic cases are typically being manufactured in large quantities by injection molding, cardboard boxes are often economically viable in smaller quantities. Both the plastic packaging and the cardboard packaging are manufactured at our site in Lahr in the Black Forest. Wooden cases are usually of very high quality and are made by our employees manually. Find out more later!
Plastic boxes and plastic cases
The starting material for the production of our molded plastic packaging represents the plastic polystyrene. By means of this injection molding method, the plastic is being processed into plastic cases or plastic boxes. For this purpose, the granules are heated, liquefied, and then brought into the form under pressure by using the injection mold. The granules are previously mixed in the right proportions to ensure the perfect product properties. In addition, this circumstance also allows an extremely flexible color design of the plastic packaging. In addition to plain colors we are therefore also able to manufacture plastic packaging made of translucent, light-transmitting material. So you can see the packaged product already from the outside, creating an anticipation of giving presents.
Despite their thin outer walls, plastic packaging is very dimensionally stable, a clear advantage over cardboard packaging. Basically, we differentiate between 3 types of products in the plastics sector:
- plastic boxes
- plastic cases
- coated plastic cases
The term plastic case means a one-piece plastic packaging with a fixed lid, which usually has a folding mechanism with spring mechanism. The plastic box, however, is a two-piece plastic packaging and therefore consists of a lower part and a separate lid. A rather exotic variant in the field of plastics is the coated plastic case. Since the body is relatively cheap to produce in large quantities, the coating in this area represents a high-quality option. The possibilities are almost limitless at this point. However, a number of leather imitations are especially popular. In addition, this combination allows additional padding between the plastic body and the cover, whereby a particularly high-quality feel is achieved.
In addition to the classic plastic packaging, LESER GmbH can also boast technical innovations. Because our portfolio has been expanded by a worldwide novelty. Since 2011, we`ve been producing packaging that is made from corn starch with our series Earth and thus is made from 100% bioplastics.
Video Serie Earth | LESER
The video describes the production of the cases and the sustainable way along the entire value added chain!
Purchase quantities in the plastics sector
In the case of plastic boxes and plastic cases, the dimensions are generally strongly focused on the jewelry sector. It covers sizes from the finger ring to the watch to the necklace. Thanks to production at the Lahr site, a quick customer delivery is possible depending on the delivery quantity. Of course, the production of plastic packaging only makes economic sense from a certain purchase quantity. From this amount, the plastic boxes, however, are effectively and rapidly produced. Thanks to existing injection molds in certain standard sizes, however, we are also able to produce plastic packaging in smaller quantities, from about 2000 pieces.
Cardboard cases and cardboard boxes
Cardboard cases and cardboard boxes, on the other hand, can be produced cheaply in much smaller quantities at our cardboard production in Lahr. After a certain quantity, the entire production process runs automatically. Depending on the desired quality and visibility of the materials, various cartons serve as a raw material for producing the cardboard packaging. Among other things, the following criteria play an important role:
- color of the box
- material thickness of the box
If the cardboard shall not be visible or shine through a thin coating in the end product, one or two sided white or black cardboard should be processed. Meanwhile, both sided gray cardboard is the cheaper variant and can always be processed when working with coatings. In contrast to the cases made of plastic, however, cardboard boxes are coated in most cases, creating a wide field of design options. The perfect opportunity to represent your brand in an appealing way and to put your products in the limelight! The material thickness of the box is determined by the later qualitative requirements or a desired value. Also in the cardboard area, we differentiate between one-piece cases and two-part boxes with a removable top. In the box area, on the other hand, there are different types of boxes that you can explore further on our interactive page: Box types.
- liftoff boxes
- collar boxes
- book boxes
- folding cartons
Purchase quantities in the carton sector
Low set-up times enable a comparatively fast and uncomplicated production in our cardboard production. Due to lower minimum quantities, this is also possible especially for young, up-and-coming companies such as start-ups and FBA companies. However, a statement regarding a flat-rate minimum quantity can hardly be made. The minimum amount is based on the size of the box and is increasingly lower towards the top. For example, small boxes measuring 4 x 4 centimeters can only be produced in a larger number than cardboard boxes the size of a shoebox. Some of our cardboard boxes and cases are FSC® - certified and are therefore entirely from sustainable forestry. For individual advice on your project, you can contact our packaging consultants at any time using the contact form below.
Analogous to the aforementioned areas, a one-piece packaging made of wood with a folding mechanism is called a wooden case. While in the covered area the body is often made of MDF (medium-density fiberboard), in the rest of the wooden cases sector we generally work with massive, very high-quality natural materials. In general, wooden cases are to a large extent of very high quality and due to the elaborate workmanship and the noble materials, rather settled in the upper price range. They are therefore particularly suitable for packaging and storage of watches and jewelry.
High-quality natural wood cases get varnished in most cases. In the case of varnishing, a distinction between the visibility of the wood grain and the noble, lacquered look is made. Here are many levels to choose from. High gloss finishes are usually nobler and more expensive than dull finishes, because, depending on the desired quality, they require multiple intermediate sanding. Partly in this step, 7 to 12 paint layers are applied, whereby an extremely high-quality piano finish is achieved.
Wooden cases are usually embossed in the inner lid, so that the noble external appearance is preserved. In addition, we offer a number of different outer packaging for the protection and transport of the wooden cases, which make it easier to remove the cases with the help of a hinged front wall.
Coatings - Almost anything is possible!
The real diversity, however, is in the coating materials. There is plenty of potential here to customize your packaging. In short, the possibilities here are virtually unlimited. The fully automated process essentially comprises three steps. In the first step, the coating cutouts are punched. Subsequently, the cutouts are glued together and bonded with the body in the final step.
We have an extremely wide range of finished cover papers to choose from. But in addition to these standard papers, there are also many other materials available as a coating:
- real leather
- various imitations of leather
- coated covers on paper carrier
- textured papers
From simple, plain paper to metallic effects and carbon structures, there's something for virtually every taste. But if it may be a bit more, you will find the appropriate information about the different finishing processes on our page: finishing/imprinting.
- offset printing
- digital printing
- hot foil embossing
- UV-spot coating
- film lamination
Closures, hinges and style elements
In general, we process a wide range of closures, hinges and style elements in the various material sectors. These give the different packaging the individual final touch. Below is a selection of the elements:
- pressure caps
- catch fasteners
- small locks
- magnetic closures
- temple hinges
- adjustable hinges
- spring hinges
- piano-type hinges
- screw hinges
- silk ribbons
- cords & rubber bands
- deep drawn foils
- organza material
LESER - our Services
LESER is a manufacturer and distributor of cases, boxes and packaging made of various materials. Thanks to a broad portfolio in the material world, we usually find the perfect solution for your concerns. From the low-cost case to the luxurious single piece, we cover the most diverse areas. You will find specific information about our services in the respective branches via our headings and the corresponding subpages: