ECMA – Pro Carton Congress

Multiple Challenges Ahead!”

17 to 20 September

Missouri, United States.

35 Speakers

Best Specialities

54 Sponsors

Silver, Gold and Platinium

Whats Up on Cartons?

“Multiple Challenges Ahead!”

This event provided top information on key topics and offered the opportunity of networking at the highest level. This Congress was key for all decision makers from the carton industry, as well as brand owners, the retail trade, design and the media.


Paolo Pininfarina

Luca Paolazzi

Dr. Paolazzi is responsible for economic analysis and editorials at the Italian financial newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, and is chief economist of the Italian Employers Federation.

Paolo Pininfarina

Paolo Pininfarina

Paolo Pininfarina is an Italian engineer, designer and businessman and the manager of the world famous Pininfarina design company, which created not only numerous beautiful, innovative and relevant cars, but also many things more. A unique opportunity to learn from “Pininfarina” their vision on the importance of design.

Brandon Hernandez

Tim “Mac” Macartney

Tim is an inspirational speaker on sustainability in the widest sense – about changing the way businesses and people work to make a more sustainable world.

What to expect at our event in Sorrento:

Business Solutions Market

Top international speakers from industry and research as well as renowned specialists from all fields of the Supply Chain.

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Excellent networking; meet senior executives and business owners from across the industry.

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How to Ship Neon Signs: Cartons or Crates?

Neon signs are very fragile and they need to be handled with utmost care when they are being shipped. One careless move and the fragile tubes can break, rendering part or even the entirety of the signage not working as intended.

There are multiple US based great neon sign companies like Neon Signs Depot. You can also go to Amazon, Ebay and other big websites but quality is usually lower.

An improper shipping method can cost thousands of dollars. From replacing the damaged neon sign parts to repackaging it and transporting it again. If you’re not careful enough, the shipping and repair costs alone will put you out of business – add to it your damaged reputation as a neon dealer with slow delivery.

Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you can choose the perfect packaging for shipping your neon signage to avoid any hassle and unnecessary costs.

There are two popular packaging available when it comes to preparing neon signs for shipping. These are wooden crates and carton boxes. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages and you should carefully think before choosing which one of them you’ll use.

Cartons vs Wooden Crates

We’re going to see the advantages and disadvantages of crates and cartons so you can decide which one to use.

Wooden Crates

Crates are one of the most popular shipping containers for almost all kinds of items, though they are mostly used for shipping large and heavy items over long distances.

Compared to cartons, crates are more expensive. They are also harder to lift as they are heavier and if you are shipping a heavy item, it almost makes it impossible to lift it without the help of machinery.

Traditional wooden crates also take more space, so you’ll need a large shipping vehicle to carry them around, especially if you are to deliver multiple signs at once.

Wooden crates also don’t allow you to have a highly customizable design on its surface. You can’t easily put your brand name or logo on a wooden crate. It’s possible but the results aren’t that great compared to a logo or graphics embedded on a carton box.

Wooden crates are best used for very long shipping distances and for very heavy neon signs, especially extra-large ones.


The raw material used in making cartons are cheaper and lighter than wooden crates, which makes them more cost-efficient.

In addition, you can easily put your logo or brand name on it and the result is of much higher quality than those put on wooden crates.

As they are lighter, as long as your neon sign isn’t that bulky or heavy, they can be easily lifted and carried around without the need for special machinery like forklifts.

Cartons or Crates?

Cartons are perfect for small to medium sized neon signage. Larger and heavier neon signs should either be craned or placed in separate boxes. While the former offers a little bit more ease in terms of handling and transportation because the neon sign is shipped in one piece, the latter option is cheaper and is perhaps the safer and more stable option as you don’t run the risk of breaking the entire signage in case one of the packages gets damaged or falls.

As most neon signages aren’t very large, they are mostly packed and shipped in carton boxes. In addition to that, a carefully packaged carton box can match the durability and stability offered by a wooden crate. Furthermore, high-quality carton box greatly enhances their durability, so if you choose carton boxes from excellent manufacturers, you shouldn’t have any problems at all.

And with that in mind, let’s see how to carefully pack a neon sign in a carton box.

Tips for Packing a Neon Sign

Careful packaging of a neon sign is crucial. Improper handling and weak packaging are the number one cause of neon tube damage and breakage. To help you with that, here are some tips for packing a neon sign in a carton box:

* Don’t allow the glass tubes to touch the packaging or the carton. Use Styrofoam boxes that are at least 2-inches higher than the glass tubes placed at strategic locations to hold the neon sign inside the box, preventing the tubes from touching the sides of the box.

* Label your boxes “Glass” and not “Fragile”. More often than not, the personnel handling a package puts much greater emphasis for careful handling of items labeled with “Glass” as they are easily broken and the mess they leave when they break is a huge hassle for them.

* Pack them tight so that they don’t move around in the container.

* Use double box. Fill the empty space between the inner and outer box with foam pads or foam peanuts, Styrofoam, and other cushioning. UPS has some great tips on how to double box.


Carton boxes are the cheapest and most efficient way to ship neon signs. However, if you are to ship them to a faraway place, crates could be the better choice. Either way, the most important thing about shipping and packaging neon signage is the attention to detail and careful and proper packaging.

How to seal a cardboard box?

  1. Buy strong quality boxes and strong tape- When utilizing cardboard packaging your fundamental aim is to protect the substance that is inside the cardboard box. The parcel should be sent from your own particular dispatch by means of a messenger or mail touching base in one piece. Most cardboard boxes are provided in a level pack frame, packaged into 10’s or 25’s and bound together inside a standard strapping. You will require a decent quality sticky tape which can be provided in a dark color of buff shading, or clear.
  2. Close the small ends first- Always remember to close the small ends of your cardboard box first followed by folding the larger ends on top of the small ends.sealing
  3. Never interlock the ends- Always keep the large ones on top of the bottom ones. Never close them alternatively and inter lock them as it would weaken the strength of the cardboard box
  4. Use the H shape sealing method– When taping the boxes, always remember to use the H-shaped sealing method as it offers maximum strength and acts as a protection against tampering with evidence seal. To make the H shaped seal method, place the tape along the point where the two large flaps meet and extend it on to the box for a stronger seal. After this, place the tape of the two other sides of the box where there is a corner joint with the large flaps and the box. For maximum strength trying using two-four layers of tape.
  5. Always use void fill- Fill in any empty space in the card boxes with void fills such as newspapers, paper shreds, bubble wrap or thermocol balls for maximum protection of the content inside.  Filling the void helps in providing a cushion to your contents and protecting the goods on their journey to the destination as it prevents the item from moving around.

There are different types of tapes that one can use for different products. You can chose the correct type of tape based on three main elements- Adhesion, strength and ease of use.

Adhesion deal with you well the tape sticks to the material you use it on and can it be repositioned without losing the strength of the gum on it. Other factors that come under adhesion are is the tape can withstand different temperatures and humidity and if it has a release coating to stop the tape back from re-bonding with the tape roll.

Strength deals with the thickness of the tape. The thicker the tape the stronger the tape is and hence the heavier it can hold.

Ease of use deals with how the tape is user-friendly and how you do not have to waste time in trying to keep the tape from splitting or re-bonding with the roll.

Packing box tips you need to know

Moving home is never a cakewalk, and packing your entire life’s belongings  into various boxes can be a significantly hard task. Try not to make it any harder on yourself by packing your belongings incorrectly. Here are some tips that will guide you in packing a box in the correct way.

From guaranteeing you are utilizing the correct materials to systematically naming your cartons, here are all the best packing box tips to keep your things secured and make the moving procedure much more smoother and easier.

  1. Use appropriate boxes- Use the right kind of boxes for specific items to ensure their safety. Packing box does not mean to just find the closest carton and stuffing your things. You should ensure that after your packing, the materials are safe in the carton during your transit. There are a diverse range of packing boxes such as- Tea Chest cartons, Book Cartons, Archive boxes, Port-a-robes, slider cartons, linen/flat-pack cartons, picture/mirror cartons, computer monitor cartons.
  2. Don’t over-pack the cartons- Trying to fit as many things as you can into a carton can be a tempting offer. This may feel like it requires much less energy and reduces the number of boxes you should carry, however, when you over-pack, the carton gets really heavy and makes it tough to carry around, and due to the heavy weight the carton might break open from the bottom.Moving
  3. Protect your delicate items- Do not leave breakable items on their own in a carton box as a slight nudge might break them. Use bubble wrap, flass socks, poly foam or packing paper for protection. For extra care and protection, add two or three layers of the above materials. This will ensure that you are taking your delicate items to your new home in one piece.
  4. Stack with caution- Be logical when you are stocking things in a cardboard box and stack them with care. Put heavier/ stronger items in the bottom of the box and the lighter or delicate items on the top to avoid any kind of damage. If the items are place in a haphazard manner, the heavier items might fall onto the lighter items and crush or break them. It is always best to keep really fragile items in a separate box with two-three layers of bubble wrap or any other protective material for maximum protection.
  5. Label the carton boxes- Always remember to label the carton boxes by content, importance and what room it should go into. This will make unpacking so much easier once you shift into your new house. This labeling will also ensure that you do not frantically rummage through all the boxes while looking for something.


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