With the push towards environmentally-friendly solutions in every area of business, Honeycomb cardboard is quickly replacing the use of metal, wood, corrugated board and plastic in several industries.

Honeycomb cardboard consists of Kraft paper shaped into hexagonal cells which are glued together with facing materials into a rigid board. 

The material is recyclable, has a high vertical compression resistance and load-bearing capacity. It is shock-absorbent and is, weight for weight, stronger than steel.

Honeycomb cardboard is of similar size and thickness to corrugated board, but is 30% lighter and has about twice the plane pressure of corrugated board.

How a Honeycomb Structure is Made

A honeycomb structure is made by intermittently slitting a sheet of material so that longitudinal slits are aligned in staggered alternating rows. Each of the staggered rows has a lateral centreline spaced uniformly from adjacent row centrelines. 

The longitudinal slits within each staggered row have uniform lateral spaces between every slit. 

Continuous stripes of adhesive are applied laterally across the top side and bottom side of the sheet so that each stripe is spaced longitudinally apart and centred on a row of slits. 

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The stripes alternate between the top and bottom side. The sheet is pleated so that the pleats run longitudinally. 

Every pleat has a top and bottom fold aligned with a longitudinal slit. The pleats are gathered together in a closed stack. The stack is compressed which causes the adhesive to bond the pleats together at the adhesive contact points.

The pleats are pulled apart laterally to generate hexagonal cells which have interconnections at adhesive contact points and openings between these adhesive contact points.

Benefits of Honeycomb Cardboard

Honeycomb cardboard is being accepted as an ideal substitute for wood, plastic and metals in many industries.

Here are some reasons why Honeycomb cardboard has gained wide acceptance all over the world:

  • Wide range of applications and reduces dependence on Wood, Plastic, Metal and EPS/Styrofoam.
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Significantly less paper is used in the manufacturing process vs corrugated cardboard
  • Extremely strong with a compressive strength of 7 kg/cm2
  • Provides good cushioning and is highly resistant to vertical compression
  • Helps in reducing freight costs owing to its light weight
  • Safe to handle compared to items made from wood, plastic and steel
  • Exempt from ISPM 15 norms and does not require fumigation 

Eco-Friendly Products for Printing, Manufacturing, Construction and Other Industries

Honeycomb cardboard has a wide range of applications, in the Printing, Packaging, Transport, Construction, Transport, Signage and Furniture industries.

Here are some useful applications of Honeycomb cardboard:

Honeycomb Printboards

Honeycomb cardboard is now drawing considerable attention from the print and retail industry, with many retailers seeking premium quality printable boards as an alternative to foam and is also 100% recyclable.

The high-strength honey cardboard is a lightweight replacement for weighty panel systems and can be easily assembled, dismantled and transported,.  

The boards are perfectly suited for wide-format screen printing as well as digital printing.

All of these features make Honeycomb Printboards the ideal for semi-permanent or permanent installations such as exhibition graphics, POP displays, POS signage and shop fittings.

Honeycomb Pallets

Honeycomb pallets are light in weight and are a convenient alternative to renting traditional pallets as the boards do not need to be returned and can be disposed of once the purpose is served.

Since they are designed and made to comply with the stringent shipping and freight procedures, Honeycomb pallets save considerable costs and time associated with the inspection of wooden pallets. They are unaffected by the growing concern about the spread of wood-borne pests, associated with traditional wooden pallets. 

Available in different sizes and weight-bearing limits, Honeycomb pallets are a cost-effective option for one-way delivery and display of stock and inventory.

Aside from being environmentally-friendly, the lightweight honeycomb pallets reduce transport costs and have no ISPM15 requirement for export purposes.

Honeycomb pallets can be disposed of easily in compliance with international and national shipment requirements, making them an ideal substitute for wooden pallets.

Construction Industry Applications for Honeycomb Cardboard

Construction engineers are often faced with the challenge of reactive soils which are present extensively across Australia. The soils contain a higher proportion of clay and expand or contract when they come into contact with moisture. Hence the common practice of undertaking a geotechnical analysis of a site before beginning construction.

Honeycomb cardboard is used as a void forming solution in the building construction industry. By creating a space between the soil and building foundation, the upward force transmitted to the structure due to ground heave is reduced.

Honeycomb voidformer panels support the load of concrete when it is poured. Since they are degradable, they break down over time. This reduces the risk of reactive soils impacting on the slab or causing damage to the structure in the future. 

Additionally, honeycomb cardboard panels can be utilised for different types of body panels, supports and ceilings. They have superior soundproof and insulation properties. The smooth surface makes it an ideal choice for a variety of applications.

Honeycomb cardboard panels reduce the material used in construction, delivering significant cost savings. The long-lasting panels are 100% biodegradable and are supportive of a cleaner environment.

Moulding and designing of honeycomb cardboard panels is simple and is not time intensive. Artistic designs can be made for walls and ceilings.

An excellent substitute for plastic, wood and metals, honeycomb cardboard products are environmentally safe and are highly resistant to fungi. 

Litegroup Honeycomb Cardboard – Made in Australia for Australian Conditions

Litegroup is an Australian company, manufacturing innovative honeycomb cardboard products since 2015. We can supply high-quality honeycomb cardboard all over Australia. With multiple locations, we can meet with your requirements on time,If you would like to explore opportunities for using Honeycomb cardboard, click here to contact us or call us on 1300955002 for one of our experts to help you with your requirements.