For the past couple of years, our supply chains have been irregular to say the least.
We used to order parts and components without thinking twice about lead times, let alone availability. That has all changed, and has caused many to ask us where we actually manufacture our paper tubes and edge protectors.
The Answer: We manufacture in the Los Angeles area. Exactly where we’ve been since 1949.
If you are having challenges getting paper tubes and/or edge protectors from your offshore supplier, please consider contacting us.
Save time and money buying from a domestic manufacturer.
We’re constantly receiving phone calls and emails from customers and potential customers who need a solution to that out-of-the-box problem.
Even though we make paper tubes, paper cores, and edge protectors in an array of sizes, sometimes it’s just not quite right. Our creative engineers have built a reputation for providing solutions to unique problems.
Sometimes a paper tube is the best “sleeve” to fit over a part or tool…but it needs a small notch. Or sometimes a slot or slit will be needed.
If you have a unique problem, contact us and let us create a solution that is just as unique.
Getting a product to market, or planning how best to ship it, is quite a feat. There’s a million details that need to be considered.
A brown cardboard box is simple and economical. Think about all of your amazon.com orders. How do they arrive? In a brown cardboard box with an Amazon logo. It gets the job done. But does it leave a lasting impression? No.
When you order a rare print or poster, and it arrives in a poster tube (not a box), but default, it’s exciting. But why?
It’s different. It’s not a box. It’s round.
Round packaging is less common, so it feels exciting.
A “paper tube” becomes a “poster tube” when two things happen: first, when you insert a poster. And second, when you insert end closures.
Friction-fit plastic end plugs are used with poster tubes for a variety of reasons. Plastic end plugs are light and help keep shipping costs low.
The ribbed, friction fit helps the packer and end user easily remove and replace them. And lastly, they’re available in different colors.
Is it possible to make a brown paper tube look good? Yes!
Paper canisters are spiral paper tubes, wrapped with custom graphics, with a top and a weight-bearing base.
This “buy WHY doesn’t money grow on trees?” example (picture above) is what we refer to as Style 1A. It’s a beautiful way to package your product without using a boring square box.
This canister is made up of three separate tubes. The first is the “top,” seen on the right, leaning against the base. The top has a permanent metal end, similar to what you’d see on a Pringles canister.
The brown paper tube is called the “neck.” The top fits right over the neck. The neck fits snugly into the base, and gets glued into place. When the top is placed onto the base, the neck is completely hidden. Depending on preference and budget, the neck can also be made with all flat white paper to give it a clean, retail look.
The base matches the look of the top, but is much taller than the top to ensure stability when placed on a shelf. The base also has a permanent metal end. The metal ends we use are all silver in appearance.
We’ve tried gold and other colors, but our process scratches the finish. So, we stick to silver.
When it comes to spiral paper tubes, the most common inside diameter is 3 inches. But why?
When you order egg bites from Starbucks, the barista peels a sticker off of a roll of stickers, and adheres it to the outside of the paper bag you’re handed. When you’re walking around a convention and get handed a free promotional sticker by one of the vendors, they peel the sticker off of a roll of stickers. When you’re clicking around on eBay and order a cool, rare poster, the seller carefully rolls that poster up and slides it into a poster tube with a 3″ diameter.
Tape manufacturers and label manufacturers most often wrap their products around a spiral paper tube with a 3″ diameter.
Further down the supply chain, these 3″ diameter paper tubes and paper cores also fit a wide variety of tooling and machinery.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chains and supply lines are being interrupted like never before.
The American shipping and packaging industry is no different.
We manufacture shipping tubes, mailing tubes, and poster tubes in Los Angeles and ship LTL and small packages nationwide.
Our spiral paper tubes are made with recycled paper (mostly old cardboard boxes) and are the preferred way to ship posters, artwork, and various components that are too long to ship inside a cardboard box.
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