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History of paper / cardboard

History of paper / cardboard


The papyrus, extracted from a reed of the Nile, appeared in Egypt around -3000 BC This material allowing to leave traces, especially in matters of religion, was competed at that time by the parchment, invented in the city from Pergamon, in Asia Minor. The parchment was crafted from washed and sanded calfskin and goatskins.


It was in AD 105 that the paper was discovered in China during the reign of Emperor Hoti. Tsaï-Lun, Minister of Agriculture, designed a pulp made from old rags, bark and nets reduced to a pulp.

7th century

It was in the 7th century that paper was introduced to Japan.


In 751, it is a battle which will allow the Arabs to discover the secrets of papermaking. Indeed, following their victory against the Chinese during the Battle of Samarkand, they get their hands on these secrets. As a result of this historical fact, the invention spread to Europe and we find traces of the first European paper mills in Cordoba, Spain, then in Seville.

13th century

The first written archival documents date back to the 13th century in France. One can in particular quote the “Minutes of Notary Marseillais” (1248) or the “Register of the Investigators of Alphonse de Poitiers” (1243).

14th century

The first French paper mills were built in the 14th century: in Troyes (1348) and Essonnes (1354).


It was not until 1445 that the modern printing press made its appearance. We owe it to a German silversmith by the name of Johannes Gensfleisch, known as Gutenberg.5 so that the modern printing press appeared.


The first continuous paper machine was invented on January 18, 1799. We owe it to Louis-Nicolas Robert, a young inspector at the Essonnes paper mill, who obtained a patent for his invention. This paper machine can produce 80 sheets of paper per day with a length of almost 6 meters at a lower cost.


Over the years, the need for paper increases. In Europe or the United States, the massive industrialization of papermaking began around 1825. 25 years later, there are no less than 300 paper machines in England, 250 in France and almost as many in Germany.


It was around 1850 that the first machine to manufacture multi-layer cardboard appeared. In 1856, Edward C. Haley filed in England the first patent for corrugated paper used in particular for making hats. The first patent for corrugated paper for packaging was filed in New York in 1871. The first French corrugating machine was installed in 1888 in Limousin.


Today, paper technologies are constantly evolving, contributing to the development of industry, the dissemination of knowledge and the packaging of consumer products.
The TUPACK group is part of this history of paper / cardboard material: for more than 60 years, we have been designing and manufacturing cylindrical packaging, cardboard tubes and cores that meet the requirements of all sectors of activity.

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The power of packaging

The power of packaging

Packaging: a key element of the logistics value chain

When discussing the logistics value chain, each step is essential to meet market requirements and the needs of the end customer, whether in terms of transport and logistics.

One of the steps in this sometimes overlooked value chain is packaging. The latter does not simply refer to a box, but to a complex and coordinated system allowing several functions to be fulfilled: contain, protect, ensure transport, etc.

These different functions of a packaging make it possible to guarantee the safety, profitability or even the efficiency of the transport of goods. In other words, a well thought out and quality packaging is an essential element to get a product from point A to point B, smoothly and without defect.

With the optimization of packaging, the advent of e-commerce and the resulting logistical upheaval, packaging logistics are becoming ever more complex and constantly evolving. For example, cardboard tubes can effectively replace wooden crates and corrugated cardboard boxes to wrap movie screens or gutters.

TUPACK GROUPE is a partner capable of meeting the needs of its customers by offering logistics optimization solutions.

The cardboard shipping tube, an essential

For more than 60 years, TUPACK GROUPE has offered a wide range of products to effectively protect their contents during transport.

The shipping tube is practical, strong and economical packaging. It can either be fitted with plastic stoppers (TB range) or cardboard stampings (100% cardboard assembly), or have its ends pinched, which is faster to use (TK range).

It is available in several diameters and lengths!

Do not hesitate to contactour sales teams who will be happy to meet your needs.

Plastic is not automatic

Plastic is not automatic

Single-use plastic

Single-use plastic, a scourge

For many years, plastic, and especially single-use plastic, has been very often criticized for its catastrophic impact on the environment. In order not to continue polluting our oceans and our soils, it is essential to find alternatives.

Among those possible, cardboard has undeniable qualities, in particular its ecological impact on the planet.

What alternatives?

Over the years, there have been many initiatives to find alternatives to single-use plastic: favor fabric bags, buy products in bulk, store in glass jars, replace the plastic water bottle with a gourd. ….

However, in many cases, the solution is right there, right in front of our eyes: the CARDBOARD. A renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material, but also strong and practical.

What are the advantages of cardboard packaging?


Cardboard only has advantages for the environment. First of all, it is recyclable, which makes it possible to reuse the same material to create new packaging. In addition, it is biodegradable and disintegrates much faster in nature: it takes 5 months for cardboard while it takes 1000 years for plastic!


Cardboard is a strong and resistant material, which can withstand loads of several tens of kilos. It is not for nothing that we use cardboard boxes when we move!


Cardboard exists in different forms (crate, tube, post-M …) and offers a multitude of uses (packaging, conditioning, storage …).

What about the cardboard tube?

The cardboard tube is environmentally friendly

It has a real advantage over plastic tubes in environmental matters. Recyclable and biodegradable, the cardboard tube is a much more virtuous solution.

The cardboard tube is strong

Very resistant, it effectively protects its contents. Whether it is to send posters, blinds, T-shirts or even neon lights, the cardboard tube provides optimal protection.

As a winding support, resistant to vertical compression, it is ideal for winding and unwinding various materials (wrapping paper, cotton wool, textile and carpet, adhesive and label, plastic and stretch film, etc.).

The cardboard tube is versatile

In addition to the mandrels as a winding support and the shipping tubes mentioned above, the cardboard tube is also used in the form of rings for winding labels, wedging and protecting fragile items or as a pallet stud. cardboard.

It is also found in the form of POS masts (Point of Sale Advertising).

The cardboard tube has also made a name for itself in the world of packaging. Indeed, the canister reinforces the idea of ​​the exceptional product by making it possible to enhance the product it contains (Alcohol & Spirits, perfumes, toys, t-shirts, etc.).

In conclusion

Plastic remains essential for the time being because some of its qualities, particularly technical, are difficult to replace.

Nevertheless, manufacturers compete in ingenuity and creativity to find solutions that adapt to the cardboard tube and overcome its weaknesses, such as its resistance to water, by adding a second material to the cardboard to make it hydrophobic.

Until plastic can be completely replaced, cardboard should be preferred whenever possible.

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