Mailing Tubes

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Mailing Tubes

Mailing tubes are cylindrical cardboard containers manufactured primarily from wood pulp fibers which are used, among many other applications, for shipping and mailing. The cardboard is cut into ribbons which are combined with adhesives to increase the durability of the material. The ribbons are then wound around mandrels into a hollow tube or cylinder according to the desired diameter and length.

Mailing tubes can be used for letters, documents, paintings, magazines and any type of article that can fit into a cylindrical shape. The spiral binding of the cardboard gives added structural strength and prevents the paper tube from collapsing during transit. This is a weak point of cylinders, especially those with longer lengths. Most tubes offer superior protection from the denting, bumping and dropping that often occurs during shipping, since shipping tubes are more difficult to dent than cardboard boxes. Mailing tubes are usually denser, thicker and stronger than cardboard walls, and the cylindrical shape offers more strength than a square box. Items which are commonly shipped in mailing tubes are posters, blueprints, signs, banners, paintings, artwork, pencils and small fragile items. Read More…Request for Quote

Mailing Tubes Kraft tubes are cylindrical, hollow tube products made out of kraft paper, a type of cardboard composed of wood pulp and sulfate additives. Kraft paper is coarse and naturally a dark brown color, although it may be bleached to obtain a lighter surface color.

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Cleveland, OH  |  800-882-9002

As a member of the Member of the Independent Converters Association, we know our business and the business of cardboard tubes.

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Ace Paper Tube Corporation $$$

Greenville, TN  |  423-638-1284

Valk Industries provides engineering and manufacturing services for cardboard tubes as well as custom thermoformed items like clamshells, blister packs, trays and filler material.

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Valk Industries, Inc. $$$

Beloit, WI  |  800-393-7917

Western Container partners with the world`s top spiral tube equipment designers & paperboard manufacturers, to bring our customers the very best paper tubing and precision cores.

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Western Container Corp. $$$

Chicago, IL  |  312-243-6050

Chicago Mailing Tube is a premier manufacturer of custom paper tubes, containers, and cores, providing products that are both high quality and economical.

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Chicago Mailing Tube Co. $$$

Dallas, TX  |  800-422-5108

Here at Paper Tubes and Sales we are a proven manufacturer of high quality cardboard tubes. These products are ideal for a multitude of industries and our teams are available to assist you with determining the best paper tube for your application.

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Paper Tubes & Sales $$$

Milwaukee, WI  |  414-988-7141

For quality, 100% recyclable cardboard tubes, look no further than Heartland Products. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we serve customers throughout the United States with the highest quality products.

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Heartland Products Group LLC $$$
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Typically, tubes are manufactured to wide ranges of diameter, length and thickness according to the item being mailed but are defined by their interior measurements. It is important to consider this when determining which size of tube to obtain as some tube can have thicker walls than others. Often mailing tubes have multiple layers for added strength and protection, especially for valuable or secure items, and many manufacturers offer decorative coating, papering and printing options for the tube's outer layer.

Typical tubes are cardboard brown, but their exteriors can be papered in almost any color, pattern, or print. Bright colors and prints on tubes are popular for mailing birthday, anniversary, wedding or Christmas presents although they will typically be slightly more expensive than the regular brown tubes. Cardboard tubes intended to ship industry-specific items, such as medical specimens, hazardous chemicals or other sensitive materials, are often coated with aluminum interiors both for the protection of the contents and in order to comply with US Postal regulations. These specialty tubes will are not widely available however and may need to be custom ordered. Depending on the item being mailed, mailing tubes may be closed at both ends with glued or removable metal plugs, plastic caps, wooden plugs or by simply crimping the ends of the paper tube. Industries often use paper mailing tubes for sending and receiving parts to and from manufacturers as well as for packaging and distribution.

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