We were approached by Ph.D art student Miwa Takabayashi who had designed a concept for a freestanding cardboard art structure. She had created a small-scale paper mock-up and was looking for someone to manufacture the full-sized version.
A structure like this had never before been made from corrugated board and so we had a number of technical matters that needed to be considered, such as the design of the panels, the fixing method and the structural integrity of the finished item. Health and safety also needed consideration because the public would be wandering inside the building.
The first stage was to make a 1:5 scale version from microflute cardboard. This was duly completed, answering many questions but presenting a few more.
Funding was secured in the autumn and the project was given the green light. The first step was to create a full-sized version in brown board at our premises in Maidstone. As the structure was put together we made fine adjustments to the design to increase strength and to make all the panels fit accurately.
Once the full-sized mock-up was complete we set about manufacturing the final version. The specification was for a silver finish on the outside and brown on the inside. Additionally we had to include a fire retardant coating to satisfy the demands of the exhibition centre.
The project was constructed in 4 collapsed segments and packed for transport to the Baltic Mill in Gateshead. Contractors on site and a team from WH Skinner worked together to assemble and finish the project to a tight deadline.
We design packaging and displays around your products and services. Shapes, sizes, board thickness, colours, grades and print specifications are all customisable, depending on your requirements and budget.
Corrugated cardboard is kerbside recyclable and partially made from board which has previously been used and recycled. Peace of mind for you, frustration free for your customers and help for the planet.
Superior cardboard designs, unparalleled print quality and fastidious quality control ensure we have thousands of satisfied clients, many of whom return time and time again.
Always listening and offering friendly advice based on years of industry experience – happy to hold your hand through the process if you need extra support.
Please just give us a call to see what we can do. We hold selected materials in stock and have various design and production options available to help speed things along.
Our production staff are highly skilled and with our unique mix of production equipment it is possible to offer excellent value for short and long production runs of the highest quality.
Point of sale displays enhance the visibility of your products within a competitive retail environment, ensuring they capture attention effectively. Investing in high-quality point of sale displays can lead to a noticeable surge in both interest and sales for your products and services. Our portfolio features a variety of designs, ranging from compact shelf-ready displays to floor-standing display units (FSDUs), standees, and counter display units (CDUs). Explore the diverse options available and discover the impact these displays can make on showcasing your offerings.
While cardboard might not be the initial choice for large displays and exhibition stands, it offers numerous advantages. We specialise in crafting sizeable, lightweight, and flat-packable displays, stands, and structures that exude dynamism, drama, and a touch of the unexpected. Additionally, after your event concludes, cardboard components can be easily recycled.
While cardboard might not be your immediate choice for large displays and exhibition stands, it boasts numerous advantages. Our designs focus on creating substantial, lightweight, flat-packable displays, stands, and structures that are dynamic, dramatic, and pleasantly surprising. Moreover, once your event concludes, the cardboard components can be easily recycled.
Strong and stylish, corrugated cardboard packaging is suitable for many applications – from protecting large and heavy items in transit to presenting smaller items beautifully in a presentation box. We commonly go far beyond standard designs – using our decades of experience and qualified designers to deliver smart packaging solutions which fit your products and budget perfectly. Our online portfolio shows some of our previous designs.
As part of the paper packaging industry, which has had an excellent reputation for recycling and fantastic environmental credentials for decades, WH Skinner has always strived to do even more. Read on to learn more about how we can help you with packaging that won’t cost the Earth.
• Advanced software minimises the amount of waste and off cuts from every job
• All of our cardboard waste is always recycled
• Our solar PV panels provide over 70% of our electricity
• All light fittings are low-energy units
• All heating is provided by our zero carbon biomass system using only fuel from sustainable sources
• Our bespoke packaging means less waste and packing material used by customers
• Everything is designed and produced on site
• Transportation emissions are kept to a minimum as cardboard is light weight and our products are • usually delivered flat-packed
WH Skinner is pleased to offer FSC® certified bespoke certified packaging and point of sale materials upon request. Please notify us prior to quoting if you require FSC® certified products
Our chain of custody code is NC-COC-026801.
Our license number is C134890
The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) runs a responsible forest certification system.
FSC certification supports good forest management where the health and safety of forest workers is secured and where precious forest wildlife is well looked after. For more information visit
Customers and consumers are now demanding action on your part to ensure your products are safely packaged in sustainable materials. Corrugated cardboard has excellent environmental credentials, from manufacturing through to use and eventual disposal. The manufacturing process of corrugated cardboard has a lower environmental impact – with `up to 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions versus other materials. Corrugated cardboard has the best recycling rate of all packaging materials – it’s recyclability is widely known about – meaning that over 80% of corrugated cardboard is recycled back into the system. We have several fact sheets which are produced by official industry bodies available for your information: