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Clamshell packaging is one of the most widely used packaging designs in retail contexts, though it can be impractical in the distribution of industrial or commercial products in large numbers. Read More…

Clamshell Packaging Clamshell packaging is a common product packaging design that features a folded piece of clear plastic (or two pieces) with fused edges and molded or stamped faces.
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Greeneville, TN  |  423-638-1284

With our longstanding history of being at the top of the market we are committed to bringing our customers only the best in quality, service and reliability.

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Bristol, PA  |  215-785-4548

We have been providing high-quality contract packaging for automotive, military, marine, medical, toy, household, personal care and consumer industries since 1979. At ActionPak, we offer shrink packaging, fulfillment services and more, plus on-time service to our valuable customers. If you would like more information about our services please give one of our representatives a call today!

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Grand Rapids, MI  |  616-827-8525

Praxis Packing Solutions has been one of the leading Contract packaging services for Food, beverage, and pharmaceuticals for more than 30 years. Praxis surrounds itself with industry professionals from each field to bring high-level expertise to each project.

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Grand Prairie, TX  |  972-660-6633

ProPac is a leading contract packaging service that services some of your top brands like Tyson, fritoLay, and HobbyLobby. ProPac has been solving nationwide packaging and fulfillment since 1971. With more than half a century of experience, ProPac delivers superior packaging services and supplies.

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Alpharetta, GA  |  470-275-9244

Summit Packaging Solutions is an award-winning contract packaging service. Summit provides an end-to-end solution for some of the top names in consumer-packaged goods. We strive for high-quality customer service to provide service you can trust. Summit’s award-winning design and expertise are provided to customers globally.

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Small quantities of consumer products like light bulbs, batteries, toys, small electronics, automotive supplies, cleaning supplies, videos and many other products are packaged in clamshell packaging. Clamshell packaging became popular with manufacturers because it solves many of the challenges presented by the shipping, distribution and sale of consumer products.

Clamshell packaging is inexpensive and effective. It is lightweight yet durable, so it saves on shipping costs without compromising the safe transportation of products. The plastic faces of clamshell packaging can be easily molded to fit around the contours of the products they contain, which makes the package's contents easily visible to consumers. Once placed on retail center shelves, clamshell packages are theft-resistant; most clamshell plastic is too durable to be damaged by hand, and fused clamshell edges often cannot be opened without sharp tools.

Clamshell packaging is designed using a molding or stamping process. Manufacturers can choose between two designs. When two pieces of plastic are used, one or both pieces are either molded to fit the contours of the product or stamped with a shape that provides enough clearance for the product. After being shaped, the two pieces are fused together at the edges. When one piece is used, a long strip of plastic is molded or stamped on one or both ends of the strip and then bent at or near its middle.

The edges are then fused together, except at the fold, which becomes a hinge. While clamshell packaging has proved to be an excellent packaging solution for manufacturers, it has inspired headlines for how difficult it can be for consumers to open. In 2007, the American Dialect Society listed "Wrap Rage," the emotional experience of trying to open clamshell packaging, as one of the most useful new terms of the year.

Consumer Reports, a popular magazine that reviews consumer products, began awarding hard-to-open products packaged in clamshells with "Oyster Awards" in 2006. The American Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that in 2004, more than 6,000 people required hospitalization after trying to open clamshell-packaged products; the risk of hospitalization may deter some consumers from purchasing products packaged in clamshells.

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