• C&T Matrix Limited A creasing matrix is a consumable product used in the manufacture of cardboard boxes to facilitate accurate high quality creasing prior to folding.

  • Products

    • Creasing matrix
    • Rubbers
    • Printing accessories
  • Applications

    • Cardboard box manufacture
    • Point of sale products
  • Contribution to Group Revenue£12.7m
  • Share of Group Revenue %%19%

C&T Matrix

C&T Matrix is the world leading manufacturer of creasing matrix and ejection rubber for the print and packaging industries. With over 60 years’ experience in the research, development and manufacture of creasing materials, C&T Matrix’s products are the recognised benchmark in countries across the globe

C&T Matrix manufactures creasing matrix which is a consumable product which is an integral part of the manufacture of cardboard boxes, cards and point of sale material. A creasing matrix enables folds to be made in cardboard and facilitates accurate high quality creasing prior to folding, enabling cardboard to be creased automatically and accurately by high speed box making and printing machines.

Technical Advice

C&T Matrix has a dedicated technical support team who provide technical solutions for all corrugated convertors, carton producers and print finishers and C&T Matrix’s global distributor network.

Manufacturing

C&T Matrix has manufacturing facilities in both the UK (Northamptonshire) and China (Tianjin).

Distribution

Products are exported to approximately 80 countries through a network of distributors who maintain local stocks and have generally exclusive arrangements with C&T Matrix. Relationships with the majority of these distributors have been in place for 20 years or more. Its customers are principally suppliers and stockists of consumable products to the printing and packaging industry.

Products

Creasing matrix

A creasing matrix is a consumable plastic strip which is used in the manufacture of cardboard boxes and packaging.  The creasing matrix enables the cardboard to be accurately and automatically creased at high speed, allowing it to be subsequently folded and formed into the desired box. The dimensions of the matrix differ to accommodate varying board and paper thicknesses.

There are four components to a creasing matrix, which are automatically assembled together:

  • A locator (extruded EVA)
  • Curved profile shoulders – the matrix (such as extruded PVC)
  • Micro-thin polyester base film
  • Self-adhesive tape.

It is critical that all the component parts of the matrix are precision engineered to tight dimensional tolerances to ensure smooth running of the box-making machinery

Other Products

C&T Matrix also has some secondary products, specifically ejection rubbers and other printing accessories which complement its creasing matrix business.

Competitive advantages

  • Scale and experience in the manufacture of plastic creasing matrix
  • Long standing and wide-ranging global distribution relationships
  • A comprehensive product range ­ over 3,000 products
  • Good service and quality reliability

Benefits of creasing matrix

There are other ways to crease cardboard rather than by the use of creasing matrix, but these either require the use of machined counters, which are costly and inflexible, or by involving a considerable degree of manual processing which is laborious and time consuming.

Creasing matrix therefore has the following advantages over these other methods:

  • Enables the cardboard, at low cost, to be accurately and automatically creased at high speed by box-making machines
  • Allows for a quick change over when setting up a new production run
  • Can be used for run lengths of up to 100,000 impressions
  • Represents a very small part of the cost of cardboard box manufacture.

Market

The global market for creasing matrix and related accessories is estimated to be +£20m.

The potential market is significantly greater as manual processes still take place in less developed countries. Furthermore, the expected growth of packaging in less developed countries, as they industrialise, provides additional opportunities for growth in these territories.

Competition

There is only one significant global competitor in the creasing matrix manufacturing market which is a German company, with a market share of approximately 40%.