What is Paper Converting?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Paper converting can be described as a process by which paper is used to fabricate another paper product. For example, this process can be used to produce such products as envelopes, paper bags, boxes, containers, and a full range of similar items. Operations involved in paper converting may include treating, slitting, sheeting, grooving, punching, and folding. Some operations may also call for perforating, blocking, binding, gluing, and laminating as well.

Paper converting forms paper towel rolls.
Paper converting forms paper towel rolls.

There are many businesses that offer paper converting. Often, these businesses offer the conversion of film and foil in addition to paper. Some focus primarily on a specific type of paper, while others handle a wide variety of papers and materials. Most of these companies work with both coated and uncoated papers.

Machines can convert paper to envelopes.
Machines can convert paper to envelopes.

Highly specialized machines are used to convert paper. Some are used in cutting, folding, gluing, and clipping tasks. Such tasks are part of the process involved in making cartons, boxes, and other products. Other machines are used to cut, fold, and apply glue to paper for the purpose of making paper bags and envelopes.

Products like paper cups and certain food containers are made using paper converting machines. For this purpose, such machines are used to press paper into the appropriate forms and shapes. Paper tubes, paper towels, and diapers are also formed using this type of machinery.

Some paper converting businesses do not actually sell paper for use in the converting process. Instead, many companies choose to focus solely on the conversion of paper. In such situations, the customer or client is responsible for supplying the paper or purchasing it from another company. However, other bbusinesses do supply paper, offering many different types from which to choose.

Individuals who run paper conversion machines are called paper converting machine operators. Often, a minimum of a high school diploma is required to secure a job in this field. Many companies also require newly hired operators to participate in on-the-job training that may take several weeks to complete. Additionally, some companies require related experience for higher-level positions.

Envelopes are made through paper converting.
Envelopes are made through paper converting.
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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Some examples of paper converting are nacho trays, popcorn trays, french fry trays, pizza boxes, chinese takeaway boxes, hamburger clamshells, etc.


Paper converting is just one type of converting. Foils, foams, films, metals, and adhesives are all converted materials as well. Converting is simply defined as what it means, changing something from one thing to another.


Paper converting is really a growing industry, and not as boring as it sounds! Look online if you're interested in cool paper ideas and the latest paper converting technologies.


Paper making is altogether different from paper converting. Paper making is a very tedious process and requires huge machines, whereas converting is creating a new product from existing paper.


As far as the American paper converting industry goes, which type of machinery do people use most often?

I am trying to decide on a paper converting machine for my company, and can't seem to get a consensus on which ones are good.

Can anyone help me?


I once worked in the paper converting industry, and I have to tell you, the demand for converted paper is going up right along with the "green" and recycling trend.

It's really a great thing because this new boom allows paper converting companies to get new paper converting machinery, and use more efficient machinery. Win-win.


Is paper converting machinery in any way similar to a paper making machine?

I was thinking about doing an art project with converted paper, and I really wanted to make my own, but it seems that wherever I look for paper converting equipment, all I come up with is paper making machinery.

Could I possibly use paper making machinery for the same purpose, or do I need to continue my quest for used paper converting equipment and machinery?

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