It all started with a banana carton

History of Corbel

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1955
In 1955, Gabriel Lewis Galindo began producing corrugated cardboard boxes. During this period he established contacts with banana trading companies, which, due to the disease known as “Panama disease”, were having problems for exporting bunches of bananas, as it was customary to export them back then.

1955

1955
The 60’s decade
As entrepreneur in the packaging field, Lewis saw an opportunity in the way in which bananas were handled and transported in Costa Rica, given that the product did not arrive in good conditions to its final destination. Hence, Don Gabriel managed to bring together technicians from other international companies that were also producing corrugated cardboard, and they designed the first corrugated cardboard box destined to packaging bananas.

The 60’s decade

The 60’s decade
The 70’s decade
This box, known as the “Standard Carton”, was very well received among banana growers, and the need to produce them in banana growing areas all over Latin America emerged. Today, more than 40 years later, the box is called the “telescopic banana carton”.  The immediate success gave Don Gabriel the opportunity to develop more packaging companies in the region. Thus, Global Packaging Group, and years later, Corbel, were born. With great success, and in view of the need for carton supply, the installation of several corrugated cardboard box factories began. The first factory exclusively producing specialized cartons for the agricultural market was Envases Industriales de Costa Rica, S.A., where, together with Mario Esquivel Arguedas, a partnership was created which is still operating today with its third generation of associates.

The 70’s decade

The 70’s decade
1982
Corbel was born as ENVACO San José in 1982, for the purpose of tending to the cardboard box needs of the local market. We started out with a 5.000-m2 plant.

1982

1982
The 90’s decade
During the 90’s decade, our operations grew to offer products to the free-zone, medical and agricultural sectors. That is how our plant was expanded to 7.000 m2. In turn, we started exporting to Central America and the Caribbean.

The 90’s decade

The 90’s decade

The most modern cardboard corrugating plant in Costa Rica

Between 2013 and 2015 we made a massive remodeling of our facilities and machine automation, and we became one of the most efficient and modern cardboard corrugating plants operating in Costa Rica

25.000 m2

Total plant

+5.000 m2

Finished product warehouse

98 pulgadas

98-inch Corrugator =
Langston 380s

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Converters

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