Difference Between Chipboard Converting and Manufacturing
February | 2020

When you are looking to purchase chipboard, it might be handy to know the difference between converted chipboard and manufactured chipboard. While it sounds like they are basically the same product – and they share many similarities – they are used for entirely different purposes.


The product difference is right there in the name. Converted chipboard – which is what Badger offers – has already gone through the papermaking process of ‘converting’ wood pulp into paper, whereas manufactured chipboard is using excess wood materials – wood chips, sawdust, etc. – to ‘manufacture’ a product similar to its origin.

Chipboard Converting vs Manufacturing

Why Are They Both Called Chipboard?

To be honest, there are more similarities than there are differences. Both chipboards are made from recycled material derived from wood, pressed and held together with a type of resin or glue. Both reduce waste by using materials that would otherwise be filling up landfills. That being said, if you ever have both in your possession, you probably wouldn’t confuse the two boards. That’s why some people call manufactured chipboard “particle board” and converted chipboard “paperboard.”

So Why Aren’t They Called ‘Particle Board’ and ‘Paperboard’?

They are, just not everywhere. It’s like how people outside of Wisconsin call bubblers “drinking fountains”, sometimes where you live determines your vocabulary, but we’ll cover that in a future blog. For now, just remember that converted chipboard is softer and more malleable, whereas manufactured chipboard is harder and more rigid. Think of it like you were building a house: you’d use manufactured chipboard for the frames and converted chipboard for the insulation. The same is true with shipping; the pallets are made of manufactured chipboard while the protection is converted chipboard.