Cardboard Tubes, Postal Tubes, Constructions, Cores

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Essex Tubes specialise in the the manufacturing of cardboard tubes.

Discover the cardboard tube

When designing or set building involving cylindrical or part cylindrical shapes have you ever considered using cardboard tubes? We specialise in supplying tubes in various forms for the TV, film, advertising, conference, exhibition and shop display industries.

Our cardboard tubes will surprise you in a number of ways.

To fuel your imaginations select "uses and users" for a sample of some of the past uses or our tubes. Through projects with design colleagues prototypes for lighting systems and furniture (display cabinets, shelving system and chairs) have been produced. In addition we wish to encourage designers and others to widen the boundaries or recognised uses for tubes.

The outer surface can be covered with a decorative finish. They are also smooth enough to take most paint finishes direct but can be covered with lining paper if required.

During construction the cardboard tube can be sawn, screwed or stapled. In drum form it is quite capable of supporting items as heavy as, say, a washing machine.

See the enquiries section for a full range or diameters.

As and area we specialise in, your order is given priority. Like any other manufacturer we prefer as much notice as possible, but often have provided a same or next day service.

Fire Rating
The tubes are made or multi-layers or cardboard compressed together. In itself not very combustible, but a simple application of fire retardant liquid, such as Broguard, will satisfy and recongnised test for fire resistance.

While there are bound to be exceptions, the cardboard tube can offer significant savings over other means of creating cylindrical forms.

We can supply our Cardboard tubes and postal tubes to the following locations:

London, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Colchester, Enfield, Ilford, Ipswich, Luton, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Romford, St Albans, Watford

Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Dudley, Leicester, Northampton, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Walsall, Wolverhamton

Belfast, Lincoln, Wakefield, Doncaster, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Halifax, York, Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle, Hull

Carlise, Lancaster, Blackpool, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Wigan, Bolton, Oldham, Warrington, Stockport, Chester, Crewe, Telford, Manchester, Shrewsbury, Aberystwyth

Oxford, Hemel Hempstead, Slough, Reading, Swindonw, Salisbury, Southamton, Portsmouth, Guildford, Harrow, Southall

Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Redhill, Maidstone, Dartford, Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Kingston, Twickenham

Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Dorchester, Bournemouth, Taunton, Plymouth, Torquay, Truro, Exeter

Company Profile

The Company
Formed in July 1989, commenced trading August 1989

To specialise in providing a rapid response service in the supply of quality cardboard tubes for existing users. To identify and develop new and existing niche markets for tubes.

Our email address is:

Piling Tube
Designed for use in areas where ground heave is expected. The special slip coating allows for movement of clay around the pile, thus greatly reducing stress normally transferred through the pile.
The surface area of the pilling tube is manufactured in such a way that it will maintain its circular form and smoothness after pouring. The mouth of the pile needs no extra support during pouring and will not expand under loading unlike plastic tubes.
Standard diameters are available from stack in small quantities. For specialist sizes or large quantities please contact our offices for lead times and prices.
We are able to offer a Nationwide delivery service on a next day basis for stock items. For larger orders please phone to discuss, we have in the past exported tubes to Ghana and to Gibraltar.
Pile Caps
A cheaper option of extending steel casing or traditional formwork.
Void Formers
The strength of the cardboard tubes comes to the forefront in this application. Our manufacturing range has allowed us to offer solutions for the M16 building, crash barrier support posts and bridge deck voids.
Disposable Lined Column Formers
Disposable Lined Column Formers are innovative, inexpensive, fast simple to erect and produce a high class finish with no spiral marks.
Speed - Supplied ready to use each column can be erected in about 15 minutes, and dismantled in about 10 minutes.
Economy - Low initial cost, coupled with speed and simplicity of erection, makes these column forms a very economic investment for small or large numbers of columns.
No minimum order level - Diameters from 50mm to 660mm larger by negotiation. Available in single lengths from 76mm to 12 meters.

(for postal tubes allow clearance for plugs or state effective and allowance will be made).

Cardboard tubes - uses and users
Air conditioning pipes (Alien 3, Bugs, Space Vets, Star Wars The Phantom Menace)
Rolling Road (Mitsubushi Charisma)
Missiles (Spitting image)
Log raft (Palace Scenery for Hellman's Mayonnaise advert)
Chimney (Palace Films for The Soldiers Wife)
Shop display (Debenhams, Framework, Marks and Spencer and the British Shoe Corporation)
Drainpipe (Muppet Christmas Carol, Goldeneye)
Stage Set (First National Lottery draw - Acorn Scenery for the BBC and Reeves & Mortimer)
Gas Cylinders (David Harris Special Effects for London's Burning)
Acoustic Screening (Theatre Tec for Birmingham Exhibition and Conference Centre)
Andalucian Style Roof (Half tubes for Velvetfield Ltd for the Man of the Moment)
Pillars (Absoutely Fabulous, House of Elliot, Star Wars The Phantom Menace)
Lighting Diffuser (Quarter tubes for Ken Norris Ltd)
Special Effects (We supply many pyrotechnic companies with tubes to fire shells and other effects from - as featured in How They Do That?)
American Log Cabin (Dunnford for Lee Jeans)
Cannon (LTW for The Brian Conley Show)
Fascia (Odeon Leicester Square for premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral)
Promotional Work (Lillehammer, to celebrate their holding the 1994 Winter Olymices)
Large Scale Models (A complete make up range for L'Oreal built by Roger C Walker. Numerous pieces for the set of Borrowers)
Oil Cans/Paint Pots: (The Saint, Goldeneye & Tomorrow Never Dies)
If you feel your application for tubes is as imaginative as some of the examples above please send some details and stills and we will include this on a future revisions of this page.

The emphasis of our production for the industry has always been on quality and safety. Each tube to be used for pyrotechnics is specially made for this purpose. While the nature of the use of these tubes prevents us from guaranteeing their lifespan and independent test however proved that our tubes surpassed the firing performance anticipated by BS 7114. In addition we have heard of two examples that illustrate the quality or out tubes. Following an unfortunate incident, Trading Standard Officers undertook and investigation. Part of their work involved test firing our tubes, including the deliberate inversion or a shell to fire it within the tube. The tube withstood the explosion. In addition, we were also informed of a 300mm shell that marooned within one or our tubes. The tube took the explosion and was still serviceable. We also supply candle pots, mine pots, and catherine wheel spindles.

Mailing Tubes
Need to package large sheets or a special product. We are able to offer plastic plugs as a closure for the following diameters. They are supplied in white as standard, colour options are available at a premium. When calculating the length of tube required please allow room for end caps. This is approximately 38mm up to 203mm diameter, 60mm for 254mm and 80mm for 305 diameter. All tubes are made to order and we are able to deliver your specific tube within 3-5 days from the date of order with the following options:

Finish options

  • The tubes can be covered with a coloured paper
  • Single colour print with your company logo, product name etc.
Special Options
  • For an alternative mailing tube look at the labelling options available by selecting "manufacturing partner" from the side menu.

Industrial Tubes
Primarily for use as reel centres, our manufacturing range allows us to produce cores for a range of materials from foam underlay and papers through to 12 tonne reels of steel where the tube not only acts as a feel centre, but also protects the inner layers of steel during handling. Special applications have seen many of our tubes end up as bass tubes in car boots. After working with some of the worlds top audio specialists we have now expanded this application to include the high quality end of the market for use at cinemas, concert halls, studios and home audio market.

Macanie House
Dock Road
RM18 7PT

Tel 01375 851 613
Fax 01375 851717

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