The materials used for printing

If you order labels it is important to determine the material that is best suited to your spheres of application. The main materials used for printing of self-adhesive labels are self-adhesive paper and foil (polypropylene). Rarely self-adhesive metal (aluminum foil of appropriate thickness with a sticky layer) is used.

Next, we will review all of them in details.

Self-adhesive paper

There are such types of self-adhesive paper: matte paper, semi gloss paper, glossy paper, thermal paper and others. More rarely metalized paper (coated with foil) and paper laminated with foil are used.

Matte paper is used for the manufacture of self-adhesive labels when there is a need for stamping or manual inscription. If using a different material, stamp paint can wipe away. Matte paper can’t be varnished. Example of labels on matte paper is shown in the picture:


Semi gloss paper is the most popular material for the production of self-adhesive labels, because this label has an attractive appearance, long term of use and can be additionally coated with varnish - fully or partially.


Semi gloss paper is also used for the manufacturing of thermal transfer labels. Printing of these labels is performed by thermal transfer printers, using a special painting tape (ribbon). Printer print is convenient, because labels are printed quickly, in any place where it is needed, and you can change the information you print at any time. Thermal transfer labels have a long term of use (unlike thermal labels) and one can achieve good quality and printing stability by selecting the appropriate type of ribbon. Commonly thermal transfer labels with previous print or partial varnishing are used.


Thermal paper (ECO TOP) is used for the producing of thermal labels on thermal printers and electronic scales. Thermal print does not require the using of ribbons. But they are characterized by short term of using. These labels are sensitive to external factors: light, friction, moisture etc and friction or heating can make that label black. Thermal labels are used, for example in electronic scales in a supermarket when their main task is to convey information "to the cashier from the scale." Material ECO can not be varnished, has no protective layer, the term of using is from 1 hour to 2 months. TOP material can be protected with UV varnish or water varnish; it is more stable and longer in use because it has additional coverage – it is coated with chalk, suitable for deep freezing.

Metalized paper or laminated with foil is better to use when it is necessary to achieve the high attractiveness of labels. In the photo a small silver surface is left, but for a smaller area of print effect of "metal label" will be greater.


Wine paper can be of different textures and has a purely decorative function. Such labels are usually used for labeling alcoholic beverages.


Adhesive film (polypropylene) is white, transparent and pearly. This is the most resistant material and so used for labeling chemicals or drinks. Film is resistant to rupture, friction, wet environment. Also, the film can be laminated and varnished, providing additional protection. For cosmetic products or alcoholic beverages often a transparent film is chosen that allows you to create the effect of "purity" of a product and increase its attractiveness to the buyer. For drinks or detergents it is also especially important to protect the image from moisture.

Metal (self adhesive aluminum) is used in high temperatures. This label is not burning, resistant to friction and moisture. An example of metal labels using can be rolled metal marking, using as a protective cover for candles, isolation or connection of hot surfaces (aluminum tape).

The photo below shows the clear label, but they also can be with printing.


Sometimes, metal labels are used to provide special attractiveness of products. For example, the next photo shows the aluminum tape and a metal label, where printing and stamping was used. As we see, the printing methods used significantly alter the appearance of the label.


Laminated paper is not self-adhesive (has no adhesive layer). It is appointed for using in industry - for packing loose products. The most common use of laminated paper is in the pharmaceutical industry (for the packaging of tablets, powders, medicinal teas, etc.) and food industry (for example, for the manufacture of sugar sticks).

Carton and paper without adhesive layer may differ in structure and grammage, but generally their scope of application does not require special operating conditions. They are used for the production of not self-adhesive labels, brochures, flyers, folders, business cards, postcards, etc. Carton rather has decorative function and is selected by the customer on the basis of aesthetic preferences. In printing of such  products can also be used stamping, partial or total varnishing, foiling (gold embossing).


All materials used by printing "Kraplak" Ltd. are certified in Ukraine. If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them - contacts us (see Contacts). Also on the site you can view detailed characteristics of materials.