In addition, our Environment and Sustainability Glossary explain some of the key packaging-related environmental and sustainability terms and definitions used in the industry.
The sticky underside of the label. Pressure is required to activate the adhesive to start the bonding process. Learn more on our adhesives page.
A paper with a high gloss finish with an excellent printing surface. The cast coat provides extra moisture resistance and superior print compared to semi-gloss papers. The same paper can be used to achieve a matt finish with the addition of a matt varnish.
A printing process where foil is applied to the label using an adhesive transferred by a more cost effective flexographic polymer plate.
The process in which a raised edge of metal surface cuts the shape of the label out. Typically the die will only cut the top layer and adhesive, leaving the liner/backing sheet un-cut.
Cylinders or plates that are engraved out of metal or polymer material that are used to cut, hot stamp or emboss labels.
A digital print method in which ink is digitally imaged, transferred to a blanket and then onto the label. This method of printing provides superior print detail and vibrant colour reproduction. Learn more about our digital offset label printing capabilities.
A printing process that works directly from digital files, where printing plates are not required.
A synthetic based label with a chemical coating that is activated when printed through a direct thermal printer. This creates an image such as a barcode, text, price, etc.
A technique that creates raised or lowered graphics by the use of specialised tooling.
A paper based label with a chemical coating that is activated when printed through a direct thermal printer. This creates an image such as a barcode, text, price, etc.
A method of printing which uses flexible polymer plates to transfer the ink to the label. Learn more about our flexographic label printing capabilities.
A plate material that is photosensitive and when exposed to light it hardens. When the plate is washed in a solvent the non-exposed areas are washed away leaving the exposed areas raised. This provides the surface for transferring the ink to the label.
A printing process in which foil is transferred by a metal plate to a label material using a combination of heat and pressure. The metal plate is more expensive than the flexographic plate used for cold foil but does provide a superior result on fine detail.
A plastic film that is bonded to the surface of the label material. It seals the print in and provides the optimum moisture and scuff resistance. Common types of the laminate are clear gloss or clear matt.
This is the carrier sheet for the label and adhesive. The liner can be either paper or film.
A thin, flexible steel cutting plate that is held onto a base cylinder magnetically. Magnetic dies typically cost less to manufacture than solid rotary cutting dies.
A label produced on a substrate with an adhesive that adheres to surfaces by applying pressure. Also known as a self- adhesive label.
Four colours that are used to create photographs and other multi-tone and colour images on the label. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black are the most common Process colours.
The alignment of all the elements on the label including ink colours, die cut, emboss, and hot stamping foil.
A label finishing option that adds gloss or matt varnish to selective areas of the label. This helps the chosen areas of the label pop out of the design.
A paper label that has a mid-gloss appearance. The gloss level can be increased by addition of a gloss varnish.
A clear protective coating applied to a label. Varnishes are used to give the label either a glossy or matt appearance. They also provide protection against moisture and abrasion.
Substrates that are printed directly on the pulp surface. These papers do not produce the colour intensity of cast coated or semi-gloss papers but are often sought after due to their textured feel.