Materials

Note – all our label materials are self-adhesive and can be applied to a wide range of firm flat surfaces such as plastic, glass, cardboard etc, but are not suitable for application to fabrics or leathers. If you would like to see physical samples of each of the materials, please request a complimentary sample pack here.

White BOPP (Plastic – Permanent Adhesive) – By far the most commonly used material in our collection. It’s a thin white polypropylene film (commonly referred to as BOPP in the printing industry) that is impervious to almost any punishment and looks beautiful on your products. It delivers eye-popping color and image crispness that can’t be beat.

White BOPP (Removable Adhesive) – Most of our materials feature permanent adhesives – because most products need labels that will survive prolonged use. However, if you need a more “temporary” label or sticker that can be more readily removed, our White Removable material has a special adhesive to make removal much easier.

White BOPP (Tight Mandrel Adhesive) – This material has the same construction and visual properties as the standard White BOPP, but it has a special (more aggressive) adhesive designed to achieve a better bond on small-diameter products (such as lip balm sticks or very small bottles) where the label is intended to wrap around the product. The vast majority of containers do not need this level of adhesion and the standard White BOPP should normally be used unless the application justifies it. We can help you decide the most appropriate material if necessary.

White BOPP (Plastic – clear PET liner) – Identical characteristics to the standard Permanent White BOPP, but the labels are produced on a clear PET liner (not paper) – which is most suitable for high-speed mechanical applicator lines. Please ensure your label-application facility can handle this type of liner before ordering, as it can cause problems if the machinery is not compatible.

Chrome BOPP (Plastic – Permanent Adhesive) – This material produces superb results in the right circumstances – BUT it needs advanced graphic design skills to be effective. The polypropylene film is specially treated during manufacture to have a “chrome-like” finish (i.e. just like the reflective silver trim on older cars). Once again, there are some design tricks that can contribute to a beautiful result, and some traps to be avoided. Feel free to ask us for guidance.

Chrome BOPP (Plastic – Tight Mandrel Adhesive) – Exactly the same material as the entry above (Chrome BOPP), but with a more aggressive adhesive for specialty applications. It is slightly more expensive, so ask us for guidance if you need help deciding.

Chrome BOPP (Plastic – clear PET liner) – Identical characteristics to the standard Permanent Chrome BOPP, but the labels are produced on a clear PET liner (not paper) – which is most suitable for high-speed mechanical applicator lines. Please ensure your label-application facility can handle this type of liner before ordering, as it can cause problems if the machinery is not compatible.

Clear BOPP (on Paper liner – Permanent Adhesive) – Exactly as it sounds, this is a transparent polypropylene film that is perfect for the “no label” look, allowing the product itself to show through. It does require a little more care when designing, as strong background colors can have unexpected impacts on the result. We can help you decide whether this is the best option for your products.

Ultra-Clear BOPP (on Clear liner – Permanent Adhesive) – This is the same material as the one above, but it comes on a clear PET liner. This liner is usually best for high-speed automatic applicators, but one additional benefit is that the finished labels can appear a little less hazy due to the way the adhesive reacts with the liner. It’s important that you confirm with your label applicator that their equipment can handle clear-on-clear labels, as there can be unusual challenges in detecting the gaps between labels.

Estate #9 (Textured paper – Cream) – If you’re looking to print wine labels or beer labels, the Estate #9 material is a very popular option. It’s a creamy/buff-colored paper stock with a subtle textured finish that adds a very attractive “antique” look. Note – while this material is often used for wine and beer and other short-lived products, it may not be a good choice for products that get exposed to lengthy periods of use or are exposed to extreme environmental conditions (like bath and body products, for example).

Estate #8 (Textured Paper – White) – Very similar to the Estate #9 in texture and usage, but the paper is white instead of cream-colored.

​We also have access to a wide range of specialty materials, but choose to limit the Online Quoter to the most common options for simplicity. Contact us if you have special needs, and we’ll see if we can help.