Which plastic label is right for you?

Plastic labels have a broad variety of uses for many businesses, clubs and organisations across the UK. Many of the types of plastic labels available make a great choice, as they are highly durable, as well as weatherproof. And, if required, they can even be over-laminated for additional durability.

So, if you are considering investing in plastic labels, you have made a good choice. But it is important to know that there are actually many different types of plastic labels available – including polyester, polycarbonate, vinyl, and polyimide. Here we present a guide to these different types of plastic labels to help you to decide which one might be best suited for your needs.

Polyester

Polyester labels are created from a plastic film which has properties including being resistant to the majority of chemicals. The material is also stable at temperatures up to 150 degree Celsius, and is considered a heat-stabilised label. With excellent flatness and transparency, these labels are extremely versatile and can be used for a wide range of industrial applications.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate labels are very popular. They are highly resistant to high temperatures, and hold very good dimensional stability and colour. Labels are available in thicknesses of 250 or 500 microns and, better yet, they can be cut into virtually any shape, so they are perfect for a huge range of applications.

Vinyl

Vinyl labels have the advantage of being waterproof, weather-proof and scratch-proof, as they are printed using solvent inks. As well as being able to withstand temperatures from -50 to 110 degrees Celsius, vinyl labels are also very versatile and competitively priced.

Polyimide

Polyimide labels are made using polyimide film. This is a permanent, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive. Specifically designed for thermal transfer printing, they have a high opacity, gloss white topcoat.