Paper is our most economical choice and is suitable for almost any application. It can be used on flat and normal surfaces, e.g. for lacquered wood and lacquered metals. Paper material no recommended for outdoor use on rough cardboard, rubber, unvarnished wood. Suitable for temperatures ranging from -15°C to +90°C.
Paper options: Choose from white, white opaque, silver metallic, gold or fluorescent orange and fluorescent yellow.
Applications: Paper is widely used as product labels, frozen products, beer bottles, water bottles, wine bottles and various cardboard packaging. Ideal for additional printing through a thermal transfer printer.
PET material is a type of polyester substrate. It is suitable for most applications and is particularly robust to withstand various conditions. PET is a strong material that is ideal for long-term use/ shelf life. It is tear-proof, scratch-resistant, water-resistant and fully colorfast. Suitable in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +100°C.
PET options: Choose from white, transparent, silver and silver matte coated.
Applications: PET is widely used to give luxe appearance on products. PET labels are recognized, for example, in cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
PP (short for polypropylene) is a type of plastic substrate. PP material gives a glossy effect and leaves labels looking chic and professional. PP material is a customer favorite choice here at Zolemba. It is suitable for long-term use where a long shelf life is needed. It is tear-proof, scratch-resistant, water-resistant and fully colorfast. PP labels can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Suitable in temperatures ranging from -30°C to +80°C.
PP options: Choose from PP white and PP silver metallic.
Applications: PP is widely used for its versatility. Popular as food labels, sauce bottles, everyday household items. PP labels are also popular as safety labels.
Memjet is also known as gloss inkjet paper. Ideal for labels that are used with a laser color printer. Typically stored in a dry environment. For indoor use only.
Direct Thermal Material
In contrast to 'normal' paper, direct thermal paper is made up of several layers. These extra layers give the paper material the possibility to print without ink.
These layers consist of:
- A top coating/thermal layer in the face of the paper
- Silicone Glue
- Liner (backing)
The top coating of the thermal paper contains a special type of dye. This dye is activated with heat typically from the printhead from a thermal printer. This enables text to be print without the need for ink. Note: it is only possible for text to be printed in black with direct thermal labels.
Types of thermal paper
There are two variations of direct thermal material. Thermal Eco and Thermal Top. Both types are recyclable and have a shelf life of 1 year when stored in temperatures of 20-22°C in a dark environment. Both types are available with permanent, removable, and freezer-suitable adhesives. Exposure to direct lighting is not recommended.
Thermal Eco - Ideal for general purposes. Often used in dry and reasonably clean environments for short-term labeling applications. Non-top coated; not protected against UV light, moisture, fats and alcohol.
Thermal Top – Ideal for printing product information that requires extra protection against external environmental influences. Top coating provides extra protection from both top and bottom of the material. Protects against UV light, moisture, grease, oil and alcohol. These labels are often used in applications where a longer life required.