Decoration methods for plastic bottles include screen printing, letterpress printing, hot stamping, tack labeling, in-mold labeling and shrink labeling.
- A type of stencil printing that uses a plate and a screen.
- The applied ink on the plate is scraped and squeezed through the opening (holes) of the screen leaving an image on the surface of the bottle.
- Compared to using other types of printing plates, a thicker film of ink forms, thus offering a unique texture.
Letterpress Offset Printing
Letterpress offset printing (curved surface printing) is used for printing on plastic tubes. Each ink color is transferred from an ink unit to a blanket in series. Multiple colors are printed on the tube at the same time by a single transfer.
Hot stamping is a type of foil stamping using heat; the foil is transferred and adhered to the bottle using a die. Various types of heat transfer foils are offered such as ones with metallic surfaces and hologram patterns.
This type of laminated label uses paper with adhesive. Various different types are available.