Technical Information

Decoration

Decoration

Decoration methods for plastic bottles include screen printing, letterpress printing, hot stamping, tack labeling, in-mold labeling and shrink labeling.

Screen Printing
  • 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.
Screen Printing
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.
Letterpress Offset Printing
Hot Stamping
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.
Hot Stamping
Tack Labeling
This type of laminated label uses paper with adhesive. Various different types are available.
In-Mold Labeling (IML)
A multi-layered plastic label is placed inside the bottle mold so to be thermally adhered to the bottle during the blow molding process. The finely printed label attaches to the bottle with almost no gap so that it is then not easily peeled off.
In-Mold Labeling (IML)
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