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13/01/2022 Wendy Dong

Face Stocks

understanding labels

When deciding on a label face stock you will need to consider:

      • budget: balance between price & performance.
      • final appearance: glossy, matt, textured or metallic look.
      • printability: will it work through a printer.
      • end use: what it is applied to plus any temperature exposure.

Face Stocks come in many variations of 2 main types: Paper or Synthetic

1) Paper Based Face Stocks

      • Made of material converted from wood to paper.
      • Suitable for most dry environments.
      • Very popular for fast moving items required for short term use.
      • Are highly versatile, economic and achieve outstanding print results.

2) Synthetic (or Filmic) Face Stocks

      • Plastic or filmic in construction (won’t tear in both directions).
      • Used where durability is required (moisture, chemical or temperature).
      • Popular with bottles being recycled.
      • 3 main types of synthetic material:
        PE: Polyethylene (where squeezability is required)
        PP: Polypropylene (durable and available in clear)
        PET: Polyester (used for resistance to water, oil or chemicals)