Film Types

filmPolyester Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) film has high temperature and excellent barrier properties. It is used as a substrate for laminating and extrusion coating. PET film is also used in flexible packaging of products. PET exhibits outstanding dimensional and thermal stability and excellent tensile strength. It is the industry's most popular film and is most commonly used for two sided lamination.

Applications include menus, book covers, badges, and maps. Since PET doesn't contain any plasticizers, it doesn't become brittle with age under normal conditions. PET has the widest selection of film thickness available.

  • General purpose over-laminate
  • Excellent abrasion and scratch resistance
  • Good thermal stability

Polypropylene (OPP)

Polypropylene (OPP) is a more economical heat activated film. OPP films are a material with unique strength, thinness, density confirmation transparency, and gloss. It also has excellent moisture proof properties which allows for clear printing using normal inks. It is a very flexible film and is often used in one sided project. Applications include write-on/wipe off calendars, posters, presentation folders and labels. Because of its softness, OPP folds extremely well

Softer and more flexible than PET

  • Good chemical resistance
  • Cost effective when compared to PET
  • Nylon (Lay-Flat)

Nylon thermal laminating film is very popular particularly for one sided projects like book covers and dust jackets, due to its uniquely stable and non-curling properties. When exposed to heat, as during lamination, nylon won't stretch or expand. Accordingly, when cooling, nylon doesn't shrink. Lay-Flat features excellent abrasion resistance and exceptional optical properties (clarity, glossiness).

Reduced curl

Good scratch and abrasion resistance

Good optical properties

Note: All film types described here are intended for indoor use.