What is IML?
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In-mould labeling [IML] is where a preprinted polypropylene (PP) label is placed in a mould (that forms the container) and the molten plastic that is introduced fuses with the label and when cured takes the shape of the mould. In short label and container become one, rather than label adhered to the outside of the container. In mould labelling can be done with injection moulding, blow moulding and thermoforming of plastics.
In mould labelling has many advantages over traditional labeling:
- It offers maximum print quality, allowing your designers to really go to town on that design and make your product and brand stand out.
- The offset printing of the label produces high-resolution outcomes, including photography, and allows for the label to wrap around the entire container.
- In mould labels are scratch resistant, they can’t crack and they aren’t susceptible to wrinkles!
- They are also strong and hygienic and resist big changes in temperature, making them ideal for frozen and refrigerated products.
- The process offers shorter production time and lower production costs.
- IML is more environmentally friendly as the packaging and the label consist of the same material and can therefore be fully recycled.
If you would like more information about IML our design and production team would be more than happy to discuss your project with you. Contact us here.