The sleeve label market offers vast possibilities in advanced product branding and packaging. Since the early 1980s, rotary label presses have been developed, modified, and trimmed for handling various types of mono web sleeve materials.
Sleeves can be divided into three major types: Shrink sleeves, wrap-around sleeves, and stretch sleeves. Each individual sleeve type offers its own unique features and applications.
Offering full product decoration of bottles, containers, canisters, and more, shrink sleeves have successfully gained a footing over the last 30 years. With the sleeve, you can decorate the product with 360° graphics, you may form the sleeve so it fits very different and also very complex shapes, and you may even offer a tamper-evident solution to the overall packaging.
Wrap-around sleeves offer high-speed application for very large product series. Overall, it is safe to say that sleeve application is a valid alternative to traditional wet-glue or pressure sensitive labels. Today, the sleeve market makes up app. 15% of the global label market.
The primary sleeve materials are PVC, PET-G, PP, PLA, OPS, and PE for shrink, wrap-around, and stretch sleeves. Performance and price are the common denominators for these materials. The increase in oil prices is driving up the cost of polymers. Therefore, there is a large pressure on development of thin films, co-extruded films, and other films with innovative functions.
The Nilpeter presses are developed for multiple substrates. Our presses administer advanced tension controls, as well as web temperature management. These two challenges are the predominant factors to be mastered in order to achieve successful high-speed sleeve printing. Nilpeter delivers machines for sleeve printing based on offset technology, UV-flexo technology, water-based flexo technology, solvent-based flexo technology, gravure technology, as well as digital InkJet technology. Combined with various value-adding enhancements, our sleeve solutions are the broadest and most competitive in the market for high quality sleeves. Learn more about the multi-substrate flexo presses, the FA-4* and the FA-6*.
Over the years, Nilpeter has built-up an extensive knowhow of sleeve production. We are committed to providing the optimum consultancy on sleeve technology to our customers, which is why we work closely with our wide network of partners within the entire hardware and software supply chain.