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Foils and ribbons

Thermal transfer ribbons and foils are available in variety of colours and widths for different applications, machines and requirements. They are a combination of wax and resin which has been fully tested to ensure maximum durability and vibrancy on our extensive range of print-ready sleeving and markers.

Printasleeve’s extensive experience and expertise in printing has enabled us to develop a range of thermal ribbons and foils suitable for the printing of all manner of heatshrink sleeving and cable markers from our own extensive range and beyond. Each ribbon is based on combined formulas of wax and resin, the exact composition of each varying to produce best results according to different factors. Resin is particularly abrasion and scratch resistant. It also performs well when subjected to gasoline, alcohol and other solvents. Wax gives an unrivalled depth and vibrancy of colour even where printing is particularly detailed. All ribbons are guaranteed to produce durable quality printing on the many materials we offer, and we are always happy to advise ensuring the optimum outcome for your application and specific need. Where other label and marker substrates are in use, we have the expertise to guide your choice. As all ribbons and foils are used by us, service is fast, reliable and in many cases delivery is next day.

Premium black ribbons offer strong environmental resistance against smearing and chemicals. Print quality is reliable, sharp-edged and of a quality to maximize bar code readability and image clarity. Mark permanence, adherence and resistance to solvents passes MIL81531 and MIL-STD-202G on tested substrates.
Standard black ribbons are high density with good solvent, high heat resistance, and super scratch resistance. Print quality is excellent in the majority cases. Mark permanence, adherence and resistance to solvents passes MIL81531 and MIL-STD-202G on tested substrates.
Economy black ribbon is a good all-rounder offering sharp, durable results for most standard applications.
Currently available in white (other colours to be added as testing is completed), colour ribbons are suitable for marking on coloured and black sleeving and labels where black print is not the preferred choice.
Metallic ribbons offer durable quality gold or silver print and are an alternative to standard black and white print.

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Key Information

Premium Standard Economy Colour Metallic


Black Black Black White

Gold, silver

Widths (mm)

60, 100

(others on request)

25, 55, 110

(others on request)

40 40, 60

40, 60

Lengths (m)

300 360 300 300


Permanency, adherence and resistance to solvents

MIL81531 (SAE AS81531:998, point 4.6.2, 3.4.2, 3.4.3), MIL-STD-202G test method 215 (2002) on tested substrates

Application specific testing recommended

Recommended use

All print-ready heatshrink and markers including Printashrink TW, CPF/FR, SPF, LSZH grades, Raised Panel Plate, Tie-on Cable Labels, Wraparound Labels

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Free Artwork Service

As part of the fully comprehensive print process, we offer a free artwork service for both thermal and hot foil printing. This involves, advising on print suitability, resizing to fit final fitted size and re-ordering information supplied in spreadsheet format according to the sequence of installation or into kits.

To ensure superior print results, it stands to reason that artwork needs to be best quality and this is why we advise on whether artwork is suitable for purpose in terms of fine detail and ornate graphics which may not successfully transfer to smaller sleeves and markers, or where a high shrink rate is required. Furthermore, as heatshrinkable products do not shrink in a uniform manner (transverse and longitudinal shrink ratios differ widely) we resize artwork so that there is a strict correlation between original and final fitted dimensions.

We accept many formats for artwork including, but not limited to, tiff, eps, bmp, jpg, gif and PDF. For jpeg, save your image using the best quality. We use a single colour print system. This means the sleeving and print can be different colours, but the print itself can only be one colour. For best results send your image in black and white with what you would like printed in black. We can then take the image and print it on your selected sleeving in the correct print colour.

We also print from spreadsheets, CSV or text files, .lists or drawings. Where required, we can sort, print and pack according to the sequence of installation.

Complete Cable Identification Solution

With so many cable identification solutions on the market, it can be hard to match these to your specific needs. Printasleeve offers a complete service based on our many years of experience and development in this highly specialised field. We know what works and how to get the best results.

This allows us to offer a fully supported package to get you set up quickly and easily. Whether you are looking to source a complete cable identification package or consumables for an existing one, we will only offer products which have been fully tested by us and in which we have complete confidence. Take advantage of Printasleeve’s over 25 years of printing experience to find the perfect combination for your requirements.