In this article, we’ll take a look at a few categories of lamination that offer new possibilities for many types of product packaging. All kinds of coatings and films are available with various nuances, and they produce a wide range of effects. For the most part, laminations offer a variety of cosmetic benefits, but these same laminations and coatings can also enhance structural integrity or offer unique functionalities like safe contact with food or heat resistance. Let’s dive in.

1. Holographic Laminates

Holographic laminates are a stunning way to enhance commonplace, plain-Jane packaging, and they are tremendously functional to boot. Holographic laminates are often made using a PET film, but a holographic look can also be achieved with a hot stamping or cold foil. In regard to utility, there are a number of functional uses for holographic laminates as well. Transparent holographic films, for example, can add an extra layer of tear resistance to packaging, ensuring that a product is tamper-free. Unique holographic patterns are more difficult to counterfeit, as can customize holographic QR codes.

2. Patterned holographic laminates

We’re not done with holographic packaging just yet. One of the most exciting things about holographic laminates is their customization and versatility. In fact, there’s a whole swatch library of holographic patterns and colors you may have never even heard of that can add even more pizzaz to shiny, alluring packaging.

Before looking at some examples, here’s a non-exhaustive list of unique holographic laminate patterns:

  • Pillars of light
  • Sparkle dots
  • Plaid
  • Lava
  • Cracked Ice
  • Confetti
  • Starbursts
  • Raindrops
  • Checkers
  • Diamonds

Other interesting page: What is laminating and how does it contribute to the quality of flexible packaging films?

3. Aluminum foil laminates

The role of aluminum foil in your kitchen pantry can do a lot. It’s great for grilling, storing your barbecue’s leftovers, and even for scrubbing the grill grate clean after cooking. Not only is aluminum foil food-safe, but it’s also plastic-free, lightweight, and markedly recyclable (it’s even dishwasher safe!). In fact, according to the Aluminum Association, nearly 75% of all aluminum produced is still in use today.

It’s no surprise then that aluminum foil laminates are widely used in all kinds of food, cosmetics, and chemical packaging. Foil laminates are FDA compliant for direct food contact and effective heat and moisture barriers. Plus, they have the best high dead fold properties in the business, meaning foil-laminated packaging won’t spontaneously unfold or lose its form.

4. Polyester laminates & metalized mylar

Polyester laminates, often referred to as PET laminates, are PET films adhered to a fibrous substrate to create a laminated material used for enhanced packaging. Polyester is a durable material, so it’s good for packaging that needs to stand out while maintaining a relatively rigid structure.

Metalized mylar is another term for this style of lamination, as mylar is a type of polyester film with high tensile strength and strong insulation qualities.

5. Transfer metalized laminates

Transfer metalized laminates are yet another way to get a bright, almost reflective sheen on your final product packaging. With these laminates, a thin layer of metallic foil is bonded to the base layer with a sustainable, water-based adhesive, and the polyester film can be removed for responsible recycling, leaving behind a fully recyclable laminate. Fun fact: the foil itself is less than 0.1 microns thick. For reference, a single human hair is about 70 microns thick (in diameter). So, when we say thin layer, we really mean thin layer. Transfer metalized presents an attractive, sustainable, and tearable option for packaging that needs a bright, metallic finish. Plus, it’s typically available in multiple styles, like a silver, rainbow, or even various custom holographic patterns.

6. A supplier of prestigious and quality plastic films

Union Packaging with many years of experience in the field of providing plastic films and plastic packaging is manufactured from virgin plastic particles and meets FDA standards. Customers can rest assured when cooperating with us because Union Packaging always ensures:

  • Customer satisfaction is the number 1 priority
  • Outstanding product quality from stable sources of quality goods from Taiwan and China
  • Competitive price
  • Reputation builds a brand
  • Product safety certification
  • Fast shipping
  • Various payment policies
  • Enthusiastic, dynamic, and creative staff
  • Providing a wide range of plastic films for packaging materials
  • Being a close partner of many suppliers

Union Packaging is a reputable and experienced supplier of OPP, CPP, MCPP, PET, MPET, PE laminated film…. in the industry. We always try to research, develop and improve product quality, improve customer care ability to meet the increasing demands of the domestic and foreign packaging market. Please contact us now: 0987 437 469 – 0903 750 384 for specific advice and quotation.


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