What is lamination for print?

Lamination provides a thin layer of protection through a versatile method that can be applied on a combination of materials, at GMP UK our focus being the print industry. Commonly it's used to protect and enhance printed materials. You can get various finishes, but traditionally you get gloss, matt & silk.

Lamination uses a coated finish to add durability and any extra desired effects needed, for example, a gloss finish film would add a sleek shine effect to the final product.

Whether it’s for the office or on a large scale operation, it’s important to get the right machine for the right job. The lamination process can be divided into two different methods:

  • Lamination pouches
  • Lamination film

There is UV coating which is more of a complex method, less popular and more expensive.

Lamination pouches are a common option when it comes to laminating. Both are available in both non-reflective matt and gloss finishes, which can add definition and a crisp finish to the final product.

You get both hot and cold lamination pouches for encapsulation, binding the layers for a sturdy quality finish. Small laminators have the added benefits of being easy to use and perfect for school and office use.

Using heat during the process melts the adhesive resin layer, covering the print and then cooling leave the desired finish. Normally thermal lamination is more durable long-term in comparison to the cold pouch lamination, which is mainly used for heat sensitive documents, to prevent any damage or heat interference with the product.

Film lamination gives the same benefits with more customisation, more variety of finished films and thicknesses. To find more information on the machinery and films we offer at GMP, have a look at our laminating film page.

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