Acucote has expanded its portfolio of durable pressure-sensitive materials that can be printed on pigment and laser systems for chemical and industrial labeling applications. The company has added four BS5609 Section 2 (label performance)-certified film products: Kimdura® Inkjet Ultra, Kimdura® DualTech, PPG TESLIN® 7 mil face stock, and 2.6 mil matte white premium thermal transfer polypropylene. All are offered with Acucote adhesive P50, an acrylic with a durability range of -30-250˚F.

The Kimdura and PPG Teslin products are further certified for BS5609 Section 3 (print performance) for particularly harsh environments. To obtain BS5609 certification, labels need to withstand a three-month saltwater submersion test in the English Channel. BS5609-certified labels are proven to meet the most stringent tests for durability in the industry. PPG Teslin face stock features static dissipation, which reduces potential static discharge when removing label liners (which could potentially ignite chemical and solvent vapors in certain manufacturing environments).

“Converters tell us that specifications for labelstocks are increasingly becoming more stringent in terms of temperature range, environmental resistance, stronger adhesives, and better printability,” said Melissa Harton, product manager, digital media. “Over the past years, we’ve seen a gradual shift from strictly laser to pigment-based print systems for outdoor and drum labeling. We’re pleased to expand our portfolio to meet the needs of this fast-growing sector by offering products compatible with pigment inkjet, laser and thermal transfer.”

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