Film Lamination

Film lamination provides protection and decorative properties and is used on many different types of printed items (books, brochures, cartons, menus etc.).

The most commonly used film for decorative film lamination in the UK is OPP (orientated polypropylene); gloss, matte and silk finishes are offered. Other films include cellulose acetate and polyester, where specific properties such as biodegradability and heat/chemical resistance are required. Specialty films with textured and particular tactile properties are also available.

On those occasions when issues have been found following the film lamination process, Smithers Pira can assist in determining the root cause of the problem.

Typical issues include:

  • Color change (chemical and optical)
  • Film lift and poor adhesion
  • ‘Piping’ (film lifting in a random pattern)
  • ‘Silvering’ /poor appearance
  • Curl
  • Issues with gluing and foil blocking
  • Bond strength
  • Surface slip