Everything you need to know about labels

15th May, 2013

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The appearance of your label is extremely important, as it is often a calling card for your business and products, or else it will need to serve a highly practical purpose and must be easily identifiable.

As such, your labels will be used in a variety of settings to enhance your business or product.

Labels must adhere to a variety of surfaces: aluminium, corrugated, fibre drums, glass, plastic, steel, and more, so it?s important to get the materials right.

Type of Label available:

Direct-Thermal Labels & Non Thermal Labs

A label that allows a direct-thermal printer to create an image by applying heat directly to a heat-activated label material. No printer ribbon is required.

Non-thermal labels use a ribbon instead of heat.

Barcode Labels

A barcode is a machine-readable representation of data relating to the object which it is attached to. They systematically represent data by varying in widths and spacings of parallel lines. Barcodes are typically scanned by optical scanners known as barcode readers.


The severance line between a pressure-sensitive label and its matrix or adjoining label, made by the cutting edge of a die.

Digital Print

Printing from a digital-based image directly to labels resulting in quick turnaround times and lower cost. Also allowing for quick small-runs of print at high quality.

We will provide our customers with advice on materials and adhesives and allow them to have the flexibility of choosing from a wide range of materials to print on.

Paper Materials:

  • Permanent
  • Removable
  • Ultra Removable
  • Blockout
  • Freezer Perm
  • Direct Thermal
  • Ultra Permanent

Finishing options are key to giving your products the best final result. We will guide you on the best finishing options, dependant on the type of product you are looking to create and what it will be used for.

Options include:

  • No finish
  • Gloss Varnish (Thermal Transfer Printable)
  • Matt Varnish (Thermal Transfer Printable)
  • Gloss Overlaminate
  • Matt Overlaminate
  • Lexan Polycarbonate (Scratch Proof Laminate)
  • Gloss White Polypropylene (Window Stickers)


  • CMYK
  • 300 DPI

When customers work with us at Nexus, we are more than just a supplier. Our first priority is to understand how you use the labels and what the outcome is that you want to achieve. We will listen, research and come up with the most suitable advice which meets your requirements.

We work with you to achieve the best results!

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