Shrink sleeve

The Label for Any Form of Packaging.

Shrink sleeve labels are made of heat-shrinking material, which means that the labels change shape and adapt to each form of packaging under the influence of heat. These are PVC, PET (rPET) or OPS film.

This type of label gives designers great freedom in creating designs across entire surfaces. In addition to their extremely attractive appearance, sleeve labels can also provide additional product protection.

They are mostly used is in the food, cosmetic and dairy industries.

The advantages of shrink sleeve:

compared to other labels from the flexo material group, shrink sleeve has several advantages – it is

  • resistant and durable to external influences,
  • printing on the inside of the film enables adding varnishes, thermally active paints, metallizing film (perforations and other effects),
  • allows the product design over its entire surface (360°)

White sleeve PET material

Used to avoid the transparency of the classic sleeve and provide a light barrier on the existing bottle. There are white shrink sleeve films with or without a barrier. The barrier film significantly extends the shelf life of the product and protects it from external influences and is a material with a high degree of shrinkage.

PET sleeve

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is an environmentally friendly material that can be of different thicknesses. It is most often used when applying to bottles, and a large percentage of shrinkage allows ideal application to even the most demanding forms. It can be recycled without removing it from the bottle as they are the same material.

rPET sleeve

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) is an environmentally oriented material composed of approximately 25% recycled material. It can later be recycled and used in the production of new products of similar composition. Regarding application characteristics, it is identical to classic PET material. In addition to providing additional protection and the ability to print advertising messages, RPET sleeves can also be used to group multiple products into one package.

OPS sleeve

Oriented Polystyrene (OPS) shrink sleeve material is most often applied to yogurt cups and similar products. This is a more delicate material that does not require high temperatures for shrinkage. One of the main advantages of OPS is its ability to design and print, which enables the production of packaging in different shapes, sizes and colors. It is of the same composition as plastic cups (PS), so recycling is possible without separating the label from the packaging.

PO sleeve

Polyolefin film is a material of specifically low density intended for making shrink sleeve labels. It has a high degree of shrinkage and is suitable for the recycling process where it is separated from other packaging by the deposition process and remains on the surface. Polyolefin films can be produced in different thicknesses, widths, colours and transparency, depending on their purpose. These films are resistant to moisture, chemicals, UV rays and high temperatures.

Special effects in printing

The most commonly used printing special effects are matte varnish, soft touch or paper touch varnish. Thanks to them, sleeve labels have more visual and tactile dimensions. A new part of our offer are also thermo-active colours that change depending on the temperature at which the label is located.


Perforations are the tiny holes on the sleeve labels that make up the line and serve to make it easier to remove the film. There are different types of perforations, depending on the size and shape of the holes, as well as the purpose of the perforated surface. Horizontal perforation is mainly used to remove the entire film from the packaging. It is most often used to separate the part of the film that serves as a protection against product opening.

Cold film

Due to its extremely glossy effect, cold film is most often used to highlight individual parts of the label. Usually, cold film is printed silver or gold, but colour can be printed on it, which provides designers with a wide range of design options. Cold film printing is In-line with printing; therefore it does not require the production of special tools, but classic flexo-forms. Unlike hot film, the application of cold film does not create an additional relief on the material. Cold film can be printed on various self-adhesive materials, film and shrink sleeve materials. It makes each design unique and creates additional value for the product.