Laminated IML

Laminated IML

If the end product requires dishwasher resistance or direct mouth and/or food contact, our laminated in-mould labels are the best solution.

Direct food contact

Because we laminate ‘inline’, we can guarantee that there is no direct contact between our inks and the laminated PP film throughout the entire production process.

Dishwasher safe

Using the ‘reverse printing’ technique, the labels are given a beautiful sheen. However, our laminated solution goes much further:

  • Our in-mould labels can handle more than 100 washes, while many competing labels will blister or even come off after 10 to 20 washes.
  • Our technique allows us to print ‘all over’ without the ugly transparent edge at the top and bottom of the label that you often see elsewhere.

With iPB, lamination does not have to mean that the in-mould labels become stiffer. Our R&D department has recently developed a new concept into a smooth running laminated label of no more than 50-55 μm.


  • Odourless
  • Scratch-resistant
  • No contamination of inks
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Pasteurisation-proof
  • Mono-material, so 100% recyclable

Possibilities in ‘look and feel’

  • High gloss or matt laminate
  • ‘Soft touch’ laminate
  • ‘Advanced white’ (high opacity)
  • ‘Frosted white’ look

In the dynamic world of product packaging and branding, businesses are constantly seeking innovative ways to stand out on the shelves, captivate consumer attention, and communicate their brand message effectively. Laminated in-mould labels have emerged as a versatile and appealing solution, revolutionizing the way products are packaged and marketed.

What Are Laminated In-Mould Labels?

Laminated in-mould labels, often referred to as IMLs, are a specialized type of label used in packaging. These labels are applied during the manufacturing process of plastic containers, bottles, or other packaging materials. Unlike traditional labels, which are often glued or heat-shrunk onto the packaging’s surface, IMLs are inserted into the mould before the plastic material is injected, forming a permanent and seamless bond between the label and the packaging. This integration ensures that the label becomes an intrinsic part of the product, eliminating the risk of label detachment or peeling over time.

Advantages of Laminated In-Mould Labels:

  1. Durability: IMLs are highly resistant to moisture, UV radiation, and abrasion, making them ideal for products that require long shelf lives or exposure to various environmental conditions.

  2. Enhanced Graphics: The printing quality and detail achievable with laminated in-mould labels are exceptional. Manufacturers can reproduce intricate designs, vibrant colors, and high-resolution images, which helps products stand out on the shelf and strengthens brand identity.

  3. Recyclability: Laminated in-mould labels can be made from recyclable materials, aligning with the growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions. This eco-friendly feature contributes to a company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

  4. Cost-Efficiency: While initial setup costs for IML production may be higher compared to traditional labels, the overall cost-effectiveness becomes evident in large-scale production due to reduced labor and material expenses. Additionally, the elimination of label application equipment simplifies the production process.

  5. Customization: Laminated in-mould labels offer virtually limitless customization options, allowing companies to tailor their packaging to meet specific marketing goals, product differentiation, and branding strategies.

Applications of Laminated In-Mould Labels:

Laminated in-mould labels are widely employed across various industries, including food and beverages, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and automotive. Some common applications include:

  • Food Packaging: IMLs are used for labeling dairy containers, ice cream tubs, and condiment bottles, maintaining label integrity even in refrigerated or frozen conditions.

  • Beverage Containers: Many beverage companies choose IMLs for their plastic bottles, enhancing the visual appeal and brand identity of their products.

  • Cosmetic and Personal Care Products: IMLs are ideal for cosmetic jars and containers, offering a premium appearance that complements high-end beauty products.

  • Household and Automotive Products: Manufacturers of cleaning agents, lubricants, and automotive products benefit from the durability of IMLs in challenging environments.

  • Drinking cups: Ideal for reusable drinking cups for festivals, sport events or music concerts.

In conclusion, laminated in-mould labels have emerged as a game-changer in the world of packaging and branding. Their durability, versatility, and ability to enhance product aesthetics make them a valuable asset for companies looking to create a lasting impression in the minds of consumers. As businesses continue to innovate and adapt to changing consumer preferences, laminated in-mould labels represent a powerful tool for achieving packaging excellence and bolstering brand recognition.