Coated face stocks for the label industry

Sihl offer a global service of coated films and specialities to the pressure-sensitive industry. The goal is to become a preferred partner for V.I.P. and special coatings with innovative products, competent teams and reliable production.

The assortment meets all requirements regarding:

printing – for variable information printing  (V.I.P.) with inkjet, laser or thermal transfer
appearance – glossy, matt, satin, transparent, opaque
flexibility – squeezable FACESTOCK films for flexible packaging
resistance – durable and resistant to environmental influences and chemicals
security – forgery-proof
sustainability – good CO2 balance
certifiability – certifiable to BS5609 Section 3 and UL/CSA

FACESTOCK in food contact

When products come into contact with food, their quality is particularly important. In order to guarantee this, there are binding requirements of the health authorities which must be fulfilled in order to be allowed to market such products.

For Sihl, this guarantee of product quality is particularly important so that GMP (= Good Manufacturing Practice) is integrated into the processes. In this way, product quality and compliance with the requirements of the health authorities are ensured.

The combination of GMP and migration tests entitles Sihl to issue a Declaration of Compliance (DoC). Qualified FACESTOCK grades are marked accordingly in the product description.

Environmentally conscious FACESTOCK

The subject of environmental protection is becoming more and more important and Sihl is therefore also endeavouring to ensure greater sustainability in its products: through the sustainable use of resources, a reduction in the total weight of some FACESTOCK varieties of 20 – 40% is achieved. The possibility of using two printing technologies – inkjet and laser – leads to reduced transport and storage costs and thus to an improved CO2 balance.

For PET-based products, the base can be replaced with a film containing up to 90 % PCR. PCR, post-consumer recycling, is the reprocessing of plastic waste generated by consumers in households and offices.

These measures enable Sihl to significantly improve the CO2 footprint of the FACESTOCK range.

FACESTOCK coatings

Sihl’s FACESTOCK coatings were developed to meet the requirements of the technologies
for variable information printing (V.I.P.):

  • Dry toner systems for laser
  • wax, resin and resin tapes for thermal transfer
  • Aqueous and solvent systems for inkjet
  • FACESTOCK for laser (dry toner)

    Sihl Laser-Topcoats can often do more than “laser”. Some of them can be printed with aqueous inkjet inks, others are suitable for thermal transfer printing and outdoor use. Many of the products are designed for sheet and roll-fed laser printers.


    • Thermal stabilization
    • Safety functions
    • Coated reverse side
    • Opaque reverse side


    Laser coatings for FACESTOCK:

    • Good toner anchorage
    • Bright and true colours
    • Good sheet insertion
    • International approvals (UL, CSA, BS 5609) are possible
  • FACESTOCK for thermal transfer

    Sihl coatings for thermal transfer printing guarantee sharp, smudge-proof and chemical-resistant prints. Some of the grades are UL/CSA approved by customers as self-adhesive products.


    • Pre-shrunk / thermally stabilized films
    • Safety functions
    • Coated reverse side
    • Opaque reverse side


    Thermal transfer coatings offer:

    • Good adhesion of resin or resin/wax inks
    • Good chemical resistance
    • Good external resistance
    • International approvals (UL, CSA) are possible
  • FACESTOCK for aqueous inkjet

    Sihl has many years of experience in the development of inkjet coatings for specific and demanding applications. This range offers the most universal FACESTOCK media for self-adhesive applications. Depending on the base film used, some grades can be used for both aqueous inkjet and laser printing.


    • Thermal stabilization
    • Safety functions
    • Coated reverse side
    • Opaque reverse side


    Inkjet coatings for FACESTOCK:

    • High resolution
    • High printing speeds
    • Wipe-resistant prints
    • Sharp printouts
    • Brilliant colours

FACESTOCK in general


Facestocks are not only used in the label industry. Also in the field of  VISCOM, tapes and industrial applications facestock materials are in use.

Sihl has already established itself in the facestock labels market segment and also offers media in the field of  VISCOM. In the own research and development department Sihl work on solutions for the other segments.

Market segments in the label industry

Sihl offers durable FACESTOCK films for demanding applications: For the production of product or V.I.P. labels in the application segments Logistics, A4 Cut Size, Retail, Oil & Chemical Industry, Durables, Home & Personal Care as well as Pharma, Food and Beverage. The films have similar good processing properties as standard films. No process conversion is necessary.

Some of the films are even suitable for two printing technologies. This saves storage costs and has a lasting impact on the CO2 balance thanks to lower consumption and fewer transports.



The VskE tackles important issues that affect all companies in the label market equally. The focus is on promoting industry and supporting member companies.

Information VskE


FINAT is the European association for the self-adhesive label industry. It also covers the related technologies for narrow-web product decoration and labeling.

Information FINAT


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