In-mould labelling (IML)

When Rosti uses in-mould labelling to create your products and packaging, we can integrate detailed branding and barrier technology during production. This brings multiple benefits and opens up new possibilities for improved product design, recyclability, strength, and range of materials. And because of our sophisticated automation technology, we can do it in a way that’s extremely efficient and economical.

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Rosti - John Kidd
John Kidd

Regional Technical Director Asia

Rosti - Tony Austin
Tony Austin

European Technical Director

How does in-mould labelling (IML) work?

In-mould labelling is a technique for directly incorporating labels into injection-moulded products. Often this involves embedding logos, decorations or product information into plastic products and packaging, but Rosti can go even further. We can use IML to enhance the physical properties of your product. For example, we can embed oxygen scavenging or UV protective sections into your packaging to help your product last longer.

Rosti produces more than 200 million IML injection-moulded containers and lids every year, so we bring a huge amount of experience and expertise. Our automation and robotics have been developed and fine-tuned to make the IML process quick, efficient and cost-effective, and it is available from all of our sites across the world.

The qualities of Rosti IML:

  • Up to 45% foil curvature (depth to width)
  • Dry and solvent free process
  • Unlimited design potential
  • Quick design changeover
  • Low-cost, especially for high-volume projects
  • Achieve effects not feasible with other technologies

Using in-mould labelling to improve your packaging and your product

In-mould labelling can give your products a high-quality, elegant finish. With Rosti, you can use a wide range of materials, lacquers and inks to get precisely the right design for your market. IML is robust too. Because there are no paper labels involved, your product will be less likely to be damaged in transit and will withstand a greater range of temperatures and humidity.

In the food and pharmacological industries, IML opens up possibilities for changing the materials in your packaging. Our IML technology lets us, for example, create barrier packaging with different levels of permeability, making it suitable for hygroscopic or UV-sensitive products. This gives you the option of replacing heavier materials – such as glass and tin – with injection moulded plastics, reducing the financial and environmental costs of transport.

Ditch the paper for greater recyclability

Because the labels are fused directly on to your product, it means that you can say goodbye to adhesive paper labels. As well as the aesthetic improvements this brings, it can also make your product easier to recycle. With in-mould labelling you can create packaging with high-quality branding, made from a single material source. This helps recycling because you don’t have to peel off labels and there is no risk of contaminating the recycling stream of plastics with paper.

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