In-mold labeling and decorating were demonstrated by numerous machine builders. In addition, two IML/IMD film suppliers had interesting news. Verstraete IML of the Netherlands had its film labels running in 16 demonstrations at the show (photo). It showed off metallic IML that preserves a metallic look when a packager moves from metal to plastics. It also showed double-sided IML with printing visible inside and outside of clear containers; peelable IML that can be removed easily from packaging that is suitable for reuse by the consumer; barrier IML that adds oxygen or light barrier, SuperClear IML that produces packaging with a no-label look; and new MockUp IML that is digitally printed with short lead times at low cost.
Another IML supplier, which specializes specifically in digitally printed labels, is ZoMazz of Monterey, Calif. The advantage of what the firm calls “D-IML” is that it requires no setup time and costs, unlike offset lithography or screen printing. Continuous-tone digital printing makes short runs of a particular label more economical and shortens lead times.