We’ve been printing stickers since 1997. Even though we supply a large variety of products that are digitally printed such as banners, flags, business cards & pamphlets etc. Stickers make up around 30% of our total turnover.
We can print a large variety of different stickers – from barcode labels, labels with numbers that follow one another, kiss cut labels, domed or gel stickers, wine labels, bottle labels, bumper stickers, license disc stickers etc. We can also print just about any form, shape or size stickers when printing digitally.
We mainly make use of 3 different printing processes for stickers or labels, please see below.
These get printed directly from a computer to a digital printer and thus there are no additional setup or get-ready charges. We use this process with low quantities (for example; 2000 or less for a sticker of 90x50mm). The same machine that does the printing also cuts the sticker by simply adding a cut line into the artwork before printing, thus making almost any shape is easy. This process has the advantage of being cost effective on low quantities and it is a relatively fast process.With the digital printing process we are able to drop the square meter price when larger quantities are ordered, however, unlike with the Litho or Flexo method, there will be a point where the price cant drop any further. We also use this process when clients have large orders, but who are pressed for time and need their order in a day or two. The average turn-around time is 3 – 4 working days after deposit and artwork approval.
Digitally printed stickers are usually supplied in sheets of about an A4 or A3 size. You basically just pull the stickers off the backing and apply them.
For additional protection for digitally printed stickers we could laminate them with clear vinyl at an additional cost worked out per square meter. Please keep in mind that this option could double the price as the stickers need to go through 2 additional processes. They get printed, laminated and finally plotted on our plotter (cut-out process).
This process is recommended when larger quantities of stickers are ordered (for example 2 000 or more stickers of around 90 x 50mm) This process uses a method of preparing positives and plates for every colour that is used, which is quite different from digital printing. With the litho printing process the amount of colours in the artwork plays a huge roll. An order for litho printed stickers takes about 10 to 15 working days to complete. With litho printing the client is also limited to the mould sizes available, unless they are willing to pay the high price for having a mould made to their specifications. When requesting a quote we can supply you with a price for the closest available size that we already have in stock.
This process was widely used and very popular about 10 years ago, until the digital printing industry started booming. Screen printing is the process also used for T-shirt and corri board printing. Very much like in the litho printing process, one also needs to prepare individual positives and screens for each colour used. This makes screen printing a time consuming process, but very cost effective in large quantities. With lower quantities this process will be the most expensive one especially when more than 1 colour is being used. This process would usually only be recommended when the client requires the stickers to last longer, especially in direct sunlight. When compared to the other two processes this one would last 3 to 4 times longer in cases where they are exposed to direct sunlight. An order for screen printed stickers will take around 10 to 12 working days to complete.