To make sure your business has the right thermal labelling solution, you need to talk to the experts. At The Label Factory, our team has extensive knowledge and experience of all the common thermal printer and labelling brands. So we understand what you need to know when it comes to designing a hassle-free solution, even in challenging environments and industries.

Understanding thermal printing


The Label Factory team brings you years of experience based on understanding that not all thermal labels and print solutions are the same. We have developed a range of paper and synthetic label materials for a wide variety of applications and industries. We can recommend solutions that include the best printer and applicator brands, and the right adhesives. We also offer solutions for heat activated print and transfer and ribbon use applications.

Solutions for every industry

Every industry has different needs, but we know the advantages and drawbacks of all kinds of thermal label printing systems and we’re ready to help you. If you’re in the retail, bakery, butchery, supermarket or meat processing business, our expertise in thermal solutions will make your life easy. For warehousing, logistics and any other special requirements, you can trust The Label Factory team to offer you a customised thermal label printing solution that works. And remember, all our label materials are environmentally friendly.

The right thermal printing option

For printing key information on demand, such as barcodes, ingredients and dates, thermal labels are the answer. There are two processes to choose from: direct thermal and thermal transfer. Each one has its own advantages, and our team will be happy to help you find the best one for your business.

Direct thermal transfer

01Direct thermal transfer

Direct thermal materials have a chemical layer applied to a paper or synthetic base that is activated by heat. When the label is printed through a direct thermal printer the small elements on the printer heat up and activate parts of the chemical layer to create the image required.

Direct thermal synthetics are a good choice for carton and retail pack labelling in the chilled and frozen food sectors. These labels can withstand cold temperatures without degrading in quality over time.

Thermal transfer

02Thermal transfer

Labels are printed through a thermal transfer printer.  At the point of the print head, a layer of ribbon is placed on top of the label. The print head elements heat up and cause the carbon pigment that is on the ribbon to transfer to the label, creating the required image.

Thermal transfer synthetic labels are most suitable for outdoor labelling and applications where they will be exposed to high levels of moisture or scuffing.