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Avery Dennison Secures UL® Recognition Of Additional Thermal Transfer Ribbons For Durable Goods Labeling

Expanded portfolio of UL-approved label materials eliminates additional testing, saving time and money.


The Label and Packaging Materials division of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) has secured UL® recognition for four additional thermal transfer ribbons as part of its Fasson® customer-ready durables label portfolio.


The resin-based black thermal transfer ribbons are UL recognized for use with two UL recognized Fasson® base materials: a 3-mil synthetic paper that is a matte white polypropylene, and a 2.3-mil glossy white biaxially oriented polypropylene with a top coat. Both of the Fasson products are cost-effective alternatives to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) for indoor and select outdoor applications, and can be used with or without an overlaminate. ARMOR Industrial Coding and Printing, DNP IMS America Corporation, IIMAK, and ITW Thermal Films manufacture the new ribbons.


“These additional thermal transfer ribbons give printers more options for helping their OEM customers cost-effectively meet their UL label-adoption process needs,” said Paul Purdef, manager, thermal transfer films, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials. “The Fasson customer-ready durables portfolio streamlines the process for obtaining UL recognition of printed labels. OEMs can now do in two weeks what has typically taken fourteen to thirty-six weeks.”


In addition to the new resin-based thermal transfer ribbons, the full portfolio of optimally engineered Fasson product combinations includes UL recognized flexo UV and water-based inks; digital UV inkjet; wax/resin thermal transfer ribbons; and adhesives with a broad temperature range.




The importance of getting durable goods into the marketplace in the shortest amount of time possible is strategically prudent for OEMs. Avery Dennison has the label-adoption tools that make such an opportunity possible.


“And now with UL’s new $500 flat-fee pricing structure, OEMs know exactly how much the UL side of the process is going to cost,” Purdef said. “There are no additional label-adoption fees with our Fasson product combinations because all the label components are already UL recognized.”


Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) helps make brands more inspiring and the world more intelligent. For more than 75 years the company has been a global leader in pressure-sensitive technology and materials, retail branding and information solutions, and organization and identification products for offices and consumers. A FORTUNE 500 company with sales of $6.5 billion in 2010, Avery Dennison is based in Pasadena, California, and has employees in over 60 countries. For more information, visit