We have the ultimate solutions for you: The new films 4films digital gloss pro and 4films digital matt pro. Unique thermal laminating films with excellent adhesion using the latest "high-tech adhesive generation". Specially designed for papers printed in all modern* and common digital printing processes.
(* eg ElectroInk, metallic dry ink, digital UV inkjet or toner based)



A strong protective shield with noble character

Report in the printing market
Issue 120, April / May 2019, page 63
Editor-in-chief Klaus-Peter Nicolay


Film laminating is the surface bonding of paper or cardboard with a film to influence the mechanical and optical properties of the material. But it's not about whitewashing of defects (as the name might suggest), but first of all it is the protection of printed products against dirt, moisture and mechanical stresses such as scratches. The durability of heavy-duty, often used or durable products such as teaching aids, manuals, displays, folders, annual reports, catalogs, posters, packaging, business cards etc. is increased.

But laminating is also at the same time a refining process that has the same significance as the primary protection function. Although laminating can change the effect of ink, but this could be used for intended effects. High-resolution, colorful pictures have a better visual effect through glossy foil, because glossy foil enhances the visual brilliance of printing inks and adds more depth to the image. Matt films usually reduce the intensity of the inks because less light is reflected. In contrast, matt films convince with a velvety surface structure and good grip.

In principle, two methods are used: wet and thermal lamination. Thermo-lamination is the elegant and cleanest way of laminating. In contrast to the wet lamination the film is already coated with adhesive which is connected inseparable to the printing product by means of heat and pressure.

The two wet and thermal laminating processes have their respective one’s advantages and disadvantages. However, they do not need to be discussed at this point. 4films offers solutions for both techniques. 4films shield steel wet is designed for processing with commercial laminating adhesives and is used in wet lamination processes. 4films shield steel thermal is designed for commercial use orientated to thermal laminating machines. 4films shield steel digital is also processed on customary thermal machines, but offers an excellent adhesion on products printed with common digital printing methods.

These matt films offer a very matt and especially scratch-resistant coating - the surface has an excellent resistance to wear. In addition, laminating generally gives a higher strength to a printed product. The foil-finished printed matter is grippier and feels better, too. So the haptic properties and the quality are increased by laminating. Thus, printed matter is not worn off even under high stress and keep a high quality feeling for a long time also with substaining a noble look.





How a printed matter becomes an eye-catcher by laminating

Report in the printing market
Issue 119, January / February 2019, page 49
Editor-in-chief Klaus-Peter Nicolay


Consumers decide in a fraction of a second whether they like a product or not, whether packaging encourages them to buy, whether a mailing is opened or not. Almost three-quarters of all purchase decisions are made at the point of sale, and around 50 % of all book titles are bought for their outward appearance. And why? Because refined printed matters are eye-catchers, curious and make of the ›information carrier printed matter‹ emotional and desirable products.

Refinements primarily affect the attractiveness and advertising effectiveness of a printed product. Golden letters, vividly emphasized motifs, partial shine on a matt background, filigree cut out or highlighted ornaments are features that catch the eye or flatter the hand because of their feel.

In order to enhance the effect of printed matter over mere usability, a myriad of methods and techniques are employed. But there are often only a few additional features that increase the value of a printed matter. Already a protective function increases the durability and upgrades a product. For this, techniques such as varnishing, laminating or laminating are available.

Whether it's called cellophane wrapping, laminating or film laminating - technically, it's about the surface bonding of paper or cardboard with a film in order to influence the mechanical and optical properties. For example, the strength of laminated products is increased, the protection against mechanical influences, dirt and moisture is increased, thereby increasing the durability. The finishing of printed matter is always accompanied by a change in the surface. That's what you want, after all. Because only a coating can be used, for example, to achieve matt or glossy appearances on paper.

Laminating involves an increase in the effect, which is achieved by the inseparable joining of two layers. To this end, the company 4films offers a range of solutions that form the perfect symbiosis of film and substrate. For example, 4films digital gloss pro or 4films digital matt pro, both thermal laminating films with excellent adhesion, developed for all common digital printing processes. And if you also want to treat the high-quality print products to a fluffy feel, you can use 4films fluffy, a matte film with a velvety soft feel, a homogeneous look and excellent color clarity. The special surface finish ›non-fingerprint‹ prevents unsightly fingerprints. This foil is available in the versions wet, thermal and thermal digital. The films enter into an inseparable connection with the printed products, protect and refine at the same time.