Shrink Wrap

Shrink Wrap, or Shrink Sleeve labels, surround your products in creative branding for a perfect fit. Graphics and text are printed inside the transparent film to protect your branding around the container.  

Shrink Sleeves Offer a Wide Range of Packaging Benefits

  • Create full-package designs that wrap around the entire container
  • A better option than traditional labels for liquids or oils
  • Versatile enough for standard or specialty containers
  • Abrasion-resistant graphics are printed on the inside of the sleeve
  • Easy removal to recycle both the shrink and the container
  • Cost savings with complete container coverage

How Shrink Sleeves Are Applied

Shrink Sleeves should be applied using a steam tunnel since a heat tunnel will not yield consistent application. Sure Lock Packaging provides shrink application in-house as an additional service. We heat the label film material until it shrinks tightly around the container, providing a seamless appearance. 

Selecting the Right Material for Your Custom Shrink Sleeves

Several shrink sleeve material options exist. Sure Lock can help you choose the suitable material for your budget, process, and container shape. There are many things to consider when selecting the optimal shrink sleeve material. Be sure to discuss your unique needs with our team to ensure you get the best material for your packaging.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

PVC was developed for the label market and was the primary shrink sleeve substrate for many years. Its robust global supply chain makes it a lower-cost option. Some of its contents are associated with environmental complications, but it’s also highly recyclable. Reclamation will be important if your company has a green initiative.

Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG)

PETG is the primary material used in shrink sleeve labeling. Key benefits include widespread availability, film clarity, stability compared to other materials, and shrink capability of up to 78%. These combined features make PETG a good fit for most applications, but it comes with premium expenses relative to PVC. PETG’s high shrink rate means it can only be produced in highly controlled shrink tunnels to avoid design distortions and squeezing, especially for thin-wall containers.

Oriented Polystyrene (OPS)

OPS offers a higher yield and a more controlled shrink rate but requires careful handling and exact conversion conditions. OPS has limited uses in select applications.

Polylactic Acid (PLA)

PLA is a bio-based polymer material. With limited supply sources, cost and handling issues have limited its adoption. This material’s shelf and storage life is also a consideration when selecting this green material, as it must be applied within four months of production.

Collage of many brightly colored shrink wrapped aluminum cans.

Are You Ready To Use Shrink Wrap To Grow Your Brand?

Sure Lock is your full-service shrink wrap expert! From design to application, we have attractive solutions for your packaging and your brand.