Thermal Ribbons

Thermal ribbons are required for use in a thermal transfer label printer. There are a number of different options available, the most common include…

  • Wax
  • Wax/Resin
  • Resin

Trials are recommended to ensure the ribbon is suitable for your printer, label & application.


Thermal ribbons are required when printing thermal transfer Labels. They are made from a polyester film which is coated with ink.

There are 3 different types of Thermal Ribbons; Wax, Wax-Resin Blend & Resin

  • Wax Ribbons are typically used for paper labels, used indoors & low-grade print. Eg. Address Label Printing
  • Wax-Resin Ribbons is the most popular type as it is a good compromise between hard-wearing print & cost effectiveness.
  • Resin Ribbons are used for printing onto synthetic labels where they are required for harsh environments, such as outdoors, marine, industrial & warehouse use.

If printing onto coloured labels, there are some colours, particularly yellow which we would recommend only using wax coated ribbons, there are however some exceptions to this rule.

Trials are recommended, especially if it is a new process for you. Samples are available on request.

The measurements for these are in millimetres for the width and metres for the length.

Below is a simple guide to calculate the ribbons required for the number of labels ordered.

Thermal Ribbons