Lamination is the application of a thin film over the printed page and GLC offers three types of lamination depending on the finish you require.

Practically speaking, lamination adds strength to paper and card making it sought after for company annual reports, presentation catalogues and folders, postcards, and calendars to name a few. It also offers flexibility, long term durability and makes card and paper tear-resistant giving the finished product the ability to remain flat. Overall lamination holds the ink together on every page, preventing aging or signs of wear and tear.

Lamination is a multi-purpose finish because it is commonly used for design enhancement as much as for its other practical qualities.

Gloss Lamination

Gloss lamination is used extensively on magazine covers, postcards, book jackets, annual reports and point-of-sale material like posters. It is also used to highlight vivid colours and is particularly good at giving printed products a quality feel. Improved laminating technology means that these days, laminated products can be foil stamped and glued with most PVA's or hot melts afterwards.

Matt Lamination

Matt lamination is used for all the practical purposes above – giving durability and helping to prevent curling. Its added advantage is to give a smooth silky feel. Increasingly it is being combined with spot UV to highlight certain aspects of design, to give a stunning 3D effect that often can't be portrayed otherwise.

Specialty Films

Silver and Gold Metallic Lamination

Adhesive metallic laminating presents another exciting development in laminating finishes which are popular with designers of packaging requiring an expensive look, such as cosmetics, perfumes or liquors. This laminating can be printed on afterwards using UV offset or screen inks.

GLC offers silver and gold laminating films for printing on card or paper, so go ahead and create a stunning design incorporating this process.

Holographic Lamination

For something extra special, holographic lamination has the effect of creating a striking, eye-catching stand-out design. It is a multi-sparkle Polyester film which gives a 3D, futuristic look, typical of that found on products where manufacturers want to give a high-tech, 21st century impression.