Cold foil is most commonly used on products that call for a strong “shelf appeal”, such as household consumables, cigarette cartons, wine labels, and cosmetic packaging. It provides a luxurious metallic look on higher added-value label applications.
It is a cost-effective and convenient alternative to Hot Foil and functions like an additional ink station. A UV-curable, very fast lamination adhesive is applied and bonded in-line in a single run using a printing plate. This can be done for either flexographic web printing or offset sheet-fed printing. It is applied precisely with high resolution, even for fine structures such as raster gradients and thin lines. Typeface is legible from about 5 points upwards and has excellent edge definition. This foiling process requires smooth surfaced substrates(coated papers) for excellent image quality.