Thermal Printing Solutions

Thermal transfer technology uses a heat-sensitive carbon ribbon, which gets melted onto the label when heat is applied through the thermal printhead. It delivers a permanent, crisp print, ideal for long-life product labelling and labels that are exposed to direct sunlight, heat or outdoor conditions. 

We stock three different formulations of ribbon including wax, resin and wax/resin depending on if you need to make your label more economical, durable or provide a more detailed print. All insignia ribbons are designed to meet strict quality specifications and have a unique coating on the back of the ribbon to protect your printhead. Find out more about our range of ribbons below.



Wax ribbons are suitable for general purpose printing on paper stocks, making it for ideal carton labelling applications. The high ratio of wax in the formulation means these ribbons have a lower melt point, so a lower heat setting can be used on the printer and high print speeds are achievable. Wax ribbons are the most economical ribbon.


Wax/Resin ribbons provide a finer image on very smooth or coated and gloss paper labels and some synthetic stocks (e.g. polypropylene, polyethylene, polyolefin). The printed image is more durable than wax, ensuring excellent resistance to scuffing or rubbing which can be a common problem for freight.


Full resin ribbons provide excellent performance with a sharp clear print and higher print speeds, together with outstanding resistance to smudge and scratch in harsh conditions (high temperatures, corrosive or UV applications). They are suitable for a wide range of materials including synthetic and specialty label stocks.


Which Thermal Transfer Ribbon is right for you?

We understand trying to choose the right ribbon for your labelling application might be confusing, so we got our thermal printing experts to answer the most frequently asked questions we get on thermal transfer printing.

Need help selecting the right solution?

Our product specialists can offer help or guidance on a solution that will meet your needs now and into the future.

Contact us on 1300 467 446