The litho lamination process consists in attaching materials printed on paper or card stock of relatively low grammage to surfaces of high grammage, e.g. 2 mm card stock or corrugated fibreboard. Offset printing directly on such materials is not possible due to their thickness.
The primary aim of litho lamination is to increase the stiffness and durability of the final product, and it is used in the production processes of children’s publishing and advertising. In advertising, litho lamination is performed during the production of POS materials.
We can combine the following materials in the litho lamination process:
- printed coated paper and high grammage card stock,
- printed card stock and high grammage card stock,
- two printed card stocks,
- printed card stock and corrugated board,
- printed card stock and micro-flute board,
- litho lamination can be single- or double-sided.
Sample uses of the litho lamination process:
- One example of litho lamination would be books for small children. Such books have thick cardboard pages, and since offset printing is impossible on cardboard, images printed on the offset printer are laminated onto the cardboard. Additionally, varnish or film is used to protect the images from damage.
- Litho lamination is also used in packaging production. Since packaging should protect the product it contains, it is usually quite thick, and as a result cannot be printed using offset printing. So in order to increase the product’s appeal, the packaging is laminated with a material onto which an attractive drawing or picture of the product has been printed.
Litho lamination is used most often in the production of children’s publications and advertising. In advertising, litho lamination is performed during the production of POS materials.
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