What Is Hot Stamping Foil? | Sustainable film coating technology for packaging | Ginkgo

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What Is Hot Stamping Foil? | Sustainable film coating technology for packaging | Ginkgo

Based in Taiwan since 1987, Ginkgo Film Coating Technology Corp. specializes in manufacturing hot stamping foils with advanced metallization and coating technologies. They offer a wide range of products including functional and decorative hot stamping foils, glitter foils, holographic foils, digital foils, and outdoor foils to various industries such as cosmetics, textiles, automotive, and packaging.

Ginkgo was founded in 1987 and has been dedicated in researching metallizing and coating related techniques all along. We have produced various functional foil, such as hot stamping foil for plastic packaging, hard coating film, holographic foil, glitter film, lamination film, and so forth. We provide high-quality functional foil for clients across all industries. With experience of over 30 years, we could offer the best products for you. From manufacturing to delivery, each product has been tested over 6 times averagely. Our products cover all aspects in life, such as hot stamping foil for plastic packaging, glitter film, hard coating film lamination film, holographic foil and so forth.

Ginkgo has been offering customers eco-friendly stamping solutions since 1987, both with advanced film coating techniques and 30 years of experience, Ginkgo ensures each customer's demands are met.

What Is Hot Stamping Foil?

Metallic shine of hot stamping foil.
Metallic shine of hot stamping foil.

The three major elements of hot stamping are temperature, pressure, and time. Hot stamping foil is the foil with metallic luster. Using high pressure and temperature to stamp the pattern on silicone rubber die with metalized layer and color layer onto the printed matter. It is functional foil with multi-layer coatings. Each coating layer has an unique function and together they achieve hot transferring effect. The structure and preservation methods of hot stamping foil are as shown below.

The Structure of Hot Stamping Foil

PET Film: To support each layer, usually made of PET (polyester film).
Release Film: Also known as separation layer. To separate PET film from Top / aluminum / adhesive layers. It decides pattern transferring.
Top Layer: Protective layer that decides colors and patterns.
Metalized Layer: Metalized electroplating layer. As 90% of the metallic luster of foil come from aluminum, it is also called "aluminum layer".
Adhesion Layer: Thermoplastic resin that attaches to the substrate, could be adjusted per substrate's properties.


Release layer allows PET film to be separated and left coating layer attached to stamped objects.

How to Properly Preserve Hot Stamping Foil?

As hot stamping foil is incredibly fragile and the coating layers could not stand downward placement, heavy weight, or dropping. Moreover, 90% of metalized layer is aluminum which has poor resistance to acids, bases and oxidation, the metallic luster will fade when not being preserved properly. Hot stamping foil could be preserved several years when handling with care. However, the shine faded with time and hence we suggest to use them as fast as possible.


Methods of preservation
1. Keep them upright.
2. Do not stack on top.
3. Keep dry. Avoid placing on the ground as moisture may affect the quality.
4. After purchasing, use them all within 1 year.
5. Keep them at temperature of 25°C to 30°C and below humidity of 75%.
6. Avoid direct sunlight exposure.
7. Avoid acidic or basic environment.


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