Hot Stamping

Hot stamping products can be applied very universally to a wide variety of substrates and material surfaces. Heat and pressure are used to level out and flatten any unevenness and roughness of the material or substrate used. A heated embossing tool activates the adhesive layer of the product, which immediately creates adhesion to the substrate. Depending on the process, the embossing tool is usually made of engraved brass or etched magnesium. The shape of the embossing die used largely determines the visual effect and feel of the hot product embossing. A basic distinction is made between the following processes and design options, whereby a wide variety of visual effects can be produced and also combined with one another:

  • Face embossing / flat embossing
  • Textured embossing
  • Relief embossing
  • Micro-Embossing


  • Very high gloss.
  • Very high compressive force.
  • Excellent edge sharpness.
  • Applicable to a very wide range of substrates & material surfaces.
  • Also suitable for very rough and difficult material surfaces.
  • Very wide range of colors & types for many applications in the graphic arts industry.
  • Available in matte, satin or high gloss finishes.
  • Available in many different holographic decors, including transparent.
  • Achievement of haptic effects possible.
  • "Embossing" possible.

Markets & Fields of Application

Hot stamping has been used for a long time to enhance many areas of application and print products. The following markets provide examples of how hot stamping can add value to your end products.

  • Food & Beverages
  • Confectionery
  • Spirits & Wine
  • Cosmetics
  • Personal care
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Tobacco
  • Toys
  • Electronics
  • Hygiene industry
  • Security
  • Oils & Lubricants

Substrates and materials

A wide range of substrates and material surfaces are suitable for hot stamping. Among others, hot stamping products can be applied to the following material surfaces.

Paper and cardboard
For example, matte or glossy coated; cast-coated, uncoated; natural; textured; printed or coated and varnished.

Self-adhesive label materials

OPP, PET or acetate.

Bookbinding materials
PVC book covers, PU leather, flock fiber board/cotton flannel, imitation leather, printing materials with rough surfaces and other book binding materials.

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