Generate attention and give your shrink sleeve labels the perfect look!

ACTEGA has everything you need to print Shrink Sleeves with the highest quality. Our coating and ink systems work on all common substrates including PET, OPS and PVC. We have coatings that provide functional, visual and haptic effects for one-sided or two-sided finishing.

ACTEGA also offers technical solutions to resolve common issues such as slide angle, static, scratch, or adhesion in the manufacturing or bottling process, along with solutions to minimize wet T shirt effects.

Shrink sleeves provide the advantages of full 360º coverage with the highest flexibility in container shapes. See how our coatings, inks and adhesives can help you to differentiate your shrink sleeve labels.

Contact us to learn more about our coatings, inks and adhesives for shrink sleeves.



ACTEGA offers a comprehensive range of coatings for shrink sleeve end use applications such as beverage, food, health and personal care, pharma, household chemicals and industrial chemicals.



ACTEGA's inks are formulated to provide excellent printability. ACTEGA has a wide range of inks specifically formulated to produce high quality shrink sleeves.



ACTEGA adhesive solutions for shrink sleeves include Water-based heat activated adhesive and Seaming adhesive.

„ACTEGA's shrink sleeve solutions and specialty effects will help your packaging stand out from the crowd.”

Mell C Bishop III

Global Market Manager, Labels


There are multiple solutions to improve the sustainability of shrink sleeves.
  • Perforated edges provide ease of shrink sleeve removal from the container to aid in recycling and also help to hide imperfections on recycled material.
  • Washable solutions for inks to improve recyclability.
  • Mono material PET bottles and sleeves to improve recyclability.
  • New materials that are more bio-degradable and can go to the landfill such as PET bottles with no glycol.


Experience our product solutions for shrink sleeves and order our printed samples with various application examples free of charge.



Shrink Sleeves Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the most common shrink process?

The two common shrink processes are steam and hot air. We see the use of steam somewhat more frequently for large editions, as the energy consumption in production is lower than with hot air. The use of the appropriate shrink technology is usually based on this. It is not so much a question of what works better, but of how large the shrinkage production is.
From a technical point of view, we cannot determine any differences in performance, whether a product is shrunk using steam or hot air.

What is the CoF (Coefficient of Friction) requirement for shrink sleeves?

There is not an “Industry Standard” for the CoF of a shrink sleeve. We recommend that the converter be contacted to obtain any specific CoF requirement for sleeves that are intended for use in their equipment. 

Are there advantages to one ink technology over another?

Specific inks for shrink sleeve applications should support the following features:

- Good performance characteristics with good color strength.
- Efficiency and consistency on press performance.
- Good performance varies depending on shrink substrates, e.g. on PETg, PVC, OPS.
- Optimum performance of whites require adequate Coefficient of Friction.

Are there regulatory requirements for shrink sleeve coatings, whites and inks that are being applied to food packaging?

There is a lot of awareness being brought around this topic in the industry and proactively addressing this topic. The use of low migration or regulatory compliant products may be an approach that offers additional value to your products. We recommend contacting the brand owner to determine what requirements may be needed. ACTEGA offers products that meet certain regulatory requirements such as Nestlé Compliance. Please contact your ACTEGA representative for more details.

Are shrink sleeves made of PVC or PETg? If both which is used more?

Both PVC and PETG are commonly used for shrink sleeve applications.  In many situations the container and/or the brand owner may dictate which material should be used for an application.

Are there products that can be used on the outside of a shrink sleeve?

Yes, there are various products that you can use to provide “Haptic and Special Effects”. A few examples of those would be soft touch coatings, tactile coatings, matte coatings, silver and rainbow effects.

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