VPF launches Blue Clean, a new, chemical-free, bluish-color thermal paper; printout on paper does not result from a chemical reaction but from a physical process when exposed to heat, making it suitable for printing labels that come into contact with food

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August 16, 2022 (press release) –

Image:  The chemical-free thermal paper blue clean is particularly suitable for printing labels that come into contact with food.


The trend towards more sustainable self-adhesive materials continues and is now also extending to direct thermal printing. VPF GmbH & Co. KG now uses a bluish thermal paper on which the printout does not result from a chemical reaction but from a physical process. The new type of paper is chemical-free and suitable as an adhesive material for direct food contact.

Consumers are familiar with bluish thermal paper from retailers, where it has been in use for some time. In supermarkets, for example, the blue eco-receipts are increasingly replacing the previous white receipts. This is not a marketing strategy, but rather an effort to use more sustainable paper across the boards. In the course of this, the self-adhesive material specialists at VPF have also expanded their product range and added the new product 1470579 thermal paper blue clean 70 g/m2 to their portfolio.

Print image is physically obtained by heat

The material can be used on common direct thermal printers and, in comparison to previous thermal papers, is free of chemical developers. It has a four-layer structure and consists of plain paper, a black pigment layer, an opaque functional layer that creates the blue colouring of the paper, and a protective layer against mechanical damage. The printed image is created physically: the opaque layer becomes transparent when exposed to heat and makes the underlying black layer visible.

New product now available from VPF

The thermal paper blue clean is approved for direct food contact and is renowned for its excellent printability, resistance, legibility and durability. The print image is long-lasting for at least 35 years without fading. The new product is available from adhesive specialist VPF with many permanent and removable adhesives. The minimum quantity is 1.000 m² (dispersion acrylic adhesives) or 2.500 m² (hot melts and UV acrylics).



About VPF

Since 1967, VPF has been supporting and shaping the European market for self-adhesive materials and coatings as an idea generator, partner and problem solver. Expertise and a strong focus on customer and market needs are the foundations on which the company develops innovative solutions. With state-of-the-art production facilities, dedication and flexibility, VPF turns these solutions into quality products for paper and film applications of all kinds.

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