The main end-use areas in A4 and cut-size labelling are:
- office labelling
- small office and home information labelling (SOHO)
- logistic and laboratory labelling
- industrial labelling - (outdoor and durable label applications)
Office information and SOHO labelling
Office information labelling covers address labels for direct mailing, franking labels, bar code labels, file labels, and coloured labels for deliveries or signing.
In SOHO labelling, the use of non-impact printing methods such as ink-jet, laser and copier is largely done for the same purposes as in larger offices. Typical applications include name tags, record labels, file and folder labels, CD/DVD labels and photographic applications.
Logistic and laboratory labelling
Logistic labelling covers all kinds of transport labels, mainly printed using monochrome and colour laser printers.
In laboratory labelling, special materials are required for blank and pre-printed labels for test tube identification. Special materials may also be required for outdoor and durable label applications.
Colour devices becoming more popular
The printing devices employed in this segment include copiers, lasers and ink-jet printers.
The copiers and laser printers in use today are primarily monochrome. Current trends, however, suggest that colour devices will gradually replace their black and white counterparts.
The shrinking divide between the initial purchase cost and price per printed page is one of the main reasons for this change. Consumer habits have also changed: black and white printouts don’t have the visual impact made possible by colour.