Mactac Announces Partnership with ARMOR

Mactac® is partnering with ARMOR, a leading manufacturer of thermal transfer ribbons, to enhance Mactac’s existing portfolio of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved durable films with thermal transfer ribbons.

The partnership includes the addition of ARMOR’s popular AXR® 7+ thermal transfer ribbon to Mactac’s MH26726 UL file for printing materials in the United States (PGJI2) and Canada (PGJI8).

Now, each of the following Mactac Durable Films has UL approval listed with ARMOR’s AXR 7+:

  • BDE6914: 2.6-mil white UV resistant polypropylene
  • VDG6911: 3.4-mil white vinyl
  • FCD6914: 2.0-mil white polyester
  • FED6914: 2.0-mil bright silver polyester
  • FFD6914N: 2.0-mil matte silver polyester
  • FJD6914: 2.0-mil bright silver void polyester

By selecting the approved Mactac/ARMOR combinations, printers and converters can ensure label suitability and compliance with ANSI/UL 969 testing standards for displaying required safety information on UL Certified products. Additionally, no further label testing is needed.

“We are excited to partner with ARMOR to deliver our customers an extensive portfolio of recognized film/thermal transfer solutions for durable goods labeling,” said Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “As one of the first to introduce thermal transfer technology, ARMOR has a long history of pioneering the printing inks business. Through this partnership, we are confident our customers will appreciate the high-quality results achieved when pairing Mactac Durable Films with ARMOR thermal transfer ribbons.”

Mactac Durable Films are high-performance adhesive labels designed specifically to resist the extreme hot and cold temperatures, moisture, UV light and chemical exposure often found in durable goods labeling applications. They feature a 50# Super Calendared Kraft (SCK) liner and Mactac’s MP690 high-performance, high-tack permanent acrylic emulsion adhesive, which is extremely resistant to chemicals and solvents and has very good adhesion to high- and low-energy substrates.

ARMOR’s AXR 7+ thermal transfer ribbon is a super premium resin ribbon with excellent print quality and known resistance to smudging, scratching and high temperatures. 

Mactac Durable Films with ARMOR AXR 7+ thermal transfer ribbon are intended for durable goods and industrial labeling applications, such as power tools, appliances, electronics, compliance labels, and warning and instructional labels. They can be used used to identify products, track or relay information, or instruct or warn consumers about proper product usage.

“In this business, Mactac is a trusted, household name and we couldn’t be more proud to partner with such a reputable company,” says Scott Morgan, technical sales manager, ARMOR. “A great complement to Mactac’s durable films, our AXR 7+ thermal transfer ribbon features the latest technology available, delivering exceptional performance in challenging durable goods labeling applications.”

Durable films are available under Mactac’s Precise Program, allowing customers to order less material for small runs and limited applications.

For more information on Mactac’s Durable Films Products, UL recognitions, or other high-quality products available from Mactac Performance Adhesives Group, call 800-255-9733, email [email protected] or visit

ARMOR is an international group whose ICP division designs and manufactures inked films used in Thermal Transfer technology, with production sites in France, the USA, Brazil, Singapore and China. Since its founding in 1922, ARMOR has been a pioneer in its principle area of business: printing inks. ARMOR was one of the first companies to manufacture carbon film, then to launch ribbon cassettes for typewriters and subsequently printers, and finally to introduce Thermal Transfer technology into Europe in the early 1980s. For more information, visit