Thermal Transfer Sustainable Performance

ARMOR actions to improve its environmental footprint


Since 2008 ARMOR is a signatory of the United Nations - Global Compact and received the Ecovadis gold medal for its Corporate Social Responsibility performance.
ARMOR follows a system designed around the principles of human rights, employment rights, the environment and anticorruption.

This socially responsible program is organised around 6 priorities:
Discover our commitments to social innovation and how this translates in ARMOR everyday life.
It is easy to make a sustainable difference with your ARMOR Thermal Transfer ribbons. ARMOR partners can respond to market growing concerns with tangible ribbon environmental benefits.


By investing in Thermal Transfer ribbon eco-design, ARMOR offers sustainable alternatives, allowing ribbon users to follow their sustainable development concerns.
  • Thermal Transfer ribbons using less plastics

ARMOR is developing a new generation of ribbons produced on a 4µ PET base film. This represents up to 12% plastic reduction for each roll. For ARMOR, this is not just a change of PET thickness; it is a total redesign of the making processes. But it’s clearly worth the effort!

 What’s the Thermal Transfer environmental benefit?

ARMOR chemist folding thin thermal transfer film*For an application using 6,000 ribbons per year with a standard roll configuration (110mm x 300m), switching to 4µ based ribbons = 100 kg of plastic saved which corresponds to more than 3000 plastic bottles.  
Thinner PET Thermal Transfer ribbons available in the ARMOR range today: 

  • 100% solvent free Thermal Transfer ribbons

ARMOR has developed and patented a 100% solvent free industrial process for its Thermal Transfer ribbons: it is called SolFree®. When you select a SolFree product, it has generated 365g less CO2 emissions compared to a similar ribbon made with a traditional production process.

chemist formulating ARMOR solvent free thermal transfer ribbons

What’s the Thermal Transfer environmental benefit?
For an application using 6,000 ribbons per year with a standard roll configuration 110mm x 300m, switching to a SolFree roll corresponds to 2.2 tonnes of CO2 saved, equivalent to a single one way flight between Chicago and Tokyo (10 000km).
SolFree ribbons available in the range today:
  • Sustainable cardboard core

100% of the carboard cores used for all inkanto ribbons are sourced from sustainably managed forests.  You have the guarantee to use PEFC /FSC certified materials.


ARMOR is determined to reduce the footprint of its products through continuous improvement in production waste management and by finding alternatives for used rolls.
  • PET production waste

In many industries, consumer or industrial plastic waste are just landfilled or incinerated. Through a true waste management program, ARMOR has minimized the impact of its 13 production sites.

0% landfilled => Thermal Transfer film production wastes have no impact on soil

100% recovered => Depending on local regulations and available recovery activities ARMOR film wastes are preferably used as Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) , a high-quality alternative to fossil fuel used by high energy consumption industries. In some regions, ARMOR films are destroyed through Incineration with Energy Recovery (IER)  processes that generates electricity.
  • Rec’Pet: the ultimate ribbon recovery solution

To respond to the growing concern of companies for their waste management, ARMOR is offering Rec’Pet Partner: a dedicated collection and recovery program for used rolls.
respect logo armor recovery program
Choosing Rec’Pet Partner enables you to:
✓ Eliminate burial and landfill of ribbons
✓ Encourage circular economy
✓ Anticipate new laws and taxes for plastic waste
✓ Adopt a more sustainable business practice

Rec’Pet Partner is operational in France, USA and Singapore. Other countries will soon open the initiative. For any question on this program, you can contact us 



 In order to reduce its carbon footprint ARMOR constantly strives to control the impact of its activities, targeting solutions producing fewer emissions.
  • Favour renewable green energiesaerial view ARMOR thermal transfer ribbon factory

In most countries where ARMOR has Thermal Transfer production sites, the company selects energy suppliers producing electricity from hydroelectric sources.
ARMOR main manufacturing site in France (95% of total TT film production)
58% electricity from renewable sources (media: camembert) 
ARMOR 2nd coating site located in China (5% of total TT film production)
43% electricity from renewable sources (media: camembert)

  • Reduce and re-use Thermal Transfer solvent

armor solvent collection recovery iconSolvent is a key component used within the manufacturing process of Thermal Transfer ribbons. After the evaporation stage, solvents are collected and treated through two Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTO)  to produce thermal energy for the factory enabling reduction of gas and electricity consumption.

91% production solvents recovered into factory energy

Over the last 5 years ARMOR has also reduced the quantity of solvent for each square meter of TT film produced by 15%.



ARMOR is committed to produce and market Thermal Transfer ribbons in respect of stringent regulations targeting better environment protection.
  • REACH - SVHC Free 
    • Using no Substance of Very High Concern 
  • Biocides free 
    • 528/2012/EC     
  • Persistent Organic Polluants free 
    • 2019/1021/EC
  • Heavy Metals free 
    • 2011/65/EC 
  • Phenol free 
    • No BPA or BPS 
  • Oeko Tex Standard 100 
    • Free from harmful substances. Textile Industry (AXR TX) 
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 
    • Does not contain persistent, bio accumulative and toxic chemicals



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