Thermal Transfer Printers & Ribbons

How We Can Help You

Thermaltransfer printing is a digital printing method in which material is applied to tags or labels by melting a coating of ribbon so that it adheres to the material on which the print is applied.  This method is especially useful if the tag or label needs to last a long time, or will be exposed to heat that might make a direct thermal label or paper deteriorate.

As label printer specialists Saito supply and service a full range of label printers starting from entry-level desktop printers to rugged industrial-class, wide-format barcode label printers and portable label printers that suit a wide range of environments and industries. We also have a full range of consumables for major printer brands.  Not sure what is the right label printer for your application? Talk to one of our team members or engage via our DNA (detailed needs analysis) process. We take into consideration factors like “mission critical”, the printer must be dependable, work in cold, wet or dusty environments.


We can supply printer ribbons (often also referred to as “foil” or “ink”) for all Thermal Transfer and Near Edge printer brands used in any environment. Printer ribbons generally fall into three primary categories:

  • Wax Ribbons: The cheap and cheerful of the three main variants; these generally suit lightweight, standard applications that involve printing on paper and used in dry straightforward environments.
  • Wax-Resin Mix: This mix offers more defence against smears, scuffs and UV damage. They are good for most paper and synthetic materials and are a solid mid-range general purpose solution for most requirements.
  • Resin Ribbons: These ribbons offer maximum protection against the elements, chemical processes and rough handling. They’re suitable for all materials and are particularly useful in cases where the image must last in challenging environments or difficult applications

We also hold standard ribbons as stock items so you can get your hands on printer ribbons quickly without the need to stock up to achieve the best unit cost. In the unlikely event that we are unable to supply you with a fit for purpose solution, a custom product can be produced quickly. Printer ribbons are essential for a range of different applications including compliance labelling, asset tracking and more rugged conditions were a direct image is not suitable. We can offer advice on pairing the right ribbon with the right label or tag to suit your application.

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