Frequently Asked Questions

A nylon based film, used for 1 sided lamination only. Available in Lay Flat Gloss, Lay Flat Velvet or Scuff Free Lay Flat Matte. Commonly used for book covers, magazine covers, packaging or presentation folders. Also known as Stay Flat, Curl Free or Nylon.

A polyester based film, used for 2 sided lamination only. Available in Gloss, Matte or Soft Touch. Available in 1.5mil, 3 mil, 5 mil and even 10 mil. Can be used for anything needing a border/encapsulation. Most commonly we use this for menus, tabs, shelf talkers, books covers (when saddle stitched or coil bound), posters and business cards.

Anti-Microbial Film inhibits the growth of Bacteria and Microbes by interrupting their reproductive cycle. Available in Polypropylene Matte and Polyester Gloss based films. Available in 1.5mil, 3 mil and 5 mil. During the age of a pandemic, this has been used in touch point products such as menus, brochures, posters or charts. For more information about Anti-Microbial Film, select the Microbial Film tab.

Used for 1 or 2 sided lamination. Available in Gloss, Delustered, Scuff Free Delustered, Soft Touch, Soft Touch Red and Soft Touch Black. This film is gluable, stampable, embossable and spot UV compatible. We use this for box wraps, book covers, binder wraps, packaging, post cards, business cards, etc.

A polypropylene based film, used for 2 sided lamination only. Available in Gloss or Matte. This film is gluable and stampable. Due to its biodegradable nature, this film has a low environmental impact. However, due to this, has a shorter life span. So we typically use this film for products that need protection but will only have a short shelf life. This film is also recyclable and compost safe.

Polypropylene based, used in 1 or 2 sided lamination. This film is gluable, stampable, embossable and spot UV compatible. It also is able to be printed on. This film can be used for packaging, tray linings and any cards where there is printing on top of the film.

Anti Microbial Film is a thermal lamination film that is enhanced with the antimicrobial protection of Agion Technologies. Anti Microbial Film helps to prevent the growth of bacteria, molds, mildews, and fungi. This Anti Microbial technology is available on a wide range of laminating films from R&M Trade Laminating Ltd.

We are surrounded by a multitude of microscopic organisms. One bacterium can reproduce a million times in just one hour. Some bacteria can survive on documents for months. Anti Microbial Film was specifically developed to effectively control against the growth of unwanted microorganisms on laminated documents.

Individuals working in medical and scientific settings, restaurants and food service, schools or other settings are especially concerned about bacteria. In environments such as these, individuals must use extra care to ensure that contamination sources are controlled. Anti Microbial Film provides an added line of defense against the growth of unwanted bacteria.

Yes it is. Studies have show Agion’s antimicrobial agent to be less toxic than table salt. Silver, the antimicrobial agent that is used in Anti Microbial Film has been used for centuries in medical applications and to protect various food products from spoilage. Today, silver is used to control bacteria growth in extremely susceptible medical environment such as burn wards and on “in body” medical devices.

Current testing suggests that the active Agion antimicrobial in Anti Microbial Film will not wear off with cleaning or use. In fact, under normal conditions, the laminated piece will most likely wear out or become outdated before the active antimicrobial becomes ineffective.

No it will not, Agion antimicrobial are EPA registered as a preservative and bacteriostatic agent. Under EPA regulations, the antimicrobial may be incorporated into Anti Microbial Film for the sole purpose of protecting the laminated article from the spread of unwanted bacteria, fungi, mold, and mildew. Anti Microbial Film reduces the likelihood that the bacteria will grow on the laminated surface.

No. Anti Microbial Film with Agion’s antimicrobial agent is completely inorganic and has not been linked to the adaptive resistance seen with organic materials like antibiotics.

The EPA prohibits listing specific health claims that indicate which microorganisms Agion’s antimicrobial agent will kill. Agion’s antimicrobial agent has been shown to be effective against a broad spectrum of many common bacteria typically found in food services, hospitals and clinics, dental offices, schools, and day care facilities.

Yes, the added benefits of Anti Microbial Film are at a higher price. If maintaining a hygienic environment is important, the added cost of Anti Microbial Film far outweigh the additional expense. 

Anti Microbial films come in 1.5 mil Delustered for use on 1 or 2 sided applications, such as menus, magazine covers, book covers, posters, documents, and any application where you want a dull finish.


The Polyester based films come in 1.5 mil, 3 mil and 5 mil thickness in a gloss finish. Theses films are designed for 2 sided applications and can be flush trimmed or have a sealed border on them. Ideal uses are for menus, brochures, posters, charts, hospitals, daycare facilities, signage or anywhere that has a high tough point.