Shrink Sleeves

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Many major container manufacturers have already decided to move from printed cans to Shrink Sleeve with good reason! From the appearance on shelf, a labelled can look the same as a pre-printed can to the consumer: to the manufacturer, the process brings huge benefits in terms of commercial savings, logistics & inventory control plus the ability to increase flexibility of production runs within the aerosol manufacturing plant.
For marketers smaller print runs are commercially more viable which means that ad hoc promotions can be implemented more cost effectively without disrupting production efficiencies.

A shrink sleeve is a “heat shrinkable” seamed flexible label which can be used as an alternative to self adhesive labels for product decoration. Supplied on a continuous reel and applied to the container then shrunk using either hot air or steam. The sleeve shrinks to the container giving 360° decoration and graphics. 
Produced using up to 11 colours, shrink sleeves can also be used as a vehicle for marketing activities or tactical promotions. Sleeves can be used for visual tamper evidence of product and used on unusual and non-standard shape glass, metal or plastic containers. 
For added decoration a range of print finishes can be utilised including glitter varnishes, rainbow inks, spot holographic effects and matt and gloss varnishes to create impact and stand out at shelf edge.

Heat Shield Sleeves

Leading Edge have launched a new sleeve material for encapsulating microwaveable pots which reduces the surface temperature after heating.
As an unlabelled pot (which on its surface can reach 80°C after heating) is likely to cause discomfort and potentially burn consumers who remove it too soon from the microwave.  
The new sleeve material reduces pot surface temperature by upto 30° bringing the average surface temperature down to between 35-40°C and maximum temperature down to 55°C (both being within the recommended 60° safe handling temperature for plastic).
The sleeves are machine applied and can shrink up to 55% and are suitable for shaped pots and containers.

Celebrating 20 years of innovation at Leading Edge Labels and Packaging

As innovative labelling & packaging specialists, we are continually developing new products

“Leading Edge Labels & Packaging provide us with a high level of customer service which is vital in the fast paced retail environment.
Their attention to detail, collaborative ways of working and innovative solutions ensure that we are always market leading.
Their passion and enthusiasm for what they do, teamed with their technical expertise, make’s them a pleasure to deal with.”


Large Food Retailer

“We have been working with Leading Edge Labels & Packaging since 2009 and have been impressed by the level of commitment given to each job, often complex and always with a fast turnaround needed!!”


Marketing Manager, Promotional Agency

“We had a brief to completely overhaul the packaging of our product to enable it to have a greater presence on the Supermarket shelves and both the packaging and the labels were redesigned to achieve this. Leading Edge Labels & Packaging have once again proved to be a great company to work with and have been very supportive throughout the duration of the project. We were delighted with the look of the finished product. “

Technical Manager, Food Producer

“Leading Edge Labels & Packaging have been a reliable supplier of ours for many years and have supported us to deliver many business critical projects, successfully and to a high quality standard. Their professionalism, flexibility and expertise in the print area are second to none and having this resource available to call upon is extremely valuable to us. “

Senior Buyer, UK Retailer

“Leading Edge Labels & Packaging is one of our most flexible and innovative suppliers. We can count on Leading Edge Labels & Packaging’s responsiveness, openness to explore new ideas and deep knowledge of their products to get the maximum out of our packaging. “

Material Manager, Global Consumer Brand

“Leading Edge Labels and Packaging are an existing supplier of ours who we purchase Self Adhesive Labels and Film Aerosol Can Wraps for our products.
They introduced us to Shrink Sleeves which they also manufacture at their site, we have never thought about using Shrink Sleeves for our products and how they could help to improve the look of the product and provide us with a solution when we require a greater amount of print to be on the containers. They have guided us through the process and we will be launching three trigger products using printed Shrink sleeves into the marketplace.”

Purchasing Manager, DIY Brand

“Very friendly and very good quality supplier giving continuous optimization in times of change.”

Quality Manager, Global Consumer Brand

“Leading Edge is one of "my" best suppliers, the people at Leading Edge work very efficiently; I always get quick answers to my emails and they are also very accessible.”

Purchasing manager, Global Consumer Brand

“We have found it very easy to work with Leading Edge Labels and Packaging and their team.  They have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to help us out on a very tight schedule, and we really appreciate the effort.  We look forward to working with you in the future. “


Owner, Independent Drinks Company

“My experience in dealing with Leading Edge Labels & Packaging is very good. The service level is extremely high and communication is very much appropriate. It is clear that Leading Edge Labels and Packaging work very efficiently and to a high quality standard.”

Brand Manager, Major Drinks Manufacturer

“Leading Edge Labels & Packaging stands for high quality/customer service and innovative thinking along with the customer.”

Purchasing Manager, Global Consumer Brand

‘’ Congratulations to Leading Edge Labels & Packaging for your exemplary service with our products. I often remark that if only all our suppliers were so caring & conscientious! I’m sure you will continue to serve us well’’.


Design Manager, Large Health and Beauty Chain

“ Working with the team at Leading Edge Labels & Packaging has been a pleasure. Often working to tight deadlines but not compromising on quality, it is evident that they care about providing the best for us as their customer. We look forward to continuing our affiliation with Leading Edge Labels & Packaging into 2017.”


Owner, Grocery Manufacturer