Leatherette paper is the world’s popular environmentally friendly packaging paper. It is soft, feels like leather, wear-resistant and foldable. It uses aqueous ink for dying which creates different colors, patterns and gloss, makes the paper ever-changing, or quaint or fashionable. It is suitable for all kinds of high-end packaging such as gift boxes, jewelry boxes, watch boxes, books, picture albums, high-end gift boxes, wine boxes, tea boxes, notebooks, bags, collectibles, etc.
According to the material, it can be divided into domestic leatherette paper, impregnated leatherette paper, PVC leatherette paper and PU leatherette paper.
Domestic leatherette paper
It is made of ordinary paddles, it is dyed, embossed and coated with a water-soluble coating. The surface is the same as the impregnated leather paper. There is no big difference. The difference lies in the paper quality. The impregnated leather-filled paper is soft, has good toughness, tear resistance, tensile properties, scratch resistance, easy gluing, and easy bonding. Material of domestic leatherette paper is black paper board, which has poor tear resistance and tensile strength, and is prone to creases. It is not easy to glue and absorb glue. After gluing, it is easy to roll and paste on board not very well, easy to blister on the box and so on. Although it has many shortcomings, the price is lower than impregnated leatherette paper, and it is easier to accept by clients.
At present, there are quite a lot of domestic manufacturers producing so-called environmentally friendly leatherette paper, mainly in the Pearl River Delta area of Guangdong province, China. The quality is also the most stable and best production base among leather like paper manufacturers in all provinces in China, especially in Dongguan.
The long-fiber paper made of pure wood pulp is processed by a special impregnation process with special chemical materials. It is a non-woven cellulose paper with a polymer membrane. Base paper is with long-fiber and strong tenacity, it is dyed, embossed and coated with a water-soluble coating to make a leather like paper. It was first developed and produced in Switzerland and the United States. Until now, all paper produced by domestic manufacturers has been imitated and improved based on it. The best quality is still from the United States.
Its characteristics are saturated and bright colors, not easy to fade, supple, good toughness, tear resistance, tensile properties, scratch resistance, easy gluing and pasting. Compared with leather and PU, the price is much lower. It is completely translucent, which can prevent the edges from being mounted on the box, which makes the finished box have a strong sense of integrity and neat and beautiful lines.
The subsequent processing technology can include: hot stamping, silk screen, embossing, UV, die cutting, etc.
PVC leatherette paper
Base paper is covered with PVC varnish and embossed with various imitation leather textures. It was first produced in South Korea. At first, it did have a heavier plastic smell, not environmentally friendly, but it can pass the ordinary environmental protection requirements of SGS, but cannot pass the more stringent REACH and ROSH tests in European Union countries. Its non-environmental factor is mainly concentrated in odor and non-biodegradable. Even developed countries can also be exported, but need to pay heavier tariffs than normal environmentally friendly products. Developed countries generally have the principle of who uses and who recycles, so heavier taxes will be levied as a kind of modulation.
PU leatherette paper
Its characteristics and production process are basically the same as that of PU leatherette paper, except that the surface material is not PVC, but replaced with PVC (polyvinyl chloride).