Thermal Transfer Ribbons

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Supplying thermal transfer ribbons from the best manufacturers worldwide making sure they are compatible with your printer and application requirements.

Choose your printer brand from the menu and you will have a choice of suitable ribbons for your printer.

Trial ribbons can be requested, call us or fill out a form (below) or send an email to for more information. Samples are available if you’re unsure which ribbon will work for you.

  • Supplied in various colours or matched to Pantone®
  • Manufactured to ISO 9001/14001 standards

Ribbon quality and reliability

With over 24-year experience of supplying thermal transfer ribbons to most of the major food, chemical and automotive groups in the UK you can guarantee the ribbons you buy from Readability will be fit for purpose. The ribbons we supply are manufactured to BRC and ISO 9001/14001 standards.

Should you experience a problem which can be traced to our ribbon we offer a “no quibble credit and replacement” guarantee.

Available from UK stock

Standard thermal transfer ribbons are available from stock held in the UK ensuring fast and efficient delivery. For added peace of mind, Readability guarantee that if we fail to meet an agreed delivery time, a same-day delivery service will be offered.

Yes. Just tell us the printer make and model number, the label size & quality and briefly describe the label ‘life’ and we will supply the correct product every time.

Many different printers use ribbons with the same setups, matching up the core size, winding and print head types usually gets a ribbon that will work on the printer. To be safe select your printers brand and model, this will mean the correct ribbons are sent to you.

Transfer Ribbon Grades Explained

Choosing between wax, wax-resin and resin ribbons is all about the durability and clarity that said resin-enhanced-wax ribbons provide high enough standards for most applications.

Resin ribbons are used for demanding applications. Where they must be resistant to very high and low temperatures, tough conditions and chemicals. Where the overprint absolutely must be smudge proof these are your ribbons.

Wax-resin ribbons tough and normally tough enough for virtually all applications and is the most versatile.

Readability’s resin-enhanced wax ribbons are suitable for printing onto paper labels. ideal for box-end labels, pallet labels and basic product labels. Perfect for bar codes and variable information.

Black ribbons are the most commonly used but we do supply thermal transfer ribbons in other colours and can also Pantone® match a ribbon colour if required. The OEM grade ribbons are manufactured to BRC and ISO 9001/14001 standards.

coloured thermal transfer ribbons

Making Custom (colour match) Transfer Ribbons

Yes, Pantone matching a ribbon is possible, but to put this in some context having your own colour made is very expensive. This is because it requires making an entire jumbo roll then slitting it down to usable sizes for your printer. Standard coloured ribbons are available, ask one of our team what’s available. Alternatively, for colourful overprinting on labels, you could try a colour label printer?

We guarantee to supply the correct thermal transfer ribbon for your application and printer. With our extensive knowledge of thermal printing, we will be able to advise and supply you with the most suitable ribbon. All we need from you is some basic information:

Printer Make & Model

Let us work out if you need:

  • Inside / Outside wound
  • Core Types and Sizes
  • Near Edge – Flathead

The Label

We need to know:

  • Width in mm
  • Length in mm
  • Label material and finishes


Tell Us if:

  • Flexible Packaging?
  • Temperature extremes
  • Outside storage?

Thermal Ribbon Trial


Your Message

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Your Email (required)

Company Name (required)

Phone Number (required)

Dont know what you need exactly, click send now or call us and we can discuss the options with you.

Ribbon Information

Ribbon grade


Printer Brand & Model

Approximate Annual Useage