Product Highlight Series: PPG TESLIN® Synthetic Material

NOW AVAILABLE – Teslin Film, Thermal Laminate

Did you know that not all paper products are necessarily made out of paper? Instead, they may be synthetic material: products that are known to have a paper-like feel but are produced from plastic material. PolymerFilms is excited to offer one of the leading brands in synthetic paper: PPG TESLIN® synthetic substrate.
TESLIN film is a unique synthetic paper that is formulated with a microporous polyolefin and silica matrix. This microporous composition allows the material to absorb and bond with inks, adhesives, coatings, and laminating films. TESLIN synthetic substrate is a durable, secure, and highly printable material that is known for its excellent lamination qualities. Its range of features and benefits make it a preferred synthetic choice for durable print projects, along with other applications that require a tough and high-performance synthetic material.

A little about TESLIN® synthetic material

TESLIN synthetic material is manufactured by PPG, a global supplier of coatings, paint, and specialty materials. It is in a category of its own amongst other synthetic substrates because of its ingenuity and characteristics. Besides its unique engineered microporous matrix bond, TESLIN synthetic material has exclusive performance benefits such as  breathability, lightweight, insulation techniques, and cushioning.


TESLIN synthetic substrate is ready to face any harsh environment or punishing application. Its abrasion resistance protects printed graphics. Thermal stability and chemical and water resistance avoids damage from steam-pressing and dry-cleaning. It survives gamma radiation and other sterilization methods. It can also withstand drastic temperature changes.


TESLIN synthetic substrate provides multi-dimensional strength and extensive service life for laminated print products. Its bonds are 10x stronger than other synthetic substrates, avoiding the need for edge seals and adhesives. It can also easily be die-cut to any shape.


Delivering vibrant and crisp color reproduction, TESLIN synthetic substrate is compatible with a wide range of print technologies and meets the demands of those that require high levels of processing flexibility. The material prints like conventional pulp paper, and doesn’t require any special inks or drying equipment. Its quick absorption provides for quick dry-times. It has the ability to be duplex- and dual-surface printed while maintaining high-quality results. Greater design and creativity is achievable through converting methods and finishing techniques.


TESLIN synthetic substrate is inherently tamper-evident, making it a preferred choice for security applications such as identification cards and RFID tags. Its absorption of inks and toners create a virtually indestructible printed surface. Its adhesive bond to other materials resists mechanical separation so that when alteration is attempted, it permanently distorts to offer tamper-evident protection. The material also provides valuable cushioning that protects embedded components, and it exhibits lower dielectric constant, making it static-dissipative.


Benefits of TESLIN Synthetic Material


  • Bondable
  • Microporous
  • Excellent adhesive properties
  • Durable
  • Secure
  • Printable
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Water-resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Superior strength / tear-resistance
  • Biodegradable*
  • Lightweight
  • Flexible
  • Reproduces vibrant and crisp color
  • Quick dry-times
  • Die-cut abilities

*characteristic is specific to grade

Common Applications


  • Identification cards
  • Labels
  • E-passport
  • Medicine bottles
  • Racing bibs
  • Diplomas
  • Birth certificates
  • Visas
  • Social security cards
  • Wine bottle labels
  • Blood bag labls
  • Nursery and horticulture tags
  • Laminated cards
  • Key cards
  • Waterproof maps
  • Wristbands
  • Luggage tags
  • Heavy-duty manuals
  • Ultra-durable POP advertising
  • Temporary license plates


Common Markets


  • Graphics / Print
  • Secure ID / Cards
  • Point of Purchase
  • Medical
  • Food & Beverage
  • In-Mold Decorating / In-Mold Electronics


TESLIN Synthetic Material Overview

Interested in purchasing or learning more about TESLIN synthetic material  films? Contact your local PolymerFilms team today! As a TESLIN synthetic material film distributor, PolymerFilms has friendly customer service representatives that can’t wait to answer your questions and help you customize solutions that fit your specific needs.
Did you know that PolymerFilms offers an array of converting services? Our state of the art facilities save you time and money by allowing us to custom cut to size orders and are dedicated to providing you best-in-class customer service and convenience.
Contact your local PolymerFilms team today for more information!

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TESLIN® is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

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