Many of you have noticed that GBC
has recently changed the designations and packaging for their laminating pouches. This change is part of a new direction that GBC is going with its laminating supplies to better meet the demands of the pouch lamination market. Here is a quick overview of some of the changes that GBC has made in its 2007 offering of laminating pouches:
1. GBC now divides its HeatSeal line of laminating pouches into three different categories. The highest quality laminating pouches are called Ultra Clear laminating pouches, the middle grade of laminating pouches are called Crystal Clear laminating pouches and the economy grade of laminating pouches are simply called Clear laminating pouches.
2. GBC has discontinued its line of Long Life Ultra Clear laminating pouches and replaced it with the “Ultra Clear” line of laminating pouches. The primary difference between the old Extra Long Life GBC pouches and the new pouches is that the old Extra Long Life Pouches used to contain a UV protectant. However, since most laminated materials are used indoors GBC noted that the majority of customers did not want to pay extra for the UV protection. GBC no longer offers any laminating pouches with UV protection.
3. GBC has chosen to discontinue all of its 7mil HeatSeal laminating pouches. They noticed that over the past few years the majority of the market has moved to either 5mil or 10mil laminating pouches . Thus, GBC’s new line of laminating pouches no longer include any 7mil laminating pouches.
4. GBC has changed the packaging for its laminating pouches to new orange and white colored boxes (most of the larger sizes of GBC laminating pouches
used to be packaged in brown cardboard boxes).
5. GBC has also changed all of the part numbers for its laminating pouches. If you are looking for a particular part number look for a future article with a conversion chart. However, in the meantime please give us a call and we will be glad to point you to the replacement for the old GBC number.