Thermal Paper: There’s more to it than meets the eye!

Friday March 18, 2022

Over the years, the use of thermal paper and thermal printing has gained in popularity, and this is mostly down to their reliability and quality, but most importantly to how cost effective they are. We have seen many businesses in an array of industries and sectors from cafes and restaurants to shops and cinemas, move from the old, traditional modes of printing to thermal printing.

We are all used to being handed thermal till roll receipts when we purchase our favourite cup of coffee, take money from an ATM, or take a punt on the national lottery, but there is more to thermal paper than meets the eye. Here are three facts about thermal paper that you probably didn’t know!

There is more than one type of thermal roll.

There are a wide variety of thermal paper rolls available and they come in a wide selection of sizes and colours. Here at BPC, we offer colourwash paper rolls in yellow, green, mauve, orange, pink, brown, blue, and red.

Thermal rolls can be used for ATM machines, cash machines, credit card/pdq machines, transport tickets and till rolls to name a few and can be BPA or phenol free, coreless, or fully bespoke, depending on your requirements. Thermal paper can also be bought as single ply, or 2 ply or 3ply rolls if duplicate copies are needed.

Thermal Paper provides smudge-free, inkless printing.

Did you know that thermal printing doesn’t use ink? There is no ribbon or toner used either, it is in fact heat rather than ink that generates imprints. These imprints are created when a thermal printer applies its hot pins to the thermal paper. This process activates the heat sensitive pigments and the imprints become clear on the paper.

Thermal Papers have been around longer than you would think.

Although the technology surrounding thermal paper appears to be a modern discovery, thermal paper has in fact been around since the 1960s! The first thermal print head was invented by Texas Instruments in 1965, a computer with a thermal printer was brought out on the market in 1969 but these early variations weren’t anywhere near as good as the products we see today; the thermal papers were cheap quality and tended to fade quickly. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that thermal printers became more widespread with the introduction of more robust thermal printers.

BPC has been manufacturing and supplying paper rolls since 1977 at consistently low prices. If you have any questions about the rolls we stock, or about paper rolls in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team on

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