A company that is consistently committed to perfecting its products: materials selected by a fully equipped laboratory, modern and innovative printing machines, a qualified and highly motivated staff. Advanced labels and sleeves that ensure compliance with all specifications and provide the level of efficiency required for the manufacturing industry. At Arca, we’re geared towards research, investing approximately 5% of our net earnings in R&D, depositing, on average, one patent every year. Our ISO 9001 certified quality system (covering engineering design, production and sales) is based on modern production processes, inspired by theories of “lean production” and total quality. A flexible organization that works hard to satisfy customers, with a clear vision and precise mission. Specializing in self-adhesive labels and shrink sleeves, Arca also manufactures labeling machines. Designing and manufacturing both consumables and machinery, Arca is a one-stop supplier, mastering both aspects of the industry, providing unparalleled project design consulting and a comprehensive service.


The market dictates maximum reactivity. Arca formulates offers within a few days’ time, even for complex labels


Based on the customer’s request, Arca formulates precise quotes, provides complete technical specifications and detailed graphic proofs


Professionals providing servicing throughout Italy; attentive customer service; qualified technicians. Reliability and prompt response times


Leading graphics and papermaking technology; the most sophisticated labels – but also the simplest and most competitive. In all cases … absolutely no compromises in terms of quality


A team of professionals at your service, providing support in selecting materials, print systems and papermaking processes that best meet your needs


Arca has been in the labeling and marking business since 1948. Almost a century of knowhow and competitive edge to the benefit of our customers


On the International Market from 1948

Printing presses and converting machines

Qualified professionals at your service


The future of Arca is to provide the manufacturing industry with increasingly useful labeling solutions. For every supply, we dream of a happy customer. Because only by ensuring real benefits to our customers can we successfully create value; in the interest of the community and shareholders. We will respect the environment, as well as the aspirations of our business partners and Arca staff: our precious human capital. Together we will contribute to the good reputation and future of our company.


We design and manufacture self-adhesive labels and sleeves, in large, medium and small production runs. Labels that are characterized by quality and innovation; for decorations and identification, promotion, security and the most diverse special functions. Advanced products, designed to satisfy all of our customers’ needs and making use of the best materials and maximum graphics/papermaking quality. We supply the manufacturing industry a wide range of products and complete solutions; all the most suitable consumables (self-adhesive labels, sleeves, thermal transfer ribbons) and labeling machines. A one-stop supplier, with specialized expertise, guaranteeing certain results


Innovation means exploring new paths, in order to do more with less effort; enhancing performance while increasing efficiency. Opening new pathways costs energy and doesn’t always repay the efforts put in. Sometimes, innovators aren’t immediately understood; often we need to invest more than what we will earn, and exploration may not even lead to our desired goal. And yet, Arca’s commitment to innovation isn’t just a façade – it’s a concrete attitude whose positive effects are clearly visible. In the early ‘60s, Arca was already one of Italy’s leading manufacturers of self-adhesive labels.
In the ‘70s, Arca introduced off-set print technology to self-adhesive labels; in the early ‘80s continuous feed bandwidth screen printing and mixed media. In 1984, Arca brought “multipage” labels to Italy; and during the ‘90s a continuous flow of special solutions for resealable packaging, tamper-proofing and safeguarding product originality. In the early 2000s, Arca embraced digital printing toner technology, specializing in serialization and traceability, and more recently Arca digital printing has turned to ink-jet technology, guaranteeing indelibility, exact Pantone colors and embossed effects!
Innovating means visiting the latest trade fairs, surfing the Internet, listening to your business partners, pushing your staff to promote dialogue and self-criticism; designing, sampling, testing …
towards continuous improvement! At Arca, we innovate by persistently probing the future,
seeking out winning ideas in an effort to satisfy our customers. For customers who have chosen Arca


Arca was founded in 1948 by Domenico Fadiga, a former officer in the Italian Air Force. The company began manufacturing labels, which at the time were produced in die-cut cardboard. During the ‘60s, Arca was a market leader in promoting the self-adhesive label revolution in Italy. In 1975, Arca entered the market of labeling machinery, bolstering it with “print and apply” type labelers about a decade later, embracing thermal transfer technology. During the early 2000s, Arca began exporting machinery abroad, setting up a network of important distributors. In 2015, Arca backed up its consolidated range of labeling machinery with the design and production of industrial laser markers, further enhancing and developing the marking technology range. Over 60 years of experience. A long history of successes: the best start for a promising future!



    The quality of Arca labels and sleeves begins with the design phase: scope, requirements, revisions and validation. Everything is documented, in accordance with ISO9001 standards, in order to arrive at a product that guarantees and meets the user’s needs. Hence the choices: inspired by GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), from state-of- the-art graphics/papermaking to carefully troubleshooting for non-compliances, with decades of experience. No technical luxuries, but everything that’s needed to obtain what the customer expects from each and every product. Today, quality is no longer necessarily color, gilding and sparkles, but rather… responding to specifications. At Arca, excellence is in our DNA, and perhaps this is why our labels have always had that something extra. The selection of materials, laboratory tests, and the best printing machines, automaticed control systems that verify 100% of the product, a check list that documents the passion and pride we take in our work. And lastly, the batch release, overseen by experts who are attentive to every detail. The total cost of quality management is nil. And it generates profits, by cutting back on waste, avoiding returns and claims, and above all guaranteeing customer satisfaction. For customers who have chosen Arca


    In the effort to assure continuity, solidity and flexibility to our company, we have decided to focus on the Quality of our products, services and processes making this a Strategic Priority. The following is a list of the fundamental rules that will allow everyone to participate in meeting our quality goals

    1. The customer must always be satisfied with our services and products
    2. For those employees that do not directly deal with external customers, your customer is the employee or internal department to whom you supply a product or offer a service
    3. Our employees are our company’s most important asset and must be adequately motivated, allowed to develop skills and trained
    4. Everyone in our Company shares the responsibility of improving the quality of our services and products
    5. Quality improvement involves continuous effort and planning
    6. The suppliers are also one of our Company’s assets and, consequently, must be involved in the quality policy
    7. The quality policy must be publicised by all means available

    The board will provide all the resources necessary to ensure this Quality policy is understood, maintained and improved at all levels of our company


    Some independent, specialized organisations are qualified to state, on the basis of continual checks, that the company’s quality system effectively conforms to the ISO standards. This conformity certification constitutes formal recognition of a qualitative and organisational standard, capable of properly satisfying market demand.
    Arca has held the ISO 9002 certificate, regarding sales and production, since 1992. This is the best guarantee of producs conformity to agreed specifications. In January ’98 Arca was awarded the certificate of conformity to the ISO 9001 standard design regarding. This gives our customers a further guarantee that our products are suitable for the intended use.
    Not all certifications are the same! Arca also work with international customers and has requested, and obtained, certification by the British Standard Institution (B.S.I.), the organisation which originally drew up the BS 5750 standards, which later became ISO (International Standard 

    The Arca Quality Manual is also available in English, facilitating the audits carried out by foreign officials


    At Arca, respect for our local roots translates into a highly conscientious environmental policy.

    • – Preventing any form of pollution
    • – Respecting current regulatory measures
    • – Cutting back on the use of energy and natural resources
    • – Developing, updating and continuously improving our Environmental Management System; a process that is monitored through periodic reviews of services and objectives
    • – Involving personnel while promoting awareness on their influence on environmental aspects
    • – Communicating and collaborating transparently with our local community and institutions in managing environmental issues

    Arca’s Labels division is a graphics industry that makes use of production processes that can potentially have a major impact on the environment. That’s why it’s certified as UNI EN ISO14001:2015. A guarantee of a conscious attitude towards the environment!



    FSC® certification – A guarantee of environmental, social and economic benefits

    Two types of FSC® certification exist: “forest management” certification, designed for forest owners and managers, and so-called Chain of Custody certification, which is aimed at companies that process and/or manufacture forest products.
    Arca’s labeling division has been certified FSC® – CoC since 2012 (Certiquality CQ-CoC-000158). Thanks to this certification, Arca contributes to responsible forest management, guaranteeing the origin of FSC® certified forest materials, a necessary condition for selling products branded as certified. Naturally, certification is issued solely by independent third party auditors (possessing FSC® accreditation) who are responsible for controls conducted in both forest environments and production facilities, verifying that the requirements defined by FSC standards are fully implemented and respected.
    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization that was founded in 1993. Among its members are ONG and other socio-environmental groups (WWF, Greenpeace, the National Aboriginal Forestry Association of Canada), forest owners, industrial conglomerates processing and selling wood and paper products, large retail groups, researchers and technicians, for a total of nearly 900 members. The FSC® trademark identifies products that contain wood and/or wood cellulose originating from forests managed in accordance with very strict environmental, social and economic standards. Responsible forest management that safeguards natural environments, brings benefits to populations, local communities and workers, while ensuring efficiency in economic terms.

    – FSC® certification – Ensuring environmental, social and economic benefits:



    BRC GS certification – A guarantee of health and hygiene safety for food packaging materials

    The labels division of Arca Etichette has been BRC GS certified since January 2015 (CSI CERT – BRCIoP120 Number).

    BRC GS is a leading brand and consumer protection organization, used by over 29,000 certified suppliers in 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited bodies. BRC GS has defined safety and quality standards for the entire food chain (producers, large-scale retailers, retailers). Standards that provide concrete protection to the final consumer, now representing an international reference. In particular, BRC GS Packaging Materials provides a framework for producers of any type of packaging, establishing guidelines for the production of safe materials, for managing product quality and for fulfilling all legal obligations to protect the consumer. A competent third party, the certification body, is then called to assess the conformity of the packaging company, its management systems and its operating procedures.

    – BRC GS certification – Guaranteeing health and hygiene safety for food packaging materials:



    UL certification – A guarantee of safety for the use of products

    Arca’s labeling division adheres to the Authorized Label Suppliers Program, which selects printers authorized to print UL certified registered trademarks (file no. PGAA.LP2986).
    UL is an independent organization devoted to the science of safety in the use of industrial products. Its trademark is the proof of a product’s conformity to safety requirements in the U.S.A. and Canada. Its prestige, however, is international, and every year throughout the globe over 20 billion products receive the UL safety trademark. The organization works in close collaboration with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, Canada’s RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), INTERPOL and other authorities charged with the application of laws at a global level, providing the necessary information to help distinguish between legitimate and counterfeit UL trademarks.
    UL also manages the Marking and Labeling System Program, which establishes physical specifications for labels. To this end, the types of labels Arca is authorized to print are specified in Labels are classified by UL based on print, surface, application, use and resistance requirements, into four categories: Marking and Labeling Systems – Component (PGDQ2); Marking and Labeling Systems, Limited Use – Component (PGIS2); Marking and Labeling System Materials – Component (PGGU2); Printing Materials – Component (PGJI2). Arca manufactures labels in accordance with production technologies approved for each category, or provides labels to be printed by the client, via thermal ink pigment transfer, validated for each specific usage.
    Qualified Arca technicians provide support to clients in identifying the UL category of the labels adopted, and in selecting the correct materials, for the production of labels in compliance with the ANSI/ UL 969 standard.

    – UL certification – Guaranteeing safety standards for the use of products


    EcoVadis EcoVadis is an international platform for companies engaged in areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development, allowing client companies to monitor the sustainability performance of their suppliers, in 150 sectors and 110 countries. The EcoVadis solution has already been selected by major global multinationals in over 95 countries.
    EcoVadis monitors and evaluates the performance of its members, with assessments being determined based on the company’s performance in four areas: the environment, work practices and human rights, ethics and sustainable purchasing.
    For large multinationals, environmental and social risks associated with suppliers represent critical aspects. The benefits of adopting a sustainable supply system are manifold: reducing the risk of interrupting logistics chains, protecting a company’s reputation and brands, cost containment engendered by collaborative actions (e.g. reducing energy consumption), easier access to capital, and increased valuation and market advantages in cases where consumers demand an eco-friendly, responsible logistics chain.
    Regulatory complexities and a rapid evolution in environmental and social standards make managing CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) assessments internally too demanding a task. For this reason, customers choose EcoVadis’ CSR monitoring solution, a system shared between the supplier and customer that renders the process faster and cheaper, while simultaneously helping to improve the reliability of information. The EcoVadis solution offers Web collaboration tools that provide procurement managers with dynamic, easy-to-use scorecards, enabling them to monitor the sustainability performance of suppliers and their continuous improvement actions.
    Arca Etichette has completed the evaluation of Ecovadis, obtaining the Silver Recognition Level. This result currently includes Arca Etichette among the top performers evaluated by EcoVadis.


Arca is associated with:

GIPEA –Italian Association of Self-Adhesive Label Manufacturers

FINAT – Féderation Internationale des Fabricants Transformateurs d’Adhésifs et Thermocollants sur papiers et autres supports

AFI – Pharmaceutical Industry Association

Arca holds numerous patents recognized both in Italy and abroad. In addition, we produce and market a whole range of products under license from third parties. More detailed information can be provided based on specific products and scopes.

Registered Offices

Via Edison, 119 – 20010 Marcallo (MI)

Production Site:
Via Pacinotti – 20010 Marcallo (MI)

Tax Code/VAT no. 04875560155
Corporate Capital€442,728 (fully paid)
R.E.A: Mi 1053214

Banking info:
Intesa S. Paolo – Ag. Trecate (NO) Pop. Milano – Ag. Magenta (MI) Pop. Commercio Industria – Ag. Magenta (MI)

V.le Industria 20010 Boffalora Ticino (MI)
Tax Code/VAT no. 08353790150

V.le Industria 20010 Boffalora Ticino (MI)
Tax Code/VAT no. 08353790150

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