Lower the lifecycle cost of your printer with genuine Zebra Ribbons

Eliminate downtime from inconsistent print quality

At Cobalt, our priority is to ensure your print and apply operation is maximised.  With 20 years in the industry, we can advise on the correct media and ribbons to utilise for every eventuality.To ensure quality, durable results we recommend genuine Zebra ribbons.  This is primarily due to the extensive testing procedures Zebra utilise on their product range, which means we can specify with confidence.    Choose from three formulations of thermal ribbons to match your application’s needs:

  • Wax ribbons for standard printing on paper materials
  • Wax/resin ribbons for excellent resistance to chemicals on paper and synthetic materials
  • Resin ribbons provide ultimate durability against chemicals and heat on synthetic materials.

Downtime can be eliminated due to inconsistent print quality, reprints or scannability issues, the life of the printhead is dramatically increased which in turn lowers the total lifetime cost of the printer.  If you want the correct supplies to future-proof your operation, best call Cobalt.



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Wax Ribbons


A pure wax ribbon featuring excellent print quality on a wide range of coated and uncoated papers. Print speeds of up to 250mm/sec (10ips) can be achieved on Zebra label material. The 2300 ribbon is a perfect low-cost choice for general-purpose label printing. 

2100 High Performance

A resin-enhanced wax ribbon featuring excellent print quality on a wide range of coated and uncoated papers. Print speeds of up to 300mm/sec (12ips) can be achieved. Superb small-font printability and also offers superior abrasion resistance.

Wax / Resin Ribbons


A high-performance wax/resin ribbon featuring excellent print quality on Zebra coated and uncoated papers as well as many matte synthetics. Print speeds of up to 200mm/sec (8ips) can be achieved even with rotated barcodes.


A premium wax/resin ribbon which provides excellent print quality on a wide range of Zebra paper and synthetic materials. 3200 offers very good resistance to scratches, smears, everyday chemicals and higher temperatures, along with the ability to print at up to 250mm per second. UL and CSA recognised with various Zebra materials.

Resin Ribbons

A premium resin ribbon featuring excellent print quality and durability in the harshest applications. Print speeds of up to 150mm/sec (6ips) can be achieved using Zebra synthetics. Zebra 5100 resin ribbons offers excellent resistance to extreme temperatures, chemicals and solvents, and is UL and CSA-recognised with select Zebra materials. 


A high-quality resin ribbon featuring excellent print quality, particularly suitable for printing dense barcodes and high-resolution graphics. Print speeds of up to 150mm/sec (6ips) can be achieved using Zebra labels. 4800 resin ribbons also offers excellent resistance to abrasion and chemicals. 


A high-performance resin ribbon with superior resistance to scratches, smears, extreme temperatures and chemicals. Low energy requirements allow this ribbon to provide excellent print quality and high print speeds. UL & CSA recognized with various Zebra materials.


When printed with Zebra’s Z-Xtreme 5000T label materials, this resin ribbon offers excellent image durability and resistance to the harshest chemicals such as acetone and xylene. This solution can remove the need to use an overlaminate.

 Please see below for specifications and details of each Ribbon type

Some Ribbons are utilised in certain applications and industries. 
Please see below further guidance notes and recommendations for each product

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  • Labels


    Cobalt only use high-quality, pre-tested, reliable Zebra Labels ensuring you maximise your operational productivity and efficiency. Read More
  • Ribbons


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  • Printheads & Spares

    Printheads & Spares

    Quality and durability is synonymous with all spares sourced through Cobalt. Your uptime is our priority - we never compromise on Read More
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