AAC’s Guide to Lanyards

Lanyards have become one of the most commonly used means of identification in Australia. There are countless ways to customise a lanyard, and many varieties of plain lanyards also available, plus attachments, print methods and more.


Below, our guide to lanyards may help clarify some of these many varieties!


What are lanyards?

A lanyard hangs around your neck and is used to display some sort of accreditation or credentials such as an ID card or ID wallet, and may also be used to hold keys, water bottles, phones or anything else that can be attached to a clip.


There are numerous ways to customise a lanyard and to make it your own. With AAC, only the highest quality materials are used in the manufacturing, dyeing and printing process. The following are your options for customising a lanyard:


Custom printed promotional lanyards

Colour of the lanyard

AAC custom dyes lanyards to the specific PMS colour of your choosing, ensuring that your branding requirements are met accurately every time. Our dyeing process is fast and efficient and results in a strong, colour-fast end product.


Width of the lanyard

The width of your lanyard can be almost anything you require, within reason! Standard widths are 12mm, 15mm and 20mm, with our standard length being 90cm; this has proven the ideal length from which to hand accreditation and identification from the lanyard. For a specific size, talk to one of our account managers, and we can propose an appropriate solution.


Lanyard material

AAC can manufacture lanyards from polyester (very popular), bootlace and silicone, as well as eco firnedly options such as recycled PVC and bamboo. The method of customisation (see below) can also effect the look and feel of a material. For instance, custom printing and a polyester lanyard ends up feeling very different to printing on it via heat sublimation. Heat sublimation gives the lanyard a silky feel.


Lanyard attachments

Depending on what you are pairing with your lanyard, the attachment you require may also differ. Commonly, lanyards are paired with ID cards or ID Wallets, but you may have a specific requirement that calls for a j-swivel attachment or an alligator clip attachment. Alternatively, your priorities may be more aesthetic and it is a simple case of preferring the look of one attachment over another. The bottom line is that AAC can supply any kind of attachment you require. Our personal recommendation? An executive swivel attachment - very attractive and functional.


Additional multifunctional attachments such as a safety breakaway are also very popular and, in this case, very important. For the sake of a very small amount of additional spending, a safety breakway ensures that your lanyards will come apart in the event of the lanyard getting caught on something. You may also find that some events OH&S standards list this requirement specifically also. They can then be clicked straight back in to place.




Additional attachments can also be proposed including additional split rings, drop-down attachments to allow for keys or cards to be completely detached from the lanyard, and a variety of others.


Printing methods

AAC can customise your lanyards with several different printing methods. The way your lanyard is printed will be determined by the artwork and design you require on the lanyard itself. This will, in most cases, come down to how many colours there are in your artwork, and the complexity of the design.


The most popular printing method used, which is both cost effective and functional for 1-2 colour prints, is screen printing. Screen printed lanyards make up the majority of lanyards seen in Australia. With a screen printed lanyard, you will normally be limited to simple designs, most commonly a basic one colour print consisting of text and a non-complex logo.


Heat sublimation is a modern printing method that allows for digital quality, full colour artwork to be incorporated. This printing method involves your artwork being first printed to a paper-like substrate, which in turn is then applied to the lanyard material via the heat sublimation process - in a way, it is like ironing on the names on the back of a football shirt... but better! The end result provides a stunning visual appearance, and also a silky feel to the lanyard.


An offset print will be used for designs that require several colours, but that doesn't involve potentially complex designs, where a heat sublimated print would be preferrable.


Production of lanyards

Lanyards take 2-3 weeks to manufacture, dye and print, ready for dispatch. For urgent requirements, plain lanyards are held in stock by AAC in 12 vibrant colours and in large quantities. These are 12mm in width and made from a durable bootlace material, and include the important safety breakaway.


Lanyards Australia

For more information on lanyards here in Australia, AAC ID Solutions is your number one source of information. Contact us today at 1300 797 478 or email us here.