An advanced optical anti-counterfeiting solution for banknotes has won an award at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2019, organised by the industry trade body the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).
Germany’s Leonard Kurz’s Kinegram Colors with ‘Flux Effect’ scooped the top slot in the ‘Best Applied Security Product’ category at the awards, which were presented by the IHMA at the annual Holography Conference in Athens.
Developed for the Singapore Bicentennial $20 commemorative currency notes issued in June , the effect’s use in the foil stripe marks the first time that a Kinegram with ‘Flux’ prominently features on a currency note as a critical security feature. In addition, the banknote marks the first time that a security foil has been applied to a fully offset-printed polymer substrate with a Steuer machine.
The Excellence in Holography Awards recognise outstanding achievement, marking success for those at the forefront of the sector who’ve developed innovative or commercially viable hologram products or techniques over the last 12 months.
Also commended in the same category was China-based Shandong Taibao Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Products for its cigarette packaging anti-counterfeiting holographic paper, as well as France’s Surys, who’s Moov patch features as a high-level authentication feature on the new Sudanese 1,000 pound.
Attended by hologram suppliers, manufacturers and end users from around the world, the event saw IHMA chairman Dr Paul Dunn commend the standard of entries as extremely high, with all of them adding to an industry that continues to innovate, evolve and find new markets.
Dunn commented: “This award marks an ongoing advancement in the design, development and technology of commercial holograms, which continue to find fresh and innovative ways in which to add value and heightened levels of security to products used by billions of consumers the world over.”