An advanced optical anti-counterfeiting solution for banknotes has won at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2019, organised by the industry trade body 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, Greece.

Developed for the Singapore Bicentennial $20 commemorative currency notes issued in June 2019, 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.

Leonard Kurz’s KINEGRAM COLORS with FLUX Effect won the ‘Best Applied Security Product’ at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2019.

In addition, the banknote marks the first time that a security foil has been applied onto 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 have developed innovative or commercially viable hologram products or techniques over the last 12 months.

Also commended in the same category, were China-based Shandong Taibao Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Products for its cigarette packaging anti-counterfeiting holographic paper, and France’s Surys, who’s Moov™ patch features as a high-level authentication feature on the new Sudanese 1000-pound.

Shandong Taibao Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Products’ cigarette packaging.
Surys’ Moov.

Attended by hologram suppliers, manufacturers and end-users from around the world, the event saw Dr Paul Dunn, chair of the IHMA, commend the standard of entries as extremely high, adding to an industry that continues to innovate, evolve and find new markets.

“This award marks ongoing advancement in the design, development and technology of commercial holograms, which continue to find ever fresh and innovative ways to add value and heightened levels of security to products used by billions of consumers the world over.”

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