From laser engraving personalization to holograms
TRUSTECH is the new international meeting point for card manufacturers which is taking place for the first time from November 29 to December 1 at Cannes in southern France. The word “trust” is incorporated into the name of the new event but is also a part of the supplier promise of Covestro: “Tailored Trust” – this stands for trustworthy product solutions that enable the highest security standards. At its booth B 044 the company presents new products for the security industry and invites customers to conversations.
To fulfill the diverse demands of security card manufacturers, Covestro has developed a family of Makrofol® and Bayfol® brand polycarbonate films and a line of thermoplastic Platilon® polyurethane films. The range has been expanded to include holographic Bayfol® HX grades supporting high-level counterfeit protection thanks to sophisticated embedding and protection of a wide range of personalized data.
Fast, high-contrast personalization
One of the products Covestro is exhibiting at TRUSTECH is the polycarbonate film Makrofol® ID Superlaser. Passports using this material can be laser-engraved with the holder's data and photo in higher contrast than is possible with standard laser-reactive overlay films.
Because the personal data are in both the overlay and the core, the three-ply film also offers better protection against forgery. Furthermore, the personalization process is faster and less costly compared to conventional production methods. The development of this innovative film and the patent-protected Superlaser technology is Covestro’s response to current trends in the market for security cards.
Holographic films for forgery-proof ID cards
Manufacturers and their partners must continuously develop new solutions to protect security cards even more effectively against forgery and manipulation. Holographic films from the Bayfol® HX line of Covestro are one promising option for protecting optically variable devices (OVDs).
With this technology, security holograms are produced in a photopolymer film that can be used as an individual security feature, either as an insert or overly film on one or both sides of the cards. Particularly in overlay films, numerous features can be incorporated into a single layer to offer very high-level security.
Platilon® ID thermoplastic polyurethane films are the material of choice when very good mechanical strength and longevity are critical, such as the hinge of a passport. They also exhibit very good bonding strength and flexibility. Documents made from this material can be opened and closed an infinite number of times without affecting the flexibility or tearing at the hinge. The film can also be stitched into a passport.
With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and employs approximately 15,800 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of 2015.
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