KURZ Group Acquires tesa scribos

August 2021

A recent announcement from the KURZ Group saw the company joining forces with the scribos brand protection division of the adhesive tape giant, tesa, to work against the growing threat of product and brand piracy.

With the takeover of the tesa affiliate scribos, to be completed on 1 September 2021, the KURZ Group – one of the global leaders in thin-film technology and market leader for security elements for banknotes and documents – will expand its expertise and product range. Over the past few years, tesa scribos has developed into a market-leading digital platform for brand protection that can be combined with highly innovative security features.

‘In 2021, scribos is among the German TOP 100 Innovators and is a leading provider of brand protection. KURZ offers a unique process and application expertise in thin-film technology as the basis for complex security solutions for product and brand protection. All this concentrated competence offers an extremely promising combination. That is why we see great potential in joint product development and in the exchange of ideas in R&D. This will open up completely new options for our shared customers to protect their products and brands,’ said President Walter Kurz.

tesa SE CEO Dr Norman Goldberg explained the decision to consign the scribos affiliate to new hands. ‘Over 20 years of cooperation with tesa SE, the scribos product portfolio has expanded and developed significantly. While at first it was our tesa adhesive technology that made scribos products interesting, it is now the digital features that can be combined with counterfeit protection markings. It is a field where together with another partner scribos may develop significantly greater prospects for the future.’ 

‘A collaboration with the experts from KURZ creates an ideal basis for this extremely creative and innovative team to really get going.’

Scribos already has more than 500 customers worldwide – including global brands such as Peugeot, Bosch, Castel, Danone and Chloé – who rely on scribos labelling technology at the heart of their protection program.

KURZ stated in its press release that, in the future, thanks to the merger into the KURZ Group, tesa scribos will stand alongside other affiliates, such as OVD Kinegram (for the protection of government documents and banknotes with KINEGRAM® technology), PolyIC (manufacturer of printed touch interface technology) and KURZ Digital (application specialist for individual digitisation concepts). ‘These new synergies will open up novel digital brand and product perspectives for manufacturers.’

Business as usual

True to the motto ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, the existing organisation – including management and employees, as well as the locations of tesa scribos as part of the KURZ Security Division – will be taken over and preserved in their existing form. Sales relationships and customer service will also remain unaffected.

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