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January 2022

20th Anniversary of the Launch of the Euro

On 1 January 2002, the first series (ES1) of euro notes became a reality for some 300 million Europeans.

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December 2021

First Legal Tender Banknote with a KURZ THREAD

KINEGRAM stripes and patches from KURZ are already in circulation on billions of banknotes around the globe and KINEGRAM COLORS is a central visual feature of the new English pound sterling banknotes.

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November 2021

IHMA Awards Continue to Shine in Difficult Times

The winners of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) Awards for Excellence in Holography were announced.

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October 2021

Holographic Nanostructure Research is a Phenomenal Success 

Previously, in Holography News® (see HN January 2021), we looked at how the ‘chaebol’, or conglomerate, system in South Korea, with support from the government, has benefited research into holographic video and Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) systems.

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September 2021

Haptic Holograms Add Light Touch

The team of engineers from the University of Glasgow, UK has developed a new way to create the sensation of physically interacting with holographic projections.

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August 2021

KURZ Group Acquires tesa scribos

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.

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July 2021

Steve McGrew – Jack of Many Trades and a Master of One

He was the archetypal polymath, mastering the techniques of watercolour painting, boat building, wood carving, blacksmithing and knife making, authoring papers on an image feedback computer and a genetic algorithm software package and – of most interest to this readership – widely regarded as the inventor of 2D/3D holography.

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June 2021

Tribute: The Icon of the Indian Holography and Authentication Industry

‘Guptaji’ as he was fondly called by one and all was among the pioneering architects of the holographic industry in India.

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May 2021

Commercial Holography at virtual.drupa

The most recent physical meeting of drupa was in 2016. The drupa scheduled for 2020 was postponed to 2021, due to the pandemic.

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April 2021

Tensor Holography – 3D Imagery on a Smartphone

Despite years of development and commercial push, virtual reality (VR) headsets have yet to supersede TVs or computer monitors as the preferred screen for viewing moving images.

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March 2021

Holograms Good Enough to Eat

Chocolatiers, like Morphotonix in Switzerland, have already demonstrated holographic effects on chocolate that are created directly from the injection-moulded or thermo-formed chocolate plastic moulds. They give the chocolate surface a specific controlled roughness that diffracts the light and makes it shiny.

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February 2021

Demax Unveils E-LIDOGRAM PC Inlay

Bulgarian company Demax Holograms has unveiled a new solution for the protection of polycarbonate documents including national ID cards, driving licences and passport datapages.

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January 2021

When it Comes to Science, South Korea Reaps What it Sows

According to OECD data, in 2018 South Korea spent over £74 billion on R&D, maintaining its position as the fifth largest R&D investor in the world after the United States, China, Japan and Germany.

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December 2020

IHMA Awards for Excellence in Holography Continue to Shine Online

In May of this year, it looked unlikely that the awards, which have been a regular calendar feature for over 20 years, would be staged in 2020 due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. But later in the year, with the decision to move The Holography Conference online, the IHMA saw an opportunity to stage the awards as an online showcase.

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November 2020

New Costa Rican and Australian $100 Banknotes go with KINEGRAM

KINEGRAM REVIEW, which is also used for the high denominations of euro banknotes, is a leading technology for foil-over-window solutions and offers two visually different foil designs on the front and back of the foil. The KINEGRAM REVIEW stripe applied to the new euro series shows a registered front side image and a wallpaper design on the reverse side.

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October 2020

KRYPTEN and ITMO University Unveil NANOPRINT

The joint project combined the developments of KRYPTEN’s Holographic Laboratory in the field of polarised hidden images – HITTM (Hidden Image Technology) and SMART-HITTM – and studies from ITMO University connected with the invention of ink based on cellulose nanoparticles.

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September 2020

The 17th HOLOEXPO, 2020

The conference sponsors read like a who’s who of Russian holographic companies, including KRYPTEN Scientific and Manufacturing Association from Dubna, HoloGrate LLC from St. Petersburg, CONTENANT Public Science and Technology Academy from Krasnogorsk, the State Institute of Applied Optics from Kazan and the Atlas Science and Technology Center, James River Branch LLC, Optical-Holographic Instruments LLC, and Alliance of Optical Systems LLC – all from Moscow.

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August 2020

KURZ Unveils Latest Solution for Automotive Spare Parts Protection

The automotive parts market is a particular target for counterfeiting. One in six products sold online is identified as a counterfeit and there are countless cheap imitations undercutting the original parts market. These ‘knock-offs’ not only damage the reputation of the brand but can ultimately put customers’ lives at risk.

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July 2020

Demax Launches FreeEdge Passport Laminate

The passport datapage is a key target for fraudsters, who seek to manipulate the information and holder’s image for criminal purposes. Popular practices include substituting the biographical datapage and altering the holder’s details and image.

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June 2020

De La Rue Expands Brand Protection Solutions

De La Rue has been creating brand protection solutions for over 30 years and has a long history in the use of secure optical technologies dating back to the earliest days of security holograms.

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May 2020

Iris Photonics to Commercialise Secure Photopolymer Technology

Iris Photonics, a UK start-up founded in 2018, has completed work on a new, fully self-contained, reflection hologram production system which is now ready for commercialisation. The system allows security printers to independently produce serialised, full-colour photopolymer reflection holograms.

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April 2020

OpSec Launches ChromEx for Registration Plates

OpSec Security has launched ChromEx™ a secure, weather-resistant, hot-stamping holographic patch foil designed for application to vehicle registration plates and for use in environments where high levels of durability and resistance to environmental conditions are required.

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March 2020

API Foils UK and API Laminates Purchased from Administrators

API Group – the UK headquartered manufacturer and distributor of foils, laminates and holographic materials that went into administration at the end of January – has had its UK business (API Foils Europe) purchased by Aldus – an Australian manufacturer of packaging and labelling equipment. API Laminates UK has been acquired by JPF API Laminates UK Ltd.

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February 2020

API Goes into Administration

API Group – the UK headquartered manufacturer and distributor of foils, laminates and holographic materials for brand enhancement – has gone into administration, whilst US sister company API Americas Inc has filed for Chapter 11 protection.

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January 2020

Full-Colour Automotive Holographic Display System

Scotland-based Ceres Holographics, a developer of thin-film Holographic Optical Elements (HOEs) for next-generation transparent display (TD) and augmented reality head-up-display (AR-HUD) solutions, recently announced its latest TD prototype system for automotive applications.

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