Embedding holographic images during the injection moulding process and holographic microparticles that carry covert data and a registered secure batch number demonstrate some of the technical excellence achieved in 2008 year by the hologram industry.
The International Hologram Manufacturers Association’s (IHMA) Excellence in Holography Awards were presented at the annual holography conference held in Toronto, Canada, on 19 November 2008. The awards go to those organisations that have introduced the most innovative or commercially viable hologram product or technique during the year.
This year’s Best New Holographic Product Award was won by U-NICA Global Security Solutions, which is based in Lichtenstein, for its intraGRAM injection mould-embedded hologram. The technique involves embedding holographic images during the injection moulding process and paves the way for the mass production of integrated holograms in plastic parts. The company believes that its system has huge potential for the cost-effective mass protection of branded goods against counterfeiting.
Commended in the same category was the UK and Czech company Optaglio for its innovative OVDo holographic microparticles that each carry covert data and a registered secure batch number. These can be incorporated into lacquers, plastics, papers and other substrates for security marking and tracking various items.
Presenting the awards, IHMA chairman, Philip Hudson, said, “We have seen a record level of entries for this year’s awards. “Innovation and quality were again to the fore and congratulations to the winners for their outstanding contribution to the holographic industry over the past year.”
For the full list of this year’s awards and commendations for outstanding projects, visit the Association’s web site.Annie Ellerton