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Covestro at the SDW 2017 conference and exhibition in London

Forgery-proof film solutions for personal documents and ID cards

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At SDW Conference and Exhibition in London, Covestro will present trustworthy product solutions for security documents. For this purpose, the company offers a wide range of specialty films.

The SDW 2017 conference and exhibition at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London, from June 26 to 28 focuses on anti-forgery protection for identity documents. Covestro is developing solutions with films that improve security and enable efficient production of cards. The company is presenting new and sophisticated products for ID cards at Stand G19.

Covestro’s position as a leading supplier of thermoplastic films for high-value documents derives primarily from the fact that the company continuously responds to the latest trends in this innovative sector. To meet the many different demands of card manufacturers, Covestro has developed a range of polycarbonate films under the Makrofol® and Bayfol® brands and the Platilon® ID range of thermoplastic polyurethane films (TPU).

Hard-wearing ID
“Multi-layer TPU films and combinations with polycarbonate films for applications where excellent mechanical strength and durability are crucial are new to our portfolio,” says Georgios Tziovaras, applications engineer in special films at Covestro. One example is the thin fold of passports, which consists of a Platilon® ID composite film and is laminated inside onto the data page. The production process is highly efficient and the composite is also long-lasting. Documents can be opened and closed again any number of times without affecting flexibility or tearing at the fold.

As the TPU films soften at temperatures similar to or higher than corresponding polycarbonate Makrofol® ID products from which the data pages are made, they cannot be separated from each other again without damage being caused. “As a result, they can’t be used to manufacture new ID cards and thus offer excellent anti-forgery protection,” says Tziovaras.

Further security features can be integrated
On request, Platilon® ID products can also be equipped with laser-reactive properties to integrate further security features into the fold. As with the polycarbonate data pages, it can also be personalized using standard laser engraving equipment.

The thickness of the layers in the composite films, which is thinner than for individual films, also enables greater design freedom. The data page can thus also be made thinner, while nonetheless offering high strength and flexibility. This simplifies the integration of security features, and the thinner data page also saves money.

Contrast-rich and secure personalization
For the data page, Covestro is also showcasing the Makrofol® ID Superlaser polycarbonate film at SDW 2017. In ID documents made using this product, the holder’s data and photo can be laser-engraved in higher contrast than is possible for standard laser-reactive overlay films. The data are also integrated into the core, with the result that the film also offers enhanced anti-forgery protection.

Personalization is faster and more cost-effective than the conventional production. The development of this film and the patent-protected Superlaser technology is Covestro’s response to the latest trends on the security document market.

Ultra-thin film makes chip invisible
Other innovations include extremely thin white polycarbonate films in the Makrofol® ID range. Thanks to their high opacity, they ensure the underlying chip cannot be seen following lamination. The thin layer of just 30 / 50 micrometers also offers more freedom to incorporate additional layers in the card.

About Covestro:
With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 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, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 15,600 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2016.

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