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The widespread problem of counterfeit goods has led to a new development by packaging supplier Schur Flexibles.

Schur has created some eye-catching nano-structured holograms with built-in anti-counterfeit features.

A unique holographic effect can be built into packaging, and there are no inks, varnishes or solvents used.

The hologram is visible to the end-user without the use of any special device, according to the company.

It helps premium and luxury products stand out while giving it an authentic anti-counterfeit capability, it claims.

The hologram is made with nano-structured polymer melt imprinting, which reflects the light in specific colours and patterns to create the unique nano-structure.

The nano-structure is created in the extrusion layer. Different extrusion polymers can be used to allow for a wide range of material constructions.

The holograms can be used on both transparent or metallised backgrounds.

For transparent solutions, no printing or post-metallization is required and the image is visible from both sides.

Metallised solutions deliver higher visibility of image, says Schur.

The technology can be used as an anti-counterfeit hologram on the inside or outside of a pack or as an eye-catching design element on the outside of a lid or wrapper.

There is also the possibility to create a hidden anti-counterfeit feature of extreme detail or create a full coverage wallpaper design effect.

This story was sourced from the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association. To learn more: www.aipia.info

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