The European Football Championship is a real windfall for counterfeiters
Your favorite player’s jersey, caps in the colors of your own country, or a scarf with your club’s logo: Any soccer fan worth their salt will be keen to show off their allegiance. Merchandise items are in greater demand than ever before, especially during major sporting events such as the European Championship that just ended. A welcome occasion for counterfeiters, who rake in big bucks with their counterfeit products – very much to the detriment of manufacturers of licensed products, who not only have to accept severe income losses, but also damage to their credibility among customers.
A recent report released by the Cologne customs authorities highlights the dimensions of product piracy surrounding major sporting events. Over the past few weeks, officials at Cologne/Bonn Airport have been able to seize a total of 11, 222 Nike-branded counterfeit jerseys and jersey sets, with an estimated original value of almost €900, 000.
In order to support manufacturers in their fight against such counterfeit products and to prevent cheap copies of merchandise items from entering the market, LEONHARD KURZ has developed the proven TRUSTSEAL® Protect concept. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Bring a sparkle to your customers' eyes: Glitter effects for sheet-fed printing with LIGHT LINE® KSO
Skillfully designed accents transform any packaging into a real eye-catcher. Take the opportunity to add a touch of luxury to your design with our new glittery LIGHT LINE® KSO. Our new cold transfer finishing with exciting light effects not only adds a touch of glamour to folding boxes, commercial prints, and the like, but it also impresses with the efficient processing typical of KURZ as well as the lasting good feeling of not leaving any PET residue on the product. Applied with super-thin metallization layers, our LIGHT LINE® KSO achieves maximum radiance, yet still remains recyclable. Try it out! You can find all details here.
German customs reports record figures
The value of seized counterfeit products is higher than ever. In 2020, German customs recorded a new record in the confiscation of counterfeits: Goods discovered had a total value of €238.87 million. For comparison, in 2019 that figure was €224.45 million. There was a sharp increase to €2.06 million in the pharmaceutical goods category, in particular (in 2019: €512, 495). Customs was also able to seize significantly higher values than in the previous year in the food and beverage, , personal care products, segments.
But this is probably only the tip of the iceberg! In many cases, counterfeiters still manage to work undetected. Effective counterfeit protection for products and brands is thereforeever.
The total annual statistics for 2020 can be found at.
Smart, Smarter, DM-SMARTLINER
Calling all processors of print advertising material or packaging! LEONHARD KURZ presents its new, compact digital transfer module – the DM-SMARTLINER. Slightly smaller than its big brother, the DM-LUXLINER, our new finishing machine impresses with the highest metallization gloss at a speed of up to 3, 100 SRA3 sheets per hour. This means that even small printers with a smaller production area can offer their customers breathtaking metallizations as an additional feature. You can find all the technical information and some impressive samples here.
Virtual warm-up for 2021: KURZ@drupa
Industry experts know: KURZ is to drupa what stamping tools are to hot stamping. And even if we get hit at the third lockdown, we want to lead by example and encourage our customers to persist and keep going. We are delighted to support the virtual.drupa this year and present our spectacular new products in a digital safe space. Contactless. Safe. But 100% innovative, effective, and sustainable. Get ready and explore our trade fair program at .
We look forward to seeing you!
Become a Trendsetter with Expertise: KURZ Online Seminars for Plastic Decoration
Flexibility and problem-solving skills are the keys for your business success. Just like you, we are pursuing the goal of supporting our customers with innovative solutions for their plastic products at this challenging time. Despite the restrictions due to Corona, we want to offer you new initiatives for surface decoration and invite you to our online seminars for the plastic decoration industry. Learn more about our latest KURZ innovations and trends for automotive, consumer electronics, home appliances, and sustainability topics from our experts. These are our topics:
- In the fast lane of future mobility with fascinating surface decorations
- Inner values count – next level decoration for automotive interiors
- Taking responsibility – our sustainability innovations as your competitive advantage for plastic decoration
- Proven surface decoration processes creating irresistible customer experiences
- How to upgrade your striking brands with pioneering surface decorations
A Fresh Start in Spring with COLORIT® Happy Colors
The time has finally come again: The first rays of sunshine are venturing out from behind the gray clouds that have dominated the recent months. Even though the snow has provided ample opportunity for fun on the sledging slopes this year, nothing beats the warming spring sun. So much natural beauty creates a desire for fresh colors - ideally from sustainable production. Take the opportunity to transform your print and packaging products into colorful sources of happiness at the POS with our COLORIT® Happy Color Series. You can find all the details about our COLORIT ® Evergreens and our sustainability offers here.
Online Seminars for the Graphic Industry
For us, open dialogue is the key to a positive customer relationship. Your suggestions will help us to better understand your product and market requirements, to further develop our relationship. Based on your extensive feedback, we have developed a new series of informative seminars for the graphic industry that will address your questions and concerns. We will start our free online presentations in Spring 2021 with four topical subjects on surface finishing:
- Sustainable Embellishment: Contradiction or Competitive Advantage?
- Cold Transfer Sheet-Fed Application at its Best
- How to Revolutionize your Operations with KURZ Digital Embellishment
- Welcome to the Amazing World of KURZ Textile Finishing!
You can find all the details at our landing page. Drop by now and register for your favorite topics.
Bavarian Innovation Prize 2020
There is hardly a better motivation than looking back at your past successes. With the Bavarian Innovation Prize 2020 as a powerful driver, starting into the new year full of energy is only natural for KURZ. Our process IMD VARIOFORM® with Functional In-Mold Labeling (IML) convinced the jury with its triad of efficiency, freedom of design and sustainability. Our technological solution bundles the four processes of thermoforming, decorating, integrating a sensor, and punching directly in the injection molding tool, in a single processing phase. Get all the details about our award-winning technology in our press release.
Our New Highflyer for Cold Transfer: KPS SX+
No more endless product searches, lengthy research, and comparisons. Because as an industry specialist, we know only too well: Time is money. And to give you more time for what really matters, we have now completely redesigned our cold transfer program. Instead of many individual products, we are presenting our new KPS SX+, a true all-rounder in sheet offset printing. Thanks to its smart technology, its performance is top-notch, and it sets new standards in gloss, speed, efficiency, process reliability, and much more. See for yourself.
But don't worry, our other cold transfer classics are also still available to you as usual. Contact us today!
Growing Digital Transfer Family: Meet Our New DM-UNILINER
The label printing segment is highly competitive! To keep you ahead in the race for top spot, we are now providing you with our latest machine innovation: the KURZ DM-UNILINER. This digital transfer unit impresses with inkjet technology as a stand-alone version. This allows you to remain extremely flexible with your long-grain printing – because you decide for yourself whether you want to give your labels a metal finish before or after printing. Read all about our new digital transfer solution in our press release or directly on our website for the graphic industry.
Make Concrete Last Longer? Rely on KURZ SIPORIT
Modern yet elegant – this is how concrete positions itself in architecture and design. Hardly any other building material can bring so much exciting nonchalance to your creations with such ease. To help this on trend building material keep a successful appearance even longer, we now have a world first for you: SIPORIT. Our innovative protective coating for fresh concrete protects against extreme weather conditions, CO2 pollution, and mechanical stress, thus extending the service life of the building material. All this, of course, with a focus on sustainability. Have we sparked your interest? Then click here for more information or visit us at our virtual booth at the BAU from 13th to 15th February 2021.
Further Success for the KURZ Sustainability Drive
In an independent study, the internationally renowned RecyClass initiative approved the recyclability of our InLINE FOILING® process. As a test basis, HDPE tubes were refined with KURZ InLINE FOILING® and then fed into the recycling stream. With a brilliant result: the tubes could be easily recycled. This makes InLINE FOILING® a firm staple in KURZ's sustainability activities. Change your thinking too and join in our campaign BE A GREEN LEADER!
Stay Up to Date!
We have bundled together a very interesting info pack so that you don't miss out on our spectacular innovations. In four free webinars starting on October 21, 2020, we will be presenting the latest developments from the field of Plastic Decoration. They will include a world first, IMD PUR, prize-winning HMI concepts, and much more. Register now for our workshops!
- 'IMD PUR – global innovation for automotive surface design', 10/21/2020, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, instructor: Fabian Bürkel
- 'FFB (Functional Foil Bonding) – sensor integration with high precision', 10/28/2020, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, instructor: Dr. Wolfgang Clemens,
- 'Innovative HMI solutions by integrating metal mesh sensors into plastic surfaces', 11/11/2020, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, instructor: Jörg Stierand
- 'Making every product unique – home appliances decoration & function', 11/18/2020, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, instructors: Steven Hirschberg & Johannes Schad
ABC Award 2020 for the 'Iconic Space Grille'
Having pocketed the ABC Award 2020, KURZ again proves that we are a leading design specialist in the automobile industry. Our futuristic 'Iconic Space Grille' opens a new chapter in future automotive design. To find out which of our fantastic ideas won over the jury of the internationally renowned ABC Awards, continue reading here.
'Recyclability of Finished Packaging' Web Seminar
The importance of sustainability and sustainable production has continued to grow in almost all areas and industries in recent years. In our web seminar 'How KURZ hot and cold stamping products optimize the recyclability of your packaging', KURZ recycling expert Dr. Markus von Beyer, shares with you how decorated packaging can be recycled. He will face sustainable questions like: What actually remains on the product after hot stamping? Or after finishing with cold transfer? And does this affect the recycling process? Let's start and learn more about your sustainable design possibilities together.
KURZ Becomes an INGEDE Partner
Sustainability is in vogue. But unlike many others, KURZ can look back on decades of environmental advocacy. And our new partnership with INGEDE furthermore emphasizes that we do not resort to half measures. We are teaming up to advance the recycling of cardboard and paper products. Our hot- and cold-transfer finishing for the graphics industry paves the way: it is easily washed out in the deinking process, and does not affect the paper recycling stream.
Find out more about our sustainability concepts for the graphics industry here.
KURZ in the Fast Lane: Red Dot Award 2020
KURZ and the automotive industry have much more in common than just shared projects. We also share the same philosophy as our long-term partners: A passion and a vision for the mobility of the future. The jury of the Red Dot Awards 2020 confirmed that this is a successful path. It honored our trendsetting instrument panel with its exclusive HMI concept in the Automotive Interior category. Learn more about the elegant design with capacitive sensor technology at www.plastic-decoration.com.
Award-winning packaging design: Red Dot Design Award 2019
That KURZ is one of the world's leading experts in surface finishing has now been confirmed by the jury of the Red Dot Design Awards 2019: Our KURZ 'Box in Box' Edition 4 took the top spot in the Packaging Design category of these internationally renowned awards. The sample collection contains examples of innovative packaging decoration with newly developed color trends, elegant textures, and gloss effects.
Certified composting of plastic
A future without sustainability is unthinkable for Leonhard Kurz. DIN CERTCO certifies our striving for clean disposal and has certified our LUXOR® MTS 220 hot stamping foil according to DIN EN 13432. With this foil, recyclable papers and cardboard that have been decorated with our surface finish can easily be composted and returned to the natural cycle.
KURZ introduces foil metallization solutions for HP Indigo digital printing
The KURZ DM-Jetliner®,
a digital pre-print foil unit integrated with the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press and additional narrow-web models,
simplifies the production of high-value labels with metallic effects in one pass,
on a wide range of substrates,
all at full press speed.
For commercial printing, a new version of the DM-Luxliner can be used off-line for HP Indigo B2 sheet-fed presses including the HP Indigo 12000 HD, HP Indigo 12000 and HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press.
To see these special design effects for yourself, visit www.kurz-graphics.com/en/digital-metal/hp_vip-event.