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Calling all dedicated payment, identification, and security professionals! From November 30 to December 2, 2021, you can meet us live at TRUSTECH in Paris. Together with our subsidiary OVD KINEGRAM, we will present our latest innovations in card technology and the next generation of security technology for the identification of complex security features on documents. What can you expect exactly?

  • The latest trend colors for magnetic stripes – how to give your card designs the final touch
  • Our renowned security features and digital security solutions
  • KINEGRAM Full Data Protection (FDP)
  • KINEGRAM Optical Phone Authentication (OPA)

We look forward to meeting you and discussing all things security with you in person!

Bundled Expertise: Case Study with Strong Partners


More options, more flexibility, more efficiency – our IMD VARIOFORM® decoration process with In-Mold Labeling (IML) opens up completely new perspectives in plastic finishing. However, this innovation could not have been brought about without our strong business partners PolyIC, Wittmann Battenfeld, and Georg Kaufmann Formenbau. Learn more about process development and read the full success story of this sensational innovation in our case study ’IMD VARIOFORM®: Working with strong partners to achieve maximum process efficiency.

Award-winning Alternative to Chrome: IMDA Award for Indium Finishing from KURZ


Every year, the In-Mold Decorating Association recognizes the best innovations in IMD, IML, and IME finishing with the IMDA Award. This year, we were able to impress the jury with our sensational innovation, indium-based metallization by LEONHARD KURZ. Our groundbreaking surface finishing is a cost-effective and environmentally conscious alternative to chromium plating of components within the automotive, consumer electronics, and household appliances industries. Our innovative metallization process expands the range of in-mold decorations and impresses with almost unlimited design diversity in addition to corrosion, UV, and abrasion resistance, permeability of radar radiation as well as 5G and backlighting capability. Read more here.

LEONHARD KURZ joins German Design Council


The German Design Council has been one of the world’s leading centers of excellence in the field of design, branding, and innovation for more than 65 years. With its membership, KURZ is again underlining the importance of design for the company. Joining emphasizes our efforts to be an open and competent partner for designers. Thanks to our membership of the German Design Council, we are taking the exchange of knowledge, and awareness of designers' needs and challenges, to the next level. You can find all the details in our press release.

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.

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 www.kurz-drupa.com.

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

You can register here.

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!

More details are waiting for you in our latest press release.

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.

Our program:

  • '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.