Press Releases

Leonhard Kurz wins Red Dot Award for packaging design

Fürth/Germany, 04. November 2019: The fourth edition of the ‛Box in Box' packaging collection from Leonhard Kurz has been awarded a Red Dot Award for good design. The design box set won the coveted prize in the Packaging Design category of the Red Dot Award: Brands and Communication Design 2019. Over several days, the jury intensively assessed, discussed, and evaluated a total of 8,697 international submissions to the competition before awarding prizes to the best. The award ceremony took place on the first of November at Designers' Night at ewerk, Berlin, where the designers of the award-winning Box in Box, Annie Kuschel and Julia König, received their certificate.

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Leonhard Kurz at K 2019 with strong partners

Fürth/Germany, 09 October 2019: Leonhard Kurz, together with its industry partners, will be presenting the latest developments in its decoration processes at the K 2019 plastics trade fair. At the trade fair booths of three injection molding machine manufacturers who provide the necessary high-performance machines and automation technology for these processes, there will be live demonstrations of rationalized and optimized processes for Kurz plastics decoration and sensor integration.

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Surface design for tomorrow's cars

Fürth/Germany, 26 September 2019: Materials tailored to self-driving cars, front styling conceived for electric vehicles, merging of surface and lighting design, self-healing materials – these are some of the new requirements regarding aesthetics and function that are driving developments in automotive design. At K 2019, Leonhard Kurz will be providing a glimpse into the future of automotive design and demonstrating paths towards more design freedom.

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Hybrid machine for hot stamping and digital printing

Fürth/Germany, 16 September 2019: Leonhard Kurz will be presenting a hybrid machine for hot stamping decoration and digital printing from Kurz subsidiary Baier at this year's plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf. The machine was developed to efficiently implement designs and labels for different model series, small runs, and individualized products.

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Packaging as an expression of lifestyle

Fürth/Germany, 12 September 2019: Pure decoration is a thing of the past: Leonhard Kurz will be exhibiting expressive packaging that reflects the spirit and lifestyles of the times at Luxe Pack Monaco. By offering a diverse selection of unusual patterns, the coating manufacturer hopes to inspire designers and brand name manufacturers to break away from customary design patterns, to look at packaging design in a new way, and to rediscover the world of hot stamping technology.

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Semi-transparent Lumafin now also available for labels

Fürth/Germany, 5 September 2019: Packaging designers and finishers involved in sheet-fed printing are already familiar with the semi-transparent Lumafin transfer product from Kurz, which allows the printing underneath to shine through in a mysterious manner. Lumafin was developed by Kurz to give designers new design possibilities for creating a unique product presentation. This finishing element adds unusual accents to packaging and can be used to produce designs that are surprisingly different and distinctive. At Labelexpo Europe, Kurz will be presenting a new Lumafin grade for narrow web printing.

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Digital finishing of plastic tubes

Fürth/Germany, 2 September 2019: Leonhard Kurz will be presenting individualized tube decoration in its most attractive form for the cosmetics and packaging industry at the K 2019 trade fair, from October 16–23 in Düsseldorf. Kurz, together with its subsidiary Isimat, have developed a process combining Indirect Digital Decoration (IDD) and digital metallization. This process enables variable data in luminous metallic colors to be applied simply and efficiently to plastic tubes.

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Digital label finishing live at Labelexpo Europe

Fürth/Germany, 22 August 2019: At this year's Labelexpo Europe Leonhard Kurz will be presenting the digital metallization of labels using its DM-Jetliner embellishing unit in-line with a HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press. During the show visitors will see live production of narrow-web labels with metallization applied before print and then overprinted by the press, achieving a colorful and high brilliance effect. This unique narrow web application and configuration was presented for the first time in February 2019 at HP Indigo's Global VIP customer event in Israel.

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Automated sensor integration live at K 2019

Fürth/Germany, 19 August 2019: At K 2019, Leonhard Kurz will be demonstrating the automated integration of touchscreen sensors into plastic parts. The sensors will be applied to a white goods control panel using Kurz's patent pending FFB (Functional Foil Bonding) process. The process was presented for the first time at Fakuma 2018 and is now being adopted in series production applications. A semi-rotary variant of FFB will be displayed at the Kurz booth for the first time.

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New allrounder cold foil for web-fed printing

Fürth/Germany, 8 August 2019: Leonhard Kurz is presenting the new KPW XU cold foil for narrow-web printing at Labelexpo Europe from September 24–27 in Brussels. This new development from Kurz aims to provide label printing companies with a cold foil that combines good processing characteristics and overprintability as well as excellent finishing results.

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Leonhard Kurz produces study on the recycling of decorated plastics

Fürth/Germany, 5 August 2019: Leonhard Kurz is presenting the results of a comprehensive study on recycling at K 2019, in the VDMA Circular Economy Forum. The in-house produced study examined the mechanical recyclability of plastic parts that have been decorated with surface coatings from Kurz.

Kurz commissioned its development team to effectively support its customers in setting up a return and recycling system and in reducing their CO2 footprint.

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New finishing effects and narrow web cold foils

Fürth/Germany, 19 July 2019: Leonhard Kurz will present new stamping foil series for rotary label printing at this year's Labelexpo Europe, and demonstrate the effective interplay of digital web-fed printing and integrated metallization.

The KPW XU cold foil grade, a versatile go-to for narrow-web printing, will be presented for the first time at Labelexpo. According to the manufacturer, this cold foil is exceptionally suited for overprinting and delivers optimal decoration results both for large-area and fine designs.


New processes for decoration and functional integration

Fürth/Germany, 18 July 2019: Leonhard Kurz is presenting at K 2019 from October 16-23 in Düsseldorf with a focus on new design and functional solutions for the automotive, consumer electronics, household appliances, and cosmetics industries.

Using a new process called IMD PUR, Kurz will demonstrate the combined use of IMD (in-mold decoration) and PUR (polyurethane) technology for automotive applications. A front panel will be decorated and overflooded with PUR in the same clamping unit on an Engel duo 2460/900 injection molding machine. The novel design effects that can be achieved with this process will be demonstrated at the trade fair booth by means of a radiator grill concept.

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New IMD PUR dual-technology process for plastics decoration

ürth/Germany, 24 June 2019: The coating manufacturer Leonhard Kurz has developed a process for combining IMD (In-Mold Decoration) with PUR technology. In this process called IMD PUR, plastic parts are decorated during injection molding by means of in-mold decorating and then overflooded with PUR (polyurethane) within the same clamping unit. This produces sophisticated designs under a crystal clear, high-gloss surface. PUR layer thicknesses of between 0.3 and 15 millimeters can be created that exhibit a marked depth effect.

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Leonhard Kurz at Dscoop

Fürth/Germany, 12 June 2019: The next Dscoop Edge conference is being held in the PortAventura Convention Center near Barcelona from June 19–21. At this event of the world's largest digital printing and design community, Leonhard Kurz will be presenting a most extraordinary experiential world. The coating expert is exhibiting a wide variety of finished print products where metallization and color printing have been combined to produce an incomparably esthetic whole. Kurz developed its Digital Metal finishing process for this purpose, which uses the DM-Luxliner transfer machine for paper and card stock, and the DM-Jetliner for paper and plastic substrates.

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New Kurz subsidiary established

Fürth/Germany, 7 June 2019: The coating manufacturer Leonhard Kurz has taken over the print finishing division of the Swiss mechanical engineering company Steinemann Technology. The division will in future be managed as an independent subsidiary under the Kurz umbrella. Kurz intends to retain and extend the St. Gallen location, and will continue to sell the products under the Steinemann brand as an accompaniment to its Kurz Digital Metal product family. The full range of Steinemann print finishing machines will still be supported and will be supplemented by complementary services.

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Kurz introduces foil metallization solutions for HP Indigo digital printing

Fürth/Germany, 12 February 2019: Kurz, a worldwide leader in thin film technology, today announced new DM-Liner foil overprinting metallization finishing solutions for HP Indigo digital press labels and commercial 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.

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German Design Awards 2019: Special Mention for Leonhard Kurz

Fürth/Germany, 13 November 2018: The third edition of the Box in Box from Leonhard Kurz received a Special Mention award at the German Design Awards 2019. The Box in Box is a collection of elaborately finished sample designer boxes which Kurz issues each year as inspiration for creative packaging design.

The thematic basis for the collection comes from a trend survey that the trend team at Kurz produces each year in collaboration with a trend forecasting agency. The trends are reflected in a variety of ways in the packaging design, and are transformed by the Kurz designers into a tactile and visual experience.

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Concept door trim in speed racer design

Fürth/Germany, 8 October 2018: The coating manufacturer Leonhard Kurz will be exhibiting an avant-garde design for automotive interiors in the form of a door trim concept at this year's Fakuma. The plastic component will be produced at the trade fair booth B1-1105 of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag by means of an injection molding process with concurrent In-Mold Decoration (IMD).

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Two designs plus functional integration in one shot

Fürth/Germany, 1 October 2018: Leonhard Kurz has developed a foil feeding unit for In-Mold Decoration (IMD) with two independently positionable foil webs. Using the patent pending IMD SI DUO feeding unit, it is possible to produce two plastic components with different single-image designs in one shot. At the KraussMaffei booth at Fakuma, two components will be manufactured on a PX 320 fully electric injection molding machine and individually decorated with the help of the IMD SI DUO. A touch sensor from the Kurz subsidiary PolyIC will simultaneously be integrated into one of the components by means of In-Mold Labelling (IML).

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Leonhard Kurz makes brands talk

Fürth, 26 September 2018: In the Digital Village of this year's Luxe Pack Monaco from the first to the third of October, visitors will experience exquisite packaging combined with digital functionality. Leonhard Kurz will be presenting its Black Box, which offers diverse brand experiences to end consumers, while delivering brand owners valuable information on the movement of the product.


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Leonhard Kurz wins Automotive Brand Contest

Touch controlled, illuminated door trim in avant-garde day/night design impresses the jury

Fürth/Germany, 24 September 2018: Leonhard Kurz was selected as a winner at the Automotive Brand Contest 2018. Kurz won in the Future, Mobility and Parts category. The jury of this international design competition for automobile brands was delighted by a door trim with interactive backlighting effects. The prize was awarded for the overall concept of the door trim including surface design, light effects, and touch functions.


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Colors and surfaces from another star

Fürth/Germany, 17 September 2018: The fourth edition of the Box in Box design boxes collection from Leonhard Kurz transports the viewer to unfamiliar design worlds. The new stylish boxes will be presented for the first time at Luxe Pack Monaco from the first to the third of October. The Kurz Trend Team once again enlisted the help of agencies to find the latest trends and social currents, and in doing so discovered four new trend directions. These trends are reflected in the printed motifs and decorative designs of the individual boxes.

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Protecting originals made easy
Hidden authenticity feature applied by thermal transfer printing

Fürth/Germany, 13 September 2018: They look totally inconspicuous: barcodes printed by TTR (thermal transfer printing) in the usual black, on machine, automotive and replacement parts, on chemicals and building materials, on printed circuit boards and pharmaceutical packaging. But these barcodes might have secret inner workings. Because now they can be equipped with hidden, machine-readable authenticity features. By scanning these codes with a special reader, the authenticity of the labeled product can be verified unequivocally.

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World premier at Fakuma: Automated integration of touch sensors by Functional Foil Bonding

Fürth/Germany, 10 September 2018: Leonhard Kurz will be presenting for the first time ever at this year's Fakuma its patent pending FFB (Functional Foil Bonding) sensor integration process. This new process from Kurz provides a fully mechanical method of integrating touch sensors into plastic components. The integration of touch sensors into door trims will be demonstrated live on a newly developed machine from the Kurz subsidiary Baier.


All four in one go: decorating, forming, back-injecting, punching

Fürth/Germany, 24 August 2018: Leonhard Kurz has developed an IMD Varioform process that can be used to manufacture and decorate, in a single step, components for which no efficient decoration solution was previously available due to their particularly three-dimensional geometry. Thanks to IMD Varioform, the fast and flexible IMD roll-to-roll technology can now be employed with these components. Using the single-step IMD Varioform process, the component is decorated, formed, back-injected, and stamped directly within the injection mold. The process combines IMD, forming, and stamping techniques.


Soft touch meets visual design

Fürth/Germany, 16 August 2018: Leonhard Kurz has developed a new product line for in-mold decoration (IMD) with a tangibly and visibly soft surface. These IMD coatings exhibit novel haptic properties while offering the same design and functional scope as Kurz's general products for the IMD process. The haptic and visual designs are transferred in a single process step during the injection molding process. Whereas a velvety haptic effect has previously been reserved for single-color designs only, the new coatings can lend a soft finish to leather designs, or a robust grip to bold color gradients.


Print finishing you can see through

Fürth/Germany, 7 August 2018: Leonhard Kurz has developed print finishing products with novel translucent effects. The Lumafin series will be presented for the first time at Fachpack 2018, from September 25-29 in Nuremberg. It is intended to offer brand owners new possibilities for differentiating their product from the competition, and for adding value. Kurz also hopes its new stamping foils will give packaging designers and graphic artists further creative scope. "A wide variety of creative and surprising design effects can be achieved using Lumafin.


HMI solutions for the future

Fürth/Germany, 2 August 2018: Seamless automotive cockpits controllable by
touch or gestures, household appliances with a stylish dead front look and hidden
control panel, plain surface finishes that reveal mood-setting backlit designs
when approached – Leonhard Kurz will be presenting latest generation HMI
applications at Fakuma. Visitors to the Kurz booth A4-4122 will be able to see a
comprehensive range of surface decoration solutions, sensor technologies, and
industrial sensor integration applications that offer scope for innovative HMI
design and functionality.


HMI concepts seamlessly combined

Fürth/Germany, 24 May 2018: Automotive cockpits with seamless, continuous instrument panels, homogeneous surfaces with a dead-front effect that reveal backlit designs or controls in response to a hand gesture – the coating specialist Leonhard Kurz will be showing what the car interiors of the future will look like at this year's Automotive Interiors Expo from the fifth to the seventh of June in Stuttgart.


Future fashion trends at MCBW

Fürth, Germany, February 20, 2018: The upcoming generation of fashion designers presents its cutting-edge creations at this year's MCBW (Munich Creative Business Week). At the opening ceremony on May 3, graduates of the Deutsche Meisterschule für Mode/Designschule in Munich (German master school for fashion/design) are hosting a fashion show combining unexpected styles, colors, and materials in the BMW double cone building. Under the slogan "Expeditions/Confessions" they borrow from the work world to combine traditional fabrics with new materials, hard-wearing weaves with delicate cloth, and functional cuts with decorative details.


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