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New IMD PUR dual-technology process for plastics decoration

Fürth/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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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