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NEW DEVELOPMENTS RECOGNISED AT ANNUAL HOLOGRAM AWARDS

23 November 2018

A new generation high security hologram for banknotes and ID documents was among the winners leading the way at the annual International Hologram Manufacturers Association Excellence in Holography Awards.

Surys’ Spectreod scooped the Innovation in Holographic Technology award for its advanced utilisation of phase shifting micro-optic authentication elements, which enable the viewer to pick out and identify information using a smartphone light source.

When observed at a direct angle, Spectreod is recognisable to the naked eye, but when it comes under a light source, pre-selected floating coloured information appears that follows the movement of the light. This can help to confirm the authentication of a document or banknote at a glance.

This year’s event, which was held at the annual Holography Conference in Minsk, attracted another bumper crop of entries from around the world, and came at a time when the International Hologram Manufacturers Association celebrates 25 years leading the industry.

The awards, which saw leading holography companies gather to recognise excellence and cutting-edge technology, went to:

  • Best Origination – IQ Structures (Czech) for a beetle and a flower relief
  • Best Display of Emerging Technology/Application of Holography – Light Magic (Belarus) for its hologram of the Zhirovichy icon of the Mother of God
  • Best Applied Security Product – Zhongchao Special Security Technology Co Ltd for ColorDance -Trans and HOLOSTIK for Gopal (both commended)
  • Best Applied Decorative/Packaging Product – IQ Structures for Armstrong & the Trumpet holographic vinyl plate

Winner of the Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation went to the Hellenic Institute of Holography’s Alkis Lembessis for his outstanding contribution to the industry. He has been involved in pioneering holography for over 30 years and has remained at the forefront of forging new commercial applications for the technology. The award recognises his contribution.

Manoj Kochar, chair of the IHMA, said the standard of entries had again been extremely high, reflecting an industry in the ascendancy that continues to innovate and surprise.

He said: "This was again one of the toughest years for the IHMA board to judge the awards. We had a total of 53 nominations, the second highest. The awards celebrate the best in holographic achievement and ground-breaking innovations which keep holography to the fore in a diverse array of applications around the world."

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