The International Hologram Manufacturers Association has appointed Manoj Kochar at India-based Holoflex to its Board.
He joins current Board members XiaoDong Liu, founder and CEO of from Henan Province Wellking Technologies Co. Ltd, in China; and Nuray Yilmaz of Turkey’s MTM Bilisim Arge Yazilim ve Guvenlik Teknolojileri San Ticaret. A.S.
Mike Messmer of U.S. based hologram producer NovaVision Inc. will continue in his role as Chairman.
Process Color’s Rajan Thomas will remain as the IHMA’s Asia regional representative, where he will be joined by new deputy representative Rohit Mistry of Holographic Security Marking Systems.
EU and EFTA will be covered by OpSec Security Group’s Paul Dunn and Emma Swain, API Holographics, while Goran Milinovic, from System Intelligence Products, will stay on as the Eastern Europe and CIS/FSU representative.
In North America, the IHMA will be represented by Diana Newcombe of Pacific Holographics, and the ASPA President by Umendra Gupta of Holostik.
The moves follow the appointment of Dr Mark Deakes as General Secretary, who will spearhead the IHMA’s representation of the world’s leading producers and converters of holograms for security, packaging, graphics and other commercial applications.
Mike Messmer said: “Holograms are now the single most used add-on security feature on banknotes, passports, tax stamps and other products.
“I look forward to working with the new Board, helping the industry secure growth and innovate, as well as enabling all involved in holography to come together as one to meet the various challenges it faces.
“Asia, in particular China, is seeing a significant amount of activity for the hologram industry, so to have additional strategic representation there will be beneficial as we look for growth in a territory that can be challenging to penetrate.”