Integrity – Reliability – Security
The IHMA is made up of over 80 of the world’s leading hologram companies who actively cooperate to maintain the highest professional, security and quality standards in support of their customers.
It was founded in 1993 to represent the interests of hologram manufacturers and the hologram industry worldwide. It is dedicated to promoting the interests of the hologram industry worldwide and to helping users achieve their commercial, aesthetic and authentication objectives through the effective use of holography.
IHMA membership confers authenticity and credibility on companies that join – all of which are rigorously vetted and adhere to a strict Code of Practice governing standards, business ethics, customer service, respect for and protection of customers’ and each others’ intellectual property.
The IHMA is a not-for-profit membership organisation registered in the UK, liability limited by guarantee.
Within its mission to protect and promote the common interests of the worldwide holography industry the International Hologram Manufacturers Association has drawn up a Code of Practice for its members.
All members agree to abide by this Code which is intended to promote ethical business practices and the highest standards by its members.
1Members of the IHMA undertake to operate their business in a manner which enhances the reputation of the holography industry and the IHMA. In dealings with each other, with customers and suppliers, members will observe the highest standards of business integrity and business ethics.
2All IHMA members are bound by the IHMA’s Articles of Association which oblige all members to follow this Code of Practice.
A member in breach of this obligation, or otherwise operating in such a way as to bring the IHMA and the holography industry into disrepute, should be brought to the attention of the Board for notification to a General Meeting which is empowered to suspend the membership or expel from membership such companies.
3All members will issue standard conditions of contract which will be available to all customers or potential customers. In dealings with customers or potential customers members will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics and functioning of their products or their capabilities.
Members will use their best endeavours to ensure that orders are delivered to customers as specified and on time.
4Where by reason of factors outside their control, such as fire, flood, industrial unrest, bankruptcy or other factors, a member is unable to meet the contractual obligations for quantity or date delivery, then by agreement with the customer the member will endeavour to place that work with another IHMA member and will cooperate fully with that member. If required or necessary, and in strictest confidence, the IHMA will undertake the finding of a member to complete the order.
5IHMA members will respect the intellectual property rights of their suppliers, subcontractors and other members of the holography industry.
Members undertake to operate within the Berne Convention and to make clear to customers and contractors who own the designs, drawings, artwork, master and sub-master plates of any given hologram. The IHMA publishes guidelines to cover these matters.
6Where appropriate, members undertake to pay a royalty or a royalty waiver fee and to honour all contractual obligations to an artist or hologram originator who has supplied holograms for reproduction.
7IHMA members will operate within the environmental health and safety legislation that applies to them as a minimum standard of care and concern for the environment and the health and safety of their staff, customers and end users.
8Every member of the IHMA accepts the responsibility of maintaining this Code of Practice and striving to enhance the reputation of the IHMA so that membership is seen to stand for quality and customer satisfaction.
9Members undertake to use their best endeavours to protect their own, other hologram producers’ and customers’ intellectual property rights, which will include the investigation of customers where these are not previously known to the member, and investigation of the design of all commissions where the customer supplies artwork (in whatever form), to ensure that the proposed hologram does not infringe any IPR and that any registered or pre-existing designs, logos etc incorporated into the hologram are used with the permission of the rights holder.
Members will use all resources available to them to this end including the Hologram Image Register and/or other copyright or hologram registers approved by the IHMA for this purpose.
Benefits of IHMA
There are important benefits to being part of the IHMA.
Our members are the leading producers and converters of holograms for security, packaging, graphics and other commercial applications around the world in what is now a billion-dollar industry.
Membership of the IHMA signifies that a company is committed to meeting the rigorous requirements of the Code of Practice, thereby assuring its customers, suppliers and partners of ethical business practices and quality products
Membership enables your business to benefit from:
An easy method for users to find and contact suppliers
Distribution of requests for information, tenders and sales enquiries
Information and other resource material in the field of holography
IHMA Patent Bulletin
A monthly review of new holographic patents filed worldwide
A broadcast email system for reaching fellow IHMA members
Educational programs, election of officers and input into IHMA goals and activities
Publicity and education
Benefit both indirectly and directly from the PR undertaken by the IHMA to promote holography to end users in different markets
Discounts on industry publications and services
Holography News: an annual subscription to the industry newsletter, published monthly
Futher reasons to join
- Protect and promote the interests of the hologram industry
- Demonstrate your commitment to ethical business practices and quality products
- Shape the development and direction of the industry
- Benefit from the business opportunities resulting from membership
- Convey your skills and products to potential customers
- Communicate effectively with fellow members and the market
How to Join Us
Membership of the IHMA is open to companies involved in:
- the production of holograms and holographic devices
- the supply of raw materials or machinery essential to the production and application of holograms and finishers or converters of holograms.
Categories of Membership
There are two categories of membership – full for hologram manufacturers, and associate for converters and users.
The benefits are the same for both categories, with the exception that associate members do not have voting rights.
Full member rates are as follow:
- Turnover under £7.5 million (GBP) – £2,250
- Turnover over £7.5 million (GBP) – £3,750
How to Register Your Interest
If you are interested in becoming either a full or associate member:
You will also need to provide details of your company’s activities (such as company brochure or other publicity material) to the IHMA Secretariat