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International Holography Awards Open for Entries

The search is on for the best in commercial holography with entries now open for the 2022 Excellence in Holography Awards. The awards, which recognise advancement and technical achievement in commercial holography, are organised by global trade body International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA). This year, they will be presented during …


Smartphone Technology Calls in Holograms

Dr Paul Dunn, chair of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association, considers new possibilities for brand protection and anti-counterfeiting created by hologram validation using smartphone technology. Holography has helped to bring smartphone digital interaction in the brand protection and authentication space closer as the security technology discovers new outlets and innovative …


New EU Report Highlights Urgent Need to Step Up Anti-counterfeiting Investment

A global trade body has welcomed a new report that paves the way to ‘significant’ opportunity and growth for anti-counterfeiting and security devices such as holograms. The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) was commenting on the Intellectual Property Crime Threat Assessment 2022 report by EUIPO (EU Intellectual Property Office) and Europol. …


New Executive Board and Members for International Trade Body

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) has announced changes to the executive board for 2022. Dr Mark Deakes has been elected as the IHMA’s EU/EFTA regional board member, replacing Joanne Ogden, who has stood down after serving two terms. Mark was, until 2020, the Secretary General of the IHMA and, …


Holography: stamping its authority on tobacco anti-counterfeiting

It’s against such a global backdrop that holographic security features continue to be widely utilised in tax stamp programmes as effective weapons in the war on counterfeiting, assisting governments in securing tobacco excise duty as a critical source of revenue while also providing a highly effective way of controlling and …


Improvements deliver faster access to hologram image register

The HIR is the only system of its type for the authentication community. The centrally held global database of secure holograms is operated on behalf of the IHMA by the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau under the strictest confidence and security that supports ISO14298*.


The Euro: 20 Years of Cashing in on Holograms

It’s 20 years since the first series of euro notes became a reality for 300 million Europeans. To mark the occasion, Dr Paul Dunn, chair of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), considers the anti-counterfeiting role holography has played and welcomes plans for the banknote’s first redesign. To understand why …


Growth for Holography in 2022 as Covid and Other Threats Continue to Impact

COVID threats and increased illicit trade and counterfeiting are among the factors set to drive hologram growth in 2022, particularly for authentication purposes. The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) says authentication and track and trace systems, which feature holograms, will help to underpin international efforts by government and law enforcement …


New Banknote Hologram Wins International Security Award

A holographic device that provides improved protection for banknotes against the risk of counterfeiting, has won an international award organised by industry trade body, the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA). Germany’s banknote and security paper manufacturer Louisenthal’s RollingStar LEAD Mix foil stripe for the Bank of Azerbaijan’s new 50 Manat …


Holography Awards Reflect Industry’s Growth and Success Despite Difficult Challenges

The winners of this year’s Excellence in Holography awards reflect a global industry that continues to expand, innovate and find new markets, according to organisers International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA. The awards mark the pinnacle of success for those who have been involved at the forefront of developing innovative or …